URI GIS Training Opportunities

Classes scheduled for January 2015 GIS training at URI.  All classes held at URI’s Kingston Campus.  All classes are hands-on computer training and require no prior knowledge of GIS. 


Using ArcGIS.com ®: Jan. 8, 2015:  This half-day training will introduce participants to ESRI’s online mapping applications available at ArcGIS.com. The training will explore “ready to use” maps and also explore the basic functionality of the applications.  Particular attention will be paid to the datasets available through RIGIS


Introduction to GIS:  Jan. 13 – 15, 2015: This three-day training program has been written in collaboration with the University of Connecticut.  In this course you will learn some GIS concepts and become very familiar with the extensive Rhode Island GIS database (RIGIS) while using ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 ® software.

Source: www.edc.uri.edu

Smellmap: Newport, RI

“Newport’s scents are largely ocean-based; the ocean itself, the lobster bait, suntan oil from the bathing tourists, beach roses that brighten the low lying sand dunes. In contrast country smells of hay and juniper speak to the rural aspect of this diverse city. To be seen and sniffed at the Discover Newport Visitor Center from August 20, 2012.

Smells share an attribute with soundings in that they are constantly shifting. Combined with Newport’s sailing legacy this was enough for me to base the visual lexicon on an NOAA chart.

Odor intensity is included for the first time one of my smell maps.

A detail of the downtown area as the smells congregate along Thames Street, Broadway and the Wharfs.

The Newport Smell Map exhibited at the Newport Visitor Centre, Rhode Island in August 2012 reaching up to 6000 visitors per day.”

Source: sensorymaps.com

Ocean Science Education

The 2014 Summit in Woods Hole, MA will focus on Ocean Literacy Principle 6. Don’t miss out on two fun days of science and education (Nov. 6-7). Keynote address by Deborah Cramer.

Use the quick link buttons below to directly register for the summit or a room at MBL. Don’t forget to read the session descriptions and make your selections before registering.  Use the link above to visit the summit website.”

Source: www.neosec.org

What the United States Would Look Like if State Borders Were Based on Dunkin’ Donuts Density

“On Monday, I divided the United States into 50 states of equal population. On Tuesday, I rearranged the nation’s boundaries based on where baseball players were born. Today, I’ll be looking at a topic that’s dear to my heart, if not my heart health: regional fast food.”  

Not surprisingly, Rhode Island in right in the heart of the territory  with the highest concentration of Dunkin’ Donuts.  Why are some franchise more successful in particular regions. 

Source: www.slate.com

Geography Soup

“A great resource full of great links to accompany the Geography Soup channel on Vimeo.”  

Source: www.slideshare.net

Geography Soup is a Vimeo channel designed to include interesting videos that are laden with geographic content in them.  This powerpoint slideshow has resources designed to help you get the most flavor and substance out of these (and any other) video resources.   This is especially great for K-12 students, physical and regional geography.

Tags: K12, video.

Get Connected with Global Collaborative Projects

Join us to learn how you can connect your students with students around the world through #global collaborative projects. Register at https://plus.google.com...

Source: www.youtube.com

The Geo-Educator Community is planning a Google + Hangout on Wednesday, October 1st (7-8pm EST) to help link educators and organizations so you can link your students with classes around the world and learning to think globally.    

Iconic Traits of Rhode Island

“28 Things People From Rhode Island Have Explain To Out-Of-Towners.”


This article shows some culturally iconic and place-based traditions of Rhode Island.  Some are a bit goofy, but the overall it provides an interesting sense of place to introduce distinctive traits of the Ocean State.  In the same vein, this Buzzfeed article outlines 30 reasons why Rhode Island is underrated.      

Source: www.movoto.com

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2014 Fall Opening Social

On September 13th, RIGEA will host a morning social that will double as an incredible professional development activity. Bridgewater State University is home to a rare 25 foot tall inflatable globe that will be on display at this RIGEA event. This globe, EarthView, also offers the singular opportunity to view the surface of the Earth from the inside. Dr. Vernon Domingo, a geography professor from Bridgewater State University, will offer guided demonstrations of EarthView and present a keynote address entitled “Integrating Geography and History.” Dr. Seth Dixon will present on the challenges of teaching geography.

When: September 13th, 9 a.m.
Where: Rhode Island College, Student Union Ballroom (see map)
What: Opening Social with EarthView
Professional Development talks: “Integrating Geography and History” and “Teaching Geography in the 21st century”
Dining: Light continental breakfast; pizza for lunch
WHO: Anyone who would like to attend that RSVPs.
RSVP: Please email your RSVP to rigea@ric.edu with the subject line “1 RSVP for EarthView”

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Here is Seth Dixon, taking advantage of the great photo-op.

Here is a small video preview of EarthView and Dr. Vernon Domingo.


Where We Came From, State by State

Charts showing how Americans have moved between states for 112 years.

Source: www.nytimes.com

This incredible series of interactive charts from the New York Times show where the residents of every U.S. state were born and how that data has changed over time (update: now available as an interactive map).  This graph of Florida shows that around 1900, most people living in Florida were from the South.  Around the middle of the 20th century more people from other parts of the U.S. and from outside the U.S. started moving in.  What changes in U.S. society led to these demographic shifts?  How has demographics of your state changes over the last 114 years? 


On the flip side, many people have been leaving California and this article charts the demographic impact of Californians on other states.  

Tags: migration, USAvisualization, census, unit 2 population.

Local Population Pyramids

Source: developers.arcgis.com

Have you even wanted to explore an interactive map of the United States and be able to click on any neighborhood to see the local population age structure and compare that to the national, state or county data?  If not, you don’t know what you’ve been missing.  This is a fantastic resource that lets you and your students explore the data AND ask spatial questions.  It’s definitely one that I’ll add to my list of favorite resources.  This population pyramid shows that Jamestown’s population is much older than the national average; how come?   


Tag: population, population pyramidsmappingcensus, visualization, USA.