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Amanda Tickner Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 10:18am Categories: Events
We have many fun and useful workshops including GIS workshops and non-GIS workshops scheduled for Fall!

 

Map reading/navigation workshop 9/19
Aerial photography with kites 9/27
QGIS Workshop 1  Introduction to QGIS: Vector Data 10/3
QGIS Workshop 2: Georeferencing 10/10
QGIS Workshop at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station 10/8
Geocoding 10/24
3D Printing Terrain Maps (part of GIS Week!) 11/15

 

Map reading/navigation workshop

Location:  Map Library CTL and Outdoors

9/19/2016 3:30:00- 4:30:00 PM

No Cell signal!? GPS...

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Kathleen Weessies Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 11:01am Categories: Uncategorized

Beginning in the nineteenth century, immigrants to Michigan massively changed the landscape through logging, farming, draining wetlands, building roads, cities, and planting managed landscapes.  Prior to that Native Americans used fire and other methods to alter the landscape, though on a much smaller scale.  When you stand in your front yard, the 'natural' vegetation you see is likely quite different from what stood in 1800 especially if you live in the southern part of the state.  So what kinds of trees or other landcover naturally grew in your area long ago?  A group of scholars teamed...

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Kathleen Weessies Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 8:11am Categories: Events
Statewide Michigan GIS Users meeting at the MSU Main Library

The Statewide GIS User Group provides bimonthly networking and educational opportunities for GIS professionals across Michigan. The meetings are open to everyone from students through seasoned professionals and feature a range of technical and non-technical topics.

The next meeting is Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the MSU Main Library.  We will be offering a remote conferencing option using our campus site license to zoom.us for the morning session only starting at 10:00am.  You may connect audio-only using a phone or may...

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Kasey Wilson Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 3:00pm Categories:
Image of Manitou County from "Map of the State of Michigan and the Surrounding Country," Exhibiting the Sections and the Latest Surveys.  By John Farmer. Published in Detroit in 1855.

From 1850-1856, James Jesse Strang (image below) lived on Beaver Island as a self-appointed king among the Mormon adherents who declared allegiance to him after the death of Joseph Smith.  Strang commanded a loyal following from his congregants but it often brought the Strangite Mormons into conflict with the judiciary in Mackinac.  These disagreements drove the Mormons to seek local and state political office and culminated in the election of Strang as a state legislator.  It was through this office that Strang would seek to change the fortunes of his community and alter the geography of...

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Kathleen Weessies Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 11:36am Categories:

This three hour workshop gives participants the opportunity to learn QGIS, the free and open source geospatial software package. The workshop content revolves around solving a research/planning question using data about Detroit. Skills included in the workshop are making a color-shaded choropleth map, sub-setting data, using census data, geocoding within QGIS, joining datasets, creating buffers and more. If you have taken other library workshops on QGIS, this workshop will review and build on your skills.  If you are totally unfamiliar with QGIS this workshop will give you a solid ...

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Kathleen Weessies Friday, March 18, 2016 - 2:20pm Categories: Uncategorized

We are hosting two more fun and useful workshops this semester!

Finding Geospatial Data This workshop will describe places and strategies for finding geospatial data of various types, with an emphasis on free, public resources as well as library resources. There will be time at the end to answer questions, conduct individual searches and brainstorm about individual project needs. Monday March 21st 3-4:30 PM in the Main Library 3 West No registration needed.

Create a 3D Historical Map Flythrough Using ArcScene Learn to use the ArcGIS 3D Analyst tool ArcScene to create a 3D...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 5:17pm Categories:
In 1927, Clyde Newnom authored a guidebook to Michigan titled Michigan’s Thirty-seven Million Acres of Diamonds.The author, in his introduction, explained the use of the word ‘diamonds’ poetically: “Her [Michigan’s] hand is overflowing with vast natural resources and great wealth.” Clyde was not suggesting literally that Michigan might include diamonds as one of these natural resources of note.

A lucky few, however, have found diamonds in the Great Lakes area. Michigan’s most notable find was Frank Blackmond’s 11-carat diamond found in 1894 near Dowagiac in southwest Michigan. Several...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 1:06pm Categories:


Part of the black-ink plate to the 1912 Lansing topographic map.

From the 1880s to the 1950s, the U.S. Geological Survey used engraved copper plates in the process of printing topographic and geographic quadrangle maps. Copper alloy engraving plates were inscribed with a mirror image of the points, contour lines, symbols, and text that constitute a topographic map. Each plate was inscribed with details for a single color of ink. Every sheet of paper had to be impressed multiple times to make a complete color map. In order to make large numbers of prints, USGS transferred the...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 12:35pm Categories:

East Lansing and MSC, 1926

This map of East Lansing and the Michigan State College campus shows every land parcel and every campus building. It also includes the city’s sanitation and sewage treatment infrastructure, which mainly involved piping sewage to the Red Cedar River (a practice long since discontinued). The City of East Lansing passed its first zoning ordinance effective August 13, 1926 in the form of a 12-page booklet which is attached to the map. The ordinance created five use districts in the city (excepting the college lands) which carefully separated fraternity and...

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Amanda Tickner Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 1:04pm Categories: Uncategorized

We will be offering many fun and useful workshops this semester!

Print your Neighborhood: 3D Printing From A Topographic Map: No 3D printing experience necessary. Use simple applications to prepare a file to 3D print a small area relief map of your favorite place or research area. Please bring a laptop with Autodesk 123D loaded (it can be downloaded for free here) Tuesday January 26th 3-4 PM (in the Makerspace Series) No registration needed - just show up to the Makerspace on the second floor of the library

QGIS Workshop 1: Choropleth Mapping will demonstrate how to make a...

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