In 1790, The newly formed US Congress passed the Residence Act allowing for the creation of a new city ‘not more than 10 miles square’ as the seat of the Federal government. The site chosen by George Washington sat between the Potomac and Anacostia rivers making the city accessible for commerce but also defensible against naval attack. Conveniently, it was also just up the road from Washington’s home at Mount Vernon.
Fig. 1: Miniature Portrait of Andrew Ellicott, 1799. Source: Wikipedia
The surveyor Andrew Ellicott (Fig. 1), who would later serve as the US boundary...Continue reading "L'Enfant's Legacy"...
We have five GIS and map related workshops coming up for Spring Semester 2017! They are free and all are welcome to attend (including community members).
Introduction to QGIS: Make a Simple Map with Vector Data - January 30 (Beaumont West)
Learn the basics of QGIS, the free open source geospatial software - this workshop will demonstrate how to make a choropleth (color shaded) map and place graduated symbols on it, load shapefiles and .csv table files into QGIS, join data to spatial information and edit features. Register here.
QGIS 2: Georeferencing - February 6th (...Continue reading "Spring 2017 Workshops"...
Celebrate GIS Day on Nov. 16th by participating in a humanitarian mapping project, no GIS experience needed! Bring your laptop to the Map library CTL and join us in developing map data to aid a humanitarian project. We will be helping the Humanitarian Open Street Mapping Project – their past projects have included working on mapping earthquake stricken areas in Nepal and recently Haiti in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew. The exact project we will work on is to be determined, but likely will involve improving our knowledge of road networks in an African country by looking at satellite...Continue reading "GIS Day 2016 Nov. 16th 2:00-4:00 - Humanitarian Open Street Map-athon in the Map Library"...
Closs. Conservation of freshwater fishes. Cambridge University Press, ©2016. Call Number: QL 624 .C658 2016
Molles. Ecology: Concepts and Applications. McGraw-Hill Education, ©2016 Call Number: QH 541 .M553 2016
Field & Davies. Biocode: The New Age Of Genomics. Oxford University Press, ©2015. Call Number: QH 447 .F54 2015 c.2
Monibot. Feral: Rewilding The Land, The Sea, And Human Life. University of Chicago Press, ©2014. Call Number:QL 83.4 .M66 2014 c.2
Strobel. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Nova Publishers, ©2014 Call Number: QH 541.15 .R45...Continue reading "New Books"...
Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan Terr’y. Published by Pendletons Lithography in Boston in 1835, probably for Nathaniel Brown.
This map shows a thriving town site. The only problem was that it was a complete fiction. The real Ionia, Michigan, Seat of Ionia County, had been placed two miles west of this site in 1833.
At the time the map was made in 1835, half of the square-mile section had been purchased by Chicago-based land speculator Nathaniel Brown. The other half was still owned by the Federal Government. Brown had the idea of a sawmill anchoring a community that...Continue reading "Fictitious Ionia"...
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
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
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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...Continue reading "What is the natural vegetation in your neighborhood?"...
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...Continue reading "Michigan GIS Users Meeting"...
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...Continue reading "Mormonism and Michigan's County Formation"...
Few. Now you see it : simple visualization techniques for quantitative analysis. Analytics Press © 2006. Call Number: TK 7882.I6 F48 2009
Flora of North America Editorial Committee. Flora of North America : north of Mexico. Oxford University Press ©1993- Call Number: QK 110 .F55 1993 v.6
Kumano. Freshwater red algae of the world. Biopress ©2002. Call Number QK 569 .R4 K86 2002
Bremer. Using R at the bench : step-by-step data analytics for biologists. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press ©2015. Call Number: QH 324.2 .B74 2015 c.2
Roskams and Rodgers. Lab ref : a...Continue reading "New Books"...