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L'Enfant's Legacy
January 10, 2017 - 3:08:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

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...

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Spring 2017 Workshops
December 06, 2016 - 5:17:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library

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 (...

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GIS Day 2016 Nov. 16th 2:00-4:00 - Humanitarian Open Street Map-athon in the Map Library
November 16, 2016 - 2:02:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library   Categories: Events

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...

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New Books
October 18, 2016 - 10:59:00 am (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Gull Lake Library New Books   Categories: News and Events

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...

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Fictitious Ionia
October 04, 2016 - 1:29:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library

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...

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Fall 2016 Workshops
August 25, 2016 - 10:18:00 am (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library   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!?...

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What is the natural vegetation in your neighborhood?
August 09, 2016 - 11:01:00 am (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library   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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Michigan GIS Users Meeting
July 13, 2016 - 8:11:00 am (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library   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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Mormonism and Michigan's County Formation
June 29, 2016 - 3:00:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Map Library
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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New Books
June 14, 2016 - 2:31:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Associated Blog: Gull Lake Library New Books   Categories: News and Events

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...

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