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This summer we are having a week long series of 3D themed workshops! All workshops will be held in the Digital Scholarship Lab between 3:00-5:00.
Monday June 11
Intro to 3D Modeling and Printing with OnShape
Curious about how 3D printing can meet your needs? Join us to explore the history of 3D printing, the basics of hardware and software, and local resources available for design and production. In this hands-on session, participants will learn the basics of 3D modeling to design a product, for possible print at MakeCentral: Makerspace. Participants will need a...Continue reading "Summer in 3D: a weeklong series of 3D data workshops"...
We are offering five workshops this spring semester.They are free and open to anyone who wishes to attend.
If you have any questions about the workshops or topics you would be interested in seeing a workshop on please email Amanda Tickner, GIS Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction to QGIS: Make a Simple Map with Vector Data
Friday, January 19 • 3:00–4:00 pm... Continue reading "Spring 2018 Workshops"...
Michigan's 83 counties are divided into villages, townships, charter townships, and cities. Collectively these units are known as Minor Civil Divisions. The differences between them relate to the degree of power they have over their administrative structure, their taxing powers, territorial integrity, and authority over services (Verberg, 1990). When it comes to matters of property taxes and voting, all state residents look to either their city or township. A city may annex land from a general law township, but a township may not annex land from a city. The U.S. Bureau of Census...Continue reading "What are Michigan's Minor Civil Divisions?"...
During Fall Semester 2017, MSU students, faculty and staff have access to a new map database MapVault. MapVault provides access to maps of countries around the world. Most maps are topographic, but it also contains some Geological, Aeronautical, Nautical, Tourist and Thematic maps. Maps are delivered as a streaming tile service either through the MapVault web application or through ArcGIS or QGIS.
We welcome your feedback about this product, particularly concerning your anticipated use of this product, shoudl we acquire it. Please email your feedback to Kathleen Weessies, Head...Continue reading "Fall 2017 Trial Access to MapVault (link fixed)"...
We have some new and some repeated workshops for Fall 2017! All workshops are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required.
Introduction to QGIS Make a Simple Map with Vector Data: Friday September 15th Beaumont West 3:00-4:00
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.
Compass Navigation...Continue reading "Fall 2017 Workshops"...
An interactive map has been created which displays the land parcels selected by the State of Michigan under the Morrill Land Grant College Act.
In 1863 Michigan participated in the program established by the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 1862 to establish an agricultural college using funds gained from a grant of federal lands. This map displays the 240,000 acres selected.
The legal land description of each parcel is listed in the book, The State of Michigan and the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 1862. Author Herbert Berg had obtained photocopies of the list from the...Continue reading "Land Selected under the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862"...
In 1951 the State Library of Michigan, then in the Cass Building, was set on fire. State workers rushed to save as many water logged items as possible. In the picture above Michigan Department of Transportation workers are using irons to flatten maps. The recovery efforts were featured in Life Magazine.
Actually, freezing waterlogged books & papers is about the best thing you can do to stop mold and disintegration until someone can deal with the items. The fire happened during sub-freezing temperatures. Nowadays when library items are soaked from sprinkler systems, we rent...Continue reading "Other Duties as Assigned: MDOT Workers iron maps in 1951"...
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"...