In the 1800s, Colden’s Liquid Beef Tonic was sold as a cure for alcoholism. It’s primary ingredient? Alcohol. This may not be the sort of thing one expects to learn at an event dedicated to discussing data visualization and research. DH+Data Day is a testament to the expansions in who uses data, what they use it for, and how it’s analyzed.
Ask the average person what lines the streets of New York City, and the likeliest response will be buildings. Nestled at the foot of the city’s brownstones, skyscrapers, and towers, however, are the city’s street trees.
During this past semester, teams of students in New York and Buenos Aires archived murals, graffiti, performances, and installations in selected neighborhoods of the two cities, using tablets and GIS software.
Many NYU students and faculty currently use GIS. Cultural history classes analyze the migration patterns of New York’s immigrant groups, marine biology classes record soil and water samples, and classes in public health compare the epidemiology of infectious diseases.
Geographic information systems (GIS) allow us to take spatial data from various sources, overlay map layers, analyze and model the data, and visualize the results in maps, reports, and charts. As a research institution, NYU has a growing community that is using GIS to gain new insights in a wide range of fields.
As NYU aspires to become a Global Network University, it faces challenges. How can we best offer advanced courses in the sciences at our global sites? How can we bridge the gap between instruction and research? How do we develop courses that relate to the specific locations yet have a global scope?
The GIS services at the DSS support teaching, learning, and research with geospatial technology across the University. The Spatial Data Repository (SDR) is a welcome addition to the GIS services long provided by the Data Service Studio.