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Do you know how to effectively turn Spatial “Geographic” Data and information into knowledge for decision support?

Come Join us to Learn how to Turn Spatial/Location Data into Valuable Information!

The Geography & Spatial Thinking Across the Curriculum (GeoSTAC) initiative at BMCC will provide a much needed platform and capacity building opportunity for faculty to explore the “Importance of Place” and how we can use Web-based Mapping and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to enrich Active and Experiential learning among students at BMCC. Also, the GeoSTAC will help faculty to learn how they can effectively turn Spatial Data into Useful Information for decision making, or to support faculty research and scholarly work.

The goal of BMCC’s GeoSTAC initiative will be to facilitate Spatial Thinking Across various disciples and enhance the use of mapping products to support teaching and research on campus. The specific objectives of GeoSTAC shall include:

  • Promote Spatial literacy among BMCC faculty
  • Introduce faculty to Online Spatial Data and Web-based Mapping recourses (GeoSTAC web Portal) hosted by BMCC Library
  • Remove barriers to accessing geospatial data and promote open spatial data access
  • Facilitate effective communication using spatial data

This GeoSTAC initiative is a novel approach to increasing Geographic literacy as well as Spatial Thinking Across on a College campus. We are living at a time of rapid Geospatial Revolution and Innovation, where we are all location enhanced technology is integrated into our everyday lives and decision making process. It is therefore vital that understanding basic geographic concepts and employing spatial thinking academic curriculum, because these will become essential skillsets in the changing economies and technologies in the 21st century.
By integrating Geospatial technologies (remote sensing, Geographic Information System, and Global Positioning Systems) with spatial analyses in multiple disciplines such as urban development, market/logistics analyses and public safety, GeoSTAC will eventually enhance Geographic Literacy on BMCC campus and eventually strengthen the GIScience program. To do this, the GeoSTAC Initiative will host a collection of Geospatial data and software the GeoSTAC web Portal hosted by BMCC Library, as well as provide training workshops on Geography & Spatial Thinking Across BMCC.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) let users visualize and analyze location-based data, such as maps, GPS points, and satellite data.

*** With GIS we can address various issues, such as:

  • How do we protect the NYC water supply watersheds?
  • Where is the best location for a new business franchise?
  • What are the impacts of low income urban communities (Food deserts) on High school & College dropout rates in NYC?
  • What is the spatial relationship between asthma and low-income communities in the Bronx, NY?
  • How effective is Stop & Frisk vs Data driven Community policing?
  • What is the potential impact of the Keystone XL pipeline on the Ogallala Aquifer in Nebraska?
  • What is the best route to deliver packages of in a city?

*** In this half-day GeoSTAC workshop you will:

  • Hear from faculty and experts in the natural sciences and STEM fields, social sciences, and business talk about their experience in integrating geospatial thinking in their classroom teaching and research
  • Hear from Faculty who have used GIS in their research
  • Participate in a hands-on GIS activity
  • Learn about the rich online spatial data and web-based mapping resources available through the BMCC Philip Randolph Library
  • Explore how to design a geospatial activity as part of your classes


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