Friday, September 28, 2007

First GIS Workshop - Standing Room Only!

Yesterday's workshop was a success on every conceivable level.

We had 30 participants, which in a 27 PC lab is the best. Breakdown was 4 faculty, 12 grads, 8 undergrads, 2 staff, and 4 non-affiliates (City of Arlington intern, couple of investors, and an alumnus). By the 5 minute mark every seat was taken and a noticeable number of people dropped by and left when they saw how crowded it was.

Everyone seemed very engaged. Lots of discussions amongst everyone, and the topics invariably lead to how the techniques and/or data sources we used can be incorporated into their own research. Almost everyone was able to complete the entire workshop, which culminated in the creation of a Google Map highlighting their results. These Google Maps were generated using our ArcMap2GMap script.

The university Public Affairs Office sent out a nice press release, that was mentioned in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram. The Shorthorn (university newspaper) printed a fantastic story this morning that featured a number of nice interviews with students.

Let's hope this excitement bleeds over into our next workshop on air pollution in the metroplex, scheduled for October 25. Details here.

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