Saturday, October 27, 2007

Monday, October 22, 2007

This American Life does mapping

One of my favorite shows ever, This American Life does mapping on this week's show. This weeks show has 5 parts and looks at mapping the world by the 5 senses. North Carolina artist, cartographer and author Denis Wood joins Ira Glass in Act I. Ira gives an interesting perspective to mapping from a non-mapping person (if there is such a person these days). I'm not sure I agree with everything he says but interesting none-the-less.

Denis is author of The Power of Maps and co-author of Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS (occasionally used in our GIS curriculum).

The following link will take you directly to this weeks podcast - Mapping.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

GIS Day 2007

We'll be celebrating GIS Day on Friday, November 9th from 9:00am til 2:00pm right here at the AB Tech main campus. Drop in any time and to see all the exciting GIS going on in and around Asheville. The list of organizations putting this event on can be seen below:
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College – GIS Certificate Program
  • Buncombe County – GIS Department
  • City of Asheville – GIS Department
  • Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) (Charlotte Office)
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
  • GeoMaxim
  • National Climatic Data Center
  • NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NC CGIA)
  • Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)
  • Resource Data, Inc.
  • UNC-Asheville / National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)
We'll have demonstrations, hands on activities, a map gallery and more. You can get more information by going to our event at or by downloading our flyer here (refresh the page if you are not taken to the download page). Please pass around the brochure and/or put it up at work if you like.

If you'd like to talk to a live person about the event ... you can call or email me or Greg Dobson.

Pete Kennedy - pkennedy(at) - 828.254.1921 x289
Greg Dobson - gdobson(at) - 828.251.6973

If you are planning on bringing a large group ... let us know so we can plan accordingly! Thanks and hope to see you there!