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Mapping in the 21st Century: Maps, Apps, Tools & Beyond

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow

Registration begins January 6 at 9 am.

Members Free and Non-members $15.

Screenshot of MIDAS, an interactive map developed by Suchi Gopal.

Mapping in the 21st Century: Maps, Apps, Tools & Beyond

Suchi Gopal

We are witnessing a revolution in mapping, fueled by advances in geospatial technologies such as Geographic Information Science (GIS), remote sensing, high resolution imagery, web mapping, crowd sourced data, and apps. These technologies are enabling us to capture, process, and store and analyze spatial data as never before. High resolution mapping enables users to visualize museums, homes, and buildings. New apps such as Waze can provide real-time traffic data or help you find your friends location, or personalize trips. Maps have become ubiquitous in our lives, constantly updated and produced by many users not just experts. Gopal’s lecture will focus on the applications of these technologies in her work, nature of spatial data, and the future of mapping.

Suchi Gopal is a professor in the department of Earth and Environment at Boston University. She received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the field of Geography. Her research is multidisciplinary dealing with spatial analysis and modeling, GIS, data mining and information visualization and artificial neural networks. Her current research projects include the development of a spatial decision analysis system on a mobile platform, assessing the impact of climate change on food security and biodiversity in Cambodia, urban landcover characterization using fuzzy sets, and mapping maternal health service delivery in Zambia. She is funded by the National Science Foundation on a GK-12 grant—Global Change Initiative—Research and Education (GLACIER) focusing on STEM outreach to middle schools in the Boston area.

Are you a map enthusiast? View our current exhibition,Collecting for the Boston Athenæum in the 21st Century: Maps, Charts, & Plans, on view through February 28.

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