ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies names Spatial {Query} Lab ‘Lab of the Month’ for January 2017

I am very proud to announce that the Spatial {Query} Lab has been named ‘Lab of the Month’ in January 2017 by the International Cartographic Association Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies (ICA). This honor should certainly be shared by the fantastic students in the lab working on the open source-related curriculum as well as the community that uses the content and provides valuable feedback. Thank you all for your hard work. The ICA announcement can be viewed at: http://opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org/2017/01/geoforall-lab-of-the-month-texas-am-university-corpus-christi-usa/


Drs. Smith and Rudowsky Present about {Map Scanning} to TAMUCC Presidents Council

Dr. Rick Smith, Director of the Spatial {Query} Lab and Dr. Catherine Rudowsky, Director of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, presented about the {Map Scanning} project at the inaugural TAMUCC President’s Council Lunch and Learn on October 13th, 2016. We were happy to have the opportunity to present to the President’s Council about the status of the project and the local, state, and national impacts that the {Map Scanning} project will have going forward. Click here to view the presentation online (presentation is large, so it may take a few moments to load).Read more »


Dr. Smith to Speak at URISA Texas Monthly Speaker Series – Digital Mapping in a Disaster Response Environment

Dr. Smith, Director of the Spatial {Query} Lab, will be presenting on the topic of ‘Digital Mapping in a Disaster Response Environment’ on Tuesday, October 25th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (Central Time). URISA Texas is hosting the presentation online. Learn more about the presentation by visiting the event page at: http://urisatexas.org/event-2353872 or read below.

Presentation outline: 

Mapping is an integral part of a disaster response. Whether the maps are paper or digital, getting useful information to the right people at the right time is critical…and hard. Luckily, the rapid development of technology, in terms of… Read more »


Second Edition of Mastering QGIS Book Published

After months of writing, rewriting, editing, and late nights, I am proud to announce that the second edition of ‘Mastering QGIS’ has now be published. We have added a brand new chapter and 66 pages of new content taking the book up to 486 pages of content. Additionally, we have updated all content to work with QGIS 2.14, which is the current long term release. In short, you will learn the following in this book: Create and manage a spatial database Get to know advanced techniques to style GIS data Prepare both vector and raster data for processing Add… Read more »


Status of {Map Scanning} Project Presented to Coastal Bend GIS Users Group

On Thursday, September 15th, Dr. Smith, on behalf of the Spatial {Query} Lab, presented the {Map Scanning} Project to the Coastal Bend GIS Users Group. The presentation covered the history, process, current status, and future plans for the project. View the PowerPoint presentation. Big thanks to the Coastal Bend GIS Users Group for the opportunity. If you are in the Coastal Bend and work in the geospatial field, please consider joining the group!


Upcoming Features of BandoCat

We have been hard at work preparing to kick off three new initiatives in the {Map Scanning} project: Georectification of scanned maps Transcription of map indices Spatial search of scanned documents In order to get these initiatives off the ground, we needed to develop some new capabilities of BandoCat (BandoCat is our internally-developed map cataloging software). So, we have developed a new georectification tool, a new transcription tool, and a new spatial search tool. All three of these tools work within BandoCat and will soon be deployed to the S{Q}L staff so they can enrich the scanned documents with geospatial… Read more »


Rare 1853 Texas map acquired by Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

The Corpus Christi Caller Times wrote a story on a rare 1853 map of Texas by Jacob de Cordova that was acquired by Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. The map is in fantastic condition for its age. You can read the article at: http://www.caller.com/news/education/local/rare-map-obtained-by-am-cc-in-string-of-coincidences-3036c733-67bc-047b-e053-0100007fed76-376807461.html As we continue to work through scanning maps from our {Map Scanning} Project, I hope we can turn up a map of this caliber. We do have a few noteable Texas maps in our collection already, such as the map of the Santa Gertrudis Estate (of King Ranch fame), and we hope to have more… Read more »


S{Q}L Showcases Work at 2016 Spring Texas Map Society Meeting

The Spatial {Query} Lab showcased its {Map Scanning} work at the 2016 Texas Map Society Spring Meeting held on the Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi campus April 2nd. Dr. Smith presented with Ann Hodges and Audrey Garza of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library about the Conrad Blucher Map Collection, how the parts work together, and the past, present, and future of the {Map Scanning} project. Bryan Gillis, Lillian Reitz, and Son Nguyen presented about the details of the {Map Scanning} project, such as our scanning procedures, scanning hardware, and custom software. Of particular note was… Read more »