A Map Transfer in Pictures

Ever wonder what a map transfer between S{Q}L and the Mary and Jeff Bell Library looks like? You are in luck. During our last map transfer, the Library photographer took pictures and I have selected a few to share. What is a map transfer? When we have completed scanning and cataloging the large-format maps and job folders, we have to transport them back to the Library and retrieve the next set. This involves a van, one Library personnel, and at least four S{Q}L workers to complete. Read more »


Texas Map Society Spring 2016 Meeting Agenda Available

The Texas Map Society‘s Spring 2016 meeting agenda is now available (click here). The meeting will take place at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi on April 1-2, 2016. The meeting primarily focuses on South Texas surveyors and their map collections. The Spatial {Query} Lab will be presenting the morning of April 2nd about our {Map Scanning} project. Specifically, Son Nguyen, Bryan Gillis, and Lillian Reitz will present about how the the map scanning project operates, and Dr. Rick Smith will present about the history and future of the project…. Read more »


Texas Map Society Spring Meeting – Save the Date

The Texas Map Society is having its 2016 Spring meeting at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi April 1-2. A major focus on this meeting will be the {Map Scanning} Project our lab is operating and will also include other presentations, a group tour of the Art Museum of South Texas, and a visit to the Special Collections and Archives Department at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. See the Texas Map Society Spring 2016 Meeting -Save the Date Flyer and we’ll let you know when registration opens.


GeoAcademy Team Wins GeoForAll Global Educator of the Year Award 2015

Dr. Richard Smith, Director of the Spatial {Query} Lab, was awarded GeoForAll – Global Educator of the Year Award as part of the Team award. The award was presented to Kurt Menke, Nate Jennings, Jon Van Hoesen, Richard Smith, and Phil Davis  at the FOSS4G – 2015 – Europe Conference in Como, Italy. All of these individuals played an important part in creating the GeoAcademy Curriculum. The GeoAcademy Curriculum is being maintained by the Spatial {Query} Lab and is composed of thirty-five labs across five college-level courses. The curriculum is available here.


GST 104 – Cartographic Design – Updated to QGIS 2.8 and Inkscape 0.91

It’s finally here! The GST 104 – Cartographic Design labs are completed and available as part of our award winning GeoAcademy curriculum. The seven labs feature QGIS 2.8 and Inkscape 0.91. The lab topics are: Creating a colorful map of the United States of America Exploring Coordinate Systems and Map Projections Map Elements and Design IDP and Refugee Proportional Symbol Map IDP and Refugee Proportional Symbol Map – Designing the Final Map Countries with Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons Over 1 Million Map Design Design and Label a Downtown Street Map Here are a few examples of maps students… Read more »