Please join us on December 7th at 12:00pm in 206 Ingraham Hall for a talk by the Geography Department’s very own Niwaeli Kimambo, M.Sc. PhD Student, as she shares her fascinating research from Southern Tanzania.
In Niwaeli’s words:
“I look at tree cover trajectories for land that is under a protected status, compared to land that is under individual landholding in Southern Tanzania. Tree cover is important for improving habitat connectivity for arboreal primates. I show how natural tree re-growth is suppressed while smallholder land is rapidly transforming to woodlots. I investigate the ecological factors suppressing regeneration and the social factors leading to tree planting, and recommend incorporation of smallholders’ land use in connectivity planning.”
We look forward to seeing you at what is sure to be a fantastic presentation!
Staff at the State Cartographer’s Office (SCO) recently completed a second version of Wisconsin’s statewide digital parcel database. This GIS database contains information on ownership, tax assessment, zoning, property class, and other attribute for about 3.5 million parcels in the state. The first version of the database—also constructed by SCO—was released a year ago.
The parcel database project is part of the Statewide Parcel Map Initiative, a sustainable, multi-year program to deliver up-to-date tax parcel data to the state’s citizens. The Initiative resulted from Act 20, the state’s 2013-15 biennial budget, and is being led by the Wisconsin Land Information Program at the Department of Administration (DOA).
The SCO’s role in the Parcel Initiative is to ingest, process, and integrate GIS parcel data developed and maintained by Wisconsin’s 72 county Land Information Offices. The team at the SCO includes several student assistants who work closely with staff from the SCO, DOA, and county offices.
Wisconsin is one of a handful of states in the country with a public statewide parcel database and a sustainable program to support it. Parcel data is one of the most widely-used of all GIS datasets, and meets the needs of federal, state and local governments, the property assessment community, researchers, students, non-profits, and businesses. Many of these needs are discussed in the National Research Council report “National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future” which argues that parcel data is an information-rich GIS database offering a high return-on-investment ratio for a broad range of uses.
Your donation could do twice as much good!
In honor of the 75th anniversary of our mapping program in the Geography Department, we are delighted to announce a unique opportunity to support the department and our students.
We are raising funds to support our best and brightest undergraduate students in research and other professional learning experiences. Our goal is to raise $4,000 before the end of the year. To encourage additional donations, we are proud to announce that an alumnus from the class of 1974 is generously offering a matching challenge. He will match the first $2,000 in donations during this time. This alumnus is a key supporter of Geography, believing in the importance of supporting our students in and out of the classroom.
To make a gift, you can register for the Science Hall After Dark event; any contribution you make above the $30 registration fee will count toward the match. Or, you can give online by visiting www.allwaysforward.org and designating the “Geography Department” for your gift.
We hope you will join us on November 11 to learn more about the research and service in which our undergraduates are participating. Check back here, at MadGeogNews, to follow along with the exciting work of our faculty, staff, and students at. Please reach out if you would like to be more involved in the UW–Madison Geography Department, email@example.com.
Our students appreciate your generosity!
On Friday, November 11, 2016 we will celebrate 75 years of making maps in Science Hall; we hope you will join us! Check this site regularly for updated information, photos of the event, etc.
Arthur H. Robinson Map Library, Science Hall 6PM-8PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
The Department of Geography is delighted to invite alumni and special guests to “Science Hall After Dark”—the very first event of its kind! Following the homecoming parade, keep celebrating by joining us in Science Hall, a national historic building at the heart of the UW campus.
REVISIT Science Hall and travel back in time by perusing a special collection of historic maps and aerial photography in the Arthur H. Robinson Map Library.
REENGAGE with student life by exploring projects, advances in mapping technologies, and opportunities.
RECONNECT with old friends, and meet Geography students and alumni.
All proceeds from this event will support students in the Geography Department by providing experiential learning opportunities to help launch them into successful lives and careers.
Tickets can be purchased at the registration link above, donations are tax deductible.
The world’s largest public participation mapping project comes to UW-Madison! OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the whole world that is being built by volunteers largely from scratch and released with an open-content license.
Successful geography alumni, and businesses interested in hiring UW-Madison Geography students will share the importance of a geography degree. Networking lunch, with pizza included.
Dr. Rob Roth
Cartography in Science Hall: 75 Years of Making Maps that Matter in 180 Science Hall
Dr. Matt Turner
Addressing gaps of knowledge and representation: Participatory mapping in Senegal
Come celebrate the 2016 Homecoming with us in Science Hall! You are welcome to spend the entire day or just to visit After Dark. Hor d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
If you are unable to attend, but would like to support the Geography Department, you can give through the UW All Ways Forward campaign, and assign “Geography Department” as your designated gift option.