WI Idea

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Wisconsin Idea: Bringing environmental education to rural Ecuador

By Gilly McBride, Morgridge Center for Public Service Before they even left for their study abroad program in Ecuador last spring, UW-Madison students Brenna O’Halloran (B.A. Geography, Environmental Studies) and Lauren Feierstein had already decided they wanted to stay for the summer as well. In a pre-study abroad meeting, Catherine Woodward, a professor in the Nelson Institute as […]

SCO to coordinate statewide land cover map update

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are partnering on a project to map the current land cover of Wisconsin. The resulting digital database will replace a statewide land cover map created by DNR using 1991-1993 data. The State Cartographer’s Office (SCO) is coordinating the overall effort.  A Science Team from […]

Robinson Map Library contributes to Chazen exhibit

Next week will be your last chance to catch the Chazen exhibit, Marginalia in cARTography. This exhibition explores the visual discourse between marginal artistic images and the maps where they appear, as this marginalia sheds light on the content and purpose of the maps, their authors and patrons, and on the historical period when they were […]

SCO receives award from UW-Stevens Point

The State Cartographer’s Office (SCO) recently received an Outstanding Partner Award from the UW-Stevens Point GIS Center.  The award was given in recognition of the SCO’s “inspiration, collegiality and dedication to advancing geospatial activities and ideas throughout Wisconsin and beyond its borders.” The office was commended for exemplifying “the significant advancement that can be achieved in […]

Geography’s State Cartographer’s Office to collaborate with DOA on statewide parcel map initiative

Background The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) has finalized an agreement with the State Cartographer’s Office (SCO)  for a “Version 1 Statewide Parcel Map Database Project” to create the state’s first statewide digital parcel map to be made publically available. The “Version 1 Project” is one part of a larger Statewide Digital Parcel Map Initiative, […]

Williams, Muñoz mentor junior from Madison East

There was an unusually young scientist in the Williams Paleovegetation Lab in Science Hall this past summer. After Mason Martinez, a junior from Madison East High School, was accepted into the UW High School Science Research Internship program last spring, he approached Prof. Jack Williams and graduate student, Sam Muñoz, about getting involved with geography/biology/ecology […]

UW-Madison & UW-Whitewater partner with state on economic impact map

Written by Sean Kirkby, UW Communications Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have played a crucial role in developing an online interactive map that shows the economic impact of investments in counties and legislative districts throughout the state. UW-Madison’s Cartography Lab; the State Cartographer’s Office, which operates at the university; and UW-Whitewater’s Pangea Studios collaborated […]

Geography holds “Cartography Major” at Grandparents University

In late July the Geography Department hosted a two day “Cartography major” in coordination with the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s annual Grandparents University. This award-winning, two-day program is a chance for children (ages 7 to 14) and their grandparents to come together and learn with and from each other on the UW-Madison campus. Participants in our […]

SCO to develop statewide address and parcel data for broadband mapping

The State Cartographer’s Office (SCO) has received funding to develop statewide address and parcel data to assist the broadband mapping efforts of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW). The project, which runs from July 2013 until June 2014, will aggregate county address point and parcel data into statewide GIS layers with $168,000 in federal […]

WI State Cartographer’s Office creates online pronunciation gazetteer

Can you pronounce Nanaweyah Ominihekan (an unincorporated town in Shawano Co, WI)? Are you pronouncing Shawano correctly for that matter? Our WI State Cartographer’s Office (SCO) has created a tool to help. Pronounce Wisconsin is an online mapping application that includes pronunciations for more than 1,700 cities, counties, villages and unincorporated communities. State Cartographer, Howard Veregin, sees the application […]

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