FACULTY MEMBER TO RELATE ‘ADVENTURES IN MAPPING’
Dr. Ross Kauffman, an assistant professor of public health at Bluffton University, will discuss results of his summer 2012 grant project during a campus colloquium on Friday, Jan. 11.
His 4 p.m. presentation, "Adventures in Mapping: Discovering Bluffton with Open-Source Tools," is free and open to the public in Stutzman Lecture Hall in Bluffton’s Centennial Hall.
A Bluffton University Research Council grant funded Kauffman’s project, in which he worked to gain an understanding of Geographic Information Systems—the software used to collect data for creation of maps.
In addition to introducing software and hardware tools used in the project, he will share its outcomes. Among them are an increased Bluffton presence on OpenStreetMap.org—a collaborative project to create an open-source geographical database; an updated map of the university’s nature preserve; a map of Pitseng, Botswana, which is one of the sites available to Bluffton students for cross-cultural experiences; and an indoor map of part of Riley Court on campus.
Bluffton public relations, 1/4/13