|Photo credit, D'Arcy Norman, Flickr|
Unit staff have assisted health science researchers with their epidemiological research tracking disease occurrences and computer engineering students who had developed an algorithm to help the City of Calgary create more efficient garbage pickup routes or “beats”. Other projects that they have assisted with include a civil engineer who wanted to create a predictive model for tornadoes for the Canadian prairies and a researcher trying to determine locations where oil spills are more prevalent in order to reduce them. All of these researchers benefited from the data provided by Spatial and Numeric Data Services staff as well as their assistance in processing their data into meaningful results.
The majority of users of this service are from the University of Calgary community and in particular the Masters of GIS students, the Geomatics Engineering students, and Environmental Design students and faculty. Community members and students from other institutions can access the air photo and map collection and Spatial and Numeric Services staff can provide assistance with academic data research using free and open source resources like GeoGratis and E-STAT.
Spatial and Numeric Data Services website: http://library.ucalgary.ca/sands
by Laura Koltutsky