University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was in need of an updated static map for visitors and students to navigate campus easily. The map needed to be useful for its audience as well as aesthetically pleasing for wide use in University of Wisconsin-Whitewater publications.
We have created an accurate, useful, visually appealing basemap that represents University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The base map was set to a lush green color scheme to reinforce the idea that this campus is an inviting community that values healthy living and conservation. The figure-ground effect and color scheme of the buildings were optimized for clarity for all viewers.
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This static map will be used as the foundation for its interactive counterpart to achieve seamless transition between the two. The interactive map will feature pop-ups with building information upon clicking, and operational layers that display dining options, accessible parking, nature trails, and entrance routes.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is Wisconsin’s lead economic development agency. With more than 600 regional and local partners, the WEDC fosters the cooperation necessary to support job creation.
With the State Cartographer’s Office and UW-Madison Cartography Lab as partners, we were tasked with creating a map highlighting WEDC’s grants and projects throughout the state. In a second round, the map was expanded to include all state agencies and their Act 125 reporting requirements. We are currently expanding the map to better show regional impacts of projects.
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Where is my next class!!!!
On any student’s first weeks here at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, there will be difficulties navigating campus. These issues are increased for students with disabilities. There are currently no existing tools to locate where barriers to access are located (we only provide static paper maps). It was with these issues in mind that we sought to develop a tool to help overcome this problem. This university is known for being one of the top leaders in accessibility and this application is just one more way that the campus will be able to continue the streak of being one of the leaders in handicap accessibility.
By Cole Isenberger
On 05, Jun 2014 | In Location Analytics | By Cole Isenberger
Every incident or crime is related to a location. The location can be inside or outside prison walls. From tracking the concentration of gangs in a community to following the travel routes of probationers or sex offenders in a neighborhood, you need to know where problems are occurring or emerging.
Geographic information system (GIS) technology can help you leverage information to observe, understand, and respond to the problems you face in the corrections community.
Rock County Correctional Services wanted to be able to visualize the distribution of adolescent crime incidents in order to deploy Law Enforcement resources more effectively across the County. Any criminal data containing an address, such as an offender’s residence, work location, or rearrests location, can be displayed and analyzed using GIS. External data, such as school locations, “Hot” drug markets, and public transportation routes can also be incorporated into a GIS for further analysis and understanding.
By Cole Isenberger
On 05, Jun 2014 | In Cartography | By Cole Isenberger
The challenge was to create a web application for each of the cities in Walworth County and show their boundaries as well as important data about the area to aid the WCEDA website in giving the right information to the people of the county. The end result of the map would be integrated into the WCEDAs’ website to improve functionality of their organization.
The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) program at UW-Whitewater is a great example of “high-impact” learning where upper-level students use the knowledge they’ve gained to conduct their own research project. The program gives students approximately a year to conceive and carry out a research project which culminates in a poster presentation at our Undergraduate Research Day, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), or in a discipline-specific conference.
Geography and geology students have been very successful using the program to conduct research all over the world.
Ninety percent of federal disaster declarations are for flood events. Response and recovery costs can be extremely high, so where risks are apparent it makes sense to take actions that prevent damage from occurring. If flood damage cannot be fully prevented, there may be mitigation techniques that lessen the damage. Flooding can be from high ground water, overland flooding from rivers or streams, or from a dam failure.
In addition to a communication strategy, a flood warning system may consist of people or machines monitoring water level with stream gauges. Although a flood warning system generally does not provide long-term damage reduction, it can alleviate health and safety risk by providing citizens time to escape and possibly remove belongings that could be damaged.
Our mapplication works to be a tool for monitoring flood risk and identifying areas of potential flooding based on 100-year floodplains.
By Cole Isenberger
On 05, Jun 2014 | In Academic | By Cole Isenberger
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater did not have much of a presence on Google Maps. Google tasked students across the country, and in Canada, to improve the maps of their campuses using Google Map Maker. Each map was judged by Google Map Technicians based on certain criteria:
- Mapping quality: Mapping additions and edits must be accurate and detailed.
- Mapping quantity: The more mapping additions and edits published, the better!
- Review quality: Reviews of mapping changes must be polite, helpful, and correct.
- Review quantity: The more reviews completed, the better!
- Explanation and thoroughness of your mapping contributions: Share with Google in a written or video piece why you have mapped your campus the way you have. Tell us what is important, and how that is reflected in your contributions to the map!
The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater & ROTC teams’ current maps had no land navigation information on their existing land navigation training areas. Pangea Studios needed to figure out how to quickly provide this prestigious Army start-up program with a land navigation tool that would be useful in training.
The athletic department requested a parking lot map that would be as informative and interactive as a tickets.com website. They wanted the public to have access to picking and purchasing their own parking spot for each football game of the season. Each spot is numbered, so anyone can pick which spot(s) they desire off of an online PDF. The goal is to have an interactive map for the ticketing services, here on campus, so people can purchase their parking spots online or through the ticket booth. Ideally, everyone who buys season tickets for all home football games will also have the opportunity to purchase season parking spaces as well.
We now have a PDF available on the ticketing services website. It can be found here.