Geographic information has long been central to disciplines ranging from anthropology to zoology, and many scholars are beginning to use digital tools such as geographic information systems (GIS) and other geospatial technologies to ask and answer a range of spatial questions. This talk will highlight issues of data preservation, peer review, data copyright, and community access, among others. I will share examples from numerous institutions of higher education and discuss maps that have been published online, in print, and at conferences.
Diana Sinton is the Director of Spatial Curriculum and Research at the University of Redlands. She leads a campus-wide initiative to integrate spatial perspectives into numerous academic disciplines and teaches courses related to GIS and mapping. In fall 2008 she offered the University’s first course wholly devoted to spatial thinking. Over the years she has published GIS-based research on windthrown trees, oil wells, polka-playing radio stations, and invasive plants. She now focuses on the role for spatial literacy in higher education and recently co-edited Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping Across the Curriculum (ESRI Press, 2007). Before moving to California in 2007, Diana was a Chief Program Officer at NITLE (the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education), where she developed GIS-based curriculum for disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences and taught over 50 workshops to over 1000 faculty and staff at NITLE colleges. Prior to that, she held an NSF International Research Fellowship in Argentina. She has taught at Alfred University and the University of Rhode Island, and has BA, MS, and PhD degrees from Middlebury College and Oregon State University.