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GIS / Mapping Working Group

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) / Mapping working group is a network of CUNY students, faculty and staff who are interested in sharing methods and techniques, and finding support from others about ways GIS can be used to further research and teaching.

The GIS/Mapping working group is part of a GC Digital Initiatives program designed to create collaborative communities of Digital Fellows, CUNY-wide graduate students, staff, and faculty to meet regularly and share their areas of interest. The working groups provide a sustained, supportive environment to learn new skills, share familiar skills, and collaborate with both the Digital Fellows and the CUNY digital community.

If you are using Geographic Information Systems or other mapping technologies in your teaching and/or research, or if you are interested in mapping your data, or using GIS technology to analyze/visualize your data, we invite you to join the GIS/Mapping working group.

Peruse our mapping resource bank here:

For the Spring 2024 semester, the GIS/Mapping working group will meet in the Digital Scholarship Lab, Room 7414, every other Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. Check out our event calendar for the specific meeting dates. Please stop by!

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  • Greetings, Amber, and welcome to the GIS adventure! Most definitely there are many GISc classes throughout CUNY that you might be interested in taking, at several different campuses, and I can help you with the ones we are offering at Lehman (including a couple of summer classes, if you are interested in those).
    We are offering Exploring the Geography of NYC with GISc; and Biography with GISc in the summer (both online), and in the Fall we will have Principles of GIS; Demography and Population Geography with GISc; Intro to Remote Sensing; Environmental Modeling and Spatial Analysis; Programming for GISc; Data Acquisition and Integration for GISc, any of which would be suitable for a student with some background in GIS. Please email me for more info on any of these courses, syllabi, course descriptions, etc. They are all offered as graduate courses and you can take on an ePermit basis, or there may be a way to take some of them as EES numbered courses from the GC (not sure whether your program includes taking doctoral level classes, so you would need to check with your program advisor and the EES program office). My contact info is, and I look forward to hearing from you. JAM

    Juliana Maantay, Ph.D., M.U.P., F.R.G.S.
    Professor of Urban Environmental Geography
    Director: Geographic Information Science (GISc) Program;
    MS-GISc Program; and the Urban GISc Lab
    NOAA-CREST Research Scientist
    Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences
    Lehman College, City University of New York
    250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
    Bronx, NY 10468
    TEL: (718) 960-8574; FAX: (718) 960-8584
    Faculty Profile:

    “Geography, sir, is ruinous in its effects on the lower classes. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are comparatively safe, but geography invariably leads to revolution.” (1879 testimony before a Select Committee of the House of Commons, London, England, regarding expenditures of the London School Board)

    “The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, [s]he’s one who asks the right questions.” (Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1964, Le Cru et le Cuit [The Raw and the Cooked])

    “Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan.” Winston Churchill

    “Be sure that no good may be expected of anyone who is satisfied with what he knows. To investigate is the task of the knowledgeable.” (Book of the Sea, 1513, by Piri Re’is, Ottoman cartographer, geographer, and navigator to Suleiman I)

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