TALE OF GEO-SPATIAL SWISS ARMY KNIFE- STORY by MAP NINJA from STANFORD GEO-SPATIAL CENTER

The open lecture session at the AVU Hall in the afternoon aroused the interest of geospatial knowledge across the entire room. The participants were impressed by the “Tales of a Geospatial Swiss Army Knife”. Stace meticulously explained his experience as a geospatial enthusiast over the last 20 years. His narration of the benefits of learning using geospatial tools inspired the participants.

Prior to joining Stanford Geospatial Center, Stace worked at Yale University as a Geographic Information Systems Assistant and an Instruction Specialist. The participants were elated that Stace studied archaeology at undergraduate level from the University of Texas.

He described his transition from archaeology to GIS in such a fashion that the students were enlivened and kept asking questions. He gave an overview of the various projects he was worked on since being “infected” by the GIS virus. Participants could not hold back laughter when he said that his major role during an archaeological trip to Mongolia was to keep GPS units charged. Stace Maples recently participated in the digitization of the David Rumsey map collection now hosted in Stanford University Library

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