We are the faculty and students in cartography and Geographic Information Systems at Calvin College in the Geology, Geography and
Environmental Studies Department
The project idea comes out of the work put in by students each semester. The project was born as a laboratory exercise and now each semester students in cartography and GIS do a class lab that produces an atlas for a developing country. The project uses the UN Human Development Index to provide a list of countries in the High, Medium, and Low development ranges. Thailand was the first country chosen to test out the various methodologies required to conduct an every semester project. The goal is to map a new country every semester and put it up on this website for public consumption.
There are cartography and GIS courses available at Calvin College. This project is done each semester in the introductory level course. We use ArcGIS software by ESRI to train students how to make maps and evaluate them. Particularly, we use the ArcGIS extension MPS Atlas for atlas production in the classroom as part of normal laboratory work. Over the course of the semester student's work on various GIS labs to gain greater skills and knowledge about mapping. We also host a GIS server on campus. More
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