Department of Geography and Geology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Data Center Description
The department maintains several special facilities for education and research. Three cartographic, GIS and remote sensing laboratories house an extensive array of modern equipment, including Windows PCs, PowerPC/Macs, and Sun workstations for desktop mapping, GIS processing and remote sensing analysis. Numerous computer peripherals, including digitizers, pen plotters, an electrostatic plotter, color scanners, color film slide recorder, color ink-jet printers, are available.
Cartographic, GIS and remote sensing instruction and research is facilitated by a sizable library of cartography, CAD, and GIS, and remote sensing software (e.g., SURFER, ERDAS, IDRISI, pcARC/INFO, ARC/INFO, ArcView, ArcGIS, Aldus Freehand, 3DStudio, ArcCad, CorelDRAW, Flash, Dreamweaver, MapInfo, TransCAD, TP+ and Viper) as well as several database, spreadsheet and statistical packages (e.g., Paradox, dBase, Excel, Minitab, SPSS). Field equipment includes sub-meter GPS units, data loggers and portable handbook computers. A multimedia development lab contains analog and digital systems for producing videodiscs, CD-ROMs and interactive multimedia.
The Spatial Information Analysis Lab provides students with a variety of online course materials, tutorial modules and access to GIS software. Several videotape presentation systems are also housed in the lab. All laboratories have access to the university's campus network system and the Internet. The Map Center is an official depository for U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps, the Defense Mapping Agency series and other specialized collections.