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Geo-tagging Atlanta

Re-posting this excellent item by Bryan Perry from the GSU Student Innovation Fellows’ blog.  GIS, Maps and Data Services Librarian Joe Hurley and SIFs have been geo-tagging a collection of glass plate negative photographs from the 1920s. These beautiful images provide rare glimpses into the area around the Five Points Metro Station, and are particularly noteworthy for showing a number of storefronts that would be submerged by the viaduct into what became known as “Underground Atlanta” just before construction began.

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3D Atlanta meets Oculus Rift on Library North, April 27


Street scene from a virtual 3D Atlanta in the 1920s.

Join Student Innovation Fellows as they demo the 3D Atlanta project tomorrow, April 27, on Library North 1st floor, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Learn about this exciting project and even experience it for the first time on an Oculus Rift headset.

About 3D Atlanta

Georgia State University sits atop what was once the center of Atlanta’s African American night life, a rich assemblage of blues and ragtime clubs and even the old city jail. Today, Student Innovation Fellows are working to recreate this lost piece of Atlanta’s history in an interactive 3D environment. The 3D Atlanta project uses GSU’s rich collection of historic photographs and 3D scans of surviving buildings to recreate the old red light district at scale in a virtual environment. The resulting experience is an interactive game, accessed via Oculus Rift, which will eventually provide an immersive, full-scale model of Atlanta’s history.

Combining historical recreation and archival research with video gaming and 3D modeling, the project is a unique digital initiative bringing together students in computer science, urban planning, and the humanities. The completed project will include historically based narratives and a full-scale virtual reproduction of this historic Atlanta area.

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Tableau and 21st Century Digital Learning Presentation – May 3

tableauJoin us for a special presentation from undergraduate student Charbel Aoun, Tableau and 21st Century Digital Learning, which will explore concepts of data visualization across several majors and disciplines.  Aoun, a University Assistant in the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, is the author of “Using Tableau as a Data Visualization Tool to Explore Recurring Cancer Trends” recently published in the 2015 Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences.

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Time: 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Location: CURVE, Library South 2nd Flooor
This is a free event. No RSVP is required.

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Welcome Global Partnership for Better Cities

This week, we welcomed international researchers to CURVE as part of the Global Partnership for Better Cities Conference currently wrapping up at our downtown Atlanta campus.  Faculty researchers from international urban universities including City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria, and University of Western Cape are convening in Atlanta this week to explore shared projects and collaborations around research on world cities and to identify strategies to move toward viable and sustainable comparative research projects.

20160327_GPBC_Conference_JB_002bAnother goal of this conference is to better understand Atlanta in an international context, including our city’s own unique history, development, infrastructure, demographics, and challenges.  As a way of sparking conversation on the opening night of the conference, Maps, GIS and Data Services Librarian Joe Hurley, M.S., Geosciences student Karlyn Harris, and Master of Heritage Preservation student David Greenberg used the visualization technology in CURVE, including the large-scale interactWall, to provide conference attendees with visual comparisons of urban development, demographic changes, and urban challenges in four cities: Atlanta, Hong Kong, Cape Town, and Pretoria/Johannesburg.
Cities_skylines_croppedbcc Photo credits: Atlanta – Richard Cawood; Hong Kong – Ben Ward In Hove; Cape Town –Pascal Parent; Johannesburg (cropped) – Photos by Damon

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