Saturday, May 30, 2009

My Future Plans in Geospatial Technology

In a recent podcast interview I talked about being awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. Allow me to now let you know what my Fulbright project entails, where I will be and how you can follow along with the adventure. My fellowship is for nine months and is awarded through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

Starting in late August I will be working with the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus in Barbados, at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES). The first project I will work on is the Grenadines Marine Resource Space-Use Information System or MarSIS project and I will participate by working with the CERMES geospatial data in creating a web map.

I will do some teaching and some lecturing. I am going and was chosen based on my GIS skills so I will contribute to the teaching of a GIS course in the CERMES program.

Another project idea is a vulnerability map of Barbados. Because I will be at the UWI for nine months, there is plenty of time to do plenty of geospatial work. To be sure I will take a tablet PC or two and map in real-time, if need be, or do some digitization. I cannot wait!

I recently visited Barbados to try to find a place to live. If you want, you can track my other blog, Travelblogue, where I will talk more about my experiences as a Fulbrighter and my time in Barbados and beyond.

I will still post to this blog as I see things come across my inbox or Twitter feed that are of interest or related to geospatial technologies, instructional technology in higher education, and perhaps updates on my CERMES work. I will be on an unpaid leave of absence from Vassar, but hope to keep up on posts to this blog.