Hamer Center ArcGIS Hub

The ArcGIS Hub Site includes content from the following collaborative projects of current and former Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information members.

Historic Erie Pennsylvania Landmarks, Spring 2021

For this project, the 1900 Erie Sanborn Maps were first georeferenced to their modern-day locations using ArcGIS Pro. Then, research was conducted on the city of Erie and the buildings shown in the Sanborn Maps to hone in on the themes to represent in the StoryMap. The georeferenced sheets were digitized with primary attention given to features that exemplified the themes of interest. For this project, contributors explored a number of themes, from the factories and schools to other aspects of everyday life in the city of Erie.

Contributors: Milan Liu, Ishaan Anavkar, Dan Valadas, Olivia Neill, Nicholas Friedken, Thomas Whalon, Katie Giesa; Supervisors: Tara Anthony, Heather Ross

Historic Altoona, Pennsylvania Landmarks, Spring 2020

This ArcGIS StoryMap includes information on a selection of historic Altoona landmarks shown in 1909 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. The project uses maps included in the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information’s digital collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. The purpose of this ArcGIS StoryMap was intended to highlight some of the newer features of the ArcGIS StoryMap application. This project enabled Maps & GIS Assistants to explore the newer ArcGIS StoryMap application functions including the creation of a collaborative guided tour and side car functionality for the inclusion of scrolling media and text content.

Contributors: Ishaan Anavkar, Zhaogeng Ding, Jamie Friedken, Nicholas Friedken, Katie Giesa, Milan Liu, Daniel Valadas, Brittany Waltemate, Thomas Whalon; Supervisors: Tara Anthony, Heather Ross

Office of Strategic Services (OSS) World War II Maps Project (Fall 2019)

During World War II, the Map Division of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) created thousands of maps for intelligence purposes, many of which were declassified and distributed to libraries across the United States after the war. Over the course of the Fall 2019 semester, the student assistants at the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information chose select OSS maps to georeference, and digitize, in order to capture and share the data more effectively. Throughout the project, students selected maps from the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information’s online collection, georeferenced them, and digitized information on them to create feature layers to be shared online. This work created over forty layers of digitized features for public use, covering a variety of political, cultural, and economic topics. The project allowed students to gain experience in digitizing data through ArcGIS Pro, and encouraged students to think about how to digitally capture data and then distribute it.

Contributors: Ishaan Anavkar, Zhaogeng Ding, Jamie Friedken, Nicholas Friedken, Katie Giesa, Milan Liu, Daniel Valadas, Brittany Waltemate, Thomas Whalon; Project Supervisors: Tara Anthony, Heather Ross