Final Update – Mudd

In Summer 2017 Mudd Hall of Science will be torn down. This large brick building is not just the location of Carleton College’s geology and chemistry departments, it’s home to the students and professors that learn and work there. This is a snapshot of Mudd Hall, Winter 2017. We wanted to preserve Mudd’s interior and some of its material culture and make it available online for those who know Mudd best before it disappears.

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DTW Final Ancient Port and Shipwreck Map



This project was created by Will Richards, Tom Choi, and David Coleman. We are all seniors at Carleton, and we’ve all enjoyed this class. There are two primary elements to the project: a map of the discovered shipwrecks from 0-1500 AD, and a series of historical summaries of nine ancient port cities. Also included are a brief analysis of the dataset and the trends within it along with a description of the processes we made use of in the creation of this project. Enjoy!

David, Tom, and Will

Team Alumni Map

Just to recap, our project entailed taking Zoobook data converting it to text. The text was then used to map the data Points on ArchGIS. This plan was simpler said than done as we encountered a host of problems and roadblocks along the way. Read all about it here

Team ResLife Project


Finals week is upon us and with it the completion of our project! To recap, we are team Reslife. Our goal was to present the spread of students around campus based on their class year. We did this by using both cityengine and arcgis maps. In city engine we created a 3D model of Carleton’s campus and colored the faces of the residence halls based on the percentage of each student year that lived there. In arcgis maps we did the same thing but with circles and colors. To see all of this for yourself visit our website here.

Final stretch

This week is the final week of the class and we are preparing our presentation as well as the website for the final class. In terms of the website we have completed all the component parts, meaning the maps and the cityengine files along with the text which talks about our process.

We are now focused more on the presentation itself. Here we are planning to divide up the different sections, giving each member 6 slides equalling out to 18 slides. The remaining two slides we will use as start and finish slides. In terms of the presentation itself we want to show the process we went through. This involved not only creating the cityengine and Arcgis map files but also the process of data collection and going to archives. We also want to talk about the hypotheses that we had and now those changed over time in accordance to the data which we were able to collect

Hopefully everything will work out as planned and we will have a great presentation!

9A: Final Project Presentation

Assignment: Final Project Presentation

On the last day of class (Thursday 3/9) each group will give a Pecha Kucha style presentation on their completed and published project.  The rules of such a presentation are below, with credits for the format going to Ryan Cordell, via Jim Spickard.

Here is an example slideshow I produced last year to illustrate the format:

Sample Pecha Kucha Presentation

A Pecha Kucha 1/1/5 Presentation

In this presentation, you will have exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds to present your material: 20 slides that auto-advance every 20 seconds. These presentations will follow the Pecha Kucha presentation format. Here are the rules:

  • You will have exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
  • Your presentation will use PowerPoint (or Keynote or Google Presentations), but you’ll be restricted to 20 slides. No more, no less. Period.
  • Each slide must be set to auto-advance after 20 seconds. No clickers, no exceptions.
  • Your presentation must also follow the 1/1/5 rule. You must have at least one image per slide, you can use each exact image only once, and you should add no more than five words per slide.
  • You may trade off between your members however you see fit, but the presentation should be rehearsed and polished.

You should not attempt tell us everything that you might say in a written paper nor explain every nuance of your argument. That level of detail should be on the project website itself.

Instead, you should be looking to give us an overview of the project and highlighting its particular strengths. When designing the presentation, think SHORT, INFORMAL, and CREATIVE. Perhaps surprisingly, the Pecha Kucha form’s restriction (paradoxically) promotes this creativity.

Final Project (and Video Presentation)

Group members: Melanie Xu and Shatian Wang

For the second half of this term, Shatian Wang and I have been working oon a project extrapolating upom my senior thesis examining queer women communities in contemporary urban China. From the ethnographic data at hand, we built a wordpress site comprising of visual representations of every narrator’s life framed through their migration (within and outside of China) patterns, educational and work paths as well as personal voices and experiences. For each interlocutor’s story, we have created a wordpress page accompanied by a arcGIS story map narrating their movements and desires. Above all, we created an “about” page as an introduction to who we are and what our project is about, at the end of which page introduces a story map containing all of our interviewees’ current location and information.

Our hope is to contextualize personal narratives in macro-level political, cultural, and economic changes and to archive important narratives often underrepresented in academic accounts. Our project can be found and explored here. We welcome any suggestions and comments. 

As a result of a series of unforeseen events, Melanie isn’t able to join the class on this upcoming Thursday–below is a video recording of our presentation. Thank you for watching this project unfold. We appreciate it.

Video presentation link


Forgot to link to our group timeline from way back when! Here it is. This exercise was pretty fun, although we mistakenly did the same time period as another group which left some holes in the final project. Messing around with the intricacies of the media data was a bit confusing since many of the columns had similar descriptions.
Next time I’d hope to find some more pictures relating to the events we were talking about, which would make the timeline a bit more colorful and less simple.

Project Update

Group members: Melanie Xu and Shatian Wang

So far, we’ve organized our data into a spreadsheet in order to auto-generate a general map as well as roadmaps for each person. We also created the webpage for the first person’s life narrative (with individual map attached).

Looking forward, we would need to put more thought into how individual map is designed as well as how we would like to integrate the storymap into our website as a whole. Above all, we will also need to prepare for the presentation in class on next Thursday.