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The Digital Scholarship Team provides consultation to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff working on spatial or geographic data visualization and analysis. Instruction and support is provided primarily for ESRI’s suite of GIS software and applications that leverage ESRI’s geospatial framework and APIs.

Course-related consultation, assignment development, and introductory workshops are provided at no cost. Note that some non-course related GIS services have costs that are charged back to your department, unit or grant budget. For departmental or administrative projects, please see our fee guidelines or contact Jeremy Mack if you have questions.  For geospatial support and services for grant proposals, please contact Jeremy Mack prior to submission of the proposal.

Jeremy Mack, Geospatial Data and Visualization Specialist,, 610-758-2944, E.W. Fairchild-Martindale Library and Computer Center, Room 523

Examples of Classroom Support 

Kevin Essell 1-MBA Program - Provided practical examples of geospatial visualization techniques using Twitter data from the #ihob marketing campaign.  Develop in-class activities and demonstrations to illustrate the acquisition and use of Twitter data. (Typically a few hours per semester)

Joan Ramage EES 090 - Prepared data sets, maps and groups prior to classroom instruction, provide and support classroom instruction for ESRI software using contextual data and maps. Work with the class throughout the semester to provide support to student and faculty for creating a series of story maps incluing: The life of Robert Smalls and Liberation from Louisiana.

Examples of Faculty and Grant Funded Research 

Elizabeth Dolan - Charlotte Smith story map.  Consulted with faculty about their project, conduct a data assessment with minor cleaning to spatially enable the data set. Expose faculty to ESRI tools and empower them to create, edit and maintain their data and share it with others. (typically a few hours to get faculty and/or graduate students up to speed on the GIS tools that are available)

Al Bodzin et. al. - Created various maps and geospatial applications to supoort NSF and ITEST grant projects. Collaborate with researchers prior to and during the grant submission process to define the geospatial component of the research and outline the level of effort that is required and expected.  (Typically multi-semester or multi-year projects that require support for grant deliverables)

Examples of Non-Academic Projects

Lehigh Sustainability Tour and Campus AED Locations -  Leveraged Lehigh's existing geospatial framework to create custom layers, maps and web applications that empower staff to view and maintain and share their own geospatial data. Ad hoc support for creating cartographic symbols or defining spatial queries. (Concise requests that typically take a few hours of support to complete)

Facilities Services and Campus Planning, Geodatabase Design and Implementation, Managing Interior Space - Support the design and implementation of custom data models that cater to the departments data needs and workflow. Multiple meetings with FSCP staff, migration of existing data (CAD), publishing enterprise-wide solutions and web viewing/editing applications. (these are broader and larger projects that can easily span semesters and often include supporting vendor and required the integration of desktop, server-side and web-based solutions)