Faculty Using Web 2.0 to Show Images

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Lately as I've been trying to help students find information for papers and classes, I've stumbled across a few new examples of faculty using the web to give others access to visual data from their research.

Blake Gumprecht, a geographer at the University of New Hampshire, and author of many works on college towns, provides a number of sets of images of his research sites on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/gumprecht/collections/72157608078951042/. He also has a nicely arranged group of places: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gumprecht/collections/72157619155499136/. Of course you can just search Flickr or Google Images but these kinds of curated collections are really useful.

Martin Krieger, a planning professor at USC, has a web site featuring his images from his urban tomographies program: http://1000eyes.usc.edu/martin/urban/. It features a slide show of over 100 images plus maps and more. Not sure what urban tomography is? Go to:http://tomography.usc.edu/

Not specifically about planning or research, but the best thing I've found on YouTube lately, is a set of videos on how to study effectively, featuring Dr. Stephen Chew an expert in the psychology of learning: http://www.samford.edu/how-to-study/. Aimed at undergraduates there is much to learn from these videos even for more mature learners, such as those involved in continuing education. (I was put onto the set by a blog post at the Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/article/MetacognitionStudent/130327/--it may need a subscription).

I'm the director of the undergraduate urban studies program at Cornell so in coming months I'm going to be blogging a bit more about issues of relevance to undergraduates in planning and related areas. My own image collection is gradually going online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/designforhealth/

Ann Forsyth is professor of Urban Planning at Harvard University.


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