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Caliper Corp., a mapping and transportation software solutions company, has donated 166, three-year Maptitude software licenses to students and faculty attending or working at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) partnered collegiate schools.
The participating colleges and universities include several USGIF accredited schoolsMadison University, Northeastern University, the University of Missouri, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Dallas—and Delta State University, which is a USGIF member and academic partner of the Foundation. The schools requested the licenses to support both GEOINT certificate and non-certificate students’ studies.
“USGIF is collaborating with Caliper to help support our academic partners’ efforts to expand students’ career choices into areas like business intelligence, public health, emergency preparedness, urban planning and transportation, ecology, criminal justice, etc.,” said USGIF Director of Academic Programs Dr. Camelia Kantor, “The software will allow students to spatially understand how decisions affect business as well as visualize, analyze, and convey geographic information in new and compelling ways. USGIF works closely with its commercial and academic partners to ensure both GEOINT and non-GEOINT students are exposed to the latest technology from different sources.”
Maptitude is geographic information system software that allows users to visualize data, create maps, and analyze geographic data in order to make business decisions. The software is beneficial to college students, helping students further apply geospatial techniques to their studies. Universities are eager to offer Maptitude as a new resource to their students.
“Having Maptitude in my classroom is providing students a new way of thinking about community development,” said Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University. “Maptitude will help our students learn how to match business and community development needs to our local geography. More importantly, it will provide a means for local geospatial professionals to create easy-to-understand guidance for our local leaders when it comes to making decisions about investing in critical infrastructure, creating tax breaks, and similar.”
Dr. Michael Tiefelsdorf, professor at University of Texas at Dallas, has used
Maptitude in his graduate and undergraduate courses for non-GIS students.
“In my view, a one-semester GIS introductory course with Maptitude gives non-GISstudents a powerful set of tools and a broad spectrum of data with a benign learning curve,” said Tiefelsdorf.
Caliper is excited to donate Maptitude to USGIF-partner students.
“The ease-of-use, integration, and common GIS tools provided in Maptitude facilitate the adoption of GIS by a broader range of students,” said Stewart Berry, vice president of product management, mapping software at Caliper. “Maptitude has proven to be an excellent tool for students studying GIS, business geography, location intelligence, and environmental issues. The software integrates well with other vendor products, and natively supports formats such as Shapefiles. This allows students to get up and running quickly with an integrated and commercial grade GIS while being able to use the software at school and at home for coursework and research.”
If interested in donating products or services to USGIF accredited schools or academic partners, please contact Dr. Camelia Kantor at firstname.lastname@example.org.