WesGIS: Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization

The WesGIS website is a resource for Wesleyan faculty, staff, and students. Use the resources on this blog to enrich your teaching and research with geospatial visualization and analysis and to find information about GIS news, resources, and on-campus workshops.

GIS allows us to answer question such as: How diverse is your neighborhood? How has the geography of US cities (like the Chicago lakeshore) changed over time? Where are the world’s endangered languages and what do they sound like? For examples, click on the links above or go to the Maps in the Media and GIS Blogs pages.

Kim Diver (Ph.D., GISP) is the primary on-campus contact for GIS-related issues. One of Kim’s roles at Wesleyan is to promote the use of GIS and other technologies for geospatial data analysis and visualization across disciplines. Kim is available to consult with faculty and students on implementing GIS in teaching and research. Kim teaches an introductory GIS course with a service learning laboratory component, an introductory course that focuses on GIS applications in the social sciences and humanities, and a project-based advanced GIS course designed to support faculty and student research.


As a broadly trained geographer, I welcome the opportunity to assist faculty and students across campus with GIS-related aspects of their teaching or research.

Activities to date include workshops that utilize techniques applied to timely concepts such as hurricane and earthquake crisis mapping and GIS Working Groups that bring faculty together to discuss common issues or techniques such as the integration of story map modules in their classes. Kim hosts external seminar speakers (including Esri Story Maps founder Allen Carroll and UCGIS Executive Director Diana Sinton) and regularly meets with individuals on campus about pedagogical innovations related to GIS.

Promoting the use of GIS in the liberal arts and sciences at Wesleyan is part of the Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative (DaCKI) and Advancing Technologies in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (ATTLAS) campus initiatives.

Banner image credits: Connecticut topographic relief derived from CT Eco data (left); Map of the city of Middletown, Connecticut from original surveys by R. Whiteford, surv’r, published by Richard Clark 1851 (center); partial map of Wesleyan University campus (right).