GIS Technology Allows Virtual Tours of Past DePauw Buildings
Last spring, Wesley Wilson, coordinator of archives and special collections at Depauw University, set out on a mission to document the campus.
“We go into the buildings, we see the buildings, but do we really know about who the building is named for? Or how long they’ve been there? Or what’s been there before?” Wilson said.
He envisioned an interactive map that could help students, faculty and alumni envision campus both as it is now and as it has been in years past. In an effort to turn this concept into a reality, Wilson approached GIS (Geographic Information Systems) specialist Beth Wilkerson. Using software called SketchUp, the GIS team took floor plans of current and historical buildings on DePauw’s campus and brought them to virtual life.
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