Peggy Minnis, Dyson, is Pace University's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) person. Geographic Information Systems are tools used to gather, transform, manipulate, analyze, and produce information related to the surface of the Earth. GIS data may exist as maps, 3D virtual models, tables, and/or lists. Peggy has obtained digitized aerial photographs of Westchester that include the Rockefeller Park areas, as well as Global Positioning System (GPS) information in the Rockefeller Preserve regarding such things as the location of trees, roads and trails, lakes and streams, drainage regions, and bridges. However, the GPS data does not currently overlay correctly on the map and will need to be corrected. Slope information, but not actual contours, is also available.
Something useful that we as information technologists should be able to provide is a nice website detailing the information pertaining to the Rockefeller State Park. We could also post on the website the aerial photos of the Rockefeller State Park areas, that can, on request (button click), highlight the various kinds of information, like the trails, etc.
The Rockefeller "Friend's group" has already developed a basic website for the park at http://www.friendsrock.org/. The coding for the pages is being done by a nephew of one of the park officials.
Follow-on projects could concern the creation of databases to store and algorithms to analyze various environmental data.