Rockefeller Park Info Sys

Rockefeller State Park is looking for some help in the environmental arena. However, the Rockefeller folks really don't know what they want nor have decided exactly what their objectives are. They also don't know what kind of kind of help is possible. There are a number of groups other than Pace (Cornell University for one) who would like to help the people at the project decide what their objectives are. Pace would like to help them decide also. Dr. Caputo and David Rockefeller met and decided that "we should work together." What that means has yet to be defined. The feeling is that, if Pace can show them what we do and might do in the environmental arena, given our close location, they might find a role for us.

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.