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Hungry? Student develops GIS food map for campus

October 24, 2013
by Emily Cubbage

With the Lory Student Center closed for renovation, many on campus are wondering where to eat.

Campus GIS food mapTo remedy this problem, Chinese transfer student and senior in Natural Resource Management, Lei Rong, has created a detailed geospatial map of all food trucks, coffee stands, and other food spots around campus.

Rong, an intern with the Geospatial Centroid in the Warner College of Natural Resources, was inspired to create the helpful map from a suggestion by her Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Professor Melinda Laituri.

Creating the Map

“Due to the renovation of the LSC, students and even faculty don’t know where they can eat on campus,” said Rong. “A current food location map can greatly help people.”

The second-semester intern used a new open-source mapping program called Mapbox to publish the hotlink and interface map to the Geospatial Centroid’s website. By collecting data from the CSU Student Housing and Dining Services website, the LSC, and visiting the new food trucks, Rong was able to create a comprehensive map.

“I summarized the locations in five categories: coffee shop; fast food; restaurant; dining hall; and, grocery store,” said Rong. “Each location includes a pop-up flag which notes hours, catering, and the business logo.”

Find your next meal with Rong’s map and bon appetit!

The Geospatial Centroid

The Geospatial Centroid at CSU is dedicated to facilitating campus-wide communication about events, research, and education in geospatial sciences. The Centroid is a resource and research center at the university established to provide students, faculty, and the Colorado community with information about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at CSU and how these activities link to broader statewide, regional and global initiatives.

For more information about the Centroid, visit the websiteFor more information about the Lory Student Center Renovation and a comprehensive map of all food locations, visit the website.