RAHR GIS/CARTOGRAPHY LABORATORY (013 FAIRCHILD)
The Rahr Lab was established in 1991 in the Department of Geography as a facility specializing in the analysis and display of geographically referenced data. As a public lab -- accessible to the Dartmouth community, and available for use in support of teaching cartography, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS) courses -- the Rahr Lab experiences heavy use throughout the academic year both from students and faculty/staff.
The Rahr Lab is primarily for coursework in Geography courses, other GIS-related courses, and research with Geography department approval. The doors are typically kept locked when not in use. Contact the lab manager, Aletha Spang, for questions about access.
Currently, the lab is outfitted with 24 Windows machines (Dell Precision 3000 3450 Workstations) installed with the Dartmouth Standards image and customized for GIS-related applications. Software currently on the Rahr Lab machines includes ArcGIS Desktop and Pro, QGIS, MATLAB, and a variety of statistical, coding, spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation packages. For questions about software installation, contact the lab manager.
Users must log on to access the computers. The username is Public Cluster Machines (type in public_user if not an option), with the password box left empty. The domain should be set to Kiewit. We recommend saving all data and files to the Data (D:/) Drive (File Explorer → This PC → Data (D:/)) as it has more storage capacity than the typical C drive.
Computers are wiped of files at the end of each term, and can often freeze or crash when doing high-powered analysis. We recommend backing up your data and files consistently to a hard-drive or Cloud drive.
QUESTIONS OR INQUIRIES?
Rahr Lab Manager
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