BRONX, N.Y.—Lehman College has launched a new website, “Lehman Community Connect: Bronx Information Portal,” aimed at providing residents, students, faculty and researchers a one-stop shop for all things Bronx-related. The experimental site is believed to be the first in the U.S. where a college or university has mapped public ”open data” to facilitate community interaction.
“The new website is part of the College’s ongoing mission to actively engage, and above all, serve the community through a variety of resources,” said Lehman College President Ricardo R. Fernández. “This commitment to service is embodied in our strategic plan, and has become part of the fabric of our campus. We hope this new site facilitates discussion, inquiry and participation, and provides a useful resource for our vibrant community.”
“Visitors to the site have access to information on education, health, sustainability, and other Bronx-related information from a variety of sources including New York’s “Open Data” portal,” explained Lehman College Vice President and Chief Information Officer Ronald Bergmann. “Lehman Community Connect” also maps the College’s commitment to the community through internships, service-learning initiatives and volunteer activities that directly serve the Bronx and the region. Social Work field placements alone contribute more than 134,000 hours each year to community agencies that provide services to children, adults and families.”
“This new website provides a great opportunity for us to inform students and our community about our first class program in Geographic Information Science (GISc) which is a fast growing computer technology field involving mapping and analysis of spatial data,” says Acting Dean of Natural and Social Sciences Dr. Stefan Becker. “Given that numerous people are likely to investigate the portal, we hope that many will see the amazing potential of an education in GISc and consider studying this field at Lehman College.”
“Guests will be able to explore the data sets behind the maps and charts to conduct personal research, which can then be saved or shared via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter,” added VP Bergmann. The site includes links to useful video tutorials for conducting such research.
Recently, the site provided important information about available resources and services for those in the region affected by Hurricane Sandy, including an interactive Google map.
The site can be accessed from the Lehman College home page at http://www.lehman.cuny.edu.
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