The NIU Student Web Mapping Project is an effort to create and develop online, interactive maps for the Northern Illinois University and DeKalb communities. The project was started by Dr. Thomas Pingel in the Department of Geography to provide students with the opportunity to develop meaningful maps and visualizations that make a positive difference to students, staff, and faculty of the university, as well as to local community members and groups.

The Trees of DeKalb

The Trees of DeKalb project is a collaboration between project founder and master gardener Michael Kirk, NIU professor Tom Pingel and undergraduate Earle Isibue, and DeKalb County Community Gardens member Sue Stephens. We hope to chronicle the big, the interesting, and the unusual trees of DeKalb's urban forest. We've created several tours, including those on DeKalb's historical neighborhoods, and the Northern Illinois University campus. We expect to add to the project to include many of DeKalb's neighborhoods.

Mapping the DeKalb County Community Gardens

The Web Mapping Class of 2014 participated in a community-service effort to aid in the mapping of the DeKalb County Community Gardens, and students in the Department of Geography have helped to maintain the locaton list since that time. The DeKalb County Community Gardens is a local organization dedicated to raising awareness about local food security, facilitating the development of neighborhood and school gardens, and providing local, healthy food sources. We are working to help its members visualize their work by seeing the location and details about each plot on a Google Fusion Table powered interactive map.

NIU Interactive Campus Map

The shell project to develop a student-led interactive campus map for Northern Illinois University was started in the spring semester of 2013. The first implementation of the new NIU-ICM was designed and programmed by geography master's student Grant Herbert, with database and design support by students Raitis Bocka and Nicholas Cortellini as part of a final project in Dr. Pingel's Web Mapping course. The system is a lightweight map with low server requirements, allowing full search for buildings, departments, and various amenities, including parking.