Students map Stephenville cemetery using GPS
Six graduates from the College of the North Atlantic are digitally mapping a cemetery in Stephenville, marking every plot using GPS technology.
The group has been documenting each tombstone: noting who was buried where, spouses and other family names, as well as birth and death dates. They then create a GPS point for each grave site, attaching the corresponding grave site information to each digital point.
Darin Brooks, an instructor in Geographic Information Systems at the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook, said the project stores data, that used to be scattered across reams of paper, in one paperless place.
"So it's gone from paper now to point," explained Brooks. "This point is intelligent and has all the information that we need, and we don't need that paper anymore."
A labour of love
Kristen Scott, one of the graveyard mappers, said she's enjoying the work.
"It's actually a lot of fun and, I mean, we spend so much time in the classroom in our computer lab throughout the year that getting out into the field like this is really exciting, we've always had gorgeous weather."
Scott added that the information the group is gathering will be a big help for people looking for loved ones buried in the cemetery.
Even though Scott and her co-mappers graduated in June, she said the group is going to continue working on the database, with the goal of completing it by the end of this summer.
The group hopes to put the project online for public use.