Who Am I?

Laying a grid for the RTK-GPS in Hungary

Laying a grid for the RTK-GPS in Hungary

My name is Rebecca Seifried, and I completed a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I use GIS in my own research on Ottoman-period settlement networks in Greece, but my skills were honed by serving as a GIS specialist on the Körös Regional Archaeological Project in Hungary and the Diros Project in Greece. I’m now working as a Heritage Analyst for the CAMEL lab at the University of Chicago, using GIS to chart archaeological sites in Afghanistan.

By the way, I am running Esri’s ArcGIS on a Mac. Yep, I do that! I have experienced very few problems overall (although upgrading my RAM has helped enormously). I’m all for open-source software, but for graduate students who have access to university licenses, Arc is one of the most attractive options out there. If you have any particularly strong feelings on the issue, do share.

For more information about me, feel free to check out my Academia profile!


4 thoughts on “Who Am I?

  1. The virtualization software I’m currently using is Parallels (alternatives are VMWare Fusion and the no-cost Virtualbox). At one point I tried using Boot Camp, but I disliked that my files were inaccessible between the Windows and Mac operating systems. Parallels is nice because all of my computer’s software and hardware are more fully integrated, and I store all of my GIS files in a folder on the Mac side of things so that I can access them when Parallels isn’t running. So far, it works like a dream!

    • It all depends on your hardware. If you have a computer with lots of memory, and if you allocate enough space on your hard drive to the VM, you should be able to run ArcGIS with no problem. That said, whenever I have access to a native Windows machine, I would prefer to use that for running any kind of GIS software, because it is noticeably faster than running it on a Mac laptop (from personal experience).

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