Mapping Catholic lands for environmental sustainability

Read about Molly Burhans’ nonprofit called the GoodLand Project, which aims to map church-owned lands using GIS technology and then use the information for better stewardship of the land.

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Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the Humanities

2016 CGA Conference: Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the Humanities

Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA), Harvard University, April 28-29, 2016

Conference Website

Geographic thinking and reasoning, empowered by the rapidly developing geospatial technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), global positioning systems (GPS), and more recently, collaborative online mapping, spatial data exploration in social media, cyberGIS, spatiotemporal computing and more, has been embraced by a wide range of disciplines, becoming an integral part of the digital inquiry and quantitative research toolkit. This is particularly evident in the humanities in recent years, attested by the “geo” and/or “spatial” branded new publications, new interest groups, and new research platforms.

How have the concepts of space, place, and geographic thinking, been contributing to the academic findings of the humanities? What are the recent breakthroughs in both the technologies and their applications? What are the stumbling blocks? Where are the missed opportunities? What will the future look like, and how to shape it?

This conference is aimed at bringing humanists together with geospatial technologists and theorists, reviewing current status, achievements, lessons learned, unmet needs, challenges, potentials and perspectives of applying geographic analysis in the humanities. Invited speakers will present their on-going explorations, inspiring cases, and expert views across a range of domains and disciplines, and engage with each other and the audience in discussion and debate.

This event is free and open to the public.
Arts and Humanities Research Computing, Harvard University
The Association of American Geographers (AAG)
Harvard Library
Harvard Map Collection
Arts and Humanities Division, Harvard University
Humanities Center, Northeastern University

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GIS Internship Opportunity

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Land Acquisition and Management Program, is currently seeking to fill an unpaid College Internship. The work location is Hartford.

The work will focus on digitizing and georeferencing archival materials, database management, and cadastral mapping for CT DEEP’s property boundaries. The parcels will be associated with documents like land deeds, easements, and management plans.  The information will be made publically available in the Public Use and Benefit Land Registry web application.

Duties (may include)

(1)    Scanning and creating PDF documents of land deeds, easements, management plans and other documents

(2)    Using ArcGIS to create and edit parcel boundaries including using Parcel Fabric editing tools

(3)    Reviewing tabular and spatial data for accuracy, consistency and completeness

Eligibility:  The DEEP seeks students who have completed their sophomore year of academic courses and earned 60 academic credits. Students must be currently enrolled in either a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree Program.

Qualifications:  Applicants will need a working knowledge of ESRI ArcMap and ArcCatalog software. The following experience/skills would be a plus: editing in ArcGIS, COGO, reading deeds, cartography, parcel editing, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel and ArcGIS Online. Coursework in geography, GIS, or closely related field is preferred.

Hours per Week:  This is a flexible position, between 8 and 40 hours per week (plus lunch), Monday through Friday within normal business hours.


Anticipated Length of Position:  This is a temporary position, lasting approximately 3-4 months. The anticipated start date would be on or after May 16, 2016.


To Apply: Submit a college internship application, letter of interest, and resume, to:


Graham Stevens

Connecticut DEEP

Bureau of Central Services, Land Acquisition and Management

79 Elm Street, 6th floor

Hartford, CT 06106 (email submittals preferred)



More Information on the College Internship Program:

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GIS Working Group Meeting, April 27

Do you plan to integrate geographic information system (GIS), mapping, or other spatial analyses into an upcoming course or project? Perhaps a GIS Assistant can help.

GIS Working Group Meeting
GIS Assistants: What can they do for you?
Wednesday, April 27, 2:40 pm
Usdan 110
During the meeting, current and former faculty participants in the GIS Assistant Program will discuss their experiences with including a GIS Assistant in their teaching or research. The meeting is open to all faculty and staff.

The GIS Assistant Program’s two main objectives are to facilitate student learning of spatial data analysis and to facilitate use of spatial data analysis techniques in faculty teaching and scholarship. The GIS Assistant Program consists of 4-5 GIS savvy students available to help faculty, staff, and students with GIS-related needs. Assistance can be large-scale such as helping to design a course module or implementing spatial analyses for a research project. Or you can request someone for specific short-term tasks such as to geocode a dataset or create a map. The GIS Assistant Program is two-fold:
(1) A GIS Assistant is paired with a Wesleyan faculty member to assist with GIS-related aspects of a course or a research project. This allows faculty to integrate GIS-related content into courses or to incorporate GIS into a long-term or mini project. You can request a dedicated GIS Assistant for partial or entire semesters (average of 5 hours per week). To request a GIS Assistant, fill out the application form at
(2) GIS Assistants hold regular drop-in hours at the QAC Tutor Center ( The drop-in hours are designed to help students, faculty, or staff with GIS-related questions. For example, to discuss how to feasibly incorporate a spatial context to a project or to get help with a specific skill. No appointment is necessary.

The GIS Working Group is an informal meeting to explore issues of incorporating geographic information systems (GIS), mapping, and spatial technologies into teaching and scholarship. The main goal of the group is to connect the growing network of Wesleyan’s GIS users in order to provide an inclusive venue for engaging interested faculty and staff in exploring and expanding the use of spatial technologies in their own work and to foster interdisciplinary collaborations.

For more information, contact:
Kim Diver
Assistant Professor of the Practice

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Esri Story Telling with Maps Contest

Everyone has a story to tell. Harness the power of maps to tell yours and win a trip to San Diego

The Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest challenges you to send them the best story maps you’ve got! The grand prize winner will receive airfare, accommodations, and registration to the 2016 Esri User Conference. (Who wouldn’t want to be in San Diego in June?)
The first 500 people to submit a story map will receive an extremely stylish T-shirt just for entering the contest.

I Want to Tell My Story and Win

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GIS position with Global Forest Watch Commodities at the World Resources Institute

WRI is seeking a GIS Research Analyst II for the Global Forest Watch Commodities team. Apply for the position on the WRI Careers page.

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GIS Teaching Assistantship to support MS in Geospatial Technologies student

The Urban Studies Program at The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a GIS teaching assistantship to support a MS in Geospatial Technologies student during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Compensation includes monthly stipend and tuition support for three quarters of teaching. The TA will be expected to co-teach one section of Maps and GIS (our Introductory GIS course) during the Autumn quarter and to teach one section of the same course during each of the Winter and Spring quarters. The TA will not be responsible for curricular development as we have an established syllabus and set of lab assignments that are used in all of our introductory GIS courses. This course is offered in the evening hours and does not conflict with graduate courses in the MS in Geospatial Technologies Program. Please be aware, however, that you will be either attending class or teaching three evenings per week while in residence as a graduate student at UW Tacoma.

To apply please contact:
Matthew Kelley, PhD
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
Urban Studies and Geographic Information Systems
University of Washington Tacoma

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Dangermond GIS Fellowship

The Dangermond fellowship is a newly formed opportunity through the partnership between National Audubon Society & Esri. The Audubon Enterprise GIS team is hiring 3 Dangermond Fellows to assist in supporting Audubon’s Enterprise GIS platform. This prestigious fellowship is designed with the aim to foster the next generation of leaders in Enterprise GIS. Fellows will receive extensive and immersive training in the full ArcGIS platform at both the Esri campus in Redlands, CA and at the Audubon headquarters in New York City. The position runs from June 2016 until June 2017.—enterprise-gis/job

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UCGIS Awards its 2016 Education Prize to Diana Sinton (a WesGIS Seminar speaker)

Ithaca, New York

March 31, 2016

For Immediate Release

UCGIS is pleased to announce that Diana S. Sinton will receive its 2016 Education Award.

Dr. Sinton has made extraordinary contributions to GIScience education in three key areas: connecting GIScience, cognitive science, and the learning sciences; promoting GIS across multiple curricula and disciplines; and developing GIS as an integrating technology linking curricula, infrastructure, and administration.

As the GIS program director for the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE) and subsequently as director of Spatial Curriculum and Research at the University of Redlands, Diana has made substantial contributions to national efforts to promote the use of GIS&T across the university curriculum. Throughout her career she has published widely about GIScience education at multiple levels. Importantly, Diana’s writings provide key arguments for the ways in which spatial and geographical thinking contribute to both GIScience in higher education as well as learning overall. Her publication The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking (NCGE, 2013) exemplifies these perspectives. She has also worked both here and in Europe on numerous curricular and professional development projects including the Spatial Citizenship Project (SPACIT) and as the creative lead for

Dr. Sinton’s impressive catalog of educational accomplishments is only half the story. Diana’s contributions to GIScience education also come through her qualities as an enabler as well as an advocate. Her persistence, clarity of vision, and collegiality have been instrumental in moving GIS&T forward in both K-12 and higher education.

Currently, Diana Sinton is an adjunct associate professor at Cornell University and also serves as UCGIS’s very own Executive Director.

Dr. Sinton and other 2016 award winners will be honored at the upcoming UCGIS Symposium, May 24-26 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

UCGIS is a non-profit scientific and educational organization comprised of 60+ member and affiliate institutions. It was established in 1995 for the purposes of advancing research in the field of Geographic Information Science, expanding and strengthening multidisciplinary Geographic Information Science education, and advocating policies for the promotion of the ethical use of and access to geographic information and technologies, by building and supporting scholarly communities and networks. UCGIS is a hub for the GIS research and education community in higher education and serves as a national and international voice to advocate for its members’ interests.

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Cartography Talk

Connie Brown of Redstone Studios ( is an artist that specializes in creating personalized maps for her clients. She will be talking about cartographic design and a brief history of cartography. Wednesday April 6, Allbritton 204, 1:10-2:30 pm.

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