Dr. Annemarie Schneider, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, University of Wisconsin-Madison. We have entered the Urban Era: cities now form the basis of the human experience for the majority of the Earth’s population. Numerous reports have emphasized that cities today must meet the needs of growing populations and expanding economies, while at the same time minimizing their environmental impacts. Expansion of built-up land is often the most direct environmental impact manifested by urban growth, with far-reaching regional and global implications for climate, hydrology, and biogeochemical cycles that often extend beyond municipal boundaries. In this talk, I will describe our recent efforts to develop a consistent methodology for mapping urban expansion across large areas using earth observation satellite imagery and census data. Presented at the 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison Geospatial Summit.
Len Kne, Associate Director of U‐Spatial, University of Minnesota. U-Spatial provides support for spatial research. This is our mission, but the real story is how we do this in a large, diverse organization that is built on individual freedom. My talk will give some background on how U-Spatial was created, review the first three years of U-Spatial, and our quest to become a self-sufficient service within five years. Presently over 1,200 people at the University of Minnesota work with GIS, remote sensing or some other type of spatial research. U-Spatial provides services to these people with a one-stop GIS help desk; a range of training in GIS and remote sensing; consulting and grant writing services; and building an engaged community of spatial thinkers. We use several marketing approaches to meet our mission including surveys,symposiums, web sites, social media, and meetings–lots of meetings. Presented at the 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison Geospatial Summit.
Dr. Steve Ventura, Soil Science and Environmental Studies,University of Wisconsin-Madison. Growth in demand for locally produced food has generated (renewed) interest in urban food production, including backyard gardens, small commercial farms, community gardens, and new forms of agriculture. However, access to safe, secure land is a significant challenge in already developed areas. This talk will discuss issues of land tenure and land suitability analysis from site to city scales, and present cases from Madison and Milwaukee. Presented at the 2014 University of Wisconsin-Madison Geospatial Summit.
The Forest Landscape Ecology Lab currently has a full-time LTE GIS Specialist open in their lab (see position description and contact info). They will also be hiring several students with GIS skills on the project, after this position is filled.
The 2014 Geospatial Summit, held last Thursday at UW-Madison, attracted over 150 attendees from locations around the state. Attendance was at an all-time high this year, surpassing the mark of 136 set in 2013.
The table below shows the affiliations of attendees. While primarily an academic conference, there is strong interest on the part of government agencies, private companies, non-profits, and the general public. Representatives from various UW system campuses were also present.
This is the fifth annual Geospatial Summit. The event began in 2010 as a small gathering at UW-Madison to discuss the future of the Geospatial Alliance– or “SIAC” as it was then known – a group of Madison faculty, staff and students involved in the field of GIS.
This year the Summit was expanded to an all-day program rather than a half-day. Program highlights included:
- Eighteen research presentations by faculty, staff, students, and members of the state’s geospatial community. For a taste of what was discussed, you can view the full program and abstracts here.
- Three keynote addresses by Professors Steve Ventura, Annemarie Schneider, and Eric Compas. Videos of these addresses can be found on the SCO’s YouTube channel.
- A presentation and discussion with Len Kne, Associate Director of U-Spatial at the University of Minnesota. This session is also available as a video.
We want to take this opportunity to thank Professors Ventura, Schneider and Compas, Len Kne, and all conference presenters, whose time and efforts helped make the event a success. Likewise we would like to thank the event sponsors who helped offset the cost of the event for the SCO. This year’s sponsors were the Robinson Map Library, the UW-Madison Cartography Lab, the UW-Madison Department of Geography, and a special thanks to the GIS Certificate Program for providing the refreshments.
For those of you unable to attend this year, we hope to see you at the 2015 Summit. Relevant information will be posted on the Geospatial Alliance and SCO websites as the date draws closer.
From The Internet Scout:
If you have an interest in the spatial sciences, you’ll enjoy the EdCommunity website from Esri. The Education Maps and Data area contains several dozen interactive educational modules designed to teach people about geographic information systems (GIS) and a range of visualization tools. The Lesson Plans are another great find, including hundreds of lessons from “Analyzing Supermarket Access With ArcGIS online” to “An Easy Pathway To Create Storymaps.” Additionally, the Videos and Webinars area includes student GIS presentations and useful webinars such as, “Where Do You Start with GIS in Education” and “Analyzing 10 Landscapes using ArcGIS Online.”
Esri has announced that Esri SpatiaLABS are now available as open educational resources at esri.com/spatialabs or by searching ArcLessons (edcommunity.esri.com/arclessons). SpatiaLABS are hands-on GIS activities for promoting spatial reasoning and analysis skills. They are available with a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike license.
Over 40 labs currently are available on topics in both the social sciences and physical/environmental sciences. All labs are peer-reviewed and can be customized to specific needs.
SpatiaLABS are designed for use in higher education, but are available to anyone with an interest in spatial analysis and GIS. Most activities use ArcGIS for Desktop; some also use the Esri Business Analyst extension. Please send questions .
The next International Cartographic Association (ICA) conference will be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2015. See the website at http://www.icc2015.org/. The call for papers is posted along with the venue and schedule of fees.
The 28th International Cartographic Conference of the ICA will come to Washington, DC, July 2 to 7, 2017. See more at http://icc2017.org/
CaGIS (Cartography and Geographic Information Society) is the US member of the ICA and represents all aspects of cartography and GIScience in ICA activities. The US National Committee (USNC) for the ICA is always working to build support for US participation in ICA meetings through papers, map exhibits, and the children’s map exhibit. For more information on the ICA visit their website at http://icaci.org/
The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) will offer two student competitions this year at its annual conference (October 8–11, 2014, in Pittsburgh, PA). All students currently enrolled in a certificate program, undergraduate, or graduate/post-graduate program are eligible to enter, as long as they have not previously won top prize in either competition.
Student Dynamic Map Competition: NACIS is sponsoring the 15th Annual Student Dynamic Map Competition to promote cartographic excellence and innovation in this versatile medium. A first prize of $500 will be awarded in each category. Deadline for submissions is September 12th. To view the rules and prizes, please visit http://nacis.org/index.cfm?x=4
Student Map and Poster Competition: Students who would like to display their works at NACIS 2014 should register for the Student Map and Poster Competition for a chance at a prize of $500! There is no entry fee. All entrants will be displayed in the Map Gallery, and the winner will be selected by a ballot of all meeting attendees. The deadline to register is September 12th, 2014. For more information, please visit http://nacis.org/index.cfm?x=18
Also note that each year, NACIS offers up to 10 free memberships to undergraduate students, as well as offering a number of travel grants to students wishing to attend the annual conference. To find out more, please visit http://nacis.org/index.cfm?x=27