UCGIS held its inaugural Summer School at the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate students and early career scholars worked in teams, led by mentors and other experts, to understand and address open-ended societal problems with a geospatial bent. Teams then presented their work as posters during the UCGIS Symposium in Arlington, Virginia, and three of the teams had their work selected for awards. Kudos to all scholars who were part of our Summer School! 

      Social Media and Diffusion Poster   CyberGIS Multi-Criteria  Food Water and Energy Nexus

The Benefits of Membership

UCGIS enables scholars within its member institutions (universities and colleges, federal agencies, and industry partners) to collaboratively engage in interdisciplinary research and teaching to advance GIScience.  UCGIS facilitates and supports scholarly communities and networks to undertake large scale projects that serve the GIS community as a whole.  We are the professional hub for the academic GIS community. Membership allows access, discounts, and opportunities. 

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UCGIS's Reaction to the 2017 Geospatial Data Act

The bi-partisan Geospatial Data Act (GDA) of 2017 (S.1253) has recently been making waves in the geospatial community for reasons beyond its original and important intent: to improve the coordination and use of geospatial data. The Act’s goals have always been to strengthen the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and to reduce duplicated efforts by various agencies in authoring geospatial data.  While the GDA’s goals for improved coordination to advance the NSDI are shared by virtually all within in the wider geospatial community (including UCGIS), language was added to the 2017 GDA bill that could have dramatic implications for the types of individuals, companies, and organizations eligible to earn contracts with the government to produce geospatial data. This unnecessarily and inappropriately harnesses the vast set of applications and projects that characterize our dynamic and rapidly evolving field and will have an impact on the types of employment and activities that students will be able to do, now and in their future careers.

UCGIS encourages everyone to read the proposed Act and become familiar with the issues. Our full review of the problematic language in the proposed Act can be found here (pdf)