UCGIS is pleased to announce that its 2018 Symposium will be co-hosted with the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS)! This joint AutoCarto and Symposium will explore Frontiers of Geospatial Data Science. We will consider connections between Geospatial Science and the burgeoning field of Data Science, seen in newly named academic departments and calls for funded research. At this event we will explore emerging opportunities and challenges for the geospatial and mapping sciences with an eye on trends in deep learning, data-intensive computing platforms, and visualization, as well as geospatial big data sources and applications such as location-aware social media, autonomous vehicles, and earth-observing micro- and nano-satellites and sensors.

Save the dates: This conference will be held Tuesday May 22 - Thursday May 24, 2018, at the historic Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The first call for presentations (papers, posters, or lightning talks) will be sent out in November.  

UCGIS Symposia are known for their high quality and informative sessions, top-notch information sharing on matters important to the GIScience community, and unparalleled opportunities for professional and social networking within the most active community of GIScience scholars in U.S. higher education. 

We look forward to seeing you in Madison! 

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. 

Learn More

Update: 2017 Geospatial Data Act

Many UCGIS members have been tracking the Geospatial Data Act of 2017 (GDA) introduced in both the House and Senate earlier this year (S.1253 and H.R.3522).  The initially introduced bill has sections that are unfavorable to the principles of our organization and members.Specifically, Section 11 proposes to define “geospatial data” as “surveying and mapping” and those providing geospatial data services could be limited to “licensed architectural and engineering firms.” Additionally, Section 12 of the original text also included language related to “a person licensed to provide such services under State law.” UCGIS wrote a letter to our member delegates in August 2017 about this bill.

We are pleased to share the news that the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) has submitted revised language for the GDA that has Sections 11 and 12 removed. It is anticipated that the Senate and House bills may be reintroduced as early as this week, mid-November. We encourage you to keep apprised of these developments and share your opinions with your own state’s congressional offices.