UCGIS Symposium 2021

Advancing GIScience-informed Policy Solutions

June 7 - 11, 2021 (online)

Our world is facing unprecedented health, economic, social, and environmental challenges, and the GIScience community has a responsibility to respond and advance solutions. This Symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners to show how GIScience theories, technologies, and methods can be employed for geospatial policy and decision-making to create a healthy, economically vibrant, socially just, and environmentally sustainable world.  

Keynote speaker: Dr. Jack Leonard, Jr., the Editor-in-Chief of Preventing Chronic Disease, will speak on Utilizing GIS to Promote Health Research, Advocacy, and Social Justice. 

GIS&T Body of Knowledge

The Geographic Information Science & Technologies Body of Knowledge (BoK) is onlineNew topics are added regularly, and original ones are being revised and expanded. The Editorial Team is always looking for authors and reviewers. Contribute to this global effort for an open, current, and vibrant collection of knowledge for our discipline. 

Topics published during the fourth quarter of 2020 include:

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GIScience, COVID-19, and University Work

Grappling with new modes of teaching and learning? Our curated collection of instructional resources may be of great value to you. 

Spatial data and spatial analyses are central to responses, planning, and decisions about the COVID-19 pandemic. We curate a collection of selected geospatially-focused COVID-19 resources that you may find helpful, many of which our member institutions and partner organizations have created. Have a resource that you'd like to share with the community?  Please use this online form to contribute. 

Check out this recent CDC publication, Incorporating Geographic Information Science and Technology in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, authored by UCGIS President Jeremy Mennis (Temple University) and his colleague, Charlotte D. Smith (UC Berkeley). 

 Are you teaching and learning about mapping diseases and other topics related to COVID-19? Remember that the GIS&T Body of Knowledge has helpful articles on classification and clusteringkernels and density estimationpoint pattern analysisproblems with scale and zoningstatistical mappingspatiotemporal representationrepresenting uncertaintyepidemiology, and public health, among many others that you might find helpful. 

Be well!