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! 

GIS&T Body of Knowledge

The Geographic Information Science & Technologies Body of Knowledge (BoK) is now 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 second quarter of 2020 include:

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Geographic Information Science Ethics

Like many in the Geographic Information Science community, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is concerned with media reports of the apparent dismissal of a GIS Professional employed by the Florida Department of Health after she refused to alter publicly available COVID-19 geospatial data for what are perceived to be political purposes. Our concern is magnified given what we view as continuing threats to scientific integrity germane to Geographic Information Science, for example in a recent initiative at the EPA. Ethical conduct is embodied in the UCGIS mission to “Advocate policies for the promotion of the ethical use of and access to geographic information and technologies…” and in the GIS Certification Institute’s (GISCICode of Ethics, which includes the obligation to “Provide full, clear, and accurate information.” UCGIS will continue our longstanding activities to promote ethics in Geographic Information Science through education and research. More information on the importance of ethics as it relates to science and the profession can be found in the UCGIS  GIS&T Body of Knowledge sections on Professional and Practical Ethics and GIS and Critical Ethics.


Symposium 2020

Our Symposium 2020 is now complete!  Over 600 registrations were counted for the sessions that took place in late May and early June 2020. Reviews of the sessions have been strongly positive and we thank all of our contributors and audience members for following through and participating!  If you missed out or want to view again, recordings and slides are available. Don't forget to check out the poster gallery too! 

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