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GIS Day 2021!

GIS Day 2021!

About the day

GIS Day is an annual worldwide celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and community. We hope that this event will encourage knowledge exchange and networking across institutions among researchers and students. 

Date: Wednesday, November 17 2021

An all virtual GIS event

Organized by Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia Libraries, GIS day 2021 will be an online event, to be held via Zoom. More information about how to register will be coming soon. 

GIS Day 2021 Schedule 

The schedule is tentative and subject to change. 

Presentations and lightning talks

9:15 to 9:30 Welcome!

9:30 to 9:50  GIS and Citizen Science: Showcasing the BC Parks iNaturalist Project, John Reynolds, SFU

9:50 to 10:10 On the Map with ParcelMap BC, Bryan Sawers, Land Ttitle and Survey Authority 

10:10 to 10:20 Q&A 

10:20 to 10:30 Break 

10:30 to 10:50 Rethinking a Canadian Geospatial Data Discovery Service, Mark Goodwin (UBC), Paul Dante (UBC), Kelly Stathis (Digital Research Alliance of Canada)

10:50 to 10:55 Q&A

10:55 to 11:20 Lightning talks: 

  • Is the 15-minute City within Reach? Evaluating Walking and Cycling Accessibility to Grocery and Produce Stores in Vancouver, Kate Hosford, Jeneva Beairsto (SFU)
  • Finding Ancient Forests in BC using LiDAR, Tosh McKetta (UBC)
  • Using GIS tools to enhance post-secondary student engagement: ArcGIS collector and sick sea stars, Kirk Hart (SFU)

11:20 to 11:30 Q&A 

11:30 to 12:30 LUNCH BREAK 

12:30 to 12:50 Sustainable StoryMaps: A Case Study in Staticization with StoryMapJS, Joey Takeda (SFU)

12:50 to 13:10 Demystifying Academic Jargon: GIS and Accesibility, Katherine Yoko Fry (UBC)

13:10 to 13:20 Q&A

13:20 to 13:30 Break 

13:30 to 13:50 Mapping Unchartered COVID-19 Evictions: Are Women Disproportionately Affected by Job Loss?  Cheryl-lee Madden (UBC)

13:50 to 14:10 Ecologies of Harm: Mapping Contexts of Vulnerability in the Time of Covid-19  Maya Daurio, Stephen Chignell (UBC)

14:10 to 14:20 Q&A 

14:20 to 14:40 Break 

Panel:  GIS and Health: Covid-19  

14:40 to 16:00

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and maps have been put into the public spotlight during the pandemic. Thanks to the plethora of Covid-19 online dashboards and maps that are intended to track the outbreak, there is a sudden rise in appreciation about the importance of geography and the value of a map for powerful communication. This panel will dig deeper into this phenomenal explosion of spatial visualization. What are the implications of automatic data collection and cartographic construction for cartography? What are the opportunities and limitations in finding, analyzing, visualizing, and communicating disparate data resources related to the pandemic, ranging from data by official agencies to crowd-sourced big data?  Join us for this thought-provoking panel! 

  • Is Cartography dead? Is GIS a dying craft? Covid dashboards and what they signal.   Tom Koch, Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Geography (Medical), UBC
  • Finding, Visualization, and Sharing: Data and the Social Vulnerabilities of a Pandemic. Andy Yan, Director, City Program, Continuing Studies, SFU 
  • Riding through the pandemic: Using big data and GIS to understand COVID-19 impacts on bicycling. Jaimy Fischer, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU


More information about this year's presenters, panellists, and organizers can be found here: https://www.lib.sfu.ca/find/other-materials/data-gis/gis/gis-events/gis-day/gis-day-2021

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
9:00am - 4:00pm
  GIS     Research Commons  
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