Starts in 21 Days, 15 Hours

04/09/2019 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

GIS/SIG 28th Annual Conference

April 9, 2019 8:00 AM – 4:00PM

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Call for Papers – Due January 31, 2019

Keynote: Daniel G. Cole – Smithsonian Institute


This presentation will analyze the use of maps and GIS in Smithsonian exhibits over the years.  As such, this discussion will present maps and GIS on display that provide the opportunity to educate the public on a variety of themes (oceanography, biogeography, paleobiology, physical geography and geology, environment, history, human origins, and ancient cultures).  These exhibits provide maps in several different formats: generalized maps from which visitors can glean spatial information from as they walk by; detailed maps that require visitors to stop and study so that more can be learned; along with interactive maps, story maps, and GIS.  Maps and GIS help us navigate, but they can also be abstractions, as mediums of relationships or interactions over time.  At the basic level, cartographic displays provide geographic context to collections and photographs within the exhibit.  While at the same time, the maps cannot be distractions to the main exhibit; rather, they must add to and enhance the learning experience for museum visitors.

For more than 30 years, I have worked as a research cartographer and GIS specialist with our scientific staff to spatially analyze collections and other research data and display them in maps for publication.  During the past 20 years, I have been involved with the exhibits staff in multiple museums for providing maps for display to educate the public and people walk through exhibits and stop to study the static, interactive and animated maps.

The Conference also features geospatial industry expert presentations, technical workshops, great networking opportunities, and our famous GeoJeopardy competition.

Conference Location: Burgundy Basin
1361 Marsh RoadPittsford, New York 14534

Nearest Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn
800 Pittsford-Victor Rd Pittsford, New York 14534

  • Attending our conference is a great way to earn GISP points, and connect with local GIS professionals!
  • We will have a map contest featuring two categories: Professional map and Student map.  The winner of the Professional category will receive a prize.  The winner of the Student category will receive a $100 scholarship award.

We will also give away a some other awesome prizes at the end of the conference!  You must be present to win.