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Week of November 13th, 2017

Each Wednesday, Geography & GIS will distribute this e-newsletter to our faculty, students, postdocs/visiting scholars, and staff. Please send any news, announcements, and citations to by noon on Monday for publication in the same week’s issue. Please note: there will be no newsletter next week during Fall Break.


Illinois GIS Day
Thursday, November 16th, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
SESE Core, Room 3083 Natural History Building
This year, the Department of Geography & GIS is hosting a scaled-down version of GIS Day, the annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and improve our lives. Illinois GIS Day 2017 will focus on our students' contributions to GIScience, geovisulization, and geospatial technology, with a map/poster competition and awards presentation.


Last week, Professor Jim Best presented a talk at the 20th annual Seabed Acoustics Workshop in Rostock, Germany, concerning the Holocene evolution of Cambodia’s Great Lake - the Tonle Sap.

Graduate Student

PhD student Jue Wang's (advisor: Mei-Po Kwan) paper was selected as one of the five finalists for the AAG GIS Specialty Group (GISSG) Honors Student Competition, which will be held at the AAG 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.


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Visiting Scholar

Changjiang Xiao is a visiting PhD student from State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping, and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS), Wuhan University, China. He majors in Geographic Information System with a focus on geospatial sensor web and real-time dynamic WebGIS. He is currently trying to obtain better knowledge of marine environment based on multi-sensor data using CyberGIS and data fusion methods by cooperating with Prof. Shaowen Wang. Changjiang is visiting GGIS through September 2018, with a desk in 1062 NHB.


James Whitacre (GIS Specialist), Marci Uihlein (Professor Architecture), and Ellen Swain (SLC Archivist) would like to introduce: Mapping History at the University of Illinois
—a “bringing together” of GIS, architecture and archives to tell the University’s story during its Sesquicentennial year.

The project, supported by Library Innovation Funds, includes three components:

Campus History:  Brief narratives (written by project historian John Franch) and covering themes across seven historic eras, integrating GIS story maps and architectural modeling, and archival holdings. Check out, for instance:

Interactive Campus MapsGIS time-enabled map and 3-D modeling.  Story maps produced (with James Whitacre’s assistance) by Joe Porto, Scholarly Commons graduate assistant, & undergraduate student assistants and interns.
Jessica Ballard, Archives Faculty Resident, created the African American Housing history map.  Check out  Illinois Field, for example. See all maps here.

Digital Map Archives:  525 campus, community and county maps from University Archives, Map Library and Champaign County Historical Archives holdings:  Explore here

Also, check out Archives Research Center graduate assistant Jessica Followell’s exhibit about the project in the North-South hallway of the Main Library.

Finally, please visit About the Project to see the large number of people who have contributed to this on-going teaching tool.  Special thanks to Joe Porto, Tara Chattoraj and Anna Trammell. This is an on-going project-- the Mapping team is continually adding new content.


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