Map of Devastating 2003 Heat Wave in the Netherlands Observed from MODIS Satellite. Mehdi Aminipouri (PhD Candidate in Geography at SFU)

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Thematic guides

Using mapping/GIS for community-based research, participatory projects, and equity/diversity/social justice [New]
If you don't identify yourself as a "GIS researcher", but you are interested in using GIS/mapping for community-based research, participatory projects, and equity/diversity topics, this guide is a good resource to get you started. 

Geospatial data for Ecological Restoration
A guide on various geospatial data resources for Ecological Restoration. 

Blog posts 

Blog posts on how GIS intersects with knowledge mobilization and citizen science, published on SFU Library's Radical Access blog. 

How Community Science opens a new way of knowledge creation: the BC Parks iNaturalist Project

Leveraging Web Mapping Technologies to Communicate Your Research: Introducing our new Web GIS Workshop Series

More Canadian research data findable by map-based searching: Explore Geodisy in FRDR

News & awards 

GIS Conferences/Awards/Competitions Alert 


2022 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition 
The 2022 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition invites storytellers globally to build stories through innovative data visualization techniques. The submission deadline is October 7, 2022. 


2022 ESRI User Conference 
The 2022 Esri User Conference will take place from July 11 to 15. This year’s conference will be hybrid, so you have the option of attending in person in San Diego, or virtually. The conference will include live demonstrations, technical workshops, the plenary session, and more. Here’s a view of the detailed agenda.

2022 Esri Canada GIS Scholarship for SFU
Deadline extended to Monday April 11th 2022. Read this document for more information. 

2022 Esri Young Scholars Award for GIS
A National Competition and applicants submit a package directly to Esri Canada. Refer to the brochure for details. Apply by Monday, April 4, 2022

2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Challenge
The theme for this year’s challenge is “Restoring Our Ocean”. The submission deadline is October 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (PT) and three winners will be announced in December 2021.

FOSS4G 2021 Buenos Aires - Online Edition
September 27 - October 2, 2021 (virtual). FOSS4G means Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial. This international anual gathering of location enthusiasts is the largest global gathering for geospatial software. 

GeoHumanities workshop (ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Geospatial Humanities) 
A virtual event on November 2, 2021. Free, no registration required. 

Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography
The third biennial Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography will focus on the theme of Indigenous mapping. Registration is free. 


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Map image: Devastating 2003 heat wave in the Netherlands mapped using MODIS satellite data, by Mehdi Aminipouri, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, SFU