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GIS Day 2019

GIS Day:  Discovering the world through GIS

GIS Day is an annual worldwide celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.

About the day

Mark your calendar: this year's celebrations will take place on November 13, 2019.

GIS Day 2019 at SFU will feature a hands-on GIS workshop and a student map competition/presentations.

This is a public event, and anyone with an interest in GIS is welcome to attend. Everything is free, but registration is required. (Registration details in workshop descriptions below).


10:00 to 12:00  workshop: Intro to Geospatial Data with R

12:00 to 1:00  Lunch (on your own)

1:00 to 3:00  workshop: Intro to Geospatial Data with R (continuation)

3:00 to 3:30  refreshment break

3:30 to 5:00  student map competition announcement and presentations

Featured workshop: Intro to Geospatial Data with R 

R is a free, open-source programming language primarily for statistics and graphics. This powerful language and its ever increasing packages allow you to read, visualize and analyze geospatial data without resorting to proprietary GIS software.

Student Map Competition/Presentations

GIS Day 2019 Student Map Competition

Also available as a printable poster

Competition instructions

Undergraduate and graduate students from any program at SFU are invited to submit digital or web maps to the SFU GIS Day Student Map Competition. Maps may be made specifically for this competition or may be previously produced for another purpose (such as a conference or coursework) using any method. Maps will be publicly displayed on the SFU Library website, on screens in public areas of SFU Library, and via projector at GIS Day on November 13th. If the maps have been previously published, attendees need to make sure they own the copyright to their maps. This competition is only open to students currently registered at SFU. 

How to enter

Send your map to Sarah Zhang, GIS & Map Librarian / Librarian for Geography, at with “GIS Day Student Map Competition” as the subject line. Your submission should include an attached JPEG or TIFF (if the file size is too big to email, please send a link to the file on Vault), or a link to a web map, and the following information in the body of the email: the title of your map, your name, SFU program, and a short paragraph description of the purpose of your map, methods, and software and data used. The attachment should be only the map; no larger documents containing a map (such as research posters) will be accepted. 


Monday, October 31, 2019 at 9:00am 


  • The best map prize ($100 Bookstore gift card) will be awarded.
  • Winners will be announced at GIS Day on November 13, 2019


Judges will assess:

  1. Ability to communicate a message/illustrate a research question
  2. Aesthetic and/or cartographic value

Student Map presentations

Everyone who submits a map will be invited to make a 5-10 minute presentation during the Student Map Presentation Session (3:30 to 5pm) at GIS Day on November 13, 2019.

Register now

Register for Intro to Geospatial Data with R.

Register for Student Map Presentations