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.
Conference 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.
Registration is for free but required. The link below will direct you to UBC's GIS Day page where you can register at the bottom.
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 Yuko 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
People: Presenters, panellists, organizers
Maya Daurio, Stephen Chignell (UBC)
Katherine Yuko Fry (UBC)
Mark Goodwin (UBC), Paul Dante (UBC), Kelly Stathis (Digital Research Alliance of Canada)
Cheryl-lee Madden (UBC)
John Reynolds (SFU)
Bryan Sawers, Land Title and Survey Authority
Joey Takeda (SFU)
Lightning talk presenters
Kirk Hart (SFU)
Kate Hosford, Jeneva Beairsto (SFU)
Tosh McKetta (UBC)
Jaimy Fischer, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU
Tom Koch, Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Geography (Medical), UBC
Andy Yan, Director, City Program, Continuing Studies, SFU
GIS Day Organizing Team
Evan Thornberry (UBC Library)
Paul Lesack (UBC Library)
Haitao Li (UBC Forestry)
Sarah Zhang (SFU Library)
SFU and UBC Libraries are hosting online GIScience workshops as below. Registration is free and open to all!
Geocoding & Web Mapping with Python November 8
Topics covered in this workshop include: how to use Python for basic data nalysis and plotting, how to use Geocoding to get coordinates from addresses, and how to make web maps with Python.
Understanding Spatial Data: Map Projections November 16
This workshop will familiarize participants with foundational knowledge about map projections for working with spatial data.
Geospatial Analysis & Visualization with Python November 18
This workshop aims to familiarize you with using Python for GIS, and show that programming and data analysis can be powerful tools for promoting social and environmental justice issues.
Visualizing Data in ArcGIS Online November 23
This workshop is intended for those unfamiliar with GIS desktop software who want to be able to create a map, add and configure data, and create a Story Map.
Using ClimateNA for Spatially Referenced Historical and Future Climate Data November 22
This workshop introduces how to use ClimateNA for spatially referenced historical and future climate data.
Intro to Satellite image analysis with Google Earth Engine November 29 to December 3
Google Earth Engine (not to be confused with Google Earth) allows anyone to access and process satellite imagery quickly and easily. Join our 3-part workshop to use GEE to explore images & maps, assess spatial or temporal trends, export data and more.
Web Mapping with R November 25