Enjoy Virtual GIS Day events by SFU, UBC, and worldwide institutions

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

About the day

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

This year, 2020, GIS Day is officially on Wednesday 18 November. With COVID-19, it is going to look different. Many events will move to virtual space and open to the public, which means you will be able to enjoy the events in the comfort of your home!

Celebrate GIS Day at SFU

The Research Commons is hosting GIS workshops in November, including the brand-new Web Mapping Workshop series. Join us and learn new GIS/mapping skills! 

Featured: Web Mapping Workshop series

Intro to Web Mapping Web Mapping with R  November 13 and November 20
An interactive web map is a great tool for both data exploration and communicating your research with a wide audience, academic and public alike. This Web Mapping workshop series of 2 workshops will help researchers across disciplines understand what a web map is and how to create one in two different ways, namely ArcGIS online and R. 

Both workshop will situate web mapping in research context, rather than those ubiquitous web maps in everyday life or business sense (like the ones you see on Yelp! or real estate websites). We will learn web mapping from the perspective of community engagement, reproducible data workflow, and scholarly communication. 

GIS Day events hosted by UBC

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Mapathon  November 19
Missing Maps is all about mapping the most vulnerable places in the world in order to better equip organizations to respond to crises. Information about structures, roads, or bridges, for example, doesn't appear on maps in many places around the world, making it difficult for first responders to know where to go and who is at risk in the aftermath of disasters.
For this mapathon, participants be contributing to urgent mapping needs in the Caribbean, an area vulnerable to hurricanes, impacts from which are compounded by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during this hurricane season.

Data Normalization and Classification Workshop  November 18
This lecture-style workshop will focus on police violence data from Canada and the United States, and emphasize the importance of data normalization and show how different data classification methods impact the ways we perceive information.

Both events are open to the public, including SFU students. 

Selected virtual events worldwide

Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) GIS Conference 
BTAA GIS Conference is a one-day conference that brings geographic information users across disciplines from different Big Ten institutions in the U.S.  Registration is free and open to all.  

Virtual GIS Day 2020- The National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence  November 18, 2020 
Enjoy a day full of talks, technical sessions, and humanitarian mapping activities. Check out the full schedule. Also check out their 2020 Vrtual GIS Day Map Contest & Gallery (info on the homepage)!

Shared Knowledge in a Democratic Society and Connected World  November 18, 2020 
A webinar hosted by University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. The webinar will look at some information standards and practices that can help to enable ditributed geographic information shareable in a connected world. 

Huston Area GIS Day 2020
Business people, educators, students, and the general public converge to talk about GIS. Since its debut, this event has grown steadily to achieve a prominent position with public, private and governmental agencies in the GIS field.

Penn State GIS Day
Penn State GIS Day 2020 features two presentations: Guerrilla Cartography’s “Atlas in a Day” Experiment and Youth Mappers Everywhere: How a global student movement creates geospatial data, knowledge and community. Registration is free and open to public. 


November 18