Final Call for Submissions – ICC 2017

Please submit abstracts and papers on mapping and geographic information science for the International Cartographic Conference by October 26, 2016.

The conference is in Washington DC, July 2-7, 2017.
The conference announcement PDF and list of themes is linked to this post.
Look to the bottom of this web page to begin your submission:

Abstracts, Full Papers, and Posters

E. Lynn Usery
Conference Director and Chair, LOC ICC 2017
Research Geographer and Director
Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science
U.S. Geological Survey
1400 Independence Rd.
Rolla, MO 65401-2502

Ph. 573-308-3837
Fax 573-308-3652

Assistant Professor Job in Health Geography at the University of Toronto Mississsagua

The Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Health Geography with a focus on urban settings at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2017.

Please see linked job ad below for details. Additional information on the Department can be obtained online at

Any inquiries about the application should be sent to the Department Chair, Professor Kathi Wilson, at


Assistant Professor in Cartography/Geovisualization Appalachian State University

The Department of Geography and Planning ( at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure track Cartography/Geovisualization specialist position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August, 2017. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Geography or a closely related field by August, 2017. The Department of Geography and Planning seeks applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas: digital cartography, web-based mapping, and geovisualization.

Please see linked ad and contact Dr. Jeffrey Colby for more information,


Announcing the Cartography and Geographic Information Society’s Student Scholarship Awards

Announcing the Cartography and Geographic Information Society’s Student Scholarship Awards

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) proudly announces that applications are now being accepted for the Society’s annual scholarship awards. The scholarships recognize academic achievement and encourage the continuing success of outstanding cartography and geographic information science students. The scholarships also recognize achievement or potential for achievement in original research advancing the specific disciplines of cartography or GIScience. Winners are selected based on academic achievement, particularly in the calendar year prior to the award.

Applications are due by January 20, 2017 and will be reviewed by the CaGIS Scholarship Committee. Award recipients will be announced in March, 2017.

Three scholarships are available to students whose research and accomplishments support the mission of CaGIS. CaGIS will bestow two Masters Scholarship Awards ($750) and one Doctoral Scholarship Award ($1500) to successful applicants. Award priority will be given to those candidates that are currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree program during 2015 or 2016, studying cartography, geographic information science, or a closely related field. Outstanding undergraduates or individuals returning to school that have been accepted to a Masters program in GIScience are also eligible to apply for the Masters Scholarship Award. Outstanding candidates that are not currently enrolled as a student, but have been accepted to a PhD program are also eligible to apply to the Doctoral Scholarship Award.

For more information on eligibility, application procedure, and award details please see the CaGIS award website at:

Or, contact Fritz C. Kessler, Chair of the CaGIS Scholarship Award Committee at

AAG Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group: Annual Student Paper Competition, Call for Abstracts

AAG Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group: Annual Student Paper Competition

AAG Meeting: Boston, MA – April 5-9, 2017

The Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group (GISS-SG) of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2017 Honors Competition for Student Papers on Geographic Information Science (GIS) topics to be presented at the annual meeting. The purpose of this competition is to promote scholarship and written and oral presentation by students in the field of GIS. Papers are invited from current graduate and undergraduate students on any topic in geographical information systems and geographic information science.

Any paper that advances any aspect of GIS is welcome. We encourage papers on theoretical, conceptual, and methodological developments in GIS as well as on particular innovative GIS applications. Papers must be based upon original work, completed as an undergraduate or graduate student, relevant to the field of GIS and current GIS research. Papers must be mainly written by the applicant, but having co-authors is allowed. Students who are selected as finalists will be placed in a special session at the annual meeting. The only exception is a student who is also selected as a Nystrom Dissertation Award finalist, in which case, he or she may present in the Nystrom paper session instead.


October 14, 2016 – Abstract Due
February 1, 2017 – Full Paper Due


Up to five finalists (one session) will be selected on the basis of the quality of extended abstracts and provided with $500 each to attend the conference. The extended abstract of about 1,000 words is used by the GISS-SG Awards Committee to choose the competition finalists. Finalists must submit a paper of a substantive nature that constitutes an expanded discussion of the material to be presented orally at the annual meeting. Subsequent to the oral presentations by the finalists, there will be special awards for the 1st and 2nd-place presenters. The prizes of $500 for 1st place and $250 for 2nd place will be determined immediately following the special presentation session.

The awards committee reserves the right to not offer such prizes if the papers are not of sufficiently high quality. The 1st and 2nd-place awards are decided on the basis of the written paper and the oral presentation. They will also receive tickets to attend the AAG Awards Luncheon, and results of the competition will be published in the AAG Newsletter and the GISSSG newsletter, as well as on the specialty group’s web page.


The competition is open to students at all academic levels. Any paper first-authored and presented by a student is eligible for the competition, provided the paper has not already been published or presented somewhere. There is no limitation on the number of co-authors, however, the applicant student is required to be the first author.

Applicants must be a current member of the AAG GISS Specialty Group (GISS-SG). For instructions on how to become a member of the Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, simply contact the AAG. There are no student dues for the GISS-SG.


Extended abstracts and written papers will be judged by the GISS-SG Awards Committee (Chair, Vice Chair, Academic Counselor, and Student Representative) on several criteria: potential contribution to the field of GIS, originality, appropriate use of methodology, scholarship, organization, and written composition. The oral presentation of papers will be judged on professional delivery, organization, clarity, and appropriate use of graphics. Judging will take into account the academic level of the applicants.


Up to five competition finalists will be notified no later than October 21, 2016. Each finalist will be asked to submit a written paper of about 7,500 words, expanding on the material in the extended abstract.

This paper will be due no later than February 1, 2017. Details about the final written paper are provided lower on this page.


To be considered for participation in the GIS paper competition, an extended abstract must be submitted (about 1000 words). Electronic submission of the extended abstracts is encouraged (in Microsoft Word format, with 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and single-spaced lines). Applicants must clearly indicate that they wish to be considered for the GISS-SG Student Paper Competition. All submissions not accepted for the competition by the awards committee will be incorporated into the AAG meeting program in other sessions.

Applicants must also submit an AAG participant number which is issued when successfully registering for the AAG meeting (in other words, you must register for the AAG meeting and submit a short abstract using the AAG’s registration website, before submitting your longer abstract to the GISS-SG competition). For detailed instructions on how to acquire a participant number for the annual meeting, see the AAG web page. The extended abstract and participant code are due to the GISS-SG Academic Councilor by October 14nd, 2016. Please send abstracts via email as an attachment (Microsoft Word or PDF) to Dr. Tom Crawford (


Papers, including the related bibliography and associated tables and figures, must be submitted in the format used by the International Journal Geographical Information Science (see for details). A cover page listing the student authors’ name, academic affiliation, faculty advisor for the paper, mailing address, phone numbers, and email address should also be included. The second page should include only the title of the paper and the abstract. The content of the paper should begin on the third page.

The final written paper should be submitted electronically via email to Dr. Tom Crawford ( as a Microsoft Word document attachment (12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, double spaced). The content of the paper is limited to about 20 pages in length (text, references, figures and tables, about 5000-7500 words total).



Send all submissions and inquiries to:

Dr. Tom Crawford
Academic Councilor, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Center for Sustainability
Saint Louis University
3694 West Pine Mall
Saint Louis, MO 63108



USNC travel funding for International Cartographic Conference (ICC)

The U.S. National Committee (USNC) to the International Cartographic Association (ICA) is pleased to announce the availability of travel funding to attend the 28th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Washington, DC, July 2-7, 2017. The deadline for applications is October 26. Please see the attached PDF for details.

The USNC will be meeting during AutoCarto 2016 which is being held in Albuquerque, NM, from September 14-16, 2016. The USNC meeting on Thursday, September 15th, will take place from 5:00-6:00 PM and is open to the public. Details about ICC 2017 and the related travel funding will be presented. Check the AutoCarto website for updates on the meeting location ( ).

ICC 2017 Travel Funding Announcement

Free Summer Data Workshop: Place in Early Care and Education

Place in Early Care and Education: Using Geographic Information in NSECE Analyses June 21-23, Bethesda, MD

The National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) provides a national picture of families’ non parental care utilization, as well as characteristics of both home-based and center-based providers for children birth to age 13. The NSECE helps deepen our understanding of the extent to which families’ needs and preferences coordinate with providers’ offerings and constraints. The study and this workshop are funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The “Place in Early Care and Education” workshop–held June 21-23, 2016, in Bethesda, MD– will provide data users detailed training on various geographic data available for the NSECE and statistical issues associated with using them. Topics will include use of GIS data collected in the Household Survey, community characteristics merged in from the American Community Survey, reporting state-specific estimates, linking households and providers through the NSECE provider cluster, incorporating other data using geographic identifiers and managing disclosure risk in place-based analyses.

NSECE public-use data files are available for secondary analysis through Research Connections ( Researchers will not be required to secure restricted use access to participate in the workshop, but many of the topics discussed can only be implemented using restricted use data. Participants will be expected to be familiar with the NSECE prior to attending the workshop.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. Participants must have experience with statistical programming using complex survey data. All applications should include: 1) a resume or curriculum vita, 2) a cover letter describing prior early care and education research experience, knowledge of statistical programming, and experience analyzing large, complex survey data, and 3) a brief description (less than 2 pages) of a possible research question(s) to be explored using the NSECE. Please include at least one original weighted tabulation of NSECE data in your submission.

There is no cost to participate in the workshop. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and food expenses. Applicants will be selected for participation on a rolling basis starting May 1. Submit applications or contact us with any questions at:

Survey Research Methods: Call for Papers

Special Issue: Uses of Geographic Information Systems Tools in Survey Data Collection & Analysis
Guest Editor: Stephanie Eckman, RTI International

The application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related tools such as remote sensing to survey data collection and analysis has dramatically increased in recent years. Traditionally, GIS tools have been applied primarily in the frame construction, sampling, and data collection phases of survey research. More recently, researchers have begun to use records of interviewer travel to detect falsification and to study how to make data collection more efficient. The techniques of geostatistics and geospatial models can provide new methods for studying and reducing non-response and measurement error. We also see surveys merging in additional variables via GIS tools, for example, data on air pollution, access to grocery stores and parks, and others can be merged in once we know respondents’ locations. However, the use of location data in surveys also raises new issues of respondents’ and interviewers’ privacy. As these technologies become less expensive and easier to use, and geographic data becomes more widely available on the web, we expect survey researchers to find even more uses for these tools. While we embrace these tools, however, we should also maintain a healthy skepticism about their capabilities and limitations.

We encourage papers on all these topics, as well as related issues. Articles due by June 1, 2016. To submit, go to the SRM website ( and upload the article as a PDF, just like a standard SRM article–be sure to mention the special issue in the field for “Author comments”.

Southeastern Geographer Call for Papers

The Southeastern Geographer, one of the premier regional geography journals in the United States, invites contributions from members of the AAG. The journal has published the academic work of geographers and other social and physical scientists since 1961. A substantive focus of the journal is to publish geographic research that engages with conditions and events in “the south”, broadly construed, as they relate to conditions and events that extend over broader geographical reaches.  The journal serves as a forum for exploring the physical, social, cultural, economic, and political diversity and broad climate and ecosystem variability that links “the south” to processes, flows, and conditions that extend across the country, continent and globe. We would like to encourage colleagues working in the general area of “GIS research” to consider submitting manuscripts to Southeastern Geographer

The journal also publishes approximately one special issue per year, and welcomes proposals for thematically or conceptually coherent special issues.  For author guidelines, visit See also the Southeastern Geographer’s profile in Project MUSE: Follow us on Twitter as well @SEGeographer

Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS)

The Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) starting in August 2016. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in GIS, Geography or related fields at time of appointment. Areas of specialization may include, but are not limited to: spatial data mining, geospatial big data analytics, mobile mapping, cloud computing, geospatial cyber-infrastructure, social media, or related areas. The successful candidate is expected to show a strong potential for establishing a sustained, externally funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate level GIS courses, and supervise M.S. and Ph.D. students. [More details …]

To be considered for this position, an official FAU application must be completed online.The application should include 1) a cover letter summarizing interest and qualifications, 2) separate, detailed statements of research and teaching profiles, 3) a curriculum vitae, 4) a list of three professional references, and 5) scanned full academic transcripts. Questions regarding this position may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Charles Roberts ( Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.