AAG Conference Poster Competition – deadline March 10th

AAG Conference Poster Competition – deadline March 10th

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The AAG (American Association of Geographers) conference is coming up  April 6-10 in Denver, and Esri is sponsoring a poster contest – if you have GIS work to show off, consider entering!

Submissions will be judged and awarded in the following 4 categories:

  • Best Use of Spatial Analysis Methods: How are techniques such as spatial statistics, overlay and proximity, multivariate mapping, space-time cubes, or others being used to analyze the patterns, relationships, and trends in the data, rather than simply displaying data on a map?
  • Best Use of Cartography to Tell a Compelling Story: How are classification methods, colors, 2D and 3D symbols, basemaps, multimedia, and other cartographic elements and techniques being used to clearly explain the problem or issue being examined?
  • Best Use of Components of Esri Technology (ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, Insights, etc.): How and to what extent are Esri GIS tools and functions being rigorously applied to display, analyze, and communicate the results of the research or the extent of the problem being examined?
  • Best Application of GIS to Solve or understand a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG): How effectively does the poster show why GIS is an appropriate toolset to apply to a SDG? How effectively does the presentation show how GIS was applied to this specific issue?

All the details are here: 



Professors/Instructors: Please share with your students!

Deadline is extended to March 10th.

Upcoming events for February!

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Wed. Feb 19th

12pm – 1pm


GNSS Accuracy Study by Frontier Precision and PlanIt Geo

Morgan Library, Rm 210F

(adjacent to the Geospatial Centroid area)

Wed. Feb. 19th

2pm – 3pm

Spatial Stories

Share your “best” spatial mistakes!

Share your lessons learned, and learn from other’s mistakes.

No presenters, just an informal discussion.

Morgan Library, Rm. 203
Thurs. Feb. 20th

10am – 11am


Gather at 10am to watch Esri’s Live Training Seminar on Python Libraries for Spatial Data Science

Watch with the group at 10am,

Morgan Library Rm. 203

(Click here to watch on your own at 10am, 12pm, or 4pm)

Tues. Feb. 25th

1pm – 3pm


Go Geospatial! – A workshop series

Part 1: Get to know spatial data

More info and registration from the Workshops page

Morgan Library, Rm. 171

(Limited space, max. 12 attendees)

Wed. Feb. 26th

12pm – 1pm

Spatial Stories

Learn about Population Explorer: A resource for data that predicts socioeconomic and demographic change

Presented by Kyle Weaver

Morgan Library, Rm. 203

Exciting things happening for the Centroid

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Exciting things are happening at the Geospatial Centroid this semester

 We’re getting a new space!

We’re moving to the other side of the 2nd floor of Morgan Library. Our new area is still under construction, but looking great!

We’re getting a new website!

We’re working with NerdyMinds web developers on a snazzy new website – which is still under construction.

We’re hiring a Technical Manager!

The process is still underway, but we hope to soon have a new tech expert to help us better serve your geospatial needs.


Of course, we will still have several educational events including workshops and Spatial Stories.

Digital Agriculture – Spatial Stories Seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd

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Join us Tuesday, Dec 3rd from 12 – 1pm for a Spatial Stories Seminar with Dr. Raj Khosla

GIS Day Schedule posted – a full day of geospatial actvities on Wed., Nov. 13th

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GIS Day at CSU is Wednesday, November 13th

The Geospatial Centroid will again be celebrating this day of geospatial awareness and knowledge sharing

People, Places, and the Stories of Where

Wednesday, November 13th  |  10am – 4pm

Morgan Library Event Hall

Speakers, Posters, Lunch, Mini-Workshops, a Cutie-Peeling Projection Contest, other mappy activities

Followed by a Mapathon at the Ramskeller

All the details are on our GIS Day Page

Scholarship for GIS students – apply by Nov. 15th, 2019

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A scholarship for students using GIS in their students is being offered by RM-URISA. Applications are due by Nov. 15th.
Details below…

The Rocky Mountain chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (RM-URISA) is sponsoring a financial award for students using GIS in their studies. Any undergraduate or graduate student attending school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah or Wyoming is eligible to apply.

Students can view the submission requirements and complete their application at: https://rocky-mountain-urisa.hub.arcgis.com/pages/scholarship. Complete applications are due by November 15, 2019.

RM-URISA will issue three awards in 2019 depending on the student’s level of study.

PhD Candidates: $500
Graduate Students: $500
Undergraduate: $500 (Degree seeking 4-year or 2-year students with GIS certificate)

Awards will be announced on or before Dec 6, 2019. Any questions should be directed to rm.urisa.scholarships@gmail.com.



OpenStreetMap Day – October 30th!

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Learn all about OpenStreetMap with 3 events to choose from:

1 – 2pm Spatial Stories Seminar about OSM in Morgan Library Rm. 203

2 – 4:30pm Workshop on creating OSM data with the JOSM Editor in Morgan Library Rm. 171

5 – 7pm Mapathon at Ramskellar


GIS Day: Wed., November 13th!

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Mark your calendars, and spread the word:

GIS Day is Wednesday, November 13th

The Geospatial Centroid will again be celebrating this day of geospatial awareness and knowledge sharing

People, Places, and the Stories of Where

Wednesday, November 13th  |  10am – 4pm

Morgan Library Event Hall

Speakers, Posters, Lunch, Mini-Workshops and a Cutie-Peeling Projection Contest

Followed by a mapathon at the Ramskeller

More details and RSVP coming soon!

Call for presenters and posters to share YOUR spatial story – at GIS Day or throughout the year:

Use this Story Map and Survey to “add your story to the map” and let us know how you might like to share your story with the greater community.

Reflecting on Greece

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We’ve been meaning to update you on our trip…. so here we are!

We all miss Greece, but are so glad to be back among our friends and family!

The above photo was taken right before we got on the ferry in Kalamos. It took us about 4 days to get home, spending 2 nights in Athens on the way back again where we shopped for gifts for friends and family, met up with Sophia’s aunt, and also some other friends of both she and Tabitha. We had the lovely opportunity to enjoy some street performers and then a coffee shop concert with Greek folk musicians.  We also spent a night in London where we stayed at a newer, hip hotel called the Moxy and went out to an authentic London pub .

Our final days in Kalamos were spent finishing up our work. Riley created a database of locations and attributes of historic location of corals, fish populations, property ownership and other things we learned about through the participatory mapping session with a local man. Tabitha finished georeferencing a total of 40 historic images from the British School in Athens which are now a resource for Terra Sylvestris for future work. Wesley completed additional drone flights, some involving sailing to the nearby Echinades Islands with a volunteer that would start after we left. Sophia directed us through finishing all these tasks and how to finish the trip and our work strong, as well as providing more guidance for the travels home. Throughout all of the trip we enjoyed trying local cuisine, namely souvlaki which is very similar to a gyro, as well as authentic olive oil and bread and the many local bakeries. We also enjoyed some time at the beach in the final days to soak up the sun just a bit more.

We’ll finish this post with a final statement from everyone so that we can each share what our highlights were, what we learned, or anything else we feel is worth sharing:

Wesley: This trip was an incredible opportunity for me. I am very grateful that I got to work with Ted who is so driven and knowledgeable about environmental conservation. It is cool to see how people on the other side of the planet deal with environmental issues and their attitudes towards them. I learned so much about environmental issues that I probably otherwise would not have, as well flying drones and their applications for research. It was also great to learn about Greek culture. I think we had a great team for the trip with the diversity in backgrounds and all our different contributions to the work. Big shout out to Sophia for organizing so much of this trip.

Tabitha: As a Coloradoan, there have been no other times in my life when I have had the opportunity to perform my work 2 feet from a hammock while overlooking the sea and I am so grateful for this opportunity to have done so. From the moment I learned about this experience, I knew that I wanted to be part of it and I have had no regrets. My professional experience and confidence has grown so much as a result of having performed research, developed an IRB protocol and traveled to and experienced the place for which we were performing our work. It felt important to see the community that our work could impact and to hear the stories of the locals who experienced the devastating effects of the decline of life in the Ionian Sea. Working in Kalamos, I understood that people care and that they need people like me to care as well. I was glad that I had skills that could be of service and I would gladly do more work like this in the future.

Riley: Participating in this project reaffirmed that the human dimension of natural resource issues is not only an important dimension but a dimension I enjoy exploring. Participatory GIS was the perfect tool to bridge the social/ environmental issues and I am overwhelmed with the fact that we were able to pull this project off. Of course, the ocean views, delicious food, and perfect team also made it an unforgettable adventure.

Sophia: Creating opportunities for students is what we love to do at the Centroid, and I’m so pleased we were able to provide such a unique one this summer for our three fearless students: Riley, Tabitha, and Wes. What a great team they made! This inaugural international initiative (alliteration fully intended) proved to be all we had hoped: a bit of adventure, a healthy dose of learning, diverse geospatial contributions towards conservation efforts of a small NGO, ample good food, and a couple good dives into the crystal clear Ionian Sea. Logistically, the trip went very smoothly (until the very last leg of the trip with an unexpected overnight in Dallas for some), which bodes well for future trips. In the coming months, we’ll provide more details of this trip and the work we did, and in the meantime we’ll begin to think about future international opportunities for Centroid interns!

Our weekend adventure

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The team is back in Kalamos after our adventure to the larger, neighboring island of Kefalonia. When we arrived at the port in Sami, we noticed a Google Street View car. We saw the driver get out and come to the same restaurant we were, so to indulge our curious nature, we ended up talking with Alexandros, a friendly young man who told us all about himself, the job with Google, and how the car worked. (He is one of three Google Street View drivers who are tasked with driving all of the roads in Greece.) We all found this very interesting and learned quite a bit. He even took a picture of us with the car’s camera system, so we hope to find ourselves in Google Street View in the coming months!

From there, we traveled to the scenic Roman beach-town of Skala where we stayed at Villa Alonia, a beautiful Airbnb that suited us perfectly. We got plenty of sun (probably too much) and enjoyed some relaxation, good food, and home-made Italian gelato. A highlight for all of us was eating at Kelari, a traditional mountain-top tavern with expansive views that made us feel like we were in a movie.

Now we are back at Terra Sylvestris, continuing our work and respective tasks. Riley is setting up the database schema and attributes to be collected during the participatory mapping sessions this week. Tabitha is georeferencing and mosaicking the second batch of historical imagery which will also be used in the participatory mapping sessions. Wesley took a bike to reach some less accessible areas of the island and captured additional drone imagery. He has covered nearly the entire eastern side of Kalamos! Sophia continues to manage and guide us, while also trying to figure out how best to process the drone imagery from afar.

 We are about halfway through our adventure and excited about the week to come.