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A Bi-Monthly Publication of the CGA at Harvard University March-April 2019

2019 CGA Conference: The Geography of Redistricting This conference to be held May 2 and 3 will bring together scholars, technologists and activists in geography, GIScience, political science, government, and mathematics, to review the current practice and implications of redistricting, examine how GIS, geospatial analysis, and big data have played a role in redistricting, explore the proper methods and techniques to ensure legitimacy and protect against gerrymandering, and discuss opportunities for improving transparency and fairness. View the speaker list, preliminary conference program, and register for the conference.

Fisher Prize and Davis Center Prize Submission Deadline April 28 The Fisher Prize is a $500 cash award given to one graduate and one undergraduate student for excellence in GIS. The Davis Center Prize is sponsored by the Davis Center in support of innovative applications of technology in advancing regional studies. It awards the best (GIS) project relevant to Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies. View the award submission requirements and register for the prize competitions.

Upcoming GIS Presentations Professor Ismael Vallejo Villalta will present GIS And Coast: Three Decades Of Geographic Data And Analysis On Coastal Research And Management In Andalusia (South Spain) on April 18. Read the full event details. Kostyantyn Bondarenko of the Harvard Ukranian Institute will present Building a Digital Atlas of Ukraine on May 16th. Read the full event details.

EDC Award Winner The Esri Development Center (EDC) Student of the Year for 2019 has been awarded to Prasanna Shrivastava, Masters in Sustainability student at the Harvard Extension School, for his submission “Areas Suitable for Solar Water Pump Installations in India”. See judges comments and view the award winning poster at the bottom of CGA's Awards Page.

Symposium on One Health Data Geospatial Perspective: Mapping the Nexus of Humans, Animals, and Environment To be held at Harvard University on June 18th, this symposium will explore the complex human geography factors that affect the spread of infectious diseases, discuss the use of technologies, innovations, and methodologies that use human geography data to better predict and respond to outbreaks, and more. Read more about this event.

Summer GIS Institute The 2019 Summer GIS Institute still has a few seats open at this time. If interested in attending, apply before March 31 at the GIS Institute page.

ArcGIS Security Update If you use ArcGIS Desktop software to connect to ArcGIS Online for base map or other services, please check your desktop software version and take appropriate action as specified at this website before April 16th in order to continue using ArcGIS Online services.

ArcGIS 10.7 Now Available Harvard affiliates can now download and use ArcGIS 10.7, available at our ArcGIS Desktop Software Website


New Data at Harvard Map Collection The Harvard Map Collection has acquired census data for Argentina, (2010) Bolivia, (2012) and Chile (2002) as well as global cell phone coverage data from 2018. These data acquisitions are licensed for all current Harvard affiliates. The datasets are currently available in the Map Collection reading room, and are planned for inclusion in the Harvard Geospatial Library soon.

Seminar: Next in Data Visualization Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is hosting this seminar on April 1. An afternoon of presentations focused on innovative data visualization will include examples from personalized medicine, government, education, basic science, climate change, and more. For more on the event and to register.


Internship at Anchor QEA Anchor QEA, an environmental science and engineering consulting firm, is seeking a summer intern in the Boston office.  The intern will help the GIS team with their data library as well as assist with other GIS tasks using ESRI ArcGIS.  Application deadline is March 31. Read more and apply.

Call for Papers: Urban Crime Mapping and Analysis This special issue of the International Journal of Geo-Information will feature research on crime analysis, modeling, and mapping. This new collection of papers aims to contribute to the contemporary research agenda on spatial and temporal crime-related issues. Abstract deadline is March 31. Read more and submit an abstract

HOT Mapathons in April The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is looking for volunteers for Doctors Without Borders mapathons coming up the first week in April, happening in Boston, Princeton, Hong Kong, Zurich and Taipei. If interested in participating email Jessica Bergman at For more info on HOT


Esri MOOC - Cartography [Esri]

Equal Earth Political Wall Map [Tom Patterson]

Using Google Earth with Adobe After Effects [No Film School]

Track on Track, Revisited: Spatial Accuracy of Field Data [Spatial Reserves]

Esri Developer Summit 2019 Recap [App Developer]

Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure [Coalition of Geospatial Organizations]

FutureMap Foundation [FutureMap]

The CGA Newsletter is published monthly. Editor of this issue: Jeff Blossom.

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