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Geography Awareness Week 2021

Join us to celebrate all things geospatial during Geography Awareness Week 2021, taking place the week of November 15. Our theme this year is open-source GIS.

All events will take place on Zoom. They are free and open to all, but pre-registration is required. Follow the links below to sign up.

Leaflet Workshop
November 15, 10 am-noon
Leaflet is the leading open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. GIS programmer, Mollie Webb, will lead attendees through making a basic map using Leaflet.

Open Source GIS Tools and Data
November 16, 10 am-noon
More organizations are moving towards using open source GIS software for a variety of reasons. This workshop will go over selected open source GIS tools and examine the pros and cons of using these tools. In addition, this workshop will cover open data portals that could be useful for research.

QGIS Workshop
November 17, 10 am-noon
QGIS is the leading open-source software for geospatial analysis and visualization. Jennifer Moore, head of data services, will lead participants through creating a map with QGIS.

Geodesy Workshop
November 18, 10 am-noon
Geodesy is the science of accurately measuring and understanding three fundamental properties of the Earth. Bill Winston, GIS analyst, will lead participants through a presentation and workshop around geodesy.

Open Source Geospatial Panel
November 19, 10 am-noon
This panel discussion will include WashU faculty and local institutions using open-source tools to analyze and visualize spatial questions or problems.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Seth Graebner, Associate Professor of French and of Global Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Aishah Al-Mohamedi, Undergraduate Student in Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Tom Vought, Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist, University of Missouri and Data Manager at Missouri Spatial Data Information Service
  • Brendan Collins, Founder of makepath