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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 Options with ArcGIS
November 16, 10 am-noon
ArcGIS is an industry-standard, proprietary software suite from ESRI for which WashU has a site license. Users may not be aware that they can use open-source tools in combination with ArcGIS products. Dr. Dorris Scott, social science data curator and GIS librarian, will introduce using open source with ArcGIS.

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