Mapping success: McMaster geographers dominate global competition
A group of McMaster Geography and Earth Sciences students has proven it really knows its way around, taking five of nine top places in an international contest that tested competitors’ creative use of geographic information systems, or GIS.
The Esri Global Content Challenge competition drew more than 500 entries from nearly 60 countries around the world in three categories: Land, Ocean and Population. In each category there were cash prizes for the three top finishers, for nine prizes in all.
Students in Patrick DeLuca’s course, Special Topics in GIS, managed to take second and third in Land, second and third in Ocean, and third in Population, dominating the competition, plus one honourable mention.
Competitors were presented a list of authoritative data and, using their backgrounds and imaginations, developed compelling scientific stories using Esri’s Story Map Journal app.More..