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Geographic Information Science (GIS) Day

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The School of Geography & Earth Sciences invite you to this annual celebration. GISDay is held worldwide during Geography Awareness Week each year in mid-November. Come and discover the world of Geographic Information Science (GIS), and the impact that geospatial thinking has in our daily lives.

The first GIS Day was held in 1999, with Ralph Nader being the inspiration for the event. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.


GIS DAY - Friday, November 17th - For University Students/Staff/Faculty

McMaster's GIS Day consists of lightning talks focusing on themes relevant to both the social sciences and natural sciences.  There will be door prizes, and coffee and cake will be served in the hall just outside the GIS labs.

  • Date: Friday, November 17th
  • Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
  • Location: BSB 331

Lightning Talks, BSB 331

Time Presenter Title
10:00 AM Patrick DeLuca, GIS Specialist, School of Geography & Earth Sciences GIS at McMaster University
10:15 AM Jason Brodeur, Manager, Maps, Data, GIS New Uses for Old Maps: Transforming Ontario's Historical Maps Into Accessible Geospatial Data
10:30 AM Craig Allison, Lab Manager and GIS Analyst, Ecohydrology Lab Delineating Italy's Terrain Regions Using Digital Elevation Models
10:45 AM Sean Leipe, Undergraduate Student, School of Geography and Earth Sciences Evaluating Badland Susceptibility in Basilicata, Italy Through the Integration of GIS and Multicriteria Decision Analysis
11:00 AM Michele Tsang, MSc Candidate, School of Geography and Earth Sciences Detecting Land Cover Change in the Badlands of Basilicata, Italy
11:15 AM Alex Furukawa, MSc Candidate, School of Geography and Earth Sciences Quantification of Anthropogenic Stress on Coastal Wetlands of Eastern Georgian Bay as a Predictor of Wetland Quality
11:30 AM Prabha Rupasinghe, PhD Candidate, Biology Integration of GIS and Remote Sensing for Ecological Applications
11:45 AM Matthew Brown, MSc Candidate, School of Geograhy and Earth Sciences Assessing Critical Roads in Hamilton, Ontario
12:00 PM Ali Vaezi, PhD Candidate, DeGroote School of Business Estimating Flammable Liquids Traffic on Railroad Networks in Canada
12:15 PM Weeberb Requia, Post Doctoral Fellow, McMaster Institute for Transport and Logistics Mapping Distance Decay of Premature Mortality Attributable to PM 2.5-related Traffic Congestion
12:30 PM Anastassios Dardas, PhD Candidate, School of Geography and Earth Sciences Shiny App: Conscious Commuter
12:45 PM Geoff Rose, MA Candidate, School of Geography and Earth Sciences The Geography of Absentee Landlords in Hamilton
1:00 PM Yorgan Pitt, MSc Candidate, School of Geography and Earth Sciences Spatial Statistical Analysis of Italy's Low Fertility
1:15 PM Tristan Carter, Associate Professor, Anthropology From Macro to Micro: Geo-spatial Analyses of Stone Tool Circulation from Eastern Mediterranean Prehistory
1:30 PM Kurt Kornelsen, Network Manager, NSERC FloodNet Project The CAnadian Surface Prediction ARchive (CaSPAr): A platform to Enhance Environmental Modeling in Canada and Globally
 

GIS DAY - Thursday, December 7th, 2017 - For High School Students

Hosted by the School of Geography & Earth Sciences; GIS Laboratory, this event fulfills part of the Ontario geography curriculum for grade 9, 11, and 12 students. The annual GIS Day assists in raising the visibility of the field of geomatics among high school students and their teachers. High school students participate in various hands-on computer activities with ArcGIS, GPS, Map Skills and 3-D Lab demos.

Four hands-on workshops will be offered throughout the day. Registration is free and works on a first come, first served basis - please email maynard@mcmaster.ca to register.

The sessions will run concurrently at:

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Please provide the following information when registering:

  • Workshops you would like to attend
  • Number of Students Attending
  • Students' Grade Level

A customized agenda will be sent to you once you have indicated the workshops you would like to attend.

Workshop A: Introduction to ArcGIS Online with Hands-Creating Map Features

One-hour Session

This workshop is for students who do not have GIS knowledge. Following a short Introduction to ArcGIS Online, students will use the ArcGIS Online Map Viewer to create and symbolize point, line and polygon features for a map in an area of their choice. They will also learn how to add a title, description, image and a URL to a map. After completing this workshop, students will be able to:

  1. Create new map features in ArcGIS Online
  2. Add data to map features in ArcGIS Online
  3. Symbolize map features in ArcGIS Online
Workshop B: Intermediate to Advanced ArcGIC Online With Hands-on Exercises

One-hour Session

This workshop is for students who have intermediate to advanced GIS knowledge. Following a short demonstration on some of the analytical capabilities available in ArcGIS Online, students will work on an exercise using Canadian Climate, Major Canadian cities and Natural Events data. After completing this workshop, students will be able to:

  1. Search and add data
  2. Filter and query tables
  3. Create buffers

Students who have taken Workshop A can also take Workshop B.

Workshop C: In the Field with GIS - Collector for ArcGIS Workshop

One-hour Session

This workshop is for advanced users of ArcGIS.

ArcGIS for Collector will provide important spatial inquiry for your students and get them starting to think about data collection, data management and new technologies in a fun and interesting way! Bring your own iPhone or Android smartphone to this hands-on workshop and use the Collector App to create a collaborative map with other participants.

Prerequisites for this session are that you know how to create, save and share a Web Map in ArcGIS Online, and have used this technology before in your classroom. All teachers who wish to participate in this workshop must go to: www.esri.ca/agolaccess and fill out the form requesting access to our K-12 ArcGIS Online subscription prior to the session commencement.

Workshop D: GPS Field Workshop

One-hour Session

This workshop is geared towards the grade 11 curriculum in Geotechnologies with a focus on operating a GPS unit. A maximum of 30 students for each session is recommended.

There will be a short presentation on GPS and Remote Sensing, and then students will walk around McMaster University to various points. Each student using a GPS unit must leave a piece of identification which they will have returned to them once the GPS has been returned. Since this is an outdoor activity, students in this workshop are advised to dress weather appropriate.

Workshop E: 3D Remote Sensing Lab Demonstration

One-hour Session

A demonstration of the 3D visualization facility will include an introduction to 3D stereo imaging with Google Earth 3D, and then an interactive tour of geologically significant sites around the world.

For more information please contact Deane Maynard, Email:maynard@mcmaster.ca

Story Map Activity - What is GIS?

Story Map Presentation - Canadian Careers in GIS

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca