Monthly Archives: October 2015

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CfP: AAG Session on 3D Virtual and Augmented Realities for Geoinformation Science

Alexander Klippel (Geography, The Pennsylvania State University), Danielle Oprean (Architecture/Landscape Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University), Craig McCabe (ESRI), Sven Fuhrmann (Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University).

Recent developments in 3D virtual and augmented reality technologies have spurred industry, research, and education developments that will effect geoinformation science directly. The ease of accessing 3D information through environmental sensors (LiDAR or 360 degree cameras) and modeling efforts using, for example, ESRI CityEngine or Google SketchUp, allow for creating efficient workflows from environments to digital, interactive 3D models. In parallel, the virtual and augmented technology industry has made substantial progress to provide products that allow VR and AR to enter both mainstream and research in unprecedented ways. The quality and affordability of products such as Oculus Rift, Samsung GearVR, Zeiss VR One, to name just a few, allow for immersive and augmented experiences that have been unparalleled so far.

The opportunities for geoinformation science research and application are limitless, and it is time to provide a forum for discussing industry, research and education developments that address but are not limited to the following topics:
– Efficient workflows for 3D environmental modeling for built and natural environments,
– 3D modeling software for 3D geoinformation modeling,
– Game engines in geospatial research and education,
– Virtual and mixed realities,
– Spatial temporal data visualization in VR
– Big data visualization and VR
– User experiences in Geovirtual Environments
– Accessories for 3D modeling and VR (e.g., 360 degree cameras)

For more information, please contact Dr. Alexander Klippel ( Please send your PIN to before October 29, 2015 if you are interested in presenting in this session.

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Shaping Geovisualization

Today, Dr. Fuhrmann presented his current research and vision about shaping the field of geovisualization to faculty, staff and students at the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University. The presentation was held in the spirit of the current International Map Year: An open invitation to join interdisciplinary cartographic innovation research, and thus collaboratively shape geovisualization.

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New GIS Workshop Series – Data Services Lab – Fenwick Library

The Data Services Lab in Fenwick Library is offering new workshops this semester for ArcGIS such as, ArcGIS Online (October 9), Using Python for ArcGIS (October 21), and Introduction to Web-mapping (October 22). The descriptions and detailed schedules are available at and

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Cartography and Geographic Information Society’s Student Scholarship Awards

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) proudly announces that applications are now being accepted for the Society’s annual scholarship awards. The scholarships recognize academic achievement and encourage the continuing success of outstanding cartography and geographic information science students. The scholarships also recognize achievement or potential for achievement in original research advancing the specific disciplines of cartography or GIScience. Winners are selected based on academic achievement, particularly in the calendar year prior to the award. Applications are due by January 18, 2016 and will be reviewed by the CaGIS Scholarship Committee. Award recipients will be announced in March, 2016.

Three scholarships are available to students whose research and accomplishments support the mission of CaGIS. CaGIS will bestow two Masters Scholarship Awards ($750) and one Doctoral Scholarship Award ($1500) to successful applicants. Award priority will be given to those candidates that are currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree program during 2015 or 2016, studying cartography, geographic information science, or a closely related field. Outstanding undergraduates or individuals returning to school that have been accepted to a Masters program in GIScience are also eligible to apply for the Masters Scholarship Award. Outstanding candidates that are not currently enrolled as a student, but have been accepted to a PhD program are also eligible to apply to the Doctoral Scholarship Award.

For more information on eligibility, application procedure, and award details please see the CaGIS award website at:

Or, contact Fritz C. Kessler, Chair of the CaGIS Scholarship Award Committee at

For more information about the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science at George Mason University check: