Author Archives: Cartographer

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First Mason Mapping Club Meeting

Interested in Humanitarian Mapping, Geocaching, Crowd Mapping and other awesome volunteer and networking opportunities? If so, then join us on Thursday, December 10th at 4:30PM in Exploratory Hall 2304 (GGS Conference Room) for our first “Mapping Club” meeting. Free pizza and soda!

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Geospatial Interns – Population Division of the U.S. Census Bureau

The Population Division of the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring several paid geospatial interns for work during the current school year and this summer. Specialization in one or more of the following skills would be great: GIS, remote sensing/satellite imagery analysis, programming/scripting, population geography, curriculum development, web mapping, and database administration.

The interns’ work will be domestic or internationally-focused. We have several exciting new and ongoing projects that will provide excellent experience working for the federal government and gaining practical skills. Interns would also have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to our mission. See the websites below for more info about what we do:

– International Programs:

– Global Population Mapping & Spatial Analysis:

Here is the job announcement. Application deadline is December 9:

If interested, please read the requirements in the announcement closely. At a minimum, all applicants must be 1) U.S. citizens, 2) active students with at least a 3.0 GPA, and 3) have completed at least 4 years of higher education.

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Mapathon and MapOff

On Friday, November 20th, George Mason University’s Geography and Geoinformation Department will host a Mapathon where mappers will choose from various impactful mapping projects that create open data to help the humanitarian and development community. We will be able to share the work we accomplish and look at each other’s mapping contribution. The mapping events are supported by Missing Maps, NOVA Community College, ASPRS Student Club, USAID, Peace Corps, National Geographic, and MapGive.


Friday, November 20th, 4pm-8pm, 2nd floor of Exploratory Hall, George Mason University, Fairfax Campus.

Get your free tickets now:

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GIS Day 2015 is coming to Mason

Career and internship fair, distinguished speakers and presentations, geoinformation technology demonstrations, student map competition, student poster competition and much, much more! Come to the GIS Day at Mason: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 10AM-2PM, Center for the Arts, Fairfax Campus, George Mason University.

Check out the GIS Day program:

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AAG Seeks Interns for Spring, Summer Semesters

The AAG seeks interns on a year-round basis for the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Interns participate in most AAG programs and projects such as education, outreach, research, website, publications, or the Annual Meeting. The AAG also arranges for interns to accompany different AAG staff on visits to related organizations or events of interest during the course of their internship. A monthly stipend of $500 is provided and interns are expected to make their own housing and related logistical arrangements. Enrollment in a Geography or closely related program is preferred but not a prerequisite for these opportunities.


Applicants should forward a resume, brief writing sample, and three references to Candida Mannozzi, cmannozzi [at] aag [dot] org

More information on internships at the AAG is also available on the Jobs & Careers section of the AAG website at:

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Geoinformation Science Career Panel, 2015

You are invited to George Mason’s Geoinformation Science Career Panel, 2015! Local GIS managers, career advisors, GIScientists from the federal and private sector with hiring experience will inform you about their careers, organizations, and what they look for in job or internship applicants. Participants will discuss trends in the industry want they mean for job market preparations. The Q&A session and following reception will provide many opportunities to interact with the panelists. So, come and get great advice about how to launch or reinvigorate your geospatial career!

The Geoinformation Science career panelists will be:

Name Affiliation
Maurice Rioux City of Fairfax
Michael Liddle Fairfax County
Harsh Govind DigitalGlobe
Stephen C Lowe U.S. Department of Agriculture
Kim Bellamy University Career Services
Max Baber USGIF


When: Thursday, November 12th, from 4:30pm to 6pm

Where: Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science Event Space, 2nd floor, Exploratory Hall

The Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science will be providing snacks, so bring questions and room for a bite!

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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: