Category Archives: Event

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Seeking volunteers for State of the Map US event in Seattle

What: State of the Map US 2016 conference. This year’s theme is “Building Community“, and volunteering will provide an excellent entry point for university students to connect with the diverse and dynamic OpenStreetMap community.

Where: Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

When: July 23-25, 2016

Why: Volunteer 3 hours per day in exchange for free registration!
Attending State of the Map US offers many opportunities to connect with other mappers, learn how to work with OpenStreetMap data, and hack on the latest OpenStreetMap improvements. This would be a great networking opportunity to connect with other OpenStreetMap users from an amazing ecosystem of enthusiast mappers, businesses, government agencies, and non profits, all collaborating around the free and editable map of the world.

How: Apply to be a conference volunteer by filling out this volunteer form. If selected, you will be asked to participate in a virtual training session one week prior to the conference. In exchange for your agreement to volunteer, we will send you a registration code to get your free registration for SOTM US 2016.

Deadline: Thursday, June 16 at 11:59 pm PST.

Note on accommodations: inexpensive lodging is available on-site at Seattle University.

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Educational Engagement through Google Maps, Earth and Street View


MARCH 23, 2016


EXPL 3301


Educational Engagement through Google Maps, Earth and Street View


A decade ago the idea of being able to view your house, in an image capture by a satellite, on a phone, was pure science fiction. Yet now it is normal for a child to grow up knowing what their home town looks like from space. Since Google Maps and Google Earth were released in 2005, they have revolutionized how we view and explore the World. Along with Google Street View, these applications provide an an ever expanding global dataset of mapped streets, 3D terrain, satellite and ground level imagery.

More importantly they provide user friendly ways to view these data. Now anyone with an internet connection and web-browsing device can become an armchair explorer of Planet Earth.

Join us as John Bailey, the program manager for Geo Education on the Google Earth Outreach team demonstrates how Google’s Geospatial Tools can be used to navigate and tell stories about the world around us.

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Participate: Thunder Clap Tweet: Thursday, March 10th @ 4:00pm EST

Please participate this Thursday and encourage others as well… Thunder Clap Tweet: Thursday, March 10th @ 4:00pm EST

The #AAGmapathon will provide a 1st for all — a 3 day Mapathon @theAAG! @MapGive @GGSDepartment

(There is enough room here to add your own hashtag or twitter handle to the end if you want.)

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Dr. Fuhrmann gives Yi-Fu Lecture: Unfolding the Map

This week, Dr. Fuhrmann will give a Yi-Fu Tuan Lecture at the Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The Yi-Fu Lecture Series features a wide variety of U.S. and international guest lecturers from all geographic disciplines. Lecturers at these Friday seminars also often speak at brown-bag lunches, one-on-one student sessions, and breakfast meetings with student interest groups as part of their visit. Doctoral students are invited to present their final research. The lecture series was initiated by Dr. Tuan and receives enthusiastic support as a department and campus tradition.

All lectures are presented on Friday at 3:30pm in Science Hall – Rm 180 unless otherwise noted. Alumni, friends and the public are always invited to attend.

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AAG Mapathon – Volunteers Needed

If you are going to the AAG Annual Meeting in San Fransisco this Spring, please come to the first ever Mapathon organized to disrupt this conference!  If you have some experience working with OSM, we also encourage you to consider serving as a volunteer for the mapping activities during this event.

The effort is organized by the State Department, George Mason University and involves the support and input from a number of other organizations (see the webpage for the full list).  On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the Mapathon Lounge will be your place to hear special keynote talks, papers, and panels, and to participate in open mapping sessions for actual international projects that need spatial data that will be used by organizers.

Come be a part of sharing how to make a difference with open mapping with a broad audience of an expected 10,000 attendees!  Plus, volunteering three hours or more gets you a free T-shirt!

For more information about this special event within the conference and see what projects will be mapped :

To sign up to volunteer to help other attendees learn to map using OSM (and perhaps some other logistical duties that may come up):

To view the conference preliminary program and check your schedule see:

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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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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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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.

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