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Save the Date: GIS Day 2020

GIS Day logo

GIS Day is an annual event for students, staff, faculty, and the broader community to learn more about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and to celebrate the power of geospatial analysis and visualization in answering research questions and solving real-world problems. This year, GIS Day is happening on Wednesday, November 18, and we hope you’ll mark your calendars so you can participate. We’re excited to bring you a different kind of GIS Day experience this year and to tell you a bit about what we have in the works.

In the past, we’ve hosted in-person GIS Day events, but we decided early in the discussions about returning to campus for autumn semester that this would not be a good idea in 2020. The first important change for this year is that we’re going virtual!

A virtual GIS Day provides us with a great opportunity to broaden participation in the program. Another important change this year is that our GIS Day 2020 program will be a collaboration between The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Cincinnati. Get ready for 3C GIS Day!

We’re in the early stages of planning, but we look forward to an exciting program that will include:

  • Lightning Talks
    • Learn about the application of geospatial technologies in a wide variety of disciplines from faculty, staff, students, and GIS professionals across Ohio’s 3C Corridor (Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati).
  • StoryMaps Showcase
    • We’re inviting any students, staff, and faculty affiliated with The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Cincinnati to create and submit ArcGIS StoryMaps to showcase their work on GIS Day and beyond. More details about the StoryMaps Showcase will be coming soon!
  • Professional Networking
    • We will provide a venue for GIS professionals, researchers, and students from across Ohio to connect with one another and discuss experiences, opportunities, and current topics of interest in the world of geospatial.

Stay tuned for more information about 3C GIS Day in the coming weeks and months, and mark your calendars for a great event on November 18, 2020!

The 3C GIS Day planning committee includes Josh Sadvari and Katie Phillips (OSU), Ben Gorham (Case), and Amy Koshoffer (UC). If you have any questions about 3C GIS Day or are interested in participating and want to receive updates, please contact Josh and Katie at

GIS Day 2017 A Success!

Last Wednesday, we hosted GIS Day, an annual worldwide celebration of the power of geospatial data, analysis, and visualization for problem-solving across a broad spectrum of research domains. This is a really enjoyable event (one of my favorites that we host in the Research Commons), and I’m always impressed by the great work that is being done across campus and the wider community of Central Ohio.

This year’s event consisted of a couple of hands-on workshops covering the very basics of ArcGIS Online, a series of lightning talks over lunch showcasing the multidisciplinary applications of GIS (see here for a full list of presentation topics and speaker affiliations), and an exhibits fair highlighting various Libraries’ map collections and GIS resources across campus.

Thanks to all those who attended, presented, or participated in the exhibits fair, and a special thanks to the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and OSU’s Enterprise GIS for co-sponsoring the event.

If you’re like me and just can’t get enough GIS, then don’t miss our last GIS workshop of the fall semester:

Web Mapping Basics with ArcGIS Online (Nov. 29, 4pm) – RSVP here.

Graduate Students had a Blast at Game Night in the Commons!

Graduate students from various academic departments across campus attended the Graduate Game Night in the Commons event on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Attendees created groups of four to six people to play the various board games available together while enjoying pizza and other refreshments. Strategic competition games such as Settlers of Catan and Suburbia were a common choice for participants. A popular activity was the “Find the Difference” picture puzzles using the Digital Whiteboards. Six individuals from different academic departments worked together to find detailed differences in the puzzles. Another big hit were the various games available on the touch screen table. Multiple groups of people flocked to the interactive table to play Spider Solitaire and Flag Matching. Participants said they enjoyed the opportunity to interact with graduate students outside their department and using the specialized technology available in the Research Commons.


CURA Spearheads ArcGIS Online Access for Ohio State

This spring, the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) spearheaded a technology upgrade that now allows Ohio State affiliates to access ArcGIS Online using their OSU login credentials. Allowing for single sign-on to ArcGIS Online is a potential game changer for advancing GIS collaborations in research and teaching at Ohio State – a very big and well-deserved thank you to CURA for leading this effort!

So what’s so special about ArcGIS Online? ArcGIS Online is the premier platform for easily and efficiently creating interactive web mapping applications. It’s a powerful tool for beginners and more advanced users alike to be able to analyze and visualize geographic information and then to make it accessible to a wider audience via the web. Users can access data from the many data sets hosted by ArcGIS Online, upload their own data, and create groups within the system to collaborate on projects or create assignments for their students.

Having organizational access with your OSU login credentials greatly expands the type of work that can be done in ArcGIS Online compared to a standard public account. ArcGIS Online also integrates nicely with ArcGIS Desktop (available to OSU affiliates via a site license) making it easier for users to work across platforms. CURA has put together a useful guide for accessing ArcGIS Online with your OSU account, including more information about signing up, training resources, and FAQs:

FAES Exhibit Map

This tabbed Story Map was created using ArcGIS Online for the “Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of Thompson Library” exhibit (click here to visit the map). The physical exhibit runs from Feb. 1 to May 14, 2017 in the Thompson Library Gallery.

For those of you interested in learning more about accessing and using ArcGIS Online, we’ll be partnering with CURA to host a workshop in the Research Commons on March 22 called “Web Mapping Basics with ArcGIS Online.” Learn more and register here:

What’s New This Semester in the Research Commons

Welcome back for another great semester! The Research Commons team has a lot planned for an invigorating and productive semester. The Research Commons will be open during the following hours for the Spring 2017 semester:

Mondays: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Room Reservations

Researchers can reserve group project rooms in the Research Commons up to a week in advance or for same day reservations using the online room reservation system.


The Research Commons will continue to offer one-on-one consultation appointments with our partners throughout the University Libraries and around campus.  Researchers can schedule consultations using our online consultation system, and walk-ins are also welcome! Consultations offered this spring include:

Copyright Resources Center Wednesdays, 2:00-5:00 p.m
Data Management  Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Funding Opportunities  Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Geospatial Information Services (GIS) Mondays, 1:00-5:00 p.m
Human Subjects Research (IRB) Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m; Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m
Industry Liaison Office Third Thursday of each month, 1:00-2:30 p.m
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Every other Friday, 9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m
Knowledge Bank & Libraries Publishing Program  Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ohio Supercomputer Center  Every other Tuesday, 1 – 3 p.m.
OSU Research Purchasing Every other Monday, 3 – 4 p.m.
Research Impact  Tuesdays, 12 – 2 p.m.


The Research Commons team is dedicated to bringing you the most advantageous and effective workshops to help you succeed in your academic research. This semester, we are hosting over thirty workshops focused on various research topics such as finding funding, the IRB process, data management, presenting research, and citation management. See the full list of Spring 2017 workshops at our events page.

Check out some of our upcoming workshops, which may especially be of interest to graduate students:

Prepare, Present, and Preserve: Moving Your Research Posters from Physical to Digital


Join the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) and the Knowledge Bank to learn more about best practices for presenting your research with posters and opportunities to preserve them digitally. If you’re a graduate student preparing for the Hayes Research Forum or another spring conference, then this session is for you!

Who: OSU graduate students
When: Monday, January 30, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

IRB Training for Graduate Students


The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop for graduate students on how to navigate the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. This workshop will cover the following key topics:

  • Understanding why we have an IRB process
  • Exploring types of research and levels of review
  • Reviewing application components
  • Tips for successful application completion
  • Finding out where to go for help
  • Q&A

Who: OSU graduate students
When: Wednesday, February 1, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Zotero Basics: Citation Management Training


Join the Libraries’ Research Services department for an overview of Citation Management Software tools, and specifics on how you can use Zotero to organize your references, create bibliographies, and more as you prepare for your next paper or publication.

BYOD: Attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices for hands-on participation, and our presenter will be available afterward for consultations.

Who: OSU graduates, postdocs, and faculty
When: Tuesday, February 7, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Grants for Graduate Students: How to Successfully Apply for a CGS Grant


Are you a graduate student interested in research, conference travel, and professional development grants available to you through the Council of Graduate Students (CGS)? Want to know how to push your CGS grant application over the top? Join us to learn the ins and outs of applying for the Global Gateway Grant, Ray Travel Award, Career Development Grant, and Hayes Research Forum.

Who: OSU graduates
When: Monday, Februrary 13, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

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