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3C GIS Day

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.

Our 2020 GIS Day program, which we’re calling 3C GIS Day, is a collaboration between The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Cincinnati.

This exciting virtual program will take place on Wednesday, November 18 from 9:00am to 4:00pm, and will include four tracks of lightning talks highlighting diverse applications of geospatial methods and technologies, an ArcGIS StoryMaps Showcase featuring contributions from the three sponsoring institutions, and opportunities for professional networking and development.

3C GIS Day is free and open to all. If you have any questions about 3C GIS Day, please contact Josh Sadvari (Geospatial Information Librarian) and Katie Phillips (Outreach Coordinator, CURA) at geospatial@osu.edu.

→ CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER ←

Live captioning will be available for the GIS Day lightning talks. If you require additional accommodations, please email libevents@osu.edu as soon as possible. Requests made one week prior to the live event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date. 

Openness and the BTAA Geoportal

October 19-25, 2020 marks the tenth year of Open Access Week, an international event highlighting the potential benefits of openness in research and scholarship. Open Access Week is organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, or SPARC. To quote from their Who We Are page, SPARC “works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.”

In the spirit of SPARC’s mission and Open Access Week more generally, I want to briefly highlight a collaborative project that the University Libraries is involved in and that also helps to advance the goals of openness for research and education, the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal. The BTAA Geoportal provides discoverability and facilitates access to geospatial information resources, including GIS datasets, web services, and scanned historical maps from multiple data clearinghouses and library catalogs. The resources in the geoportal are selected and curated by librarians and geospatial specialists at 13 research institutions across the BTAA. Our collective efforts as contributors to this project advance openness in a number of ways, but I want to call out three that I think are particularly important:

Open data – Geospatial data assets are produced and made publicly available by many different entities, at different administrative levels (e.g., city, county, state), and often through different platforms, across the region comprising BTAA institutions. By centralizing regional geospatial data discovery into a single interface, the BTAA Geoportal saves time and makes it easier for researchers, educators, and other stakeholders to find and use these data to advance their work.

Open collections – As research libraries undertake projects to scan maps within our collections, the BTAA Geoportal provides us with an opportunity to make this content more discoverable, accessible, and usable in support of research and education. In the words of our University Libraries strategic directions, it allows us to “open content for expanded access.”

Open educational resources – Finally, I want to call attention to one of the latest initatives of the BTAA Geoportal team, our first series of tutorials that were just released earlier this month. These tutorials highlight the BTAA Geoportal in the context of teaching and learning about topics such as types of geospatial information, finding and evaluating geospatial data, using GIS web services, and more. Licensed under Creative Commons, these tutorials are openly available, reusable, and adaptable, and we hope they will support the teaching needs of librarians and disciplinary faculty in in-person, hybrid, and fully online instructional contexts.

It has been extremely rewarding for me to be a collaborator on the BTAA Geoportal team and to participate in these efforts that help to advance a philosophy of openness in our work and in supporting research and education. I hope that you will take some time to explore the BTAA Geoportal to identify how these geospatial information resources might advance your own work too.

If you have questions about the BTAA Geoportal or geospatial information resources more generally, please feel free to email me at sadvari.1@osu.edu. If you are interested in learning more about the ongoing work and progress of the BTAA Geoportal team, check out our five-year project impact report, which was released in May 2020.

ArcGIS Online Challenge

Have you come across an interactive map on the web and wondered “how did they make that?” Have you heard about GIS (geographic information systems) and wished you could learn more about how it might be useful for your own research and/or teaching? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then the Autumn ArcGIS Online Challenge is for you! Through completing this challenge, you will:

  • Describe the potential of GIS beyond “dots on a map” and for cross-disciplinary applications;
  • Use ArcGIS Online apps individually and in conjunction with one another for common tasks in geospatial projects
  • Develop an outline for using GIS in a research project or teaching assignment relevant to your own work

This self-paced, 100% online challenge is designed to be completed over the course of five weeks, with 2-3 hours of work per week. Each weekly module consists of a mix of “lecture” content (i.e., blog posts or videos highlighting key concepts and use cases) and a “lab” exercise, where you will get some hands-on experience with the methods and tools covered in each module. Each Monday during the challenge, participants will receive an email with information about that week’s topic and content, along with instructions for completing the associated activities. There is no deadline for completing these modules, and participants are encouraged to work at their own pace.

Who: Ohio State faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students
When: Self-paced, Sep. 28 – Oct. 30, 2020
Where: Online only, via email prompts

This online learning path is offered through a collaboration between the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and the University Libraries

Registration for this event is now closed. You can still participate by visiting the ArcGIS Online Learning Path.

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 geospatial@osu.edu.

ArcGIS Online Challenge

Have you come across an interactive map on the web and wondered “how did they make that?” Have you heard about GIS (geographic information systems) and wished you could learn more about how it might be useful for your own research and/or teaching? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then the June ArcGIS Online Challenge is for you! Through completing this challenge, you will:

  • Describe the potential of GIS beyond “dots on a map” and for cross-disciplinary applications;
  • Use ArcGIS Online apps individually and in conjunction with one another for common tasks in geospatial projects;
  • Develop an outline for using GIS in a research project or teaching assignment relevant to your own work.

This self-paced, 100% online challenge is designed to be completed over the course of five weeks, with 2-3 hours of work per week. Each weekly module consists of a mix of “lecture” content (i.e., blog posts or videos highlighting key concepts and use cases) and a “lab” exercise, where you will get some hands-on experience with the methods and tools covered in each module. Each Monday in June, participants will receive an email with information about that week’s topic and content, along with instructions for completing the associated activities. There is no deadline for completing these modules, and participants are encouraged to work at their own pace.

Who: Ohio State faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Self-paced, June 2020
Where: Online only, via email prompts

This web course is offered through a collaboration between the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and the University Libraries.

Registration for this event is closed. If you would still like to participate, you can do so at https://go.osu.edu/agol-challenge

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