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A New FME Technical Training Workshop - Fall 2014

This workshop will introduce Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) Desktop as a powerful tool to streamline and automate integration of spatial and non-spatial data. November 5 and 6, 1:00pm - 5:00pm, in Science Center B-09 at 1 Oxford St. It is now open for registration. More information about this workshop and registration can be found here:

Jason Ur Appointed as New Director of CGA

As of October 1st 2014, Jason Ur, Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology, has been appointed the Director of the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA).

Esri CityEngine 2014.1

Esri CityEngine 2014.1 is now available to download for Harvard affiliates. More details can be found here:

Autodesk Software Licensing Changes

Autodesk has recently announced some important changes to licensing of their products for educational institutions. Licenses for educational/academic purposes will be FREE, but non-academic uses such as facilities maintenance, operations, utilities, etc. will no longer be allowed under the academic license. Instead, licenses for non-academic/facility purposes must be purchased at the commercial rate. More detailed information can be found here.

Google Earth Pro License Renewal

Google Earth Pro (50 licenses) has been renewed for a year (until end of July 2015). We require users who take these licenses to report to CGA on how they use Google Earth Pro for their research or teaching, which will be used to justify our renewal application. For license request, please see

GIS Site License Software Upgrade - June 2014

Nagoya Historical Maps and the Core Periphery Structures of Nobi Japan - Two Papers by Tsunetoshi Mizoguchi

Two papers by Tsunetoshi Mizoguchi, (Professor Emeritus at University of Nagoya,) have been published in the occasional papers of the G. W. Skinner Regional Systems Analysis Archive.

"Enjoying Nagoya, past and present, through old maps," provides a tour of four hundred years through the history of Nagoya city, based on analysis of thirteen historical maps.

2014 Fisher Prize Winners

This year's Fisher Prize for Excellence in GIS winners are Leif Estrada (Graduate Category) for his entry: “Temporal Morphology: Synthetic Growth and Natural Decline of Alameda Island” and Jake Sobstyl (Undergraduate Category) for his entry: “Zero-touch scale-free and climate independent thermal energy audits”.  Congrats to the winners!  View the posters and judges comments.