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March 2017

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ArcGIS Pro Workshop March 31st

ArcGIS Pro is now Esri's main GIS software platform, and this introductory workshop will help GIS students and professionals get up to speed quickly with ArcGIS Pro terminology and the new, intuitive tools to efficiently complete mapping, editing, geoprocessing, and analysis projects. Students will explore the new interface, practice using 2D and 3D capabilities, and learn how to share GIS content more quickly and easily than ever before. The workshop is March 31st, from 1:30 - 3:30. Register for the Workshop.


Call for Registration - 2017 CGA Conference: The Drone Revolution in Spatial Analysis

This year's CGA conference aims at illuminating the profound changes drones have brought to mapping practice, from platform and sensor selection, flight path planning, field operations, data processing, image analysis, feature extraction, 3-D model construction, and visualization. Experts will share their experiences with application cases and first-hand operational logistics. The conference preliminary program is available online. To register, please click here.


Upcoming GIS Technical Training Workshops

CGA offers several non-credit technical training workshops related to GIS (Free to Harvard affiliates but registration is required). The workshops are:

  • Getting to Know ArcGIS Network Analyst, by Fei Carnes, 1:30-3:30pm, March 24th, 2017
  • ArcGIS Pro Workshop, by Esri, 1:30-3:30pm, March 31st, 2017
  • Making Sense out of Spatial Data - Longwood, by Giovanni Zambotti, 1:30-3:30pm, March 31st, 2017
  • ArcGIS Online & ArcGIS Maps for Office, by Giovanni Zambotti, April 7th, 2017

More information about all technical training workshops and registrations can be found here.

  • Cartography Workshop, a more intensive full day workshop by Jeff Blossom and Stacy Bogan offered on April 21st, 2017. Click here to register.

CGA's Monthly GIS Presentations - come join the discussion.

  • ABCD-GIS Presentation Series
    "Billion Object Platform (BOP)- an Open Source, Real-Time, Billion Object Spatio-Temporal Search Platform", presented by Devika Kakkar and David Smiley. Thursday, March 23rd, 2017. Click here for presentation abstract and speaker bios.
    "ArcGIS Pro and Platform Introduction", presented by Mark Scott and Tom Schwartzman from Esri. Friday, March 31st. Click here for the talk abstract and speaker bios. 2017, 12:00-1:00pm. Room K450, CGIS Knafel building, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA.
  • Geography Colloquium
    The next Geography Colloquium will be April 6th by Rene Westerholt and Guibo Sun. Talk title and abstract will be added soon to the Colloquium website.

Call for Applications

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  • EDC Student of the Year Award Deadline Extended to March 12
    The application deadline for this award has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 12th, 2017. For more information and to apply, please click here.
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  • 2017 Fisher Prize and Davis Center Award Competition
    The 2017 Fisher Prize for excellence in GIS will be given to one graduate and one undergraduate student who must be enrolled in the academic year 2016-2017 and in good standing to be considered for the award. Group projects are allowed. The Prize is a cash award of $500 given to the best undergraduate and graduate entry. The Davis Center Prize for GIS Projects in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies is also a $500 cash reward, and is being offered in conjunction with the Fisher Prize. For more on the Davis Center Prize, click here. The deadline for both prize is 11:59p.m. Monday, April 24th, 2017. To submit your work, follow the guidelines listed on the Fisher Prize page.
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  • Call for Applications: GIS Institute Summer 2017
    This 2 week instructional program is designed for Harvard graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty who want to learn spatial analysis and apply GIS methods in their research. More on the GIS Institute. Register for the Summer 2017 Institute (registration deadline March 17).



Mapping Asia Exhibit

The Harvard Asia Center is putting on an exhibit in the Concourse of the CGIS South Building at 1730 Cambridge St. The Mapping Asia exhibit features over 500 years of cartographic expression, and aims to provoke thinking about how Asia has been understood and depicted historically and presently. Read more about the exhibit.


Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data Workshop

Taught by Professor Christopher Wikle of the University of Missouri, this full day course gives a contemporary presentation of spatio-temporal processes and data analysis, bridging classic ideas with modern hierarchical statistical modeling concepts. April 8, 2017. $25 registration fee for students, $70 for others. Read more and register for the workshop.




Call for Applications: NSF Summer Fellowships for Teachers and Undergraduates

The NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center ( is offering a summer fellow opportunity for in-service or pre-service K-12 teachers, and a fellowship for undergraduates. More information on the fellowship for teachers here, and undergraduates here.




The Remarkable History of GIS

Canvas FlowMap for ArcGIS Online

Measuring Diagnostic Intensity

Light Pollution Map

2017 Early Spring Foliage Animated Map

A Visual Search Engine for the Entire Planet - read the article, use the application



The CGA Newsletter is published monthly. Editors of this issue: Jeff Blossom and Fei Carnes.

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This newsletter passes on news items and information about new web maps or uses of GIS that come to the CGA's attention from various sources. These are provided for informational purposes only. The CGA does not endorse these items and makes no representations about their accuracy, completeness or quality. © Present & Fellows Harvard University. All Rights Reserved.


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