Some Recent Titles Ordered for the Library

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Here is a partial list of some of the titles that I have ordered for the Bracken Library holdings with my share of the Department of History annual allocation this year that relate to GIS. Check them out and enjoy! Please feel free to share any resources that you may have ordered.

David J. Bodenhamer, John Corrigan, and Trevor M. Harris, eds., Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives (Indiana U Press, 2015)

Ian N. Gregory and Alistair Geddes, eds. Toward Spatial Humanities: Historical GIS and Spatial History (Indiana U Press, 2014) D16 .T74 2014

Todd Presner, David Shepard, Yoh Kawano, HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (Harvard U Press, 2014) AZ186 .P74 2014

Global Forest Watch is hiring a GIS Intern

Global Forest Watch at the World Resources Institute is hiring a GIS intern for Summer 2015.

GIS Intern, Global Forest Watch:

All applications must be received online to be considered.

For more information, contact:

Susan Minnemeyer

GIS Manager, Forest Program

World Resources Institute

Direct: +1 202-729-7795  |  Skype: susan.minnemeyer  |  Twitter: @susanminnemeyer

Seiler Geospatial Offers Free Trimble Product Showcase in Indianapolis

What’s New MGIS Spring Showcase for 2015
Join us for a half day session as we showcase the 2015 suite of
Trimble’s Mapping/GIS Products.


The Schneider Corporation
8901 Otis Ave – 2nd floor meeting area
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Click here for directions 

May 20, 2015 (Wednesday)
Registration/Sign in Starts at 8:00 a.m.
Session starts at 9:00 a.m. ends at Noon
Complimentary – Coffee, Drinks, and Pastries provided

Full Agenda HighlightsClick Here

The MGIS Mapping and GIS Product Showcase introduces new products, software, while we share the latest Tips and Tricks and News for Mapping GIS Professionals.  Register today for this half day event – seating will be limited.


2015 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

2015 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

Win a trip to the GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Conference!

The GeoTech Center and URISA are pleased to announce the 2015 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition! The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of U.S. undergraduate students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem. The student will then present the project and the resulting deliverables as a video (approximately 10-15 minutes in length) which not only highlights their use of geospatial technology, but also demonstrates their communication and presentation skills. As Rodney Jackson, Dean of Business, Engineering & Technical Studies at Davidson County Community College states: “The ability to provide a competition for students to demonstrate their geospatial competency to industry partners, within the context of a national conference, has significant value within their educational experience.” More details to follow in the coming months; updates will be posted to the competition website.


Students who are at least 18 years old and currently enrolled during Spring 2015 in a geospatial technology course (e.g., geographic information systems, remote sensing, or GPS/GNSS) or geospatial technology program at an accredited 2-year or 4-year U.S. institution, and reside within the U.S., are eligible to enter. Questions regarding eligibility can be directed to either Tom Mueller at or Scott Jeffrey at One entry per studentand only individual student submissions allowed (no group projects).


Entries will be due by Friday, June 12, 2015 and will be judged by a panel of experienced geospatial specialists. The combined scores from all judges will determine the top five (5) student finalists. These finalists will win an all-expense-paid trip to the GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015: Geography at the Nexus of Collaboration international conference in Spokane, WA on October 18-22, 2015, where they will be required to present their project. Judges will then determine the competitors’ final place ranking. It is anticipated that three (3) of the student finalists will be from two-year colleges and two (2) from four-year institutions. The exact split will depend upon the number of students who enter the competition and the quality of the work submitted (judges also reserve the right to invite fewer than five student finalists).

Graduate/Professional GIS Training: Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) offers unique intensive residential conservation training courses hosted in our sustainably-built Academic Center in Front Royal, Virginia, USA. Limited scholarship funds may be available for international applicants and new reduced fees are now available to applicants from less-developed nations. Visit our website ( or email us at for more details about each course, course costs, and graduate or continuing education credits earned.


Essentials of Open Source GISNew Professional Training Course!

November 17-21, 2014

Spaces still available—APPLY NOW!

GIS, GPS, satellite imagery, and mapping have become essentials in the toolboxes of researchers, natural resource managers, and conservationists. Yet these resources often are not readily accessible to practitioners around the world. Most restricting are the limited access to specialized and expensive commercial software and the lack of training opportunities targeted at conservation applications. Open-source tools are freely available and can be modified and freely redistributed. In recent years, several powerful open-source tools for geospatial analysis have emerged, among them QGIS, and R, a statistical programming language offering considerable geospatial analytical capabilities. Much satellite data useful for analysis and modeling, including Landsat data and NASA’s MODIS data, are now freely available on the Internet.  Taught by Drs. Peter Leimgruber and Melissa Songer of SCBI’s Conservation GIS Lab, this one-week course focuses on the use of specialized open-source software. Essentials of Open Source GIS combines lectures with computer tutorials, where participants work through GIS examples that illustrate the use of open-source GIS for everyday mapping tasks and key geospatial analysis skills.  In one week, the course covers all major concepts to get practitioners quickly and effectively started at working with open-source geospatial analysis tools.


Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology

February 9-20, 2015

Gain in-depth knowledge of analysis techniques for cutting-edge ecological and conservation research employing R, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics, in this intensive two-week overview of quantitative methods for ecological research and conservation. Through lectures, discussions, and extensive hands-on computer exercises, focus on increasing your knowledge of statistical methods like generalized linear models, generalized linear mixed models, and classical regression models, the assumptions underlying those methods, and how to interpret and explain their results. Learn from course instructors Dr. Sven Lautenbach (University of Bonn, Germany) and Dr. Justin Calabrese (SCBI) how to choose appropriate analyses for different research questions, the assumptions underlying each model, how to design your own studies, explore your data, perform a range of analyses, understand fitted models, and clearly explain their results. Participants learn how to conduct sophisticated statistical analyses, critically evaluate statistics-based material in current research literature, and deal with the limitations of real datasets in the context of conservation science.


Upcoming 2014-2014 Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Courses :