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Geo4LibCamp is a hands-on meeting to bring together those building repository and associated services for geospatial data to share best practices, solve common problems, and address technical issues. We met at Stanford University for the second Geo4LibCamp unconference from January 30 until February 3, 2017. Nearly 50 attendees from 30 institutions participated in the main three day event, and about 20 attendees for the two day post-conference working sessions. The institutions were primarily academic research libraries -- Alberta, Arizona State, California State, Chicago, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State, Colorado at Boulder, Connecticut State Library, Cornell, Data Curation Experts, Mapzen, Michigan, Minnesota, Moss Landing Marine Labs, Nebraska at Lincoln, New York U, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Princeton, Purdue, Rice, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and Yale.

Transparent Chart of the Heavens

Objects from the David Rumsey Map Collection are featured in Atlas Obscura's Map Monday for January 30, 2017, features maps from John Emslie and James Reynolds.From Atlas Obscura's feature: "Have you ever wondered what the tallest active volcano is? Or wanted to compare the height of mountain peaks and the lengths of rivers around the world? So did John Emslie and James Reynolds.Between 1849 and 1851, topographical illustrator and engraver Emslie and publisher Reynolds designed scientifically based diagrams that measured out these geologic landforms and features in the 12-plate book Geological Diagrams. During the era, chartmakers helped increase accessibility and visibility of the latest scientific research by creating maps, illustrations, and figures depicting natural and man-made wonders around the world."Several of these maps are currently on display at the David Rumsey Map Center, as part of a new exhibit entitled "Views: Portraying Place and Space."Click here to visit the feature by Atlas Obscura.

The NGAC 2016 membership

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) has released three documents of interest to the geospatial community.  Two of the documents were written to aid in the transition to a new administration in Washington, DC.  The third document is an overview of emerging technologies that will impact the geospatial landscape in the near- and mid-term future.  Taken together, these works provide a broad overview of the thinking of the NGAC members as they look forward to the next few years in the geospatial sector.

GIS Day @Stanford

GIS Day is an annual celebration of geospatial technologies, held on the Wednesday of Geography week. The Stanford Geospatial Center uses GIS Day as an opportunity to connect Stanford researchers to the cutting edge of geospatial technologies, services and applications through talks, workshops and other activities. This year, we'll have analysts, developers and scientists from DigitalGlobe, Mapbox, CARTO, NASA, The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and more, talking about their work to leverage geospatial data and technologies using machine learning, drones, satellite imagery, and historical data! 

Philip Hatfield, Curator of Digital Mapping, British Library

Philip Hatfield, Lead Curator for Digital Mapping at the British Library will be giving two talks at the David Rumsey Map Center on Tuesday,  November 1, 2016. For both talks please come up the Rumsey stairs that lead off the entrance door at the Bing Wing Rotunda. The Bing Wing Rotunda is in the Bing Wing of Green Library. Read on for details on the talks.

Gear Up event with Ron Nakao engaged in social science data conversation

On Friday, Oct. 21st, Green Library welcomed data provider representatives from nine different sources at the Gear Up for Social Science Data Extravaganza. The event featured “Data Talks”, time for individual consultations, a Drop-in R lab and a data visualization demonstration using R.

California Map Society / Rumsey Map Center Paper Award

The California Map Society (CMS) is a founding friend of the David Rumsey Map Center. As partners, the Society will underwrite and facilitate the jurying and awarding of a Student Paper Award.

The award carries a cash prize of $1,000; an additional $400 will be used to fund travel to the northern and southern California speaker events where the award winner will present his or her paper under the auspices of the California Map Society. The deadline to submit is  February 17, 2017; the presentations will happen the week of April 24, 2017.

The competition is open to any graduate student (masters, PhD) currently enrolled in a California educational institute that awards advanced degrees. Papers will be judged on the quality of the research, the writing, and the effective use of maps in the presentation.  The judges have been chosen from leading academics and collectors in the field of cartography.  Each judge will independently read the papers and then confer and agree upon the winner.  The winner will be notified the week of April 10, 2017.

For further details including paper requirements and submission, please visit the paper competition's webpage.

 

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) held its fall meeting at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherdstown, West Virginia on September 27-28, 2016.  The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  The role of the NGAC is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.  Full minutes of the meeting, PowerPoints, and lightning talks will be available on the NGAC website shortly.  

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