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Present Your GIS Projects at Nov. 1 GIS Day Conference 2018; Abstracts Due by Oct. 22

October 10th, 2018

Purdue GIS Day Conference 2018 Call for ProposalsGeographic Information Systems, or GIS, are technologies that enable researchers and investigators to examine and discover “why something happens where” it does. According to Matt Ball, a writer at Esri (the company that develops the ArcGIS mapping and spatial analytics software), GIS technologies give researchers the tools to take a “data-driven, problem-solving approach” in research projects.

“These technologies unlock geographic information from the prior static 2D map,” he notes on the Esri blog. “This way of looking at our world strengthens the understanding of how people, animals, the environment, and the built environment interact.”

On Thursday Nov. 1, Purdue University Libraries will host the annual GIS Day Conference at Purdue University, a daylong gathering that offers undergraduate and graduate students a forum in which to present their GIS-related research projects and ideas. Students are invited to submit presentation proposal abstracts in any one (or multiple) event categories listed below.

The deadline to submit abstract(s) is 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at (Abstracts should be 250 words or less.) Purdue GIS Day Conference 2018 categories include:

  • Research Presentation
    15-minute presentation followed by question-and-answer (Q&A) session.
  • Round-Table Discussion
    One-hour discussion with live demo or project display.
  • Student Lightning Talks
    Five-minute talk to showcase your research that uses a GIF as a component in any way.
  • Student Poster Competition
    Present your work and interact with audience during your poster session. Enter the competition to win awards.
  • Purdue Libraries Esri Development Center Student of the Year Contest
    The EDC Student of the Year is an annual award open to all Purdue students, sponsored by Purdue Libraries Learning Council. The winner will be recognized as Student of the Year for outstanding achievements in development of innovative tools, applications, or techniques using ArcGIS platform. Each year the winner will be awarded with a plaque, cash prize (currently $500) and one Esri Developer Summit registration.

Last year, Purdue University was designated an Esri Development Center (EDC Program) by Esri. The Purdue GIS Day Conference 2018 will be held (Nov. 1) from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, rooms 206 and 214.

For more information about the GIS Day Conference 2018, see