GIS Resources at UM Libraries

GIS Consultation Hours Fall 2017
GIS Lab Richter Library 122 (Temporary Location for Fall 2017: Info Lit Lab, Richter 344)

Fall 2017 GIS Consultation Hours (ends Dec. 21, 2017):

Sunday 5 pm - 11 pm
Monday 5 pm - 11 pm  
Wednesday 9 am - 3 pm
Thursday 5 pm - 7 pm

Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Library (Virgina Key)

Fall 2017 GIS Consultation Hours (ends Dec 21, 2017):

Weekly every Thursday            01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Calder Medical Library 

Fall 2017 GIS Consultation Hours (ends Dec 21, 2017):

Weekly every Tuesday            1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Subject Specialists
GIS Consultants

Picture: Abraham Parrish

Abraham Parrish
GIS Services Librarian
Tel: (305) 284-9488

Hannah Calich
GIS Specialist

Richard Hankins
GIS Intern

GIS Listserv
Free Online Training for ArcGIS Products
The Esri website provides training -- online courses, workshops and webinars -- for their ArcGIS products. UM faculty, staff and students are eligible for the following Premium Courses for no charge.  Send a message to for more information about registering for these free courses.

Getting Starting with GIS (ArcGIS 10.x), a four-hour self-paced online course, is a great place to start.

An Esri training specialist is available to discuss your training needs and make training recommendations. Call 800-447-9778, ext. 5757 or send an e-mail to
Free GIS Applications
Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographic information program.

GeoDa is a software package that conducts spatial data analysis, geovisualization, spatial autocorrelation, and spatial modeling.

GRASS GIS is software used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization.

OpenGeo Suite powers web, mobile, and desktop applications across the enterprise. Built on leading open source software – including PostGIS, GeoServer, GeoWebCache, OpenLayers, and QGIS – OpenGeo Suite optimizes standards-based technology for organizations large and small.

OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project to create a free, editable map of the world.

Q GIS is an open source program that allows you to visualize, manage, edit, analyse data, and compose printable maps.

Simply Map SimplyMap uses the latest technology to provide better performance, faster maps, improved reliability, and powerful new features. Shapefiles are available for download to use in other software. 
GIS Mapping Application for UM Users
ArcGIS Software:

ArcGIS is a comprehensive geographic information system used for creating and using maps; compiling geographic data; analyzing mapped information; sharing and discovering geographic information; using maps and geographic information in a range of applications; and managing geographic information in a database. 

The University has entered into a site license for ArcGIS. For faculty and staff to download ArcGIS, you must first create an account on the ESRI customer portal. It can be downloaded onto any University of Miami owned computer. Students may use any computer in the library, or see the GIS Services Librarian to see if a one year license is available for you for your own computer. ​
GIS Day 2016


Presented by University of Miami Libraries
and Department of Geography


Wednesday, November 16  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Otto G. Richter Library | University of Miami
1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, Florida 33146

 GIS Day is free and open to the public.

Join us to learn about the many real-world applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Participating in an international forum, the University of Miami presents a series of workshops and discussions on how GIS is used to enhance presentations and maximize the impact of research across the scholarly landscape. Find out about the applications of GIS in various job industries, including business, media, retail, health and human services, public safety, transportation, and the environment. 

More Information 
GIS News
Landscan Global Population now available at UM

September 13, 2016

UM Library has recently purchased the Landscan Global Population data set from East View covering every year from 2000 to 2015.  The data sets are raster based at 1 km resolution and can be accessed online at:

WMS and WCS services for these data sets can also be accessed directly from your GIS software (such as ArcGIS for Desktop or ArcGIS Pro) at the following addresses:


El Camino del Cimarron
June 17, 2016

     See this new interactive map called El Camino del Cimarron on ArcGIS online chronicling a 12-day trek through central Cuba by FIU Prof. Guillermo Grenier to promote the story of runaway slave Esteban Montejo written about in Miguel Barnet's 1966 book The Biography of a Runaway Slave: 

Your Florida GIS Portal
Florida Geographic Data Library (FGDL)
When you are starting on a spatial project located in Florida you should start with this portal. This will save you time and effort as most of the other Florida resources we have listed for you on this page can be searched through this site. 

FGDL ia a mechanism for distributing spatial (GIS) data throughout the state of Florida. The FGDL is warehoused and maintained at the University of Florida's GeoPlan Center.
Florida County & City Data
Florida County & City Data from University of Florida sorted by county.
It is a links list, and is constantly updating.
UM Geography Club on tour of Miami

                                                        Photo by George H. Houck IV
Florida GIS Libraries
Florida Geographic Data Library (FGDL) The Florida Geographic Data Library is a collection of Geospatial Data compiled by the University of Florida GeoPlan Center with support from the Florida Department of Transportation. GIS data available in FGDL is collected from various state, federal, and other agencies ("data sources") who are data stewards, originators, producers, or publishers. The data sources are listed in each data layer's metadata as the Data Originator or Content Publisher. Land Boundary Information System (LABINS) The Land Boundary Information System (LABINS) began in 1984 as a means for distributing survey-related data that is maintained and managed by federal and state agencies to the general surveying community. Central Florida Geographic Information Systems (CFGIS) CFGIS is a program of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and is serving Central Florida since 2001. The CFGIS coverage consists of 10 counties: Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Polk, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties. 

University of Florida Digital Collections (George A Smathers Libraries)
The University of Florida Map & Digital Imagery Library houses the largest and most complete collection of Florida aerial photographs (~160,000 photos) outside of the National Archives.

Florida International University (FIU) Since its establishment in 1998, the FIU Library Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Center has been supporting research and teaching in many academic units, including Engineering, Computing and Information Sciences, Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment, Public Health, and Global & Sociocultural Studies. MIUS collections include printed and digital maps, imagery and other GIS data.
Florida State Agency Data Sources

The links in this guide are for your convenience. All of this data is available through the FGDL link available on the top left of this page. This FGDL is the geoportal you should be using if your study falls within Florida. However, we know you may want to see the data in the context of the government entity that is providing the data and that is what this list is for. As these governments agencies are currently migrating their GIS data to FGDL the links on their own pages will go dead. We will update links as we find them or you may report them to Thank you for understanding this guide is currently dynamic. *UPDATED 12/15/13*

Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) Collects, analyzes and generates economic and demographic data on Florida and its local areas. They conduct economic and demographic research that will inform public policy and business decision making. 

Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) FNAI must be cited as the source of these data in all reports and products making use of these data.
Florida Department of Community Affairs (FDCA)
Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC)
Florida Department of Education (FDOE)
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR)
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission FFWCC (FWC & FWRI)
Florida Legislature Office of Economic & Demographic Research (EDR)
Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI)
Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Global GIS Data Bundle -- for UM Users
The Global GIS Data Bundle is available to UM users in the box below this one. 

It contains:
  • A set of 506 US military 1:500,000 scale TPCs (Tactical Pilotage Charts–scanned topographic/aeronautical maps), GeoTiff file format, Geo WGS84 (a small number of far-North sheets are natively Polar Stereographic)
  • SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission) 3 arc second (approx. 90m) DEM (Digital Elevation Model), covers the World from Latitude 57 South – 61 North, .bil file format, Geo WGS84 (also includes hydrology vectors used for editing of the DEM data)
  • SRTM 30 arc second (approx. 1km) global DEM made from SRTM and GTOPO30
  • Landsat 7 ETM 15m 7-4-2 GeoCover 2000 (1999 – 2003) worldwide satellite imagery, MrSID wavelett compressed file format, UTM WGS84
  • Landsat 4/5 TM 30m 7-4-2 GeoCover 1990 (1988 – 1992) near-worldwide worldwide satellite imagery, MrSID wavelett compressed file format, UTM WGS84
  • VMAP0 worldwide 1:1,000,000 scale vector data (near-worldwide coverage, varies by layer), ESRI .shp and MapInfo .TAB file formats, Geo WGS84.
    This is the update of the DCW.
  • World Vector Shoreline Plus 1:250,000 scale vector data of the World’s coastlines and international borders boundaries, ESRI .shp file format, Geo WGS84

These sets are not in their raw form and have been converted to SHP or other formats that can readily be used in ArcView and other common GIS programs.  All datasets include .shp indexes except VMAP0 and WVS, which aren’t tiled, and SRTM30 which is organized by large lat / long blocks.


All data is the copyrighted property of LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping, LLC. Land Info grants customer a license to distribute data on an isolated non-commercial basis, or as Derived Works. Derived works that include the source data must be merged with other value-added data in such a way that the derived work can’t be converted back to the original source data format. Other Derived Works that don’t include the source data (vector extraction, classification etc.) have no restrictions on use and distribution. An unlimited license is granted for media use, provided that the following citation is used: “map data courtesy”

UM Global Data Server
Tactical Pilotage Charts:
A UM source for an alternate to basemaps when you do not want to rely on online availability.
   1990 Tactical Pilotage Charts
   2000 Tactical Pilotage Charts
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission:
   SRTM 30 arc second AsciiGrid global DEM
   SRTM 30 arc second Bil global DEM
   SRTM 30 arc second global DEM
Landsat Imagery
   Landsat 7 ETM 15m 7-4-2 GeoCover 2000 (1999 - 2003)
   Landsat 4/5 TM 30m 7-4-2 GeoCover 1990 (1988 - 1992)
 Vector Files
   VMAP0 worldwide 1:1,000,000 scale vector data
   World Vector Shoreline Plus 1:250,000 scale vector data
Global Data Sources

Alexandria Digital Library 
The Alexandria Digital Library (ADL) is a distributed digital library with collections of georeferenced materials.
This ASTER product is available at no charge for any user pursuant to an agreement between METI and NASA.
The files provided on these pages are created from OpenStreetMap map data. Because OpenStreetMap is a work in progress many of the countries are only partially mapped or are incomplete.
EarthExplorer (USGS)
This is your first source for US aquired imagery. Most of the data is free. Remote Sensing students should start their projects here. 
ESRI Online Map & Geoservices
This link serves as a reminder for you to use all the data available to you for free in the ArcMap program. Remember,
FAO's Aquastat spatial data
Maps of hydrological basins and rivers, downloadedable in .png format.
Global Administrative Areas (GADM)
Administrative areas in this database are countries and lower level subdivisions such as provinces, departments, bibhag, bundeslander, daerah istimewa, fivondronana, krong, landsvæðun, opština, sous-préfectures, counties, and thana.
USGS GloVis Global Visualization Viewer (does not work with Firefox)
International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM)
The Global Map Data have 8 thematic layers. They are Boundaries, Transportation, Drainage, Population Centres, Elevation, Vegetation, Land use and Land cover.
LandsatLook Viewer (USGS)
An alternative way to look for dates with suitable imagery. EarthExplorer (USGS) is a better source for all imagery.
NGA GEOnet Name Server (GNS)
What's in a name? Solve your map naming issues with this site. The GEOnet Names Server (GNS) is the official repository of standard spellings of all foreign geographic names, sanctioned by the United States Board on Geographic Names (US BGN). The database also contains variant spellings (cross-references), which are useful for finding purposes, as well as non-Roman script spellings of many of these names. All the geographic features in the database contain information about location, administrative division, and quality. The database can be used for a variety of purposes, including establishing official spellings of foreign place names, cartography, GIS, GEOINT, and finding places.
United Nations Environment Programme Environmental Data Explorer
The Environmental Data Explorer is the authoritative source for data sets used by UNEP and its partners in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report and other integrated environment assessments.
United Nations Second Administrative Level Boundaries (SALB)
This platform is developed in collaboration with and validated by the National Mapping Agencies (NMA) of each UN Member State and results in a database which contains: National Mapping Agencies contact information, coded historic changes starting from 1990 for the 1st sub national level and from 2000 for the 2nd sub national level, seamless GIS maps corresponding to the different situations observed since January 2000.
World Bank Project & Operations Maps
This is a visual guide to the use of maps used by the World Bank and can help give you ideas on yor own projects. The site promotes a mapping for results approach. 
WorldClim - Global Climate Data
WorldClim is a set of global climate layers (climate grids) with a spatial resolution of about 1 square kilometer. 

Geography Classes Data
The following link provides access to GIS data for these courses:

Mastering ArcGIS ver. 6e is being used by the Engineering intro classes

Mastering ArcGIS ver. 7e by the Geography intro classes.

The Chang set is for the remote sensing class.
United States Spatial Data

Note that only datasets marked as "Federal" are subject to the U.S. Federal Government and's Data Policy. Non-federal participants (e.g., universities, organizations, and tribal, state, and local governments) maintain their own data policies. It is important that users understand the data policies of participating entities in order to best utilize these datasets. A description of this catalog and information about the datasets presented and associated metrics is available here.

These maps are already identified by regional planners as neccessary and usable. They are from data sets usable at the national level. Most are already in use for planning. The site is overwhelming for some so you may want to start with the Search bar. When you are having trouble finding data from other sources this may be the one place that data in some form may be found. We recommend using this link broken down by Department of the United States Government. Click on and search within the Department of the government. 

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)
These data sets were not necessarily collected for the purpose of mapping or conducting spatial analysis, therefore users may have to do additional work to make these collections compatible with their particular GIS. Please note that this is a static list updated monthly by NACJD staff. Users should also check the Recent Updates and Additions link on the Download Data page to see the most recent data collections added to the archive.

National Atlas:
In the National Atlas Map Maker, you can assemble, view, and print your own maps. You can choose from hundreds of layers of geographic information to make maps. Each map layer can be displayed individually or mixed with others as you tailor a map to your needs. For example, you can make a map showing America's streams and lakes. And you can add new map layers showing additional geographic information, such as state boundaries, county boundaries, roads, railroads, and towns and cities. This not currently a download site, but will serve well for people not familiar with GIS technology. 

National Library of Medicine TOXMAP
Chemical releases and hazardous waste sites from theEPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and the SuperfundNational Priorities List (NPL).Click on in the upper left to access data. The site is being upgraded so if you experience any difficulty while using assistive technology or accessing information while on the TOXMAP web site, please contact NLOM via email or call them at (301) 496-1131. 

NESDIS at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) is dedicated to providing timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect and enhance the Nation's economy, security, environment and quality of life. To fulfill its responsibilities, NESDIS—informally known as the NOAA Satellite and Information Service—acquires and manages the Nation's operational environmental satellites, operates the NOAA National Data Centers. The four main data sets are broken out below.


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
The Dynamic Maps, Geographic Information System (GIS) Data and Analysis Tools website provides maps, data and tools for renewable energy resources that determine which energy technologies are viable solutions in domestic and international regions.

National Wetlands Inventory *COMING SOON 2014*
This national geospatial data product will contribute substantially to improved modeling of flow and water movement in surface water basins, channels, and wetlands. The old site has been removed, you can use the UN version under Global Data till the new site is up and running.

UPDATE 12/15/13 Some data is now available using through the left margin of the page. 

USDA, FSA National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP)
The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) acquires aerial imagery during the agricultural growing seasons in the continental U.S. A primary goal of the NAIP program is to make digital ortho photography available to governmental agencies and the public within a year of acquisition.


USGS National Map
Use The National Map Viewer and Download Platform to visualize, inspect, and download our most current topographic base map data and products for free. 
Census Data

Census Boundaries

TIGER products are spatial extracts from the Census Bureau's MAF/TIGER database, containing features such as roads, railroads, rivers, as well as legal and statistical geographic areas. The Census Bureau offers several file types and an online mapping application. Our products are:   The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA) consists of more than fifty high-precision samples of the American population drawn from fifteen federal censuses and from the American Community Surveys of 2000-2011. The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2012.
Next GIS Workshop
GIS Workshop Series Schedule
Richter Library GIS Lab Spring Semester 2017 Workshop Schedule

Friday, Februray 24, 2017     02:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Topic: Sugarcane Industry Impacts on the Transportation Ifrastructure in Hawaii

Friday, March 10, 2017        02:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Topic: Mapping the 2016 Election in Florida

Friday, March 31, 2017        02:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Topic: Developing Conservation Strategies for Florida’s Forests

Friday, April 28, 2017        02:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Topic: Distribution Analysis with Population Data

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 10:00 to 12:00 PM
Topic: Gun Violence Analysis
Workshops Description
These Utilizing GIS Data Workshops are intended to introduce or improve one’s knowledge of the process of performing spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems software as a tool.  As UM has a site license for ArcGIS software, it is the main software used to teach spatial analysis for this workshop series. 

The workshop series consist of two-hour sessions that take a sample research topic/question and walks through how to acquire, convert, analyze, and display spatial data related to the topic.  Each session will focus on a different set of tools in ArcGIS and other related software that can be used to accomplish this.  The aim of these workshops is learning through problem-solving.

The workshops are targeted toward users who may not be able to currently take a semester coure in GIS, users who may want to see if GIS may be a useful tool for them before committing to more in depth courses, users who may want to supplement their existing GIS skills, or anyone who is just curious about GIS. 

These workshops are not intended to be comprehensive in nature nor intended to replace or substitute any GIS courses offered at UM.  They are in part a way to introduce the GIS resources offered by the Library which include one-on-one GIS consultations, additional training online, and GIS data acquisition/access.
Workshops Tutorial and Data
Digitized Map Sites
Old Maps Online:  a resouce combining over 400,000 digitized maps from collections all over the world.

Example of time-series study with Daytona Beach topo maps:
Daytona Beach 24K 1952
Daytona Beach 24K 1980
Daytona Beach 24K 1993

United States Geological Survey:
Over 100K modern and historic scanned topographic maps of the United States.
USGS Map Locator & Downloader

Yale University Beinecke Library Digital Maps: thousands of antique scanned maps.

Library of Congress:
Digital Collection with over 15,000 scanned maps.

Source for GIS data and scanned maps from a consortium of dozens of Universities & Organizations.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps:
Detailed scale maps mostly of United States towns & cities c. 1880-1930
Michigan State guide to Sanborns
Connecticut Sanborns
NYPL Sanborns & similar type atlases
Historic Sanborn overlay on modern map example

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Geonames:
Fairly comprehensive gazetteer of world place names and features excluding the USA.

United States Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System
Gazetteer of United States place names and features.
Columbia Gazetteer:
World gazetteer with descriptions of places in addition to coordinates.
Columbia Gazetteer of the World
GIS Services at RSMAS Library
Richter Library GIS Services will be providing GIS consultations at the RSMAS Library every Thursday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Students, faculty, and staff can drop by the RSMAS Library for help with installing ESRI software, obtaining ArcGIS Online institutional accounts, gaining access to supplemental online GIS training, acquiring GIS data, cartography, or consulting a GIS Libraian/ Specialist for GIS projects.

For more information, contact Abraham Kaleo Parrish, GIS Services Librarian.

Abraham Parrish

GIS Services Librarian
Tel: (305) 284-9488
Game of Maps Game Map
Leaderboard (S=Stage; Last updated 11/16/2016 12:00)
Place   PlayerNum Avatar Alias SI S2 S3 Bonus Total
1   Player_5 Naomi & Megan White 44.63 44.97 44.77 7 141.37
2   Player_1 Direwolf in the South 44.28 44.98 44.71 5 138.97
3   Player_4 Sarah Stark, Lady of Winterfell 43.76 44.87 44.31 5 137.94
4   Player_3 Estella Martell 43.78 44.83 43.26 5 136.87
5   Player_0 Prince Harshdry Lannister, The KingSlayer 43.47 44.74 0.00 2 90.21
6   Player_6 Theo Greyjoy 44.47 0.00 0.00 0 44.47
7   Player_7 Arya There Yet? 42.61 0.00 0.00 0 42.61
8   Player_2 Lien Targaryan 35.00 0.00 0.00 5 40.00
9   Player_8 Di Tergyan 10.00 0.00 0.00 6 16.00
Join us for a Game of Maps for GIS Day this year.  This geo-game will begin on Nov. 8, 2016 and run 9 days culminating on GIS Day, Nov. 16, 2016.  The game is based on a Game of Thrones theme and will require participants to collect photos of objects located on the Coral Gables and RSMAS campuses derived from clues that will be periodically released over the 9 days of the game.  

The only requirements are a GPS enabled smart phone or tablet with the free Collector for ArcGIS app and an affliation with UM (student, faculty, staff).  Points will be awarded for number of objects captured and speed through each of the 3 stages. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three highest scores. Registration will begin October 31st and runs to November 7th.

The person or team that has the most points at the end of the game wins the title of King/Queen of Maps.  The top three scores win cash prizes of $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for thrird place.

The game is divided into three stages.  Clues will be periodically realeased for each stage every few days throughout the game's nine day duration via e-mail to the contestants and posted on this website.  Competitors will only have a few days to complete each stage (the duration will be given when the clues are released). Coordinates will be realeased for all the objects in a stage that needs to be found.  The clues will describe an object which the competitor must photograph at the given coordinates with their smart phone/tablet to be awarded points for it.

5 points are awarded for each standard object photographed.  Extra points based on algorithm will awarded for a faster collection time. This is based on the time between finding the first point and last point for a stage.  All the objects for a stage must be located and photographed to gain extra points for time.
To register as a competitor for Game of Maps, email the Game Master Abraham Parrish with your full name, University of Miami e-mail, alias (Game of Thrones name such as Tom Lanister or Cindy Targaryan), photo of yourself/ team or an avatar, and the kingdom you hail from (campus you are from: Coral Gables, Rosenstiel, or Medical).  This information will be used to build your profile on this web page and to create an ArcGIS Online account that will allow you to use the Collector for ArcGIS application to play the game. Registration is open to all UM students, faculty, and staff.   The Collector for ArcGIS app for your smart phone or tablet can be download at .  A release/waiver form will have to be signed and sent/turned into Game Master Abraham Parrish (Richter Library 347 j) before participants can start playing the game.  A meeting for game competitors will be held at the Richter Library GIS Lab on Nov. 7 at 4:00 pm to go over the rules and techniques to play the Game of Maps safely.

Game of Maps Profiles
Game Master Profile

 Abraham Parrish
Alias: Maester Abe, Master of Maps
Hails from: Westeros/Coral Gables

Submitted portrait pictures or avatars will be used to create competitor profiles.  Extra points will be given for portraits in Game of Thrones costumes. 
Guide to Using Collector for ArcGIS App
The Collector for ArcGIS application will be used to play the Game of Maps.  These tutorial manuals for iOS and Android provide instructions on how to play the game with Collector for ArcGIS on your smart phone.

  Collector for iOS pdf 

 Collector for Android pdf 

Coordinates, Clues & Stages
Stage 1: Westeros (Coral Gables campus). Coordinates and clues will be released November 8, 2016 at 8:00 am.

Stage 2: Essos (RSMAS campus).  Coordinates and clues will be released November 11, 2016 at 8:00 am.
Stage 3: Westeros (Coral Gables campus).  coordinates and clues will be released November 14, 2016 at 8:00 am.

The Game of Maps will end on GIS Day November 16, 2016 at noon.
Presentations and Workshops
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Russell F. Schimmer, J.D., Ph.D., of  SIAS Global LLC, a company based in New Haven, Connecticut,  that develops geospatial analytical technologies. Dr. Schimmer  has extensive experience in the geospatial monitoring of  industrial mine wastes, rangelands, and conflict events. He holds  a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a  Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture  and Natural Resources.


8 - 9 a.m.
Registration and Light Refreshments
Richter Library 3rd Floor

9 - 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Richter Library 343 Conference Room

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Census Data Workshop
Derrick Scott, Ph.D.
Faculty GIS/Geography and Social Sciences
Global & Sociocultural Studies
School of International and Public Affairs
Florida International University
Richter Library 344 (Information Literacy Lab)

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
GIS in Industry
Richter Library 343 Conference Room

From an Internship to a Career in GIS” 
Diana Zalivchaya, Information Technology Specialist,
Miami-Dade County Information Technology Dept./GIS

“Using GIS to Forecast Sea Level Rise in Coastal Communities”
Christopher Cowen and Austin Horne, Geospatial Analysts
Coastal Risk Consulting, LLC

Mark Hebert, GIS Manager, City of Coral Gables

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Networking Lunch
Richer Library 3rd Floor

2 - 3:30 p.m.
GIS in Academia
Richter Library 343 Conference Room

“Players on the Move: Cultural Implications
of Pokémon GO and Augmented Reality”

Armando Rubi III, Ph.D. Student in Game Studies, University of Miami

“Learning to Use (or at Least not to Fear) GIS in Caribbean Archaeology” 
William J. Pestle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UM

Citizen Science and GIS:
Mapping Science for Everyone

Keene Haywood, Ph.D.
Director, Exploration Science Program
Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy
Adjunct Professor, RSMAS Dept. of Marine Ecosystems and Society

Dr. Douglas Fuller, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Miami

3:30 - 4 p.m.
Award Presentation for Student Poster, Interactive Map Competition, and Game of Maps
Richter Library 343 Conference Room

4 - 4:30 p.m.
From Troy to Trump
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Russell Schimmer, Spatiotemporal Information Analysis Services (SIAS)
Richter Library 343 Conference Room

4:30 p.m.
ReceptionTable presentations by HistoryMiami Museum, Florida Society of Geographers, and University of Miami GreenU.
Richter Library 3rd Floor
About GIS Day

t GIS Day

GIS Day was founded in 1999 as an opportunity for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate how the tool is making a difference in our society. Today this international event brings together diverse groups to share in discovering and exploring the benefits of GIS, showcasing its uses, and building and nurturing a GIS community. 

GIS at the University of Miami

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Watch GIS Day Live
Poster Map Competition
Congratulations to our winners of the poster map competition:

1st place ($300):  Tricia Gomez Hutchings (poster 1)
2nd place ($200): Taylor L. Hughes (poster 6)
3rd place ($100):  Samuel Swift (poster 14)

Enter the GIS Day student map poster competition to share your cartographic work with the GIS community and compete for prizes.  Map posters will be displayed in front of the Conference Room on the third floor of Richter Library on GIS Day.  First prize is $300, second prize $200 and third prize $100.  For more information on how to enter see the following.

 GISDay2016StudentPosterCompetitionFlyerandGuidelines.pdf pdf 

Poster Submissions:

 P01-Hutchings.pdf pdf 

 P02-Tavares.pdf pdf 

 P03-Taniuchi.pdf pdf 

 P04-Verity.pdf pdf 

 P05-Lin.pdf pdf 

 P06-Hughes.pdf pdf 

 P07-WoodsClafton.pdf pdf 

 P08-Chennault.jpg jpg 

 P09-Moreno.pdf pdf 

 P10-Cassidy.pdf pdf 

 P11-Khmara.pdf pdf 

 P13-Franco.jpg jpg 

 P14_Swift.jpg jpg 
Interactive Map Competition

GIS Day 2016 Interactive Map Competition Guidelines

Top Prize: $100

Submit hyperlink to by November 11, 2016

Maps MUST have an interactive component to be considered

Maps will be judged and ranked based on the following criteria:

CONCEPT AND ORIGINALITY: How innovative is the map? 

CARTOGRAPHIC DESIGN: Balance, clarity, artistic merit. 

INTERFACE DESIGN: Design and functionality for the intended audience.
Allow group members to edit content in ArcGIS and StoryMaps
Adding special features to ArcGIS maps