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November 2017

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Zhejiang University and Harvard CGA launched a new collaboration on October 13th, 2017. The joint effort will build upon Harvard CGA's WorldMap to develop a Chinese Academic Mapping Platform for research, teaching, and data sharing.

See the Zhejiang University Announcement for more details.


The 2018 Fisher Prize for excellence in GIS is open for applications from Harvard students. The deadline for GIS poster submissions will be April 23rd, 2018.

Read more about applying for the Fisher Prize.


  CGA's Monthly GIS Presentations - come join the discussion

  • Geography Colloquium
    "Integrating Urban Design and Analytics", was presented by Andres Sevtsuk (GSD). Thursday, November 2nd. SLIDES and AUDIO RECORDING available here.
  • ABCD-GIS Presentation Series
    "Geoprivacy and Its Impact on Spatial Analysis", presented by Mayra A. Zurbaran (Universidad del Norte, Baranquilla, Columbia) Thursday, November 16th, 2017. 12:00-1:30pm. Room S354, CGIS South building, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA. More Info
  • Geography Colloquium
    "The Space Between Us: Social Geography and Politics", presented by Ryan Enos (Govt). Thursday, December 7th, 2017. 12:00-1:30pm. Room S354, CGIS South building, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA. More Info


GIS Institute Summer 2018

Registration is now open for the GIS Institute, to be held May 29th to June 8th, 2018. More information about the Institute and how to apply are available here.




"The Archaeological Renaissance in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq ".
Author: Jason Ur (Harvard, Dept of Anthropology).
Published in: Near Eastern Archaeology, Vol. 80, No. 3 (September 2017), pp. 176-187
Link to Article

"Claiming Crimea: A History of Catherine the Great's Southern Empire".
Author: Kelly O'Neill (Harvard, Dept of History).
Publication Announcement: Yale University Press (November 28th 2017)
Link to Book Description

"Demographics in Social Media Data for Public Health Research: Does it matter?".
Author: John S. Brownstein, et al (Harvard Medical School).
Preprint available: (November 4th 2017)
Link to Article




Map of the Month

Winner for October 2017 is the Who Votes for Mayor? map by researchers at Portland State University.   This contest is sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.    Contest Info





Conference: AAG 2018 will be held in New Orleans. April 10th to 14th. LAST CHANCE to submit your paper proposals with a deadline of November 8th!


Job Opening: Harvard GSD has an opening for GIS Technical Assistant to support a Spring Semester 2018 course Sustainable Tourism (HDCE ENVR E-118B). Application Deadline is November 17th Read more

Job Opening: Harvard Chan School of Public Health has announced a position for Postdoctoral Data Scientist: GIS and mHealth to work on large scale environmental health and mobile health geospatial data. Read more

Job Opening: College of Holy Cross (Worcestor, MA) invites applications for Visiting Part-time Faculty to teach one course Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. Read more

CFP: Call for presentations in the GIScience research sessions at ESRI User Conference 2018 to be held at the Esri International Users Conference, July 9-13, 2018, San Diego, California. Application Deadline: November 15th. Read more







World Happiness Report in Maps (Alex Bastidas Fry)

How the U.S. Generates Electricity (Carbon Brief)

Global Pollution Map (Global Health Alliance & Lancet)

Mapbox and WebGL for 3D Visualization (Asheem Mamoowala)

Mapping Old Hong Kong (Gwulo)

Wine Country Fires Interactive Map (San Francisco Chronicle)



The CGA Newsletter is published monthly. Editor of this issue: Lex Berman.



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