Our pre-Symposium Workshops will be held on Monday June 10, 2019.  Workshops are FREE for individuals from UCGIS member institutions who are also registered to attend the Symposium. For anyone not attending the Symposium, or not from a member institution, a small fee will be charged to participate. 
Pre-Symposium Workshop Schedule, Monday June 10, 2019
Room8:30 am - ​12 pm1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Foxhall A Geospatial Humanities: Towards a Transdisiciplinary Approach (all day)  (FULL) Geospatial Humanities: Towards a Transdisiciplinary Approach (continued) (FULL)
Foxhall B/C


GIScience Education Challenges: Agenda for the Coming Years

Geospatial Humanities: Towards a Transdisciplinary Approach  (FULL)
  • Description:  In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in a geographic perspective in the humanities. Broadly categorized, two approaches have emerged. The first, the spatial humanities, has focused on GIS and GIScience as tools and methods of inquiry, with a quantitative perspective and an emphasis on representation. Examples include historical GIS, geolingusitics, big data techniques, etc. The geohumanities approach focuses on qualitative methods, cultural studies, and critical human geographies, with an emphasis on place. Examples include literary cartographies.

    We propose a one-day workshop to be held at 2019 UCGIS Symposium in Washington, DC. The workshop will expose participants to both approaches with the goal of progressing towards a geospatial humanities method of inquiry. Geospatial humanities projects are by definition multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, but with this workshop we argue for a step towards a transdisciplinary model of collaboration, where transdisciplinarity is defined as the integration of multiple disciplines from the natural and social sciences that transcends their traditional boundaries (revised from Choi and Pak, 2006). A multi-methods approach, collaborative research across fields, and the integration of disciplinary perspectives are among the key elements of the digital and geospatial humanities research paradigm.

  • Location: Dupont Circle Hotel, Washington, DC; Foxhall A room (main lobby floor)
  • Time & DateFrom 8:30 am - 5 pm on Monday, June 10, 2019, with a 60-minute break at mid-day.
  • Requirements: laptop (registered participants will have received an email about this)
  • Instructors: Alberto Giordano (Texas State University) and others, TBA


GIScience Education Challenges: Mapping Out the Coming Decades, or at Least, the Next Five Years!

  • Description:  In 1997, 45 GIS researchers and educators from 30 UCGIS member institutions participated in education priorities working groups to hammer out eight national GIS education priorities that were endorsed by the UCGIS council. These priorities addressed (1) emerging technologies for delivering GIScience Education; (2) infrastructure to support instruction; (3) access and equity; (4) alternative designs for curriculum content and evaluation; (5) professional GIS programs; (6) research-based graduate GIS education; (7) learning with GIS; and (8) accreditation and certification. The goal of this workshop will be to evaluate, update, and create a new list of GIScience Education Priorities. Using the 1997 white papers as a starting point, the workshop participants will evaluate the relevance of the original priorities to current practice in GIScience education, revise them as needed, and propose new priorities for the coming years. The workshop product will be an annotated list of education priorities that will be presented and discussed during the education session at the 2019 Symposium. The list of priorities will also provide valuable input into discussions about the future of UCGIS to be held at both the 2019 and 2020 Symposia.
  • Location: Dupont Circle Hotel, Washington, DC; Foxhall B/C Room (on main lobby floor)
  • Time & DateFrom 1 - 5 pm on Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Requirements: None
  • InstructorsSteve Moore (University of Redlands)