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GIS Day 2023 - Nov 15, 2023

🌐 Happy GIS Day, Northeastern University! 🌍

🚀 Exciting Announcement: Northeastern University Academic GIS Hub is available now! 

We are thrilled to unveil a groundbreaking initiative that is set to transform the way we engage with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – introducing the Northeastern University Academic GIS Hub!

🌍 What is the GIS Hub?
The GIS Hub is your go-to destination for all things spatial! It directs students and faculty to seamlessly become members of NU ArcGIS Online, providing unparalleled access to GIS resources, support, and a thriving community of GIS enthusiasts.

🛠️ Features:

Membership Access: Join NU ArcGIS Online effortlessly.
GIS Assistance: Find the help you need with our user-friendly support resources.
User Agreement: Navigate the terms easily for a smooth experience.
Future Access: Stay tuned for upcoming access to Northeastern University Academic Open Data, opening doors to new possibilities for collaborative research.



GIS Day 2022

Access the GIS Day page at: Northeastern GIS Day 2022

 Northeastern GIS Day 2022

1:15 am to 11:30 am (ET): Northeastern University- London, Dr. Oliver Ayres and ISL Team


Ignatius Sancho's London: Recovering Black Communities in the 18th Century

London Metropolitan Archives and the 'Rediscovering Londoners' Exhibition 2023-2

Oliver Ayers

Northeastern University London, Associate Professor in History.

Nicole Aljoe

Professor of English and Africana Studies

Odile Jordan

Libby Collard

Ellen Valente

Amouraé Bhola-Chin


ISL Team working with the London Metropolitan Archives on their upcoming exhibition on Londonors of ethnic minorities


11:30am to 11:45am (ET): NU Marine Science Center, Dr. David Sittenfeld


Wicked Hot Boston: Community Science-to-Civics for Assessing Extreme Heat Inequities and Building Resilience


David Sittenfeld

Museum of Science Director, Current Science Communication & NU Alumni

Sara Winslow

Museum of Science

Francis Choi

Sophia Ly

Northeastern University Helmuth Lab

11:45am to 12:00pm (ET): Boston Area Research Initiative.  Dr. Daniel T. O'Brien


BARI GIS Hub (I think)


Daniel O’Brien

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice; Director, Boston Area Research Initiative; Director, PhD in Public Policy Program

12: 00pm to 12:15pm (ET): Cornell University,  Dr. Timothy Fraser


Mapping Data for Community Resilience in Boston. Related articles:  Science Direct  &  Scientific Reports


Dr. Timothy Fraser

Computational social scientist, studying how social networks help communities adapt to climate change and crisis. Starting Fall 2022, he works as an Ezra Systems Postdoctoral Associate in the Systems Engineering Program at Cornell University.

12:15pm to 12:30pm (ET): Planning, Real Estate & Facilities, Campus Map and Northeastern University Open Data Hub, Negar Pourshadi


Northeastern University GIS Hub Open Data Portal and Campus interactive map

Negar Pourshadi

Space & Planning Systems Manager

Planning, Real Estate & Facilities at Northeastern University

Her team developed the campus interactive map and Northeastern University GIS Hub Open Data Portal


GIS Day 2021 @ NU: Visualizing Disparities, Advancing Social Justice

Please register to receive event details at

GIS 2021 Keynote

“Recovering Erased Communities with GIS: The Japanese American Incarceration Use Case”

During World War II, the US government forcibly removed approximately 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry—two thirds of them American-born citizens—from the West coast and detained them for the duration of the war simply because of their race. The unconstitutional imprisonment not only destroyed the lives of the incarcerees, but also decimated the vibrant pre-war West coast Japanese American communities, most of which were not reconstituted after the war. Using GIS and visualizations of locational data in survivor oral recollections, researchers have reconstructed information about the pre-WWII Japanese American community in Tacoma, Washington. This methodology that can be used to create awareness about and address inequities in other communities that have been similarly erased by wrongful government policies and practices.




SUSAN H. KAMEI is the managing director of the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California and serves on the board of directors of URISA, the leading organization of GIS professionals. Her family members were among the Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, and she was a volunteer leader in the legislative campaign resulting in the successful passage of federal legislation that provided redress to Japanese Americans for their wartime imprisonment. Her book, When Can We Go Back to America?: Voices of Japanese American Incarceration during World War II recently published by Simon & Schuster has been hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a “riveting and indispensable work” and as a “landmark historical account [that] shines a light on a part of American history that must be remembered.” She created and teaches a course on this subject at USC.


GIS Day 2021 @ NU: Visualizing Disparities, Advancing Social Justice

Northeastern University GIS Day 2021:
Visualizing Disparities, Advancing Social Justice
Poster/StoryMaps Competition at Poster Competition box
Event Program: 

 NU GIS Day 2021 Recording (please ignore the scan message to download). 

 GIS    NU GIS Day 2021 Poster Winners


Event Timeline- 2021

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:00 am to 3pm Eastern Time

Opening by Dan Cohen

Dean of Libraries; Vice Provost for Information Collaboration; Professor of History

10:00 am to 11:00 am | ET

Keynote by Susan H. Kamei: The Japanese American incarceration during World War II

11:15 am to 11:45 am | ET 

Poster/ SoryMaps Competition

12:00 am to 1:00 am | ET

Crowdsourcing, Boston Housing price

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm | ET

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT) Mapathon

GIS Day 2021 Poster Competition

Northeastern University GIS Day 2021 Poster Competition

Visualizing Disparities and Social Equity in Boston

The NU Library and SPPUA are pleased to announce a call for posters for GIS Day 2021 @ NU, November 17th, 2021. The poster session is an integral part of the GIS Day. We welcome posters about studying disparities and social equity in Boston with the applications of spatial analysis and visualization across all disciplines. The call for posters is open to all professionals and academics (students, faculty, and researchers) from NU and other institutions who use and develop these techniques. The posters can be created in the form of ArcGIS StoryMaps, or alternatively use our poster template which will be provided. This event will be sponsored by NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks and Spatial-Relationships LLC. The judges will be announced at a later date.

  1. Register for GIS Day (if you have not already).
    Please register for the event at
  2. Submit abstract by October 31, 2021.
    To propose a poster, please send an abstract of 100–150 words to
  3. (Optional) Book a one-on-one poster consultation.
    To get advise on designing your poster, book a one-on-one virtual consultation with the library's Data Visualization Specialist, Kate Kryder.
  4. Submit poster by November 14, 2021.
  5. Attend live poster session Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 11:30 - 12:30pm.
    Presenters must be ready to explain their work virtually via Zoom during the session.

Posters must be submitted either as a link to an ArcGIS StoryMap or as PDF created using our poster template (link to be added soon).

All posters must be original work, and include the following:

  • Author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Descriptive and concise title
  • Clear problem formulation and objectives of the work
  • Methodology that addresses the objectives
  • Results including figures and/or tables
  • Conclusions that summarize the implications of the work
Prize The winners will be awarded Amazon gift cards.

Need help with your poster?

Have other questions?

Please contact Thank you in advance on behalf of NU Library and SPPUA for making GIS Day 2021 @ NU a success!


Northeastern University GIS Day 2022

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