November 5, 2009

Call for Papers: 52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics 2010

Call for Papers: 52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics 2010

This innovation prize aims to encourage students to contribute to the development and practical realization of innovative concepts in the field of Geoinformatics. In return, the students gain valuable, practical experience working in an international team of researchers and developers, benefit from a new social environment, individualized supervision and support for their work, and acquire additional qualification resulting from successful completion of the work.
This call is open to all students of geoinformatics, computer science, business informatics, media informatics and other fields associated with geoinformatics, who have not yet completed a master's degree or diploma in geoinformatics/informatics/computer science. Students are invited to apply, as individuals or in small teams (2 - 3 members).

A jury of prominent members of the GI community will evaluate the submissions and choose the winner:

Prof. Dr. Edzer Pebesma, Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Muenster
Prof. Dr. Menno Jan Kraak, ITC International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Dr. Ir. Rob Lemmens, ITC International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Dr. Andreas Wytzisk, con terra GmbH
Günther Pichler, ESRI Europe
Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Streit, 52°North Initiative.
The winning team has the unique opportunity to further develop its concept together with 52°North students and academic personnel from the sponsoring organizations. Their work should culminate in the implementation of a fully functioning open source software program as a proof-of-concept. A stay at the 52°North Initiative in Muenster is intended for this purpose. Prize money of 1,000 Euros per team member and a maximum of 3,000 Euros per team will be awarded. The prize money is to be paid upon successful completion of the entire work (see applicant information).

More information

October 12, 2009

GITA Scholarship Award Program 2009-2010

GITA's Minnesota Chapter has established a scholarship award program for 2009-2010. This award is open to individual students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in geospatial studies (e.g., GIS, Geography with GIS concentration, or similar) at a Minnesota University or College. This is a one-time award based on a competitive process for best application or project utilizing geospatial technologies. Applicants are required to submit a project summary and one letter of recommendation.

Applications are due no later than December 1, 2009.
One student will be awarded a Grand Prize of at least $1000 in cash.
Additional prizes of up to $750 each will also be awarded to students applying for the scholarships.
Find scholarship application and materials at

Rick Person
Minnesota Chapter, Geospatial Information & Technology Association

February 11, 2009

Ordnance Survey Geospatial Mashup Challenge - GISRUK 2009

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce Ordnance Survey Geospatial Mashup Challenge - GISRUK 2009. The purpose of this session is to provide opportunity to GISRUK participants to showcase their innovative case studies of using geospatial mashup technologies in various domains. This challenge is designed to bring together both novices and experts in the field, and to understand how geospatial mashups are applied across the GIS industry and in academic research.

This event provides a platform to present your innovative mashup applications to the wider GI community. Participants are also welcome to use OS OpenSpace in developing the mashup applications. OS OpenSpace allows users to build Web 2.0 applications using Ordnance Survey data.

Method of submission:

To participate in the OS Geospatial Mashup Challenge 2009 interested participants should email to a short description of the mashup, including following information

# Title of the presentation

# Abstract of the mashup developed (max 500 words)

# Technical requirements

# Screenshots/url of the mashup application

# Short biography of the presenter

Deadline for submission: before 15 March 2009

Format of the session:

The selected participants will have 3 minutes each to present the mashup application developed to the audience and judges. There will be internet connection provided in the presentation room, to enable presenters to show live demos if they choose.

The best geospatial mashup application developed will be selected by a panel of 5 judges who will all be known experts in geospatial science.

The best mashup will be awarded an Ordnance Survey prize of £100 of Amazon vouchers.

More details at

We look forward to your contributions for this interesting session. Please do encourage your colleagues and students who have developed interesting geospatial mashup applications to participate in this session. Please contact me for any information needed.

Best wishes,


Dr Suchith Anand
Centre for Geospatial Science
Sir Clive Granger Building
University of Nottingham
Tel: (0)115 846 8408

NGS Map Awards (due 2/15)

2009 National Geographic Award in Mapping

Undergraduate students and master's-degree candidates are invited to apply for the National Geographic Award in Mapping. This award recognizes student achievement in the art, science, and technology of mapping and seeks to encourage student research. The first place award consists of a cash prize of $900 (U.S.) and the second place award is $300 (U.S.). Both winners will also receive National Geographic map products.

Submissions may take a variety of forms, but must focus specifically on maps and mapping. The following types of submissions are welcome: map products in digital and paper format; web-based maps or cartographic services; dynamic, animated, and/or interactive geovisualization software environments; or other cartographic projects.

This award is administered through the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Cartography Specialty Group (CSG). Judging will be by the National Geographic Award in Mapping committee of the AAG CSG and will be based on the technical, aesthetic, and overall quality of the submission. The award winner, or winners, will be announced at the CSG meeting at the Annual Meeting of the AAG in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 22-27, 2009. Applying students do not need to be members of the AAG.


We encourage submissions in standard digital formats (e.g. .pdf, .html, submissions accessible through conventional web browsers, etc.). Please include the following items with your submission:

* A cover page that includes your name, institutional affiliation, degree program (e.g. M.A.), address, phone number, email, and cartography/GIS instructor's name.
* A one page statement that provides some context of the submission, i.e. its purpose, how it may be used, how it was created, its limitations, etc.
* A one page statement of how this award would help you with your educational plans.

Submissions must be received by February 15, 2009.

Please apply by sending all digital materials to Jeremy Mennis, Academic Director of the AAG Cartography Specialty Group, at For more information contact Jeremy Mennis or David Miller of National Geographic Maps ( For more information on National Geographic Maps visit

Submissions in paper format are also welcome. Paper submissions may be mailed to:

Jeremy Mennis
Department of Geography and Urban Studies
Temple University
1115 W. Berks St., 309 Gladfelter Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122