GeoAwareness Week and GIS Day, 2018

GIS Day is an annual worldwide celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and community. GeoAwareness Week is an annual event highlighting the importance of geographic and spatial literacy and education. This year UBC Library, UBC Faculty of Forestry, and SFU Library are organizing celebrations on two days during GeoAwareness Week:

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Intro to Geospatial Data with R, Carpentries Workshop

This workshop will cover how to open, work with, and plot vector and raster-format spatial data in R. Additional topics include: working with spatial metadata (extent and coordinate reference systems), reprojecting spatial data, and working with raster time series data. There are limited seats for this workshop, so register sooner than later.

Time: 9:00AM — 5:00PM with a break in the middle.
Location: Simon Frasier University, Harbour Centre Campus, Room 1415.
Cost: FREE!*


* All participants must register to reserve a space. If you register and cannot attend, failure to cancel before November 6th will result in a $25 fee.

** This is a special registration form for non- “” email addresses. Those with an “” email address can register using the “More Info” link above.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

GIS Day Celebrations

Please join us for this year’s GIS Day celebrations featuring several GIS- and map-related presentations, as well as a “mappy hour” social at Malone’s Social Lounge and Taphouse. Coffee and snacks will be provided during the event, but lunch will be on your own downtown. Everyone is welcome!! Speakers include:

  • Keith MacLachlan, Esri Canada, Welcome remarks
  • Alan McConchie, Stamen Design
  • Sarah Bell, Esri PS Cartography Lab
  • Steven DeRoy, The Firelight Group
  • Sue Bigelow, City of Vancouver Archives
  • Sharon Walz, City of Vancouver Archives
  • Yuhao Lu, UBC Faculty of Forestry
  • Sunny Mak, BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Megan Meredith-Lobay, UBC Advanced Research Computing
  • Jerome Mayaud, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, and School of Population and Public Health
  • Aateka Shashank, SFU Geography and SFU Library Research Commons
  • Kimberly O’Donnell, SFU English and Digital Humanities Innovation Lab

Time: 10:00AM — 5:00PM with Mappy Hour after at Malone’s Social Lounge and Taphouse.
Location: Simon Frasier University, Harbour Centre Campus, Room 1600.
Cost: FREE!


Information for the same event can also be found here on SFU’s website.

For more information please contact Evan Thornberry (evan.thornberry[at]