gisday logo          Join the celebration November 16, 2016


GIS Day 2016 at the University of Notre Dame

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, join Notre Dame as we celebrate GIS Day. This annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives and the lives of those around us will include, workshops, lunch and lightning presentations.


User's Group Lunch

Come join the GIS fun for lunch at noon. Lunch is complimentary. To get an accurate count for lunch, please register for lunch here. The registration deadline for lunch is Friday, November 11.



arrow  10:00 am-11:00 am

What in the World is GIS?: GIS Basics Workshop

CDS, Hesburgh Library

GIS is a system of hardware and software for the storage, retrieval, mapping and analysis of geographic data. It provides a system for organizing spatial and related information into a single analytical framework and is used in a variety of academic and industry settings for understanding spatial relationships. This workshop will address the question "What is GIS?", provide a variety of examples, and present the resources available in the Center for Digital Scholarship.

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arrow   11:00 am-12:00 pm

Hands-on Training on QGIS 101

247 Instruction Room, Hesburgh Library 

Milan Budhathoki will cover the basics of QGIS, a free and open source Geographic Information System. This workshop will provide classroom exercise to use geospatial data into QGIS software. Major topic includes:

  • Familiarizing with QGIS software 
  • Displaying vector and raster data 
  • Plotting raw data 
  • Spatial Analysis 
  • Brief overview of packages in QGIS  etc

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arrow  12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

CDS, Hesburgh Library

  • Munch and mingle with others who have a shared interest in Geographic Information Systems. Click here to sign up for a free lunch.


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Lightning Talks (2-50 minute rounds of lightning presentations)

CDS, Hesburgh Library

    • Sit in for electrifying lightning talks and learn how Notre Dame researchers and South Bend City planners use GIS resources.
      • Call for Proposals
      • The Center for Digital Scholarship and the Center for Research Computing at the University of Notre Dame invite proposals for presentations (either podium or poster) for our annual GIS Day symposium. GIS day take place in the Center for Digital Scholarship on November 16th.
      • Presentations should be related to GIS in some way (tools, data or visualization), but do not need to be directly methodological and are otherwise not limited by field. Podium presentations will be 5-10 minutes lightning talks  (length will depend on number of presentations. Work in progress presentations and posters will be accepted to help researchers get methodological feedback. To participate, please submit a short abstract with title and all author's affiliation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.November 5th, 2016.


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CDS, Hesburgh Library

  • Top off GIS Day with coffee, ND campus tour map, cake and conversation!



GIS Specialists and Co-Organizers of GIS Day 2015 at ND

Milan Budhathoki

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Milan Budhathoki is the GIS (Geographic Information System) Specialist for the CRC. He has a lab, ND-GAL (Geospatial Analysis Laboratory), at Innovation Park. GAL is established in the Center for Research Computing (CRC) in collaboration with the (Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) to connect the Notre Dame community with Geospatial services. Milan provides technical input to geospatial data users. He is specialized in GIS analysis, spatial data management, web GIS and server applications, and remotely sensed data processing. He also collaborates with researchers in grant proposal writing and research publication. For more information about the GAL visit:

Matthew Sisk

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Matthew Sisk is the GIS Librarian in the Center for Digital Scholarship. He received his Ph.D. in Paleolithic Archaeology from Stony Brook University in 2011 and has worked extensively in GIS-based archaeology and ecological modelling. In the CDS, his primary role is to assist Notre Dame students and faculty with general GIS questions, satellite imagery analysis, workflow automation, coding and data curation. He also teaches a series of workshops and a credit bearing course on these topics.


GIS Day at Notre Dame is sponsored by:

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