gisday logo          Join the celebration September 23, 2015


GIS Day 2015 at the University of Notre Dame

On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, join Notre Dame as we celebrate GIS Day as part of Notre Dame's Digital Week. 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, lightning talks (with lunch), a poster session, and keynote speaker, Tim Wallace, Graphics Editor and cartographer for The New York Times.


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, September 18.




arrow   9:00 am-11:00 am

Legit to Make Free Prints: Free GIS-Related Map Scan/Map Print/3D Print

Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS), Hesburgh Library


arrow   9:00 am-10:00 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 the question "What is GIS?", provide a variety of examples, and present the resources available in the Center for Digital Scholarship.


arrow   10:00 am-11:00 am

GIS Tool Time in the Classroom Workshop

CDS, Hesburgh Library

    Want to incorporate GIS into your class but don’t know where to begin? In this event, Matthew Sisk showcases his Intro to GIS modules that are freely available for use by colleagues in Notre Dame.


arrow   11:00 am-12:00 pm

Crisis Mapping to support the Relief Effort in Nepal

CDS, Hesburgh Library

    On April 25, Nepal was hit by a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8 that killed more than 9,000 people affecting millions of people. Immediately during the aftermath, many relief organizations within and out of the country were earnestly engaged in post-earthquake relief effort. Mapping became a vital part to guide aid/relief workers and government agencies to evacuate lives, prioritize immediate reliefs and quantify damages. Mapping also helped to identify area where there might be a risk of landslide and flooding that was exacerbated by the quake tremor. This talk will focus on volunteered and crowdsourced campaign to map post-earthquake relief work in the Himalayan nation. Thousands of volunteers around the world helped to map affected urban and rural settlements, analyze damaged infrastructures and benchmark future development plans.


arrow   12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Lunch & Learn

CDS, Hesburgh Library

    • Sit in for electrifying lightning talks and learn how Notre Dame researchers and South Bend City planners use GIS resources. Click here to sign up for a free lunch.


  • 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. Please note, in contrast to years past, GIS Day will take place during Notre Dame's Digital Week. 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. 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. by September 17th.


arrow   1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Posters & Pastry

CDS, Hesburgh Library

  • Graduate students will get the opportunity to showcase their GIS based research in their field and compete for best poster presentation. A special GIS cake and coffee will be served for everyone to enjoy while navigating their way through the posters.


arrow   2:15 pm-3:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Tim Wallace, Graphics Editor and Cartographer for The New York Times

Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

    • Newsroom Geography: Maps have been an integral part of news reporting at The New York Times for well over a century. Every event that takes place, takes place somewhere, and is in some way influenced by its surrounding landscape. Similarly, the landscape, itself, is affected by events that develop within it, whether those events concern politics; climate; demography; economics; agriculture; poverty; terrorism or war. This talk will shine a light on when and how maps and spatial analysis are employed by The New York Times, and how we determine the best possible way to tell the story of an event and through its geography.


    • Tim Wallace Bio: Tim Wallace is a Graphics Editor and cartographer at The New York Times, where he makes maps and charts on whatever topic the news dictates. He is also a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and expects to graduate in the spring. Tim's background in archaeology and GIS and his love of photography help inform the way he tells stories with maps and images.


arrow   3:30 pm-5:00 pm

Legit to Make Free Prints: Free GIS-Related Map Scan/Map Print/3D Print

CDS, Hesburgh Library


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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