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Mapping & GIS: GIS DAY 2021

This is the LibGuide that accompanies the workshop Digital Mapping for Historians and Humanists, February 2023.

GIS DAY 2021

Join us for PENN GIS DAY 2021 

Date/Time: November 16, 17, and 18, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Location:  Virtual

This year we will celebrate GIS DAY 2021 with a Keynote on November 17th and a line up of events including workshops/tutorials, presentations, lightning talks, and project demos November 16, 17, and 18.


Title: Opportunities and Challenges for Machine Learning with Historical Maps

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm 

Speakers: Rachel Trent, Digital Collections and Automation Coordinator, and Meagan Snow, Geospatial Data Visualization Librarian, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress

Summary: The Geography & Map Division at the Library of Congress is one of the world’s largest map collections, with over 5 million items documenting narratives of environmental, urban, industrial, military, and colonial history. Changes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and machine learning (ML) technologies have opened new possibilities for the scale and scope of what can be accomplished with these collections. In this talk, G & M will discuss some of the ways machine learning is being applied to historical map collections and the challenges, considerations, and opportunities that may await researchers interested in bringing centuries of the world’s maps into the present.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

1:00 pm - 1:09 pm, Jane E Dmochowski and Henry Feldman: Cobbs Creek Community Science Remote Sensing Project
1:10 pm - 1:15 pm, Samuel Kaufmann: Aggregating Climate and Security Data to Inform Policymakers
1:16 pm - 1:31 pm, Shuning Ge: Inclusive Refugee-hosting in Uganda Improves Local Development and Prevents Public Backlash.


  1. Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Visualizing Space with StoryMaps | Register at:
  2. Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Visualizing Space with Leaflet | Register at:
  3. Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Visualizing Space with ArcGIS/QGIS | Register at:

For the whole list of Data Jam workshops, check at this link: