The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) is pleased to announce its inaugural awardees for the CaGIS Rising grant program. CaGIS Rising projects include research or outreach efforts that have the potential to transform global challenges into new opportunities that advance and promote Cartography and GIScience. Creativity, novelty, and the potential for broader impacts to society constitute key criteria for evaluating these proposals for funding.

The first round of CaGIS Rising projects to be selected for funding include:

  • Remastering Natural Earth with Neural Networks Bridget Walker, Dilpreet Singh, Tom Patterson, and Bernhard Jenny  Monash University, U.S. National Park Service
  • Modeling and Visualizing the Extents of Historical Regions Ivan Majic, Rizwan Bulbul, Johannes Scholz, Karl Grossner, and Eric Delmelle Graz University of Technology, University of Pittsburgh, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Change in US Contrail Outbreaks Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic Eun-Kyeong Kim, University of Zurich

CaGIS congratulates these project leaders, and we look forward to announcing the next call for proposals for the second round of CaGIS Rising grants in the near future.

Tom Augspurger will be presenting “Scalable Sustainability with the Microsoft Planetary Computer” at the next GeoBytes webinar on Friday, February 25 at 12:00 pm ET. The webinar is FREE for all CaGIS members. See attached abstract for more information about the presentation.

Please see the CaGIS GeoBytes page for more information on registering.


Working with environmental, geospatial data can be challenging. The huge amount of data from a many different sources makes it difficult to find the bits that you care about. Analyzing the data is difficult, especially if it’s larger than your machines memory. The Planetary Computer helps address these challenges by hosting and cataloging environmental data in consistent formats, providing APIs for searching the data, and compute to scale your workflows.

Tom Augspurger is a software engineer at Microsoft working on the Planetary Computer. He helps maintain several libraries in the PyData ecosystem, including pandas and Dask.

CaGIS is pleased to announce the call for submissions of extended abstracts and pre-conference workshop proposals for AutoCarto 2022 which will be a hybrid event for both in-person attendees and remote meeting participants. The theme of AutoCarto 2020 is Ethics in Mapping: Integrity, Inclusion, and Empathy which brings attention to ethical responsibilities we face in all aspects of our discipline with conversations on the power of maps and the critical need for integrity, inclusion, and empathy in cartography and GIScience. Submissions on topics from all areas of cartographic and geographic information science are welcome

AutoCarto will be held in Redlands, CA, on the Esri campus November 2-4, with Workshops on November 1.

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