“Research Without Borders” Panel to Discuss Open GIS

Please join Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship’s Scholarly Communication Program for “Open GIS: Extending Boundaries”, the second event of the academic year in our Research Without Borders panel discussion series. This event will take place from 2-4pm on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Rooms 522 & 523 of Columbia’s Butler Library It is free and open to the public.

Welcome to GIS Day! This event is centered on issues of open Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Geography shapes our world, but historically geographical information has been a closely guarded secret. As information itself becomes increasingly ubiquitous so does the potential for us to experience and use geographical information to increase our understanding of the world and expand the dimensions of research. What are the opportunities for discovering and accessing today’s Geographical Information Systems (GIS) frameworks and data? What are the risks posed by increased discoverability and accessibility? Panelists will address a variety of perspectives on what it means to be open with respect to GIS; what it requires, e.g., open access, open software, #opendata, and data reuse; and the tension between open and historically closed information systems.

RSVP for admission to venue: http://bit.ly/RWOBrsvp

Our panelists:

Carson Farmer, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder

Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Associate Professor of Planning and Design,  Hunter College, City University of New York

Xinyue Ye, Assistant Professor of Geography  and Director, Computational Social Science Lab, Kent State University

Our moderator:

Robert S. Chen, Director,  Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Earth Institute, Columbia University

This event is the second event of the 2015-2016 academic year in our speaker series Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication. It is sponsored by Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Scholarly Communication Program and Digital Social Science Center. Join the discussion on Twitter at #rwob and @ScholarlyComm. To watch a live webcast of the event, and for more information about Research Without Borders, visit the Scholarly Communication Program website at scholcomm.columbia.edu.

Co-located event: GEOGRAPHY 2050: Exploring Our Future in an Urbanized World, November 19-20, 2015 · New York City


The Scholarly Communication Program (SCP) supports the global reach and impact of research produced at Columbia University. Its mission is to explore and raise awareness about new research tools, methods, and support services that are available to Columbia faculty, students, and staff. In pursuit of this mission, the SCP hosts events and workshops, curates news and resources on our Web site, and engages in innovative scholarly communication initiatives on campus and in the wider academic community. The SCP is an initiative of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, which is part of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.

Digital Social Science Center The Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) brings together people, equipment, and information resources in an environment where users can work collaboratively, individually, or in consultation with a librarian and/or technology specialist. DSSC is located in Lehman Library and provides a wide range of information and technology assistance for students and faculty, including GIS.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates. CUL/IS employs more than 450 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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