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The Sessions Committee will select presentations to represent levels of expertise and a broad topic base. Selection will be based on the value of the proposed topic to the audience and the quality and clarity of the abstract. New to speaking, or have an interesting short topic? Try the Lightning Round – a quick, 12-minute presentation! The perfect intro to conference speaking, present work in progress, or give a brief overview, leaving the audience with a key point to remember.

Presentation types:

  • Lightning round, allotted 12 minutes
  • Individual presentation, allotted 25 minutes
  • Panel discussion, allotted 60-90 minutes
  • Poster, display area four feet high by eight feet wide (both project specific and cartographic exhibits are welcome)
  • Product Demonstrations,* allotted 25 minutes

Additionally, presentation level will be chosen for each abstract: overview (general topic presentation) or technical (details of specific analysis).

Abstract submission:
• Abstracts should not exceed 300 words
• Incomplete abstracts will not be accepted
• Abstract submission is online only

All GIS-related presentations will be considered. The Sessions Committee invites presentations that address the broad subjects of interest to GIS/LIS. Topics of interest for the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Education
    K-12, secondary, technical, college and university
  • Emergency Management
    Assessment, planning, information sharing
  • Environmental
    Natural resources GIS
  • GIS applications
    General GIS applications not in another tract
  • Government
    Local, State, Country, Federal, and Tribal
  • Imagery
    Acquisition and use of imagery
  • Mobile GIS
    Use and implementation of mobile GIS
  • Open Source
    Any use of application of open source software in GIS
  • Standards
    Development, integration, metadata
  • Utilities
    Electric and gas, pipeline, telecommunications, water/wastewater
  • Web services/applications
    Data acquisition and distribution, services, applications


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