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Mission statement
1. Promote the exchange of ideas and information relating to GIS.
2. Promote GIS research.
3. Improve the understanding of the proper application of GIS procedures.
4. Develop materials and promote activities needed to improve the teaching of GIS concepts.
5. Promote and coordinate activities and directions with other professional organizations involved with GIS.
6. Pursue charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Diansheng Guo
Associate Professor
Department of Geography

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New GISS Website

Dear Colleagues -

I am pleased to announce the release of a new Geographic Information Science & Systems (GISS) Specialty Group website located here:

The purpose of this move is to (1) enable better communication between the GISS Specialty Group and it's members in the AAG community; and (2) utilize a platform that can be sustained and transitioned easily as the leadership of the specialty group changes over time.

All existing content from the SDSU-hosted version of the site (thanks from all of us Ming!) is undergoing transition into this new Wordpress-based interface. If former chairs/secretaries have data (minutes, awardees, etc.), please send them to for inclusion in the site as archival storage.

Going forward, news and information relevant to the AAG GISS-SG will be posted to this site and to the AAG community forum.

Please send any comments/corrections/requests to It is expected that there are mistakes on the website (dates/etc.) and that these will be corrected at the upcoming AAG meeting with the help of senior scholars with longer memories than those in current leadership. If interested in helping, contact

Please visit our new website here:

GIS Specialty Group Activities in Tampa

Dear GIS Specialty Group Members

I invite you to attend and participate in the GIS Specialty activities next week in Tampa, including the Student Paper Compitition, Business Meeting, Tobler Lecture and Reception

The GIS Student Paper Competition Sessions: WEDNESDAY

Session I: Wednesday, 4/9/2014, from 2:40 PM - 4:20 PM in Room 17, TCC
Session II: Wednesday, 4/9/2014, from 4:40 PM - 6:20 PM in Room 17, TCC

The GIS Business Meeting: THURSDAY
Room 11, TCC First Floor 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm, TCC

The Waldo Tobler Distinguished Lecture in GIScience: FRIDAY

Friday, 4/11/2014, from 2:40 PM - 4:20 PM in Ballroom A, TCC, First Floor

Dr. Matt Duckham, Associate Professor in Geographic Information Science at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Title: Geographic Information Expertise
As research becomes increasingly interdisciplinary, the unique expertise of a GIScientist becomes harder to distinguish from that of scientists in other domains. What makes a GIScientist different from a biologist, economist, physicist, or epidemiologist, for example, who happen to be developing innovative new techniques for handling or analyzing geographic information in their specific domain? This talk will critically examine the role of some established research topics in GIScience, and provide a reasoned, personal perspective on what topics GIScience might claim to constitute its unique area of expertise.

The Tobler Distinguished Lecture will be followed by the presentation of the Robert T. Aangeenbrug Distinguished Career Award to Dr. Gerard Rushton, Professor Emeritus, and Department of Geography at the University of Iowa

GIScience Specialty Group and Transactions in GIS Reception: FRIDAY
The Reception will be held at The Landing in the TCC from 6:20 to 8:20 pm.

The reception immediately follows the Transactions in GIS Plenary (4:40 PM - 6:20 PM in Ballroom A, TCC, First Floor)

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