NSF REU

Storytelling through Science

Science is about storytelling. To us, science is about bringing to light the fascinating stories, knowledge, and experiences of people from all walks of life who know their environments and places best. As an organization focused on people and geospatial technologies, we aim to share...

Jun 27, 2019
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UCF Study Abroad

UCF study abroad students map and explore...

Opening up one’s worldview. Exploring foreign landscapes. Interacting with new cultures. Engaging in research with communities. These are just some of the things that a group of eleven UCF students did this May with the UCF Participatory Geographic Information Systems (GIS) study abroad class in...

May 28, 2019
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Citizen Science GIS

Video of Esri Oceans Plenary Keynote by...

We are pleased to share the 40 minute video of Dr. Hawthorne's recent Esri Oceans Plenary Address “The Power of People in Geospatial Technologies.” Take a journey to Belize and back as our founding director comments on the role of everyday, extraordinary people in geospatial...

Feb 13, 2019
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Esri

REU Student Reflections from Esri Oceans Forum

Our student blog series continues with NSF REU students Sara Peluso (UCF) and Lucas Farmer (Ohio Wesleyan University) reflecting on their experiences presenting and networking at the Esri Oceans Forum. Four students from the REU, Amber, Lucas, Patty and Sara, went to Redlands, California, to...

Dec 3, 2018
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Citizen Science GIS

A Bird’s-Eye View of the Indian River...

OAK HILL, FLORIDA. In 2016, the University of Central Florida’s Citizen Science GIS team led by Dr. Timothy Hawthorne launched its Open Reef Initiative to create high-resolution aerial imagery of vulnerable islands and coastal environments in Belize using relatively affordable, consumer-level drones. Recently, the Coastal...

Nov 28, 2018
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NSF MarineGEO

New NSF Grant with Smithsonian Featured in...

Our new $1.3 million NSF grant work with the Smithsonian is featured in the latest Esri Blog by Esri Chief Scientist, Dr. Dawn Wfright.  Check it out on the link below: What's Killing Sea Grass on the West Coast? Researchers Deploy Drones and Make Maps...

Nov 15, 2018
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Open Reef

Opening Up Our Science: An Open Reef...

Opening Up Our Science: Citizen Science GIS, a 2017 Esri Special Achievement in GIS Awardee, is committed to science that serves society. We believe in open data, sharing, community-based research and education to benefit the public good and community-based organizations. We are often asked about...

Feb 5, 2018
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Citizen Science

Supporting Science’s Next Generation at UCF GIS...

Written by UCF Sociology and GIS Ph.D. Student, Lain Graham: GIS Day at UCF on November 14 and 15 gave us all the geotingles!! A term coined by the one and only, Dr. Joseph Kerski, Education Manager at Esri and keynote speaker at UCF’s 2017...

Nov 28, 2017
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NSF REU

Open Reef takes off with National Science...

Open Reef, an initiative of Citizen Science GIS at University of Central Florida, is taking off with new funding from the United States National Science Foundation. We are thrilled to finally share that NSF has provided us with a new award to launch Open Reef...

Aug 10, 2017
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Citizen Science

International GIS Award from Esri to Citizen...

Citizen Science GIS is deeply humbled and excited to accept the 2017 Special Achievement in GIS Award from Esri, the world’s leading GIS company.  We are one of four higher education initiative worldwide this year to be accept the award! “For us, receiving the 2017...

Jul 31, 2017
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