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Geography Awareness Week 2010 and GIS Day 2010 Competitions

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Prior to 2010, the Department of Geography, University of Ottawa, hosted a poster competition among undergraduate and graduate students for GIS Day. In 2010, maps and photographs are added to include additional ways of representing geographic phenomena, and the competition is expanded to combine GIS Day with Geography Awareness Week. To assist in judging the entries, guidelines for evaluating maps, photographs, and posters were prepared by Barry Wellar, Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa, and Past Chair, Geography Awareness Week, Canadian Association of Geographers. Initial responses to the guidelines by judges, faculty, and students suggest that the guidelines are very effective as a means to efficiently and fairly evaluate large numbers of geography-related exhibits in a short span of time, and are also useful as design frameworks and checklists for course outlines, research projects, publications, and term assignments.

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Geography Awareness Week 2010 and GIS Day 2010 Competitions

  1. 1. Geography Awareness Week 2010 and GIS Day 2010 Competitions Department of Geography University of Ottawa   Guidelines for Evaluating Geography Awareness Week Maps   Proper Use of Cartographic Elements: scale bar, north arrow, title, legend,  projection information, etc.  Use of Visual Resources: shape, hue, orientation, value, size, texture, etc.   Overall Cartographic Design: strategies of symbolization for points, lines and  polygons; typography and lettering; foreground‐background (figure‐ground)  relationships; highlighting the map theme (the purpose must be clear)  Guidelines for Evaluating Geography Awareness Week  Photographs   Likelihood of being published in Canadian Geographic magazine: would  discerning CG viewers ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ about the geography depicted?   Calendar Quality: would photo likely appear in a calendar of geography?  Words Worth: how many words is the picture worth?  Guidelines for Evaluating GIS Day Posters  Visualization Aspect: Use of maps, images, colours, layout, and other eye‐ oriented means to illustrate problem statement, analysis, and synthesis  (results).  Qualitative Aspect: Use of text to clearly, concisely, and coherently discuss  the problem statement, the relationship(s) under consideration, and the  visuals and numerics used in the analysis and synthesis.  Quantitative Aspect: Use of numerics to represent the geomatics underlying  the spatial situation, analysis, and synthesis portrayed by the poster.  Methodological Aspect: Methods and techniques used in analysis and  synthesis, including regard for literature search and referencing procedures,  cartographic principles, and the fundamentals of scientific inquiry.  Geo‐Factor Aspect: Extent, degree, and robustness to which the geography of  the problem statement is explicitly stated, and then elaborated visually,  qualitatively, numerically, and methodologically.                                 Judging Panel  Dr. Barry Wellar,   Principal, Wellar  Consulting, Chair   Mr. Sam Herold, Senior Analyst,  Geospatial Technologies, Canadian  Institute for Health Information  Mr. Gordon Plunkett, Director,  Spatial Data Infrastructure, ESRI  Canada