GIS Day celebration and competition hosted by University Libraries

Topo Map
Topo Map

Geographic Information System Day is Nov. 15 and the University Libraries at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is calling all students who love or use maps to design a map of choice. No specialized GIS skills or GIS software is required to enter the competition.

All Nebraska students (undergrad and graduate) are welcome to enter their map to try to win one of three gift cards. Prizes include a $50 gift card for 1st place winner, and $25 gift cards for 2nd place winner and People's Choice winner.

The deadline to submit a map is Oct. 25. All maps entered in the competition will be posted online and judged by a select group of faculty and staff. Competition finalists will have their maps on display in Love Library from Nov. 13-17. A reception is being planned.

Read the full details of the competition and how to submit map at

Wenjie Wang, Geospatial Data and Programs Librarian and assistant professor, is organizing the event and says that the GIS Day Map Competition aims to foster a deeper appreciation for GIS, encourage spatial thinking, and showcase the power of maps in understanding our complex world.

“Students will have the opportunity to showcase their creativity and analytical skills by creating innovative and informative maps that highlight various aspects of our world or even fictional realms,” Wang explained.

The GIS Day Map Competition is designed to be accessible and inclusive, welcoming participants of all skill levels, including those with no prior GIS experience. This competition is an opportunity for students from any background to engage with data and map-making.

Participants can use publicly available data or their original datasets. Proper attribution and data sources must be provided. Participants can use any software of their choice to create their maps. E.g., ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, QGIS, AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and many other non-GIS software.

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