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Major Announcement!!


SKI-Canada will return with a 2017 conference in Banff, AB. We are in the planning stages at the moment, but hope to have more information shortly, along with an EasyChair paper submission page.

See you in Banff!!




Thank you to Esri Canada for sponsoring our coffee breaks!

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Abstract submission deadline extended until 15 November!


Our conference of Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada will be held February 27-March 1, 2015 in Banff, Alberta.


Download the submission template here. Then upload your abstract to EasyChair. (You'll need to create a separate password for easychair if you don't have one already.)


Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada brings together researchers of GIS and the geoweb who live and work in Canada. We invite researchers who are involved in fields such as:

  • GIScience
  • Geomatics and geomatics engineering
  • Remote Sensing
  • Participatory GIS
  • GIS in health and epidemiology
  • GIS in transportation
  • Planning Support Systems and landuse planning
  • Digital Earth and the Geo spatial Web 2.0 (geoweb) (e.g., Google Earth, Virtual Earth, Yahoo Maps) Research
  • Neogeography and Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)
  • Geovisualization and cybercartography
  • Business geographics
  • Spatial statistics
  • Location based services
  • GIS and spatial modeling in the Earth Sciences
  • Urban simulation and modelling
  • Computer dimensions of GIS (e.g., data modelling)
  • Big Data

Our major event is a conference. The conference mixes the practical and the theoretical. Come share your experiences in using GIS in academia in Canada and around the world. Learn from other researchers and students of GIS on best practices and ways of accommodating different domains of knowledge.

Conference Dates

The conference will be held from Friday February 27 to Sunday, March 1, 2015. A pre-conference day or specialized workshops will be February 26. See the registration tab for other dates.

Conference Location

This year's conference of Spatial Knowledge Information and Canada will be held at the Banff Park Lodge / Bow View Lodge / Homestead Inn. See the Location tab for more details.


Extended Abstracts

Extended abstracts should conform to the Abstract Template and can be up to 2000 words in length. In cases where abstract content does not fit conveniently into the template sections authors can add or remove section headings. Abstract template can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Faculty Research Synopsis

Faculty are welcome to submit Extended Abstracts and be allocated the same 10 minute presentation slot as other presenters, these abstracts should focus on a specific research project or topic. ALTERNATELY, faculty can email Scott and request to give a 2 minute research synopsis/elevator pitch covering the general range of research they conduct. Additionally, faculty can submit a 300 word summary of their research program which will be posted on the SKI-Canada website, but will not be part of the peer-reviewed proceedings.

Short Abstract Option

For students who have been registered in their programs for less than six months (as of the deadline of abstract submission) we invite submission of a short abstract (200-300 words). Short abstracts will not be included in proceedings.

Short abstracts should include the research context, goal, methods, anticipated results, and expected impacts. Short abstract submissions must be accompanied by an email or letter from the student’s supervisor indicating they have reviewed and approved the submission and confirmation that the student has been in their program of study for less than six months.

Short abstracts are intended to enable new students to participate in the conference. If new students have sufficient results, a comprehensive literature review or a well-developed methodology, we encourage them to submit full abstracts to the regular stream and gain from the experience and benefits of the review process. Students should also know that the proceedings consitutes a publication, which may be useful for a student's cv.

Conference Structure

The conference will be structured as a series of sessions, hosted by a moderator and staffed with approximately seven interested participants. Conference sessions will be designed around a rapid-communication format successfully used in medicine, neuroscience, and other disciplines. Each presentation will be 10 minutes with a short shared opportunity for public questions. Additionally each evening of the conference will also include a reception offering ample time for interaction and discussion. In addition to the research presentations we will have a keynote address during the dinner hour of the first evening. 


Who Should Attend

All professors and students who identify as GIScientists, Geomatics Researchers or GIS Applications users from across Canada. We are particularly interested in students attending the conference.


Executive Committee

Scott Bell, University of Saskatchewan

Renee Sieber, Mc Gill University

Steve Liang, University of Calgary

Tarmo Remmel, York University

Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi, Université Laval

Program Committee

Tarmo Remmel, York University (chair)

(last year's PC)

DσngMeì Chen, Queen's University
Peter Deadman, University of Waterloo
Rodolphe Devillers, Memorial University
Suzana Dragicevic, Simon Fraser University
Rob Feick, University of Waterloo
Michael Govorov, Vancouver Island University
Geoff Hay, University of Calgary
Nick Hedley, Simon Fraser University
Janet Mersey, University of Guelph
Peter Johnson, University of Waterloo
Brian Klinkenberg, University of British Columbia
Scott Mitchell, Carleton University
Micha Pazner, Western University
Daniel Rainham, Dalhousie University
Claus Rinner, Ryerson University
Colin Robertson, Wilfred Laurier University
Mike Sawada, University of Ottawa
Raja Sengupta, McGìll University
Emmanuel Stefanakis, University of New Brunswick
Christopher Storie, University of Winnipeg
Eric Vas, Ryerson University
Roger Wheate, University of Northern British Columbia


Local Arrangements

Steve Liang


Website, Proceedings

Renee Sieber