About SKI

Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada brings together researchers of GIS and the geoweb who live and work in Canada.


Our 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.

 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 Geospatial Web 2.0 (geoweb) (e.g., Google Earth, Virtual Earth, Google 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


Download the submission template here. Then upload your abstract to EasyChair (SKI Canada '17). You will need to create a separate password for EasyChair if you don't have one already.

Conference Dates

The conference will be held from Thursday February 23rd to Saturday, February 25th, 2017. The conference begins with an icebreaker and social on Thursday, with paper presentations commencing Friday February 24th. 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. The abstract template can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.  Each extended abstract will be reviewed by the Program Committee and feedback will be provided to the authors.  Accepted extended abstracts will be published in the SKI conference 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 abstracts to the regular extended abstract stream.  In addition to gaining experience  with the review process, students should  know that the proceedings constitutes a publication, which may be useful for their  CV.

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.

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

Rob Feick, University of Waterloo

Peter Johnson, University of Waterloo

Steve Liang, University of Calgary

Tarmo Remmel, York University

Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi, Université Laval

Program Committee

Tarmo Remmel, York University (chair)

Other esteemed reviewers TBA


Local Arrangements

Steve Liang


Website, Proceedings

Renee Sieber