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Save the Dates: Feb 21-24 for Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada 2019. Banff Park Lodge!


Sieber to keynote at SKI Canada

Renee Sieber is pleased to give the keynote at this year's Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada. 

Sieber works at the intersection of social theory and geospatial and other information and communications technologies. She is considered a leader in the field of participatory GIS, where she asks two questions: 1. What is the impact of technologies on public engagement in civic and environmental issues? And 2. Can non-experts meaningfully participate in complex technologies (and, of course, what constitutes ‘meaningful’)?

She’s organized numerous conferences. She created the International PPGIS conference in 2002 and co-created Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada in 2008. In September 2016, Sieber co-organized GIScience 2016, the premier conference on Geographic Information Science research.

Recently Sieber has been given CAG’s Lifetime Achievement Award in GIScience. She’s just been nominated by Mc Gill University for the Social Sciences and Humanities Council (SSHRC) Impact Award. This is in large part because Sieber is the PI of Geothink, a SSHRC partnership grant of 26 researchers and 25 partners, which investigates how the geospatial web, open data, crowdsourcing, and citizen science are shaping government and citizen interactions.

Sieber has given several keynote speeches. Most recently, she gave a keynote at the biennial GIScience 2014. And she’s excited to give the keynote at this year’s SKI Canada on "10 Things You Should Know About Engagement, Volunteerism, and Participation in Geospatial Technologies".

Ice Breaker Tomorrow

Join us for the Ice Breaker, the traditional opening to Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada. It's tomorrow (Thursday) evening beginning at 7pm at the Maple Leaf Grill at 137 Banff Ave. A group will be leaving the conference hotel (Banff Park Lodge) at 6:45. If you're coming in later, join us at the Grill anytime after 7pm.


The Maple Leaf Grill offers a full menu for those attendees who are looking for dinner.


SKI Canada is Upon Us!

We are putting together the final touches on the program and printing up the badges. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for the ice breaker or Friday for Day 1 of the conference. 


See you soon!


Please Reserve Your Room

We've extended the room block till Jan. 16. Please reserve ASAP as this hotel will be completely booked after the 16th.


Deadline Tonight!

Deadline's tonight for submititng your abstract to SKI. Download the submission template here. Then upload your abstract to Easy chair. You will need to create a separate password for Easychair if you don't have one already.


You need to create an account on easychair to submit an abstract. You do NOT need to create a password for this site until you need to pay registration.

Deadline Extended!

The deadline for submitting your abstracts has been extended to NOVEMBER 18! Please take the opportunity to submit to SKI Canada.


Call for Papers for SKI 2017, The sixth Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada conference Feb 23 to Feb 25, 2017 Banff, Alberta

The sixth Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada conference will be held from February 23 to February 25, 2017 in Banff, Alberta. 


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 Easy chair. You will need to create a separate password for Easychair if you don't have one already. Deadline for submissions is NOVEMBER 1st, 2016.

Conference Dates

The conference will be held from Thursday February 23rd to Saturday, February 25th, 2016. 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.


How to participate:

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.



Congratulations on another successful SKI conference and our student award winners

Congratulations on another successful SKI conference! The student awards this year went to:

First place: Blake Walker (SFU): Painting the Town Red: Graffiti and Violent Injury in Vancouver, British Columbia ($1000)

Second place: Lauren Arnold (USask): Sample Analysis of a Population Survey for the ‘Public Attitudes towards Nuclear Issues in Saskatchewan’ Study ($500 + ArcGIS license from ESRI Canada)

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