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Finding Spatial Data for Mapping (GIS)

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BC Libraries Contest

Includes spatial data sources and mapping tools and support persons. Boston College supports several Geographic Information Systems software packages on campus.

Contest Flyer 2017

       Contest deadline April 6th, 2017

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will be judged on:

  • Quality of the map
  • Appropriate use of GIS as a research tool at Boston College within the last year.
  • Originality
  • Topics from a wide range of disciplines are accepted (such as Geosciences, Biology, Social
  • Sciences, Education, History, Economics, etc). Topics depicting social implications of research
  • such as environmental, social justice, public health, etc. will receive special consideration
  • Coursework or research undertaken at BC

Contest guidelines

To enter the contest, please submit a PowerPoint slide, following the instructions below:

Making a poster in PowerPoint

  • Create a new PowerPoint presentation and select a blank slide as the slide format.
  • Go to the Design menu and choose Page Setup. Under Slides Sized For: choose Custom.
  • Type 36 inches for width and 28 inches for height.

On the poster slide include

  • Title of your research project and your name
  • Department and co-authors if appropriate
  • Map or maps of your research using GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Abstract describing your research and how GIS was used with results, discussion, and conclusions
  • Source of data and how it was used in the project
  • In the upper right corner: BC GIS Contest, 2016
  • Include a one-inch margin around the edges to ensure text is not too close to edge.

Additional notes