Academic journal article Cartography and Geographic Information Science

CaGIS Award of Distinction

Academic journal article Cartography and Geographic Information Science

CaGIS Award of Distinction

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The Award Committee of CaGIS is pleased to announce that it has selected Dr. Jerome E. Dobson, Professor of Geography at the University of Kansas, to receive the 2008 CaGIS Award of Distinction.

Dr. Dobson is well known for his tenure at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1975--2001), where he established himself as an advocate for maintaining a tight bond between GIS and geography. His column, "The G in GIS", published from 1991--2004 in GIS World/GeoWorld was widely read throughout the broader communities of mapping sciences, both academic and professional. His accomplishments demonstrate a breadth of research contributions including developing a system for mapping minefields (cartographic representation and fieldwork), acknowledging and defining the risks of GIS by coining the term "geoslavery," building and publicizing the LandScan Global Population Project dataset, and contributing to knowledge building in physical geography by employing GIS and automated cartography methods. He has also taken a leadership role in several noteworthy service activities, helping found the Association of American Geographers GIS Specialty Group and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, subsequently holding leadership roles in both organizations. …

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