Story Mapping and Tribal GIS Workshops

07-14-2018 10:43 PM
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I taught a story mapping workshop and a growth in tribal GIS colleges workshop at the Society for Conservation GIS conference, and have attached the slides and activities for these workshops to this essay.  The story mapping workshop covered why to use story maps, how to use story maps, and how to create map tour, swipe, series, map journal, and other types of story maps.  The tribal GIS workshop covered the application of GIS to teaching and learning in Tribal Colleges, the recent 2nd edition of the Tribal GIS book published by Esri Press, and other related topics. 

I created these materials for the annual conference of the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS).  SCGIS is a non-profit organization that assists conservationists worldwide in using GIS through communication, networking, scholarships, and training, and it was a pleasure working with the participants.   The themes, tools, and approaches in these materials will be useful to other communities, and I hope you find them useful, too!

Site of the SCGIS conference - Pacific Grove, California.

Site of the SCGIS conference - Pacific Grove, California, and its unique coastal ecosystem. 


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This is great stuff, Joseph

Thanks for sharing.

Sorry to have missed you in SD.

It seems that the amount of new possibilities to try to figure out

increases each year.

Hope to catch up with you soon.


Fred Miller, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Marketing

Murray State University

49 157 5378 0966

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Thank you sir!  I thought of you at those 2 colleges in KY this past June... sorry I missed you there as well.  Keep up the good work you are doing!

--Joseph Kerski 

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Have you worked with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians at all?  I think I have a contact in the schools there.


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Hello Dr Foster!  Not specifically but happy to listen / offer help in any way that I could!  Thanks.... Joseph

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I believe that spatial thinking can transform education and society through the application of Geographic Information Systems for instruction, research, administration, and policy. I hold 3 degrees in Geography, have served at NOAA, the US Census Bureau, and USGS as a cartographer and geographer, and teach a variety of F2F (Face to Face) (including T3G) and online courses. I have authored a variety of books and textbooks about the environment, STEM, GIS, and education. These include "Interpreting Our World", "Essentials of the Environment", "Tribal GIS", "The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data", "International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS In Secondary Education", "Spatial Mathematics" and others. I write for 2 blogs, 2 monthly podcasts, and a variety of journals, and have created over 5,000 videos on the Our Earth YouTube channel. Yet, as time passes, the more I realize my own limitations and that this is a lifelong learning endeavor and thus I actively seek mentors and collaborators.