Wisconsin Geospatial News

Science Hall After Dark – November 11th



The UW-Madison Department of Geography is delighted to invite alumni and special guests to “Science Hall After Dark”—the very first event of its kind! Following the homecoming parade, keep celebrating by joining us in Science Hall, a national historic building at the heart of the UW-Madison campus.

The event will take place from 6-8pm in the Arthur H Robinson Map Library in Science Hall. More details and registration can be found on the Geography website.



We’ll also be organizing an OSM Mapathon in the Geography Library during the morning and afternoon of November 11.  Bring your laptop and come participate in hands-on map editing with students and alumni!

WHAT’S A MAPATHON!?:   Simple, it’s an organized effort to gather a bunch of people around a topic and do some mapping by editing the OpenStreetMap (OSM) online data set. OSM is a crowdsourced editable map of the world who’s data is used by some of the most popular brands in the world.

WHO: Everyone! OSM mapping beginners to seasoned experts are welcome. If you are new to OSM editing, we’ll have some group training to get you started as well as folks around to answer your questions. For the pros, come share your knowledge and meet some likeminded mappers.

WHY: Put your neighborhood on the map, you’ll see your edits in some of the most popular maps and apps out there!

TO BRING: A laptop. A mouse is highly recommended as is makes for easier mapping. Sign up for an OSM account here here. 

WHERE: UW Geography Library – 2nd floor Science Hall, 550 N. Park St. Madison, WI

WHEN: November 11th 9AM-12PM and 1PM-3PM

RSVP: To help us make space for everyone, please RSVP here!



Join us for other events in Science Hall on November 11:

9am – 3pm Map-a-thon | Geography Library

The world’s largest public participation mapping project comes to UW-Madison! OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the whole world that is being built by volunteers largely from scratch and released with an open-content license.

12pm Panel & Pizza | Geography Library

Successful geography alumni, and businesses interested in hiring UW-Madison Geography students will share the importance of a geography degree. Networking lunch, with pizza included.

3:30 – 4:30pm Public talks | 180 Science Hall

Dr. Rob Roth
Cartography in Science Hall: 75 Years of Making Maps that Matter

Dr. Matt Turner
Addressing gaps of knowledge and representation: Participatory mapping in Senegal