Workshop on Sustainability and IS:
The Role of Location


Austin, Texas
Sunday, December 12, 2021
8:00am-1:00pm (CST)

Keynote: “Sustainability, Maritime Informatics, and Spatial-Temporal Analytics”

Rick Watson, Ph.D., Regents Professor & J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia

GIS can play a key role in improving sustainability by collecting and managing data and analyzing these data integrated (or overlaid) with other types of data, such as demographic data. For example, GIS can improve supply chain logistics and transportation management by identifying eco-routes and eco-efficient supply chains. GIS can also serve as a common platform that integrates people, processes, things, environments, and data about them and, thereby, generates insights for sustainable development. Spatial data comprise much of the data that organizations collect (so-called big data). Thus, we posit that organizational adoption of sustainability strategies necessitates models that incorporate location data regarding environmental processes and impacts, location information about causes and effects, and knowledge sharing about what works, what does not, why, and where. We also postulate that sustainability requires organizations to build up a common platform to collect, analyze, and share geo-referenced data on the environment.

This workshop will include two parts: The first part will introduce two presentations by the workshop organizers. One presentation is about applying GIS to inform and model renewable energy development, and the other is about the use of GIS for sustainable economic development, for example, eradicating poverty and child labor. It will also include a keynote talk by an academic/industry leader, which highlights the opportunities and challenges for sustainability and how digital innovation associated with GIS can  have a positive impact on sustainability. In the second part of the workshop, contributed papers will be presented on a variety of topics, some related to emerging opportunities and issues with regard to GIS and sustainability and others in the broader realm of GIS applications in organizations and government.

Sponsored by AIS’s Special Interest Group in Geographic Information Systems.

SIGGIS Website:

James Pick, University of Redlands 
Dan Farkas, Pace University
Namchul Shin, Pace University
Brian Hilton, Claremont Graduate University
Avijit Sarkar, University of Redlands


        Daniel Farkas, Pace University, New York, NY, USA

WORKSHOP PROGRAM/AGENDA (in--Person and Virtual)

(NOTE: All times are Central Standard Time)

8:00-8:30am           Pre-Workshop Coffee/Tea
8:30-8:45am           Introduction to Workshop and Acknowledgments – Dan Farkas, Pace University   
8:45-9:25am           GIS and Renewable Energy Development,  Jim Pick, University of Redlands  
9:25-10:00am         GIS and Sustainable Economic Development, Namchul Shin, Pace University    
10:00-10:15am       Coffee/Tea Break
10:15-11:15am       Keynote Speech: Rick Watson, Ph.D.   
                               "Sustainability, Maritime Informatics, and Spatial-Temporal Analytics”          
11:15-11:45pm       Discussion on Research Opportunities and Collaboration
11:45-12:00pm       Coffee/Tea Break
12:00-12:45pm       Contributed Peer-Reviewed Research Papers, Dan Farkas, Pace University          
12:45 pm-1:00 pm  Workshop Summary, Jim Pick, University of Redlands