Doug Richardson

Doug Richardson is a distinguished researcher at Harvard University and executive director emeritus of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), a scholarly association of 12,000 members dedicated to the advancement of geographic research, scholarship, and education. Prior to joining the AAG, Richardson founded and was the president of GeoResearch, Inc., a private research firm specializing in the environmental and geographical sciences. His current research interests range from GIScience and health to geography and the humanities.

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Creating and Sustaining the GIS and Geography Community

In Doug Richardson’s last column, he reflects on what has helped build, guide, and sustain a thriving GIS and geography community.

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Geography, GIS, and Gerrymandering

GIS is an indispensable tool for redistricting. At this critical moment for gerrymandering, GIS specialists must get engaged in the process.

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Dealing with Geoprivacy and Confidential Geospatial Data

While geospatial data is key to science, governments, and businesses, it is difficult data to share securely. But a solution is coming.

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Find a Job, Then Build a Career

Over the next decade, geography and GIS will gain even more prominence. Here’s how to prepare yourself for careers in these fields.

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Rebuilding US Infrastructure Requires GIS and Geospatial Data

A new study by the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) warns that the United States’ rapidly aging infrastructure is already...

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A New International Encyclopedia for Geography

The global GIS community is getting an unprecedented new resource: The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment...

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Five Tech Trends Driving New Geospatial Development

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Discovering GIS as a Career Choice

Crossing Borders

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New GIS Coding Initiative Engages Girls, Women

AAG’s new initiative, Coding for Girls in GIS and Geography, taps the talents of girls and women to infuse GIS and GIScience with new ideas, pers

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Don’t Know Much About Geography

A report from the US Governmental Accountability Office confirms that a large number of K-12 students in the United States are not proficient...

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GeoMentor Program Exceeds 1,000 Volunteers

Everyone with some GIS experience has something to offer K–12 classrooms, so consider joining the GeoMentor community.

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Geography Helps Every Student Succeed

The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes several programs that advance K-12 geography.

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Advanced Placement for GIS&T

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is leading an effort to develop and implement a new Advanced Placement (AP) course for students...

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Give Back—Become a GeoMentor

Esri and the Association of American Geographers work together to develop a GeoMentoring network to support the ConnectED Initiative.

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Making a Difference for Students in Our Communities

The Association of American Geographers is working with Esri to develop the national GeoMentors program to support schools and teachers as they u

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Help Put Geography and GIS in Our Schools

Crossing Borders

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Teaching History with GIS

Esri's gift of free GIS software for all K–12 schools in the United States opens up new horizons for teaching not only geography but also...

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New Online Geography and GIS Resources

Doug Richardson of the American Association of Geographers discusses the AAG's efforts to make its publications and GIS and GIScience resourc

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Stunning New African Ecosystem Maps

"Crossing Borders" A column by Doug Richardson, Executive Director, Association of American Geographers

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Getting a Job in Geography and GIS

"Crossing Borders"

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GIS and Public Policy

"Crossing Borders" A column by Doug Richardson, Executive Director, Association of American Geographers

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Good News for the GIS User Community

Congress passed the Geospatial Data Act of 2019 into law in October 2018, and it will have far-reaching effects on the GIS user community.

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Racism, Social Justice, and GIS

A column by Doug Richardson, Executive Director, Association of American Geographers

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Supporting the Esri-ConnectED Initiative

Crossing Borders

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Planning an NSDI for the Future

"Crossing Borders"

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MOOCs, GIS, and Online Education: Quo Vadis?

A column by Doug Richardson, Executive Director, Association of American Geographers

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The New Imperative: Spatializing Health Research and Practice

It is vital that we advance and implement new spatial health research, methods, and infrastructure to address growing health challenges.

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Federal Geographic Data as a Strategic Resource

The FGDC has transformed thousands of disparate geographic databases into a dynamic, coherent, and strategic resource for better governance.

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