Spring NEARC. May 21, 2024. Salem State University, Salem, MA.


Attendee Registration is Open!


The Host Committee and NEARC Board invite you to join us in-person for the Spring NEARC Conference at Salem State University campus. Spring NEARC Is an annual, one-day conference packed with user presentations, professional development, and networking opportunities for over 200 GIS users.


Registration is Open!

The Host Committee is happy to announce the opening of registration. Register for the conference now to benefit from the early registration rates.


Early Bird Pricing (after April 22nd, rates increase by $10): 

·     Professional - $65

·     Professional Presenter - $65

·     Student - $35

·     Student Presenter - Free



Scholarship Applications:

NEARC is excited to continue to offer scholarships for both student and professional attendees. Scholarship applications are due April 8th at 11:59 PM, and decisions will be returned before the early registration deadline ends on April 22nd. 


If you’re unsure if you should apply, do it! We want to support members of the NEARC community with scholarships, particularly students, young professionals, and those who do not receive employer assistance! Use the links below to get started with your application:

Student Application

Professional Application


The Call for Abstracts deadline has been extended to March 25!


Consider submitting to present in one of the following formats:

·     Oral Presentation (30 minutes, includes 5-8 minutes of Q&A and presenter transition)

·     Hands-On Workshop (90 minutes)

·     Panel Presentation/Discussion (90 minutes)

·     Digital Visual Presentation (Online posters, story maps, or other interactive multi-media that are exhibited for informal browsing)

·     Poster Presentation (4ft x 4ft maximum size and must include a 5-minute lightning talk)



Keynote Speaker Spotlight: Dr Marcos Luna

GIS as a force for good: Reflections on how geospatial professionals can make the world a better place


Dr. Marcos Luna is a Professor of Geography and Sustainability and Coordinator of the graduate Geo-Information Science program at Salem State University. His research focuses on environmental justice and applications of geospatial analytic techniques to social and environmental inequities. He has published research on the inequity of natural gas leaks, urban noise, transit efficiency and equity, energy, air pollution, and environmental policy. He works with community organizations and policy makers on environmental justice, housing and segregation, transportation equity, and climate change adaptation. He is an appointed member of a committee on environmental justice mapping for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is a governor-appointed member of the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Council. He serves on the Board of Directors for GreenRoots, an environmental justice organization serving Chelsea and East Boston in Massachusetts, as well as the Board of Directors for Comunidades Enraizadas Community Land Trust in Chelsea. Finally, he serves on the Education Committee for the Boston Public Library Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center.

Overnight Accommodations

For overnight accommodations, here are two recommendations for some local hotels:

·     Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites, 225 Derby Street, Salem, MA

·     Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA


Additional accommodations are available in Salem and the surrounding towns. 


Thank You to Our Sponsors!


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Upcoming Events!


Women in GIS NE: Advocating for Yourself

Friday, March 22nd 12-1pm

We all face unique challenges when it comes to advocating for ourselves. This session is designed to empower women in GIS to confidently navigate the job market, advocate for their worth, and secure their next opportunity, no matter what that might be!

Please register to attend and share this invite with others!

WiGIS NE Event Registration


Using Data Expressions in ArcGIS Dashboards

Tuesday, March 26th 12-1:30pm

Sometimes you need to manipulate the data in your dashboard, for example adding a new field to hold a calculation or modified string, or collating data that is spread across multiple fields or layers. Data expressions to the rescue! Data expressions are Arcade expressions written to return a FeatureSet which can be used in the dashboard. In this lunchtime session we will go through some examples of how you might use them.


Please register to attend: NEARC Community Event Registration


Do you have a Dashboard project that you’d like to share with the NEARC Community? We want to hear from you!

We are inviting users to submit a 5 minute lightning talk to show off their work during this event.

To submit please complete the NEARC Community Event Interest Form.

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