Chickasaw Nation’s GeoSpatial Information wins international award

The Ardmoreite

Posted Sep 06, 2012 @ 05:00 PM

Ada, OK – The idea to combine the old world style of map design – complete with hand-drawn images that tell a story to data included on the map itself – led the Chickasaw Nation’s GeoSpatial Information Department to a win at what was described as the Olympics of geography and cartography.

John Ellis, director of GeoSpatial Information, said the award was presented this summer at the Environmental Systems Research Institute international conference. With more than 15,000 in attendance representing 130 countries, the Chickasaw Nation’s map entitled “The Historic Map of the Unconquered and Unconquerable Chickasaw People” was named the “People’s Choice” winner.

“That award represented every map in every category for the people who attended to vote on,” Ellis said. “It really was like our Olympics for the geography and cartography world. These are the top geographers and cartographers in the country, so it was an honor.”

Ellis said the map received such positive response from those who attended the conference that he spent most of his free time answering questions, passing out brochures of the map and visiting with other map professionals.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said that the award is representative of the work the “incredibly talented” staff in the GSI Department do on a consistent basis.

“Members of our Geospatial team go above and beyond making incredible maps to perform excellent work on a wide variety of projects…

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see the maps here, at the Chickasaw Nation’s website

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