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Selected Academic Articles

Du, J., Wang, S., Ye, X., Sinton, D. S., and Kemp, K. (2021). GIS-KG: building a large-scale hierarchical knowledge graph for geographic information science. International Journal of Geographic Information Science. DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2021.2005795.

Blanford, J., Bowlick, F., Gidudu, A., Gould, M., Griffin, A., Kar, B., Kemp, K., de Roiste, M., de Sabbata, S., Sinton, D., Strobl, J., Tate, N., Toppen, F., and Unwin, D. (2021).  Lockdown lessons: an international conversation on resilient GI Science teaching. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 46(1). DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2021.1986687.

Wikle, T. and Sinton, D. S. (2021).  Where Have the Cartographers Gone? The Status of Cartography Instruction within U.S. Geography Departments and Programs.  Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 48:2, 140-150, DOI: 10.1080/15230406.2020.1852971

Wikle, T. and Sinton, D. S. (2020). The Administration of Academic GIS Certificates: A Survey of Program Coordinators. Transactions in GIS. In press. DOI: 10.1111/tgis.12677.

Sinton, D. S. and Kerski, J. J. (2020). GIS&T Education and Training. The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (1st Quarter 2020 Edition), John P. Wilson (ed.). DOI: 10.22224/gistbok/2020.1.4

Dony, C.C., Nara, A., Amatulli, G., Delmelle, E.M., Tateosian, L., Rey, S., and Sinton, D.S. (2019) Computational Thinking in U.S. College Geography: An Initial Education Research Agenda. Research in Geographic Education, 21(2): 39-54.

Sinton, D. S. (2019). Observations on the Gaps and Opportunities for Geocomputation. In Proceedings of GeoEd’19:1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Geo-computational Thinking in Education Proceedings. ACM, Chicago, IL, USA, 4 pages. DOI: 10.1145/3356393.3365370.

Sinton, D. S. (2016). Spatial Thinking and GIS. In H. Burte, T. Kauppinen, & M. Hegarty (Eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on Teaching Spatial Thinking from Interdisciplinary Perspectives (TSTIP 2015) at COSIT 2015 in Santa Fe, NM. CEUR-WS.org, online: ceur-ws.org/Vol-1557/: 29-35.

Baker, T. R., Battersby, S., Bednarz, S. W., Bodzin, A. M., Kolvoord, B., Moore, S., Sinton, D. S., and Uttal, D. (2015). A Research Agenda for Geospatial Technologies and Learning. Journal of Geography, 114(3):118-130.  DOI: 10.1080/00221341.2014.950684.

King, A. M., Larsen, L. I. and Sinton, D. S. (2012). The Spatially Interactive Literature System Study Tool: A GIS Classroom Tool for Interpreting History. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 3(3): 70-85.

Howarth, J. T. and Sinton, D. S. (2011). Sequencing spatial concepts in problem based GIS instruction. International Conference: Spatial Thinking and Geographic Information Science.  Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences 21:253-259.

Sinton, D. S. (2009). Roles for GIS within Higher Education.  Journal of Geography in Higher Education Vol. 33(1):S7-S16.

Sinton, D. S. and Huber, W. (2007). Mapping polka and its ethnic heritage in the United States. Journal of Geography Vol. 106: 41-47.

Sinton, D. S. and Jones, J.A. (2002). Extreme winds and windthrow in the western Columbia River Gorge. Northwest Science Vol.76(2): 173-182.

Sinton, D. S., Jones, J. A., Swanson, F. J., and Ohmann, J. (2000). Forest composition, structure, and disturbance by wind in the Bull Run basin, Oregon. Ecology Vol. 81(9): 2539-2556.


Sinton, D. S., Kolvoord, B., Gersmehl, P., Bednarz, S. and Uttal, D. (2013). The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking. Washington, DC: National Council for Geographic Education. 

Sinton, D. S. and Lund, J. J. (Eds.) (2006). Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping across the Curriculum. Redlands, CA: ESRI Press.

Book Chapters or Sections

Sinton, D. S. (2020). Mapping. Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities. Eds. Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers. Modern Language Association. https://digitalpedagogy.hcommons.org/

Sinton, D. S. (2017). Critical Spatial Thinking, in Richardson, D., Castree, D. N., Goodchild, M., Liu W., Kobayashi, A., & R. Marston, R. (Eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley/AAG. DOI: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0706.

Sinton, D. S. (2014). Spatial Learning in Higher Education, p. 219-238 in Montello, D. R., Grossner, K., & Janelle, D. G. (Eds.), Space in mind: Concepts for spatial learning and education. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 

Sinton, D. S. (2011). Spatial Thinking, p. 733-744 in Stoltman, J. (ed.), 21st Century Geography: A Reference Handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Sinton, D. S. and Schultz, R. (2008). GIS and Mapping Applications for Reasoning and Critical Thinking about the Environment and Society, p. 69-80 in Solem, M. N. and K. E. Foote (eds.), Teaching College Geography: A Practical Guide for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Lund, J. J. and Sinton, D. S. (2006). Critical and creative visual thinking, p. 1-18 in Sinton, D. and J. Lund (eds.), Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping Across the Curriculum. Redlands, CA: ESRI Press.

Sinton, D. S. and Bednarz, S. W. (2006). About that G in GIS, p. 19-34 in Sinton, D. and J. Lund (eds.), Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping across the Curriculum. Redlands, CA: ESRI Press.


Mennis, J., Kemp, K., Sinton, D., Read, J., and Shaw, S-L. (2021).  UCGIS at 25.  Transactions in GIS. 10.1111/tgis.12856.

Giordano, A., Shaw, S.L., and Sinton, D. (2020).  Guest Editors’ Introduction: The Geospatial Humanities: Transdisciplinary Opportunities. International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing. 14(1-2): 1-5. DOI: 10.3366/ijhac.2020.0241.

Sinton, D., Freundschuh, S., and Chrisman, N. (2019). Introduction to special issue on frontiers of geospatial data science from the joint UCGIS symposium / Autocarto 2018 conference. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 46(1): 1. DOI: 10.1080/15230406.2019.1524665.

Editorial Production    

Steinitz, C. (2012). A Framework for Geodesign: Changing Geography by Design. Redlands, CA: Esri Press.

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