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Competition Rules

  1. Competition participants must be enrolled full-time at a community college or a university. The web map work and map design must be the original work of the entrant.

  2. Participants can use any commercial or open-source toolkit to develop usable solutions that can be accessed via web browsers and link at least two different online data resources. Each submission should create a three-minute short video to demonstrate the key functionality of the mashup. CISG will convert and upload the video to Youtube for public voting. Recommended application areas include, but not limited to: crime, public health issues, transportation, climate, urban planning, and disasters of all kinds. In this age of Big Data, we particularly encourage submissions that emphasize geospatial semantics, make use of distributed and Linked Data, and employ shared vocabularies and ontologies to facilitate an intelligent GeoWeb.

  3. All entries must be submitted the following materials:

    1. A completed registration form (downloadable from, including the description of the dynamic web map, the motivation, design principles, technology specification, and the URL to the actual web map link.
    2. After the registration, students will receive further instruction about how to upload a THREE minute video to demonstrate their online web mashup maps. Students can use the free "JING" software ( to capture the dynamic web maps with voices. The video will be uploaded (FTP) to a server. The CISG staff will convert the uploaded video to Youtube for judging and public voting. Acceptable video file formats: mpeg, wmv, or avi. (maximum video size: 500 MB). This video will be one of the major judging and public voting components.
    3. One screen shot of the web map user interface (1024 x 768 pixels).

  4. Each entry can be submitted by one student or one student groups (no more than FIVE people in each group). One group or one student can only submit one entry. Each map should be designed and created by the student or the group only.

  5. Each student or group needs to provide one teacher's contact information (name, email address, school name, phone number, etc.) in the registration form.

  6. Students who participated in previous years' competition can attend again, but entries must be different from earlier submissions.

  7. There are three rounds of judging. The first round will be handled by the CISC board members as the judge panels, who will select the TOP FIVE entries. Judges will consider a variety of criteria, including but not limited to topics, techniques, and design. Students submitting one of the TOP FIVE entries may be asked to supply documentation proving their full-time student status. The second round will consist of public voting with the TOP FIVE entries being posted on the competition website for two weeks of public voting. Entries will be ranked according to the number of votes received by the end of the voting period. The highest voted entry will receive the MOST POPULAR Mashup Award ($200).

  8. The TOP FIVE entries will be invited to give an oral presentation at the AAG meeting. The top five finalists should register and attend the 2014 AAG meeting at their own expense and must give an oral presentation in the Mashup Mapping Competition Panel Session during the AAG meeting. Additional travel support may be available and will be announced through our competition websites. If the submission is a group project, only ONE person in the group can give the oral presentation. The CISG board members will select the FIRST PRIZE ($500) among the TOP FIVE entries.