The International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling (SDH) is the premier long-running forum in geographical information science, providing a prestigious outlet to geographers, cartographers, computer scientists and others in this rapidly developing multidisciplinary area. This conference has been organized as one of the main activities of the International Geographical Union since it was first started in Zurich in 1984.

Upcoming IGU Regional Conference:

Geography, Culture and Society for Our Future Earth, Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU), Moscow, Russia from 17-21 August, 2015

SDH 2016 Beijing

Aug.18-20, 2016  Beijing

Important dates

Abstract and session proposal due: Feb.1, 2016

Abstract and Session proposal acceptance notice: Mar. 16, 2016

Full paper due: April 30, 2016

Full paper acceptance notice: July 1, 2016

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Previous Conferences/Meetings

16th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling (SDH 2014)

Held jointly with ISPRS as the Joint International Conference on Geospatial Theory, Processing, Modelling and Applications

6-8 October 2012, Toronto, Canada

IGU Regional Conference: Tradition Wisdom and Modern Knowledge for the Earth's Future Regional Conference of the International Geographical Union, August 4-9 2013, Kyoto International Conference Centre The IGU Kyoto Regional Conference 2013 is hosted by Japan National Committee for IGU on behalf of the entire geographic community in Japan and in cooperation with Japan Organization of Geographical Societies (JOGS) and IGU.

15th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling (SDH 2012) 
22-24 August 2012 in Bonn, Germany. 
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IGU Regional Conference 2010 was held Tel Aviv, Israel, July 12-16, 2010.

The 14th International Symposium for Spatial Data Handling - Theory, 
modeling and concepts in Geospatial Information Science was held 26-28th May 2010 in Hong Kong.
Scientific sessions and business meeting held at the 31st International Congress of Geographers, Tunis, 12-17th August 2008.

13th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling 2008
23-25th June, SupAgro Campus, University of Montepelier, France.
Held in conjunction with SAGEO (Spatial Analysis and GEOmatics).

12th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling 2006
12-14th July, University of Vienna, Austria.
Scholarship winners 2006
Scientific Committee 2006

 International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling 
July 12th - 14th 2006, University of Vienna, in conjunction with Geoinformation Connecting Societies - GICON 2006 
included the activities of:
ICA: Workshop Geospatial Analysis and Modelling and
ISPRS: Technical Commission II Symposium
Kainz, Riedl and Elmes (Eds) 2006, Symposium Proceedings: Progress in Spatial Data Handling, 12th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling, Springer. 

IGU 2006 Brisbane Conference
 Regional Responses to Global Changes a View from the Antipodes, 3-7 July 2006 Brisbane Australia.
Specialist paper sessions and joint sessions were held with the Commission Land Use and Land Cover Change CO4.24.
International Congress of Geographers, Glasgow, Scotland 15-19 August 2004. This meeting featured two complete days of scientific sessions organized by the Commission, for a total of 12 sessions, followed by the business meeting. Forty eight papers were presented and approximately 30 attended each session for a total of 360.

Spatial Data Handling Symposium (SDH2004)
22-24 August 2004, University of Leicester, UK
Fisher, Peter F. (Ed.) 2005, The 2004 Proceedings: Developments in Spatial Data Handling, 11th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling, ISBN: 3-540-22610-9 may be found at:, or Springer. 

Spatial Data Handling Symposium
9-12 July 2002, Ottawa Congress Centre, Ottawa, Canada

Spatial Data Handling Symposium (SDH'2000)
10-12 August 2000, Beijing, China