Nancy Obermeyer

Visiting Lecturer

(812) 855-7980
Room Number:
SPEA 458

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Chicago, 1987 M.A., Geography, University of Cincinnati, 1984
  • M.P.A., Urban Affairs, Indiana University, 1979
  • A.B., Political Science and Environmental Studies, Indiana University, 1977


  • Vector-Based Geographic Information Systems


Nancy Obermeyer is a visiting lecturer with deep ties to Indiana University and SPEA. She earned her bachelor's in political science with a SPEA certificate in environmental studies, as well as her MPA in urban affairs here. Obermeyer is currently on leave from Indiana State University, where she is an associate professor of geography.

Obermeyer's research emphasizes the institutional and societal aspects of implementing geographic information systems (GIS). She has been a leader in the development of certification for GIS professionals, which resulted in the establishment of the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). She is lead author of "Managing Geographic Information Systems" (Guilford 1994, 2004).

Obermeyer has also held professional assignments with the State of Illinois in the areas of planning (analyst), transportation (strategic planning and project manager), and energy (helping to draft Illinois' first state energy plan). She recently served on the board of directors of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and currently serves on URISA's GIS Management Institute (GMI) committee and the GISCI exam development committee. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of Bloomington Transit for nearly 10 years.


  • Associate Professor in Geography, Indiana State University
  • Research Associate, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), University of Maine
  • Project Manager, Illinois Department of Transportation, Public Transit Division (Chicago)

Selected Works

  • Managing Geographic Information Systems, Second edition (with J.K. Pinto) (First ed., 1994) New York: The Guilford Press (2008) (Also published in South Asia by Rawat Publications under contract with Guilford and is available in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar)
  • “Community Mapping” and “Public Access to Cartographic Information,” History of Cartography, Volume Six. (M. Monmonier, Ed.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. (2014)
  • “Tracking Public Participation: Democracy and Data Privacy,” Carlos Nunes Silva (ed.), Citizen e-Participation in Urban Governance. Hershey, PA: IGI Global (2013)
  • “Virtue Ethics for GIS Professionals,” Gerhard Navratil (ed.) Research Trends in Geographic Information Science. Berlin: Springer Verlag, pp. 27-38 (2009)
  • “Moving Violations: Data Privacy in Transit,” Geographical Review special content issue, 97(3): 351-364 (2007)
  • “Measuring the Benefits and Costs of GIS,” (pp. 255-264) Geographical, Information Systems, Vol. 2, Management Issues and Applications, Abridged (M. F. Goodchild, P. A. Longley, D. J. Maguire, and D. W. Rhind (Eds.), New York: John Wiley & Sons: 255-264 (2005)
  • “Certifying GIS Professionals: Challenges and Alternatives,” Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association 5(1):67-76; and in the Proceedings of the 1992 URISA National Conference (both 1992). (This paper won the Horwood Critique Prize, at the 1992 URISA Conference.)
  • Bureaucrats, Clients and Geography: The Bailly Nuclear Power Plant Battle in Northern Indiana. University of Chicago Department of Geography Research Papers, #216. (1990)