Stephen Appel

Geospatial Information Specialist
American Geographical Society Library


  • Master of Science in Geography, UW-Milwaukee
  • GIS Certificate, UW-Milwaukee
  • Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Environmental Science, UW-Milwaukee

Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • Geography and GIS
  • Geospatial Information Access
  • Geographic Information Literacy
  • Critical GIS/Critical Geography
  • Geospatial Metadata
  • GIS Programming

Selected Publications

  • Appel, Stephen R. "Review of New Lines: Critical GIS and the Trouble of the Map." Cartographic Perspectives 91 (2018).
  • Appel, Stephen, and Marcy Bidney. "Geodex 2.0: saving a legacy map series cartobibliography." e-Perimetron 11.4 (2016)
  • Ghose, Rina, and Stephen Appel. "Facilitating PPGIS through University Libraries." The Cartographic Journal 53.4 (2016)
  • Appel, Stephen. "Public Geospatial Data in Wisconsin: Information Access, Data Sharing, and the University." Thesis. (2015)

Selected Presentations

  • Collaborative Indexing of Paper Map Sets: Geodex 2.0, November 2018, NACIS Annual Meeting, Norfolk, VA
  • Census Data and Tools for GIS (Workshop) November, 2018 GIS Day at UW-Milwaukee 2018 (Also 2017, 2016, 2015)
  • Working on it: High Performance Computing and GIS (Workshop) February 2018 With D. Siercks, W. Xu, UW-Milwaukee Libraries Digital Humanities Lab
  • Visualizing United States Census Data (Workshop) April 2017, UW-Milwaukee Libraries Digital Humanities Lab
  • Introduction to Milwaukee Data (Workshop) September, 2016, with K. Briney, L. Kopecky, A. Nye, N. Humpal UW-Milwaukee Libraries Digital Humanities Lab
  • Information Justice and Geospatial Data in Wisconsin April 2015, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL (Also presented at UW-Milwaukee Department of Geography Colloquium)


  • UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab Team
  • UWM Libraries - Library Staff Association (Officer)
  • UWM GIS Day Planning Committee
  • UWM Libraries Digital Preservation Community of Practice
  • UWM Libraries Digital Infrastructure Strategic Planning Group
  • UWM Libraries Platform Review Taskforce

Professional Memberships

  • North American Cartographic Information Society (Since 2017)
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (2014-2017)
  • Association of American Geographers (Since 2013)
  • American Geographical Society (2014-2015)
  • Wisconsin Land Information Association (2015)