Nicole Kong

University Title:
Associate Dean for Research
Wilmeth Active Learning Center
Personal Website:

Professional Information

Faculty Rank:
Liaison Areas:
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Courses Taught:
ANTH 592: GIS for Humanities and Social Science Research
ILS 695: Data Sharing and Publication
HONR 199: Evolution of Ideas - Locations
FNR 598: Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis
Research Areas:
Geographic Information Systems, Geospatial data discovery, integration, visualization, and management.
Ph.D., Penn State University, 2006
M.S., Peking University, 2001
B.S., Peking University, 1999
Professional Experience:
Associate Professor (by courtesy), Honors College, 2019 -
Associate & Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, 2016 -
Assistant Professor, Purdue University Libraries, Purdue University, 2012 -2018
Honors and Awards:
John H. Moriarty Award for Excellence in Library Service, 2020. Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies.
Libraries Excellence in Research Award, 2018. Purdue University Libraries.
Top 20 Articles in Library Instruction, 2018. The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT), American Library Association.
Purdue Seed for Success Award, 2018. Purdue University.

Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016. Purdue University Libraries.

Memberships and Service:

Director, IndianaView Consortium. 2019 -
Chair, GeoTech Committee, MAGIRT (Map & Geospatial Information Round Table) at American Library Association. 2015-2019
Member, Strategic Leadership Group, Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Geoportal project.
Editorial Board, Journal of Map and Geography Libraries.
Board of Director, Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC), 2016-2019
Convener, ACRL/DSS, Numeric and Geospatial Data Services DG, 2017-2019
Organizer, Purdue GIS Day Conference:, 2014 - present
Member, GeoHumanities, 2014-present
Member, OpenGeoportal workgroup, 2013-present


Sapp Nelson, M., Kong, N. (Accepted). Capturing Their “First” Dataset: A Graduate Course to Walk PhD Students through the Curation of Their Dissertation Data. IASSIST Quarterly.
Lindsay, I., Kong, N. (Accepted). Using Collector for ArcGIS Mobile App for Settlement Survey Data Collection in Armenia. Advances in Archaeological Practice .
Johnson, C.S., Sdunzik, J., Bynum, C., Kong, N., Qin, X. (2019). Learning About Culture Together: Enhancing Educators Cultural Competence Through Collaborative Teacher Study Groups. Professional Development in Education, Published online. DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2019.1696873
Kong, N. (2018). One store has all? – The backend story of managing geospatial information toward an easy discovery. IASSIST Quarterly, 42 (4), 1-14. doi:
Li, Y., Kong, N., Pejsa, S. (2017). Designing the Cyberinfrastructure for Spatial Data Curation, Visualization, and Sharing. IASSIST Quarterly, 41 (1-4), 1-15. doi:
Kong, N., Bynum, N., Johnson, C., Sdunzik, J., Qin, X. (2017). “Spatial Information Literacy for Digital Humanities: The case study of leveraging geospatial information for African American history education.” College & Undergraduate Libraries. Web link:
Powell, S., Kong, N. (2017). “Beyond the One-Shot: Intensive Workshops as a Platform for Engaging the Library in Digital Humanities.” College & Undergraduate Libraries.  Web link:
Kong, N., Fosmire, M., Branch, B.D. (2017). Developing library GIS services for humanities and social science: an action research approach. College & Research Libraries, 78(4): 413-427. Web link:
Dossin, C., Kong, N., Joyeux-Prunel, B.(2017) Applying VGI to collaborative research in the humanities: the case of ARTL@ S. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 44(6): 521-538.  Web link:
Nunez‐Mir, G. C., Iannone, B. V., Pijanowski, B. C., Kong, N., & Fei, S. (2016). Automated content analysis: addressing the big literature challenge in ecology and evolution. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 7(11):1262-1272. Web link:
Kong, N., Li, Q., Sangwan, N., Matei, S., Kulzick, R., Ariyur, K. (2016). An interdisciplinary approach for water sustainability study. Papers in Applied Geography, 2(2): 189-200. Web link:
Kong, N. (2015). Exploring the best management practices for geospatial data in academic libraries. Journal of Map and Geography Libraries, 11(2): 207-225. Web link:
Kong, N., Zhang, T., Stonebraker, I. (2015). Evaluation of web GIS functionality in academic libraries. Applied Geography, 60: 288-293. Web link:
Kong, N., Zhang, T., Stonebraker, I. (2014). Common metrics for web-based mapping applications in academic libraries. Online Information Review, 38(7): 918-935. Web link:
Liang, L., Clark, J. T., Kong, N., Rieske, L. K., & Fei, S. (2014). Spatial analysis facilitates invasive species risk assessment. Forest Ecology and Management, 315: 22-29.
Fei, S., N. Kong, K.C. Steiner, W.K Moser, E.B. Steiner. (2011). Change in oak abundance in the eastern United States from 1980 to 2008. Forest Ecology and Management, 262(8): 1370-1377.
Kong, N., S. Fei., L. Rieske-Kinney, and J. Obrycki. (2008). Mapping hemlock forests in Harlan County, Kentucky. In proceedings of the 6th Southern Forestry and Natural Resources GIS Conference (2008). 107-117.
Myers, W., N. Kong, and G.P. Patil. (2005). Topological approaches to terrain in ecological landscape mapping. Community ecology, 6(2):191-201.