Nicole Kong

University Title:
Associate Professor
Physical Sciences, Engineering, Technology
Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Professional Information

Faculty Rank:
Associate Professor
Liaison Areas:
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Courses Taught:
FNR 598: Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis
ANTH 592: GIS for Humanities and Social Science Research
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:
Assistant Professor, Purdue University Libraries, Purdue University, 2012 -
Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, 2016 -
Honors and Awards:

Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016. Purdue University Libraries.

Memberships and Service:

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


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. Published online. 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. Published online. 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.