The University of Georgia will host its first GIS Day at UGA to showcase how students and faculty use geographic information system (GIS) technology to visualize, analyze and interpret data in teaching, research and outreach Nov. 16 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Main Library
The event will feature a drone demonstration, lightening talks on real-world GIS applications, UGA Map and Government Information Library tours, information on internship opportunities, and booths highlighting projects from diverse departments and organizations around campus. Light snacks and interactive activities will also be provided.
GIS refers to software that captures, analyzes, displays and shares spatial or geographical data. Through maps, spatial modeling, and other applications, GIS provides critical information for public health, government planning, neighborhood real estate, national defense, business, transportation and many more fields.
This November, UGA will join hundreds of organizations from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia in hosting GIS gatherings to ignite the imagination of future geospatial innovators interested in issues including dealing with health crises like Ebola in West Africa, adapting to climate change, and making cities run more efficiently.
GIS Day at UGA is sponsored by several campus organizations: Department of Geography, Community Mapping Lab, Center for Geospatial Research, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, Integrative Conservation PhD Program, Center for Integrative Conservation Research and the Map and Government Information Library. It will additionally feature speakers from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, College of Environment and Design, Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s Information Technology Outreach Services (ITOS) and NASA DEVELOP.
GIS Day at UGA is free and open to the public. Students, faculty and staff who are interested in learning more about GIS and resources at UGA for spatial analysis are especially encouraged to attend. For more information about the event, visitwww.facebook.com/GISdayUGA or contact Dorris Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org..