Celebrate GIS Day Nov. 16 at the University Libraries

Marketing and Communications | October 17, 2011

Texas A&M University Libraries’ Map and GIS Collections and Services will demonstrate geographic information systems (GIS) technologies being used on campus and in research and development for GIS Day, Nov. 16.

The national GIS Day event was introduced locally to the Texas A&M community in 2007. The daylong schedule of activities includes a keynote address, poster, student poster exhibit and lightning rounds, GIS demos and 3D demos.

The keynote address will be “Using GIS to Fight Racial Inequality,” presented by Ann Moss Joyner, president of Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities, Inc., at 6 p.m., Nov. 15 at Preston M. Geren Auditorium, Langford Architecture Center, Building B.

“Maps are all around us, and GIS technology is what brings them into our lives,” Kathy Weimer, coordinator of Map and GIS Collections and Services, said. “In the form of a GPS unit in our car or on our smartphone, as well as the packages that are shipped to our doorstep, and the maps that we often see in news reports, GIS is more than just making maps.”

GIS technology typically captures, manages, analyzes and presents data linked to location. Examples include crime analysis, census data, natural resources management, transportation planning, business analysis, and hazard recovery, according to Miriam Olivares, GIS coordinator in Map and GIS Collections and Services.

“We are witnessing an increasing amount of work conducted with GIS at Texas A&M,” Olivares said. “Several students have contacted us in the library for help after attending a career fair, because the recruiters asked if they had GIS skills.”

Staff members on the second floor of Evans Library can assist all campus users with finding GIS data for class projects and faculty research needs, according to Weimer.

“The library is committed to supporting the geographic information needs of campus,” she said. “We have expertise, software and resources for GIS users from a variety of departments across campus.”

GIS Day is co-sponsored by the University Libraries, the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, the Sustainable Housing Research Unit,  the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute, the College of Geosciences, and the Immersive Visualization Center,  as well as the City of Bryan Geographic Information Services and the City of College Station GIS Department.   The campus community and the general public are invited to all events