Celebrate GIS Day 2012 with the University Libraries

Marketing and Communications | November 06, 2012

Texas A&M University Libraries, along with partners from campus and the local community, will celebrate GIS Day 2012 Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Wednesday, Nov. 14. Coordinated by the Map & GIS Library, activities during the event will demonstrate geographic information systems (GIS) technologies being used on campus and in research and development.

GIS Day will kick off with a keynote address by Dr. Michael P. Bishop, professor and Haynes Chair in Geosciences, Department of Geography at Texas A&M. His presentation, "Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T): Developments, Activities and Opportunities," will take place at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Memorial Student Center, Room 2300C with a reception to follow.

Introduced locally to the Texas A&M community in 2007, the international GIS Day is celebrated worldwide. The local schedule of activities throughout the day on Nov. 14 features a faculty panel, geospatial exhibits, GIS demonstrations, and a student poster exhibit featuring the 1st Geospatial Career Panel. Students can sign up for the poster exhibit and a chance to win a $100 debit card.

“People may not realize how geographic information touches all of our lives,” Kathy Weimer, curator of maps and coordinator of the Map & GIS Library, said. “Most people may consider GIS only for applications in the earth or environmental sciences; however, business, marketing, planning, transportation, health care, the military and many other fields are heavy users of GIS."

In the last few years, more than 500 people have attended the local GIS Day, according to Weimer.

“The interest in GIS technology for research purposes, careers and applications in daily life is booming,” she said. “And the Map & GIS Library has staff and expertise to support data requests for the campus community.”

The campus community and the general public are invited to all events.

GIS Day is co-sponsored by the University Libraries, Map & GIS Library, the College of Geosciences and Department of Geography, the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, The Center for Housing and Urban Development, and the Immersive Visualization Center, as well as the City of Bryan Geographic Information Services and the City of College Station GIS Department.