Celebrate GIS Day 2013 with the University Libraries

Marketing and Communications | November 08, 2013

The Map & GIS Library, part of the Texas A&M University Libraries, and other partners from campus will celebrate GIS Day 2013, Nov. 18-20. The Map & GIS Library will coordinate the activities and workshops for the annual event, which provides lectures and workshops over geographic information systems (GIS) technology that demonstrates real-world applications.

Since GIS Day was introduced to the Texas A&M community in 2007, the annual celebration has added new events each year and continues to bring well-known speakers to campus from the GIS Education community. The campus community and general public are invited to all events.

The celebration will kick-off Monday, Nov. 18, with a hands-on interactive map workshop led by Dr. Joseph Kerski, education manager at Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., in the Langford Architecture Center, Room 105 Bldg. C. Dr. Kerski will wrap-up at 4 p.m., Monday with a lecture, “Exploring Natural Hazards with GIS: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes.”

Tuesday will start with more hands-on workshops and lectures at Evans Library with Dr. Kerski, including crash courses in geocoding, python and mobile data collector apps with Dr. Dan Goldberg, assistant professor in geography at Texas A&M, in Annex 116A. The workshops, lectures and demonstrations will last all-day until 3 p.m. Students can register here for events they wish to attend.

The keynote lecture, "Beyond Geography! Campus Engagement with GIS," will be given by Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian, president of University Consortium for Geographic Information Science and associate professor in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, City University of New York, 4–6 p.m., Tuesday at the MSC in Room 2300B with a reception to follow in the Faculty Club. 

“Another new event this year will be a crowdsourcing event on environmental sustainability,” said Kathy Weimer, coordinator of Map & GIS Library. “Our students have created a phone app to collect the data and it will be downloaded in real time. We all know how important it is for us to be careful stewards of our environment and this event will increase awareness on campus in a very fun way.”

Wednesday will kick-off with crowdsourcing data collection and a presentation by Dr. Kerski on “Geo-Enabling Your Career” at 10:30–11:30 a.m., in Evans 204E. Throughout the day, there will be 3D demos at the Immersive Visualization Center, a GIS Vehicle Technology display from the City of Bryan’s emergency vehicle fleet at the Nagle St. roundabout near Evans, along with other events. There will also be a few opportunities Wednesday for students to win an iPod Shuffle.

Dr. Kerski and Dr. Goldberg will unveil the crowdsourcing data collected from the week at 4 p.m., following the 3 p.m. afternoon keynote lecture, “GIS, Hazards and Social Vulnerability,” by Dr. Walter Gillis Peacock, professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M.

The GIS student poster competition will also take place throughout Wednesday, 12–3 p.m., on the first floor of Evans in the Eleanor Weinbaum Poetry Collection circle. The deadline for registration and submission is Nov. 15 by midnight. The Map & GIS Library will also have an open house 12–4:30 p.m., Wednesday.

“No other campus has done an event like this,” Weimer said, “and holding it on GIS Day will increase the media attention and show others how Aggieland can use cutting edge technology to make a difference. Every year we see an increased interest in GIS across campus. It is a growing component in almost every discipline and major and a wide variety of careers—we encourage everyone to learn more.”

A complete schedule of events, sponsors and other relevant information can be found at library.tamu.edu/gisday.


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For more information: contact James Solano, Texas A&M University Libraries; 979.862.2764 or agco2012@library.tamu.edu