Event to Showcase Geo-Visualizing Data

UT Dallas will celebrate its third GIS Day on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Arts and Technology building by showcasing its own growing geospatial science program and demonstrating real-world applications for geographic information systems.

Geographic information science (GIS) incorporates many innovative new technologies that have emerged in recent years. These technologies  improve people’s ability to collect, store, manage, analyze and use information regarding the features of the earth’s surface and to combine this data with other types of economic, social and environmental information.

This year’s GIS Day will feature presentations, games and networking opportunities for UT Dallas students. Prizes will also be awarded. A free breakfast and/or lunch is available for those who RSVP by Nov. 18.

GIS Day was launched in 1988 as a grassroots effort to educate the public about geographic information systems, also called GIS. Organizations around the world that use GIS, or are interested in it, have sponsored events in past years. In 2005, more than 700 GIS Day events took place in 74 countries.

The special day of activities occurs during the third week of November each year, on the Wednesday during Geography Awareness Week, a geographic literacy initiative sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

The event is sponsored by the GIS Student Organization (GISSO) at UT Dallas, which promotes scientific knowledge in various disciplines of geography and remote sensing including mapping, spatial information management, and related sciences.

More information may be found on the GIS Day website.