Wednesday, November 17, 2010
City of Bryan participates in GIS Day
As part of the nationwide GIS Day event, Wednesday November 17th, the City of Bryan in conjunction with the Texas A&M University Libraries’ Map and GIS Collections and Services along with other local and campus groups will participate in GIS Day on the campus of Texas A&M.
The day-long schedule of activities will offer demonstrations at Sterling C. Evans Library and West Campus Library. Other events include speakers, a student poster exhibit, 3D demos at the Immersive Visualization Center, and Paul Dye, a flight director at NASA Johnson Space Center, will deliver a keynote lecture sharing his experience with satellite mapping.
The city departments of Bryan and College Station and a number of campus groups will be presenting demos of GIS applications used by their departments. The City of Bryan will showcase a police patrol car and its Mobile Command Post (MCP-1) and the use of GIS technologies in public safety. The City of College Station will offer a Geocaching “treasure hunt,” which uses navigational technologies to find objects placed or hidden by other participants.
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 specialist in Map and GIS Collections and Services at A&M.
“GIS is not just a mapping tool, as many people think,” Olivares said. “Maps are just one visual representation or outcome of the technology. The scope is actually much larger and application possibilities are unlimited.”
According to Kathy Weimer, associate professor and coordinator of Map and GIS Collections and Services, the technology touches our daily lives through GPS in smart phones; data gathered by stores for marketing analysis and targeted political advertisements. She added that staff members on the second floor of Evans Library can assist all campus users with GIS data and technologies for class projects and faculty research needs.
GIS Day is co-sponsored by the University Libraries, the Immersive Visualization Center, Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center and NASA. The campus community and the general public are invited to all events. For a detailed schedule and more information, visit http://library.tamu.edu/gisday or contact Miriam Olivares, email@example.com or Kathy Weimer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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