The Northwest Indiana GIS Forum and the Northwest Indiana Center for Data & Analysis at IU Northwest announce a GIS Info Fair Wednesday, November 16th. GIS Day activities will be held at the IU Northwest Library, 2nd Floor, rooms 230-231 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Held annually on the Wednesday of National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week (November 13–19 in 2005), GIS Day is a global event that celebrates geographic information system (GIS) technology, the innovative technology that uses geography to bring countless benefits to the world. A GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about a location, such as streets, buildings, water features, and terrain, and turns it into visual layers. The ability to see geographic features on a map gives users a better understanding of a particular location, enabling planners, analysts, and others to make informed decisions about their communities.
GIS’s are used throughout the world to solve problems related to the environment, health care, land use, business efficiency, education, and public safety. The power supply directed to homes, the patrol cars and fire trucks that keep neighborhoods safe, and the delivery trucks on the road all function more efficiently because of GIS. This technology can also help businesses place ATMs and restaurants at more convenient locations, allow people to pull maps off the Internet, and help farmers grow more crops with fewer chemicals. GIS Day makes people aware of GIS technology and the important contributions it is making in the fields of science, technology, information, and the humanities. It is a grassroots event and a reflection of the enthusiasm and commitment of individual GIS users everywhere.
The GIS Info Fair provides an opportunity for those curious about GIS to see applications in action. Presentations by GIS specialists with the Hammond Sanitary District, Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission, Indiana University Northwest, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Lake County Parks Department and the Gary Sanitary District will include: Getting Involved with the Northwest Indiana GIS Forum; What is Metadata and Why is it Important?; GIS and The Regional Transportation Plan; GIS Database Development for the Grand Calumet and Ship Canal Restoration Feasibility Study; Implementation of an Enterprise GIS for the City of Gary; and Accessing a GIS Atlas for Indiana.
For more information, contact Cele Morris at the Northwest Indiana Center for Data & Analysis at 219-981-5612.