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What is GIS Day

GIS Day is a global event for thousands of users of GIS technology to educate millions of children and adults about how geography makes a difference in our lives through the technology of GIS and to demonstrate GIS technology at schools and organizations around the world.

A GIS, or geographic information system, represents computer software, data, and solutions that are used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide in government, education, and business. Learn more!

GIS Day is a grassroots event that formalizes the practice of geographic information systems (GIS). GIS Day is a way of users and vendors opening their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of this important technology.

GIS is everywhere in Newfoundland. Here at Memorial, GIS is used in research applications in many Departments such as Geography, Earth Sciences, Biology, and History. GIS and Geomatics are also taught at the College of the North Atlantic, and GIS is used by practitioners working for the City of St. John’s, the federal and provincial governments, private consulting companies, etc. Some of these people will be involved in GIS Day and will be showcasing their work to the university and college community, as well as visiting high school geography classes.

Date

November 15th 2006

Location

Lobby of the INCO Innovation Centre,

Memorial University of Newfoundland,

St. John's (NL)

See the location map (building #13)

Activities

- The GISciences Corridor (10AM-3PM)

Visit the "GISciences Corridor" to learn about what GIS is, how it works, and some of the applications of GIS being undertaken in Newfoundland.

Some displays will include:

* Demonstration of GIS applications from the Provincial Governement and the City of St. John's

* Demonstration of GIS software as well as popular mapping software such as Google Earth and sea-bed mapping software

* Presentation of equipement used by land-surveyors to collect geographic information (College of North Atlantic)

* Presentation of a variety of maps from the Map Library

* Demonstration of the use of GPS

- Geomatics Social Event (5PM-...)

A social mixer will be organised in the evening for members of the GIS community on campus and in the city. This event is sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Geomatics. Everybody is invited to join us at 5:00PM at Bitters Pub (see the location map - Bitters is in the building #33). Food will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

- The Geomazing Challenge (Sunday, time TBD)

The MUN Geography Student Society (MUGS) will be coordinating an outdoor scavenger hunt (Geography Challenge), with events including Geocaching, plant identification and simple GPS use, all day on Sunday November 19th. Geocaching is a type of orienteering using GPS. You can get more information about Geocaching on this Web site. This is a great outdoor activity open to interested University students.

Contact

Dr Yolanda Wiersma (Dept. of Biology) - ywiersma@mun.ca

Organisers

Memorial University

- Department of Biology

- Department of Geography

- Department of Earth Sciences

- MUN Map Library

College of North Atlantic

Canadian Institute of Geomatics (NL Chapter)

Canadian Association of Geographers

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