Memorial University students with a background in geographic information systems (GIS) are employable even before they hit the streets.
In the strictest sense, GIS describes any information system that stores, edits and analyzes geographic information. Such systems can be used for scientific investigations, resource and asset management, archaeology, environmental impact assessments, urban planning, cartography, criminology, geographic history, weather analysis, marketing, logistics and a number of other purposes.
Courses in GIS are growing in popularity at Memorial University and Dan Duda, map librarian at Memorial University’s Queen Elizabeth II Library, agrees employers are jumping at the opportunity to snap up the students that become well-versed in this invaluable communications tool.
As a way of connecting students with potential employers, Memorial University has organized an annual GIS Day to showcase some of the businesses and organizations that use GIS. This year the event will take place March 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the foyer of the Inco Innovation Centre.
Participants in the event include Mount Pearl based Compusult, a world leader in GIS; ESRI Canada, a subsidiary of the world’s leading GIS developer; AMEC, an engineering consultant company working in the energy sector; local businesses M.F. Kelly and Wade Company, suppliers of GIS related products; government agencies such as the City of St. John’s, the Department of Environment and Conservation and the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency as well as student research and projects from Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic.
In addition, Shane Mahoney, an environmentalist with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, will conclude the day with a discussion at 7 p.m. in the Inco Lecture Theatre. His lecture, Where Have all the Caribou Gone? will share his experience with GIS and how he uses it in his career.