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About GIS Day at IU

On November 20, 2013, Indiana University will celebrate GIS Day in the lobby of the Herman B Wells Library in Bloomington, with a host of informational booths and activities to show off the exciting work that Indiana researchers and staff, businesses, non-profits, and government agencies are doing with Geographic Information Systems. At 1pm the Polis Center will present disaster resistant university plans and maps for Indiana University's Bloomington campus.  Following the day's main events Sara C. Pryor, Indiana University Provost Professor of Atmospheric Science, will present a 4pm keynote address entitled The Climate Science Puzzle....
This is the 15th anniversary of GIS Day, the worldwide, annual event celebrating GIS technology and its applications. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, connects people with the geointelligence they need to work more efficiently and make better decisions. GIS supports a geographic approach to problem-solving. From Google and Bing Maps technology, to systems that monitor the spread of disease and manage environmental emergencies, GIS technologies are tools that help people do a better job and make a difference.

At IU’s local event, GIS professionals and educators will talk with attendees about the GIS job market, training and certification opportunities, and the many ways that GIS technologies are shaping the way we live, learn and do business. GIS professionals will showcase topics including deforestation and reforestation studies, environmental and library science applications, and mapping services for the City of Bloomington and Monroe County. Representatives from the Indiana Geological Survey and the Indiana Geographic Information Council will demonstrate the IndianaMap and provide information regarding Indiana's new LiDAR and orthophotography projects.

IU’s GIS Day Celebration will include the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science 9th iteration of maps focused around the theme "Science Maps for Science Forecasts". Also, the event will feature two globes by journalist and artist, Ingo Günther from the Worldprocessor Project.