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About GIS Day at IU

On November 19, 2014, 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. Dr. Taehee Hwang of Geography will showcase a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrating aerial photography data collection. The School of Public Health will be highlighting geographic analysis of the spread of the Ebola virus.  A keynote address will be presented by USDA Indiana State Conservationist, Jane Hardisty.  
   
This is the 16th 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 LiDAR, orthophotography, and other GIS projects.