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KU to host 12th annual symposium on GIS and mapping

Monday, November 11, 2013

On November 20, the University of Kansas will host the 12th annual GIS Day @ KU, part of an international celebration that highlights recent developments and innovations in geographic information systems (GIS).

The event, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union, is free and open to the public. GIS Day @ KU will consist of seminars from GIS experts at KU and from other universities and companies nationwide, including presentations on GIS applications and developments in digital cartography. The symposium will also include an information and job fair as well as a competition for student research.

GIS technologies allow users to create, archive and analyze spatially referenced data and imagery. Users can then share that information with maps and charts, often online or through geospatial software. GIS combines the visual appeal and effectiveness of a map with the power and increased accessibility of digital geographic information.

KU Libraries partner in facilitating GIS and mapping-related research and teaching on campus, assisting students, staff and faculty through the Libraries' new Center for Graduate Initiatives and Engagement. The GIS and Data Lab in Anschutz Library provides assistance in finding and working with geospatial data, in addition to hosting workshops and other instructional GIS resources.

"GIS is cross-disciplinary and this event reflects that, drawing from those in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and more," said Rhonda Houser, GIS Specialist with KU Libraries. "Our slate of speakers throughout the day includes open source GIS, cartography on the web, farming and water issues and even 'drought-chasing from space.'"

GIS Day @ KU is organized by KU Libraries alongside the Department of Geography, the Institute for Policy & Social Research and the Kansas Biological Survey. Additional sponsors include the KU Environmental Studies Program, Bartlett & West, the Kansas Data Access and Support Center and the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, among others.

Those interested may attend individual sessions or the entire symposium. For a detailed schedule and to register, visit

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