On Wednesday, Nov. 18, the University of Kansas will host the 14th annual GIS Day @ KU. KU joins institutions nationwide to celebrate and showcase new developments in GIS, or geographic information systems.
GIS is everywhere; it is a cog in the digital workings of our world, sometimes the unseen engine powering how we find things and find our way with digital maps, helping to visualize location data, expose interesting patterns and identify solutions. These technologies allow maps and geographic information to be digitized, combining the visual appeal of maps and computer graphics with technological capabilities of digital information and databases.
A day-long event, GIS Day @ KU will be held on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union and will include a student poster competition, an information fair featuring local businesses and academic vendors and talks with topics including urban food access, riverine research and weather applications.
Attendees usually include students, staff and faculty from a great variety of disciplines—from environmental studies to business to urban planning and more— as well as professionals from government agencies, non-profits and the private sector.
“GIS Day is always a great opportunity to connect with students and professional peers, and offers a chance for every participant to learn something, meet someone new and share their experience with GIS,” said Rhonda Houser, GIS and data specialist with KU Libraries. “This is what makes GIS Day @ KU unique and engaging—it brings people together, from on and off-campus, who might not otherwise get to share their ideas and experience related to geospatial technology.”
The event is free and open to the public though interested attendees are encouraged to register. For more information and to register for the event, go to http://www.gis.ku.edu/gisday/2015/.
This event also serves to increase awareness of campus resources that support GIS, from software to data to assistance with teaching and research. The GIS and Data Lab in Watson Library, for example, provides assistance in finding and working with geospatial data, hosting workshops and other instructional GIS resources.
The event is sponsored by Bartlett & West, the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science, the Environmental Studies Program, the Institute for Policy & Social Research, Kansas Biological Survey, the School of Business, KU Libraries and the State of Kansas Data Access and Support Center.