UWFox to Host 2011 ‘GIS Day Open House’ on November 16

GIS DayOn November 16, more than 80 countries will be participating in “GIS Day 2011,” with the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley serving as a host location for local activities. Dr. Andrew Shears, assistant professor of geography at UWFox, will be hosting a variety of displays and learning activities, and coordinated with The Fox Valley GIS User’s Group. The FVGISUG will be represented by professionals from Winnebago County, the City of Appleton, the Village of Little Chute, the Town of Greenville, the NE Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, as well as private firms. Shears and his associates will be showcasing GIS-related displays and technology via an “open house” format in the UWFox science wing, room #1065, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

GIS Day is held annually on the Wednesday of “Geography Awareness Week,” which this year falls during the week of November 14-18. The National Geographic Society has sponsored Geography Awareness Week since 1987 to promote geographic literacy in schools, communities, and organizations, with a focus on the education of children.

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

GIS Day is principally sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, The Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and Esri.

During the UWFox GIS Day open house, Shears says that there will be “GIS demonstrations that will be guided through computers and iPads, posters of research, and GIS-related displays” for guests to view and interact with. “In addition, we’ll have door prizes that are largely geared toward college kids. The prizes have been donated by Esri software,” Shears explained.

This is the second year in row that UWFox has hosted Fox Cities GIS Day activities. “My co-hosts and I want to show the UWFox students and guests from the general public just want GIS can do, and how this technology can help solve problems for our society, government, institutions and individuals. Sample applications include redistricting electoral districts, urban planning, mapping, analyses, and planning.”

GIS Day at UWFox is free and open to the public, with free parking available on the west side of the campus. For more information about GIS Day at UWFox, contact Shears at 920-832-2851 or email andrew.shears@uwc.edu.



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