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Second Annual GIS Day Events Attract Students and Professionals
Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX  • Informing the public about GIS technologies, the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute is offering an Open Exhibit Forum Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in recognition of worldwide GIS Day Nov. 17. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, is a three-dimensional mapping technology used to create detailed mapping information. Students from Bishop Dunne and North Garland high schools, Ted Polk Middle School in Carrollton, and Indian Springs Middle School in Keller, Garland ISD as well as local government and business professionals have made arrangements to attend.
Each year during the National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week, the organization sponsors GIS Day in conjunction with local agencies or businesses that use this technology. Last year hundreds of organizations in more than 70 countries participated with events for GIS Day.
The EMGI has hand-held global positioning systems, GIS software and a mapping plotter to offer students, and now the public, a chance to see and use this technology. Diane Brownlee, director of the EMGI, said participants will enjoy hands-on GPS demonstrations, interactive activities, and various short educational presentations. Representatives from the cities of Plano, Farmers Branch, Rowlett, Richardson and Carrollton as well as the Town of Addison, have committed to attending the event.
"GIS Day serves to make more people aware of GIS technology and the important contributions it is making in the fields of science, technology, information, and the humanities," said Diane Brownlee, director, EMGI. "EMGI is happy to host this event at our facilities and is pleased to have the support of so many local governments and other academic institutes."
For event registration, support, and ideas or to find a GIS Day 2004 event near you, log on to For information about the EMGI, contact 972-860-4630.
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