|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 www.gisday.com. For information about
the EMGI, contact 972-860-4630.