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GIS Day logo saying, For immediate release through Nov. 18.

FARMERS BRANCH/DALLAS  •  Identified by the U.S. Department of Labor as one of the top three emerging technology fields, the interest in geospatial technology is growing every year. For the third year, the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute is offering informal exhibits and geographic information systems demonstrations Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in recognition of worldwide GIS Day.

Each year during the National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week, the organization sponsors GIS Day in conjunction with agencies or businesses around the world that use this technology. Last year’s GIS Day celebrations marked the sixth year for the global event, educating millions of children and adults in more than 90 countries on the benefits of geography and the role GIS plays in support of geography.

GIS technology links geography and information through database and global positioning systems technology. Working together, these create a three-dimensional view of location-specific information, layering the information and showing how it relates. GIS technologies help people plan, design, engineer, build and maintain a coordinated system of information that they can use to improve their day-to-day lives.

“The federal government has invested more than $6 million in workforce initiatives in the last year to support geospatial technology as part of the High Growth Job Training Initiatives of the U.S. Department of Labor,” said Scott Sires, coordinator for the Geospatial Technology Program at Brookhaven College. “The college’s observance of GIS Day complements the national effort link the public’s understanding of GIS technology to a person’s everyday life. GIS is making important contributions to land management, economic development, social services, emergency management, real estate development and more.”

Schools from the Coppell, Irving, Carrollton-Farmers Branch and Dallas independent school districts will take part in the event with both students and some staff and administrators attending. Students from Bishop Dunne Catholic School will have projects displayed. Several area businesses also are participating.

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. Ms. Diane Brownlee, director of the EMGI, said participants will enjoy hands-on Global Positioning System demonstrations, interactive activities and various short, educational presentations.

For more information about GIS Day at the EMGI, call 972-860-4362 or e-mail bhcEMGI@dcccd.edu.