- The University of Southern Mississippi's GeoSpatial Workforce
Development Center (GeoWDC) will be hosting its fourth annual "Geographic
Information Systems (GIS) Day" at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace
Convention Center from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 19. Simultaneously,
Southern Miss Gulf Coast and the Mississippi Association of Spatial
Technologist (MAST) will host a similar event from 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
at the Gulf Park campus's Advanced Education Center Auditorium.
events are held in conjunction with the Environmental Science Research
Institute's (ESRI) International GIS Day and the National Geographic
Society's Geography Awareness Week.
GIS Day is
a global event that celebrates GIS, the exciting technology that
uses geography to change the world. The purpose of the event is
to educate and raise awareness of the diverse uses of GIS software
and related technologies found in the geospatial industry. If you
are curious about GIS, remote sensing, or global positioning systems,
you will be able to see real-world applications of these burgeoning
technologies at GIS Day 2003.
the fastest-growing technological profession there is right now,"
said Jerry Coleman, a geography instructor at Southern Miss Gulf
is used in business, education, demographic study and the study
of natural disasters. It is also found in fields such as law enforcement,
agriculture and economic development.
GIS Day event in Hattiesburg is sponsored by NASA's John C. Stennis
Space Center. Hundreds of high school students will be touring exhibits
of organizations such as Northrop Grumman, 3001 Inc., the Hydrographic
Science Research Center, NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, MARIS,
Mississippi Enterprise for Technology and the Naval Oceanographic
high schools and educational representatives have been invited to
attend this event, GIS Day is also open to the general public free
of charge. Attendees should expect to have fun while touring exhibits
to see how organizations and educational entities are using geospatial
On hand at
the Gulf Park GIS Day event will be 10 individuals from Southern
Miss, NASA, NOAA and Hancock County Port Authority. All of these
representatives are users of the GIS system and will offer real
world experience to schools and businesses as well as the public
on how GIS operates.
In 2002, more
than 1 million children and adults in over 90 countries and all
50 U.S. states participated in the GIS Day celebration.
There are several
events planned for the occasion.
At Gulf Park
there will be a Geography Bee in which all groups attending are
welcome to participate and an Internet interactive program called
for the program will illustrate how GIS systems are used in environmental
management, law enforcement, remote sensing, transportation, oceanography,
homeland security, economic development and educational resources.
GIS is a computer-based
mapping tool that takes information from a database about a place,
such as streets, buildings, water features and terrain and turns
it into visual layers. Being able to see all of these features on
one map gives a better understanding of the location and enables
planners and analysts to make informed decisions about their communities.
is making important contributions in the fields of science, technology,
information, and the humanities. It is a day for GIS professionals
in more than 80 countries throughout the world to teach individuals
and organizations how to reap the amazing benefits of GIS technology.
For more information,
visit www.geowdc.com or www.gisday.com. For more information about
the Hattiesburg GIS Day, contact Jane Griffin at 266-5966. For information
about the Gulf Park GIS Day, contact Jerry Coleman at (228) 214-3335.