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GIS Day
It's all about blending geography and technology at the 10th annual Mecklenburg County GIS Day at the Uptown Library on November 19.

November 17, 2008 

OUTSIDE THE BOX AND BETWEEN THE LINES: GIS DAY EXPLORES POWER OF HIGH-TECH MAPS   

Charlotte, N.C. ¨C In the past several years, maps have leaped off paper onto our computer monitors and into a multidimensional role in our high-tech lives.  

Mecklenburg County¡¯s Geospatial Information Services department is harnessing the power of geography and technology in its 10th annual GIS Day event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 19, 2008, at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, 310 N. Tryon St. The 2008 event marks the inaugural year of collaboration between the County and the public library system, which is hosting GIS Day during Geography Awareness Week. 

A geographic information system (GIS) captures, stores and manages data in relationship to a specific location. That data is used for many purposes, from mapping a family vacation route to charting economic growth and business strategies. 

GIS Day will explore the marriage of geography and technology, and how people can use geographic information to learn more about a variety of topics, including: 

  • Crime
  • Weather
  • Homeland security
  • Urban planning
  • Sustainability
  • Economic development
  • Market analysis
  • History and cultural anthropology
  • Geocaching
  • 3-dimensional modeling               

GIS enthusiasts of all ages are welcome!  

Mecklenburg County¡¯s Geospatial Information Services will offer free seminars on its POLARIS and Geospatial Portal Web applications, which offer fingertip access to a variety of vital County data, including property and voting records. 

¡°GIS Day provides a great forum for users of geographic information systems technology to come together and share real-world applications that are making a difference in our society and enhancing our ability to serve City and County customers,¡± said Kurt Olmsted, director of Mecklenburg County Geospatial Information Services. 

The County will also illustrate the role of GIS in public safety and security by inviting the public into its Mobile Command Center, a vehicle equipped with state-of-the-art mapping and communications technology

that allows the fire and police departments to work with other agencies in an emergency. The Mobile Command Center will be stationed outside the library for the duration of the event. 

GIS Day reaches millions worldwide with its message of how geography makes a difference in our lives. Its global sponsors include the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science and the United States Geological Survey. 

In addition to the County and PLCMC, local sponsors include the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Central Piedmont Community College, UNC-Charlotte, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and the Catawba Lands Conservancy.

About 450 people attended the 2007 GIS Day event. For more information on the County¡¯s Geospatial Information Services and GIS Day, go to http://gisday.charmeck.org or call 704-336-4442.




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