Monday, October 15, 2012

Indiana GIS Day and Conference

Indiana GIS Day and Conference October 23 in Indianapolis

From the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) newsletter:

The Indiana Geographic Information Council is hosting the Indiana GIS Day and Conference at the Indiana Government Center South Conference Center in Indianapolis on October 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Anyone who plans or manages related data or those interested in learning more about GIS are invited to attend. 

Explore the innovative ways GIS is used to improve government operations.  GIS has the unique capability to help explain large amounts of information via maps and graphics using location information.  Cross-agency applications appear seamless when data is merged into a GIS.

GIS is used at the state level to issue permits; plan transportation projects; share information with the public; study flooding; prepare and respond to emergencies; understand environmental issues; study water quality; track health issues; plan new programs; and promote economic development.

Some of the topics covered at the conference include:

  • GIS 101: What is GIS and How Do I Get Started
  • Indiana's New Statewide Aerial Photography and Elevation Data Project
  • New and Improved IndianaMap
  • Improving Data about Indiana's Surface Waters
  • Leveraging Geospatial Resources through the Data Sharing Initiative 
Presentations and resources for GIS users of any level will be available.  The conference is free to the public, and pre-registration is NOT required.

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) in Bracken Library seeks to be a vital resource that provides comprehensive GIS support to the entire University community.  The GRMC offers access to the leading GIS software and online GIS tutorials, datasets, and online mapping applications.  The GRMC provides in-house GIS data, and the GIS Specialist is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 for one-on-one mapping assistance.

For more information about the Indiana GIS Day and Conference, please contact Jim Sparks, Indiana Geographic Information Officer at the Indiana Office of Technology, at 317-234-5889.  

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