Geographic Information Systems: Real-world applications

UCR Library will host GIS Day on Nov. 15

BY MELANIE RAMIRO

Understanding the world might have just gotten easier.

On Nov. 15, UC Riverside’s Library and campus partners will host several events in celebration of Geographic Information Systems Day, also known as GIS Day.

GIS Day, first established in 1999, provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in society. GIS Day is free and open to students, staff, faculty, and the community at large.

“GIS offers exciting opportunities for researchers, especially in the humanities,” said Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi, an assistant professor of History who uses GIS to analyze indigenous use of urban space in 19th-century West Africa. “It allows us to bring a sense of space and place to our work. Whether you’re in Gender and Sexuality, Ethnic Studies or Anthropology, there’s a meaningful place for you.”

GIS Day 2018 will feature talks by researchers and community members who will share how they use GIS to advance their work. The talks will be held in Tomás Rivera Library, Room 140 between 1-3 p.m. on Nov. 15.

The 2018 event will showcase the variety of disciplines using GIS, it will illustrate how GIS is used in both academic and community settings, and will provide students opportunities for learning and networking.

“We’re excited to see that student interest in GIS at UCR is growing,” said Janet Reyes, the UCR Library geospatial information librarian who is coordinating GIS Day at UCR. “We hope this year’s GIS Day programming will inspire even more students to learn about the power of GIS to analyze and display location-based data, and will underscore that GIS is a sought-after skill for a multitude of career paths and disciplines.”

This is the second year a poster contest for students is being held. Contest posters will be exhibited in the lobby of Rivera Library throughout the week, and the winners announced on the afternoon of Nov. 15.

The campus community is encouraged to stop by an informational table near the bell tower during lunchtime on November 13 and 14 to learn more about GIS and enter a raffle. The drawing for raffle prizes will take place on November 15 at 3:45 pm in Rivera 140.

Cosponsoring the GIS Day events are the Center for Geospatial Sciences, the School of Public Policy, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Department of Environmental Sciences, the Department of History, GradQuant, and Capital Asset Strategies.

For a full schedule of speakers, visit: GIS Day 2018.

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