FHSU's GIS Day gets bigger and better every year

HAYS, KS -- Not only does the field of Geographic Information Systems continue to grow rapidly but so does Fort Hays State University's annual GIS Day, which will be Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Tomanek Hall, room 125.

FHSU began its GIS Day in 2000 in conjunction with National GIS day, a grassroots global event introduced in 1999 to enhance public awareness of the substantial contributions of GIS technology.

"GIS is sweeping through all levels of our society, providing a powerful tool for information analysis and management," said Dr. Richard Lisichenko, assistant professor of geosciences and co-coordinator of FHSU's GIS Day.

This year's events include a variety of presentations covering the usefulness of GIS in such things as precision agriculture, with a presentation by Dr. Robert Stephenson, FHSU associate professor of agriculture, and by the Barton County Appraiser's Office on how the county used GIS in operations related to the Hoisington tornado.

Other presentations include:

Carlson Associates will demonstrate the latest in high precision surveying, using differential Global Positioning System technology that enables locations to be determined with unparalleled accuracy.

The Sedgwick County GIS Division will demonstrate the use of Internet and intranet GIS operations in handling such problems as planning, public safety, homeland defense, and public access to public domain information.

The City of Olathe will give two presentations, one concerning GIS data and programming and the other on the use of GIS in law enforcement, with an emphasis on the officer on the street.

"The programs and workshops give attendants the opportunity to see GIS in different perspectives used in today's society and also introduce them to major GIS programs," said Dr. Tom Schafer, FHSU assistant professor of geosciences and co-coordinator of GIS Day.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with opening ceremonies and a brief session on the meaning of GIS. From 8:30 to noon there will be seven presentations, including a midmorning break. Attendants are invited to lunch in the FHSU Memorial Union with the GIS day presenters. The afternoon presentations begin at 1:30 p.m. They will continue, including an afternoon break, until 4 p.m.

Also included in the morning and afternoon sessions will be a GIS training session and a Global Positioning System training session with certificates of completion. There will be room for about 40 participants in each training session, and they will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

The day will be filled with many informative and interactive presentations and will end with a closing reception from 4-5 p.m. for the presenters.

"I hope that attendees of GIS Day 2001 will understand that we are in the middle of a revolution in geospatial technology, one that will enable us to see the world and understand the world in ways that would have been impossible even five years ago," said Schafer. "This revolution will be empowering to those who understand it, intimidating to those who don't, and it's up to all of us to see to it that we are empowered, not intimidated."

FHSU and the Geosciences Department invite all to attend the activities on campus including educators, students and the business community.

No pre-registration is necessary for any of the activities or events. Please call the FHSU Department of Geosciences at (785) 628-5389 or visit the Web site at www.fhsu.edu/geo/GIS.html for more information on GIS Day.

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