Greater Toledo GIS Day
Planners and engineers in the northwest Ohio are inviting students and anyon interested in technology to join them in celebrating the accomplishments of Geographical Information Systems.
Students and professionals of all ages are invited to celebrate GIS Day at One Lake Erie Center in downtown Toledo, November 14, 2012 any time from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Activities include a poster competition for high school and college students, presentations from regional organizations and schools, a display of maps showcasing the current uses of GIS in our area, interactive learning experiences, food, drinks and more.
What IS a GIS?
GIS maps tag a whole lot of information to a location. For example, GIS has been used to track disease outbreaks, to create extremely detailed maps used by emergency responders, and to link crimes to specific areas. Google map layers are examples of GIS.
At GIS Day you will see how area analysts, engineers, and planners use GIS to take information from a database about a location – such as streets, buildings, water lines, and sewer system – and turn it into visual layers. The ability to see geographic features on a map gives users a better understanding of a particular location, enabling planners, analysts, and others to make informed decisions where to build or place infrastructure.