GIS Day 2009
GIS Day in College Station
City of College Station Celebrates GIS Day, November 17, 2009.
Explore your area with GIS! International GIS Day is part of Geography Awareness Week. Last year more than 80 countries participated! Join us for family fun, including geocaching, a map gallery and a hands-on look at first-responder vehicles mapping. Learn how GPS is used every day in the land-fill.Hear from a US Census representative, an ESSRI consultant, a search & rescue team, and more. Meet community businesses that use GIS. For more information please check
What: Map Gallery
When: November 16-20, 2009
Hosts: City of College Station GIS personnel
Project & Map Gallery : viewable November 16-22 during conference center hours in the hall.
Demonstrated Geocache Activity: 12-1 p.m. on the conference center grounds.
Open House: 4-9 p.m. Come out to have fun learning how GIS affects your wold everyday. First responder vehicles will be displaying their mapping software and guest discussions and tables will be hosted by GIS entities. GIS staff will lead a discussion about the city Internet maps. A fund-raising BBQ plate dinner will be available from the Texas A & M Geography Club at 6 p.m. GIS discussions include:
5:00 PM Texas Society of Professional Surveyors- College Station, Curtis Strong, “TBA”
5:30 PM Brazos County Historical Commission, Brazos County, Henry Mayo, “Historical Markers in Google Earth”
6:00 PM US Census Bureau - Dallas RCC, John Schumaker, “2010 US Census”
6:30 PM Cen-Tex Search & Rescue, Canine & Mounted, College Station, Ben Alexander, “Search & Rescue and GPS”
7:00 PM Invaders of Texas, Citizen Science Mapping, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Travis Gallo, “Citizen Science Mapping”
7:30 PM ESRI, San Antonio, Brenda Garza, “ArcGIS Explorer: GIS for Everyone”
8:00 PM City of College Station, College Station, Samantha Best, "GPS-Driven Heavy Equipment"
8:30 City of College Station, Brett Blankner, "Internet GIS Services"
Additional participants include:
TAMU Library Systems Map Room Services
TAMU Geography Club
Montgomery Lone Star College: Surveying Program
College Station GIS
and several others
If bringing a smart phone to the geocache, you may find this link helpful for a Blackberry application and this link helpful for iPhone users. These are just two of the many applications, so you may find another that functions on your phone better. We will also have a few GPS units to loan during the activity. Come out and be a part of a growing annual event. enjoy a great plate of BBQ while learning a little about the GIS services surrounding you.