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Learn about GIS, or celebrate it!

Mike Conway

Post Date:11/06/2015

Celebrate GIS Day, or learn about it

Whether you love GIS, or don't know what it is, GIS Day is an event you won't want to miss. GIS, geographic information system, is a way of visualizing data, analyze it, interpret it and determine trends and patterns.

GIS is used to do everything from mapping crime trends to storing fire hydrant locations. Map infographics use GIS data. Governments use it, educators use it, and more and more businesses are learning how it can save ' or make ' money for them. Every department in the City of Merced, from the police to parks and recreation, uses GIS regularly.  

GIS Day open house will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Sam Pipes Room of the Merced Civic Center, (City Hall) 678 W. 18th St.

There will be live demonstrations of GIS and professionals who use GIS will be there to talk about their projects and the use of GIS. The Map Gallery, showcasing different ways GIS is used locally, will be open the entire month of November in the lobby of the Civic Center during regular business hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Agencies participating in GIS Day and the Map Gallery include: Merced Irrigation District, Merced County Association of Governments, UC Merced SpARC Center, and the City of Merced Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Planning, Merced Visitor Services and Fire Departments.

The public is invited to attend and there is no charge.

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