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GeoSummit looks at GIS innovations

Ruthanne Harbison

Post Date:03/09/2015

The fifth annual GeoSummit, 'Shaping the Growth of GIS Innovation' will be held Friday, March 13 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the California Room at the UC Merced campus. The event is open to the public at no charge.


The GeoSummit will feature speakers from all walks of GIS to share their work and research using the latest in GIS technology to understand and address local, regional, and statewide concerns.


The keynote speaker is Bill Hodge, the GIS Manager for the City of Midland, Texas, and the Executive Director of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association GIS Certification Institute. Other speakers will talk about GIS and wildlife, low income housing and riparian floodplains habitat restoration.


GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is the field where people analyze geographic data and produce specialized maps, charts and other reports to interpret and understand the information. GIS is used to determine everything from the most efficient bus routes to tracking disease patterns to logging the condition of fire hydrants.


The event is free, but there is a $6 fee for on-campus parking. Advanced registration is required. Go to http://communityresearch.ucmerced.edu

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