Five College GIS Day


Wednesday, November 8, 2006

(Looking for GIS Day 2008? Or 2007?)

Join us for an illuminating day of academic applications of Geographic Information Systems!

A three-dimensional view of the Holyoke Range, looking towards the west, and displaying an abstracted structural layer of rock that collapsed to its south.Geographic Information Systems (GIS) let you construct your own maps and analyze complex spatial relationships. This important technology is finding widespread use in anthropology, biology, cultural studies, economics, environmental science, geology, history, linguistics, political science, and sociology. These many applications reflect the relevance of geography to the understanding of our world.

On Five College GIS Day you will see examples of geographic projects across many of these disciplines, and discover how it's being employed in both teaching and scholarship. You'll also be able to meet GIS users from the Five Colleges and other schools in the region, and learn about their experiences.

A map of Mexico that displays the voting pattern of each state in the 2006 presidential race (very liberal, liberal, conservative, very conservative), along with its relative per capita income.Follow the links in the menu on the left below GIS Day 2006 to explore the many dimensions of this event. You can also learn more about Geographic Information Systems here.

GIS Day is part of National Geography Awareness Week. Celebrants include the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, the Library of Congress, and ESRI (the publishers of the ArcGIS software used by the Five Colleges).