Chestertown, MD, October 30, 2006 — Washington College's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab will be celebrating GIS Day 2006 on Wednesday, November 15, and Thursday, November 16. The two-day celebration will introduce the Washington College and Chestertown community to GIS and will commence with a GIS Lab open house, Wednesday, November 15, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in room 206 of Goldstein Hall, followed by GIS Program Coordinator, Dr. Wendy Miller, presenting "So, What is GIS?" Wednesday, November 15, at 7 p.m., in room 100 of Goldstein Hall.
On Thursday, November 16, activities will include a hands-on GIS workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the computer room of the Casey Academic Center, and a Geocaching workshop (GPS), from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., to be held outside. If you would like to attend these workshops, please call 410-810-7177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. All events are open to the public, faculty, and staff, and students are encouraged to attend.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computerized mapping system that stores, displays, and analyzes any type of data that has a geographic location. A GIS takes data from a table, spreadsheet, or database and creates a map. It allows for the ability to view, understand, and visualize data in ways that are simply not possible using rows and columns. Visit the open house to investigate all that the Washington College GIS Lab has to offer and to ask any burning questions. Dr. Wendy Miller's lecture will additionally shed light on GIS as a discipline and its specific projects. Thursday's hands-on GIS workshops will allow participants to create their own map, join a scavenger hunt utilizing GPS units, and gain practical experience in the field of GIS.
Washington College's GIS Day is part of a global event whose motto is "Discovering the world though GIS." On November 15, hundreds of organizations, schools, and towns will celebrate GIS Day, proving once again that geography does matter. To learn more about these global events, visit the website, http://www.gisday.com, or to learn more about GIS at Washington College and its GIS Day, visit the website, http://gis.washcoll.edu.