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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 10:21am

The University of Iowa will be celebrating Geographical Information Systems Day (GIS Day) on Thursday, Nov. 9, with additional events held throughout the month.

GIS Day (celebrated internationally on Nov. 16) provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

University of Iowa GIS events

  • GIS social and open house: Thursday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in N512 College of Public Health Building (CPHB)
    • Come join us for some friendly geospatial banter, watch videos on cartography, geospatial technologies, and sustainability, see our latest technologies, and enjoy some free food!  (courtesy of CGRER) Live demos of our Leica C10/P30 LiDAR scanner, Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Unit, and flying drones.
  • Geospatial analysis contest! Bring your best analysis!
    • Compared with our spring event, we're going to focus our grading for the fall contest on analysis over aesthetics. This will allow those of you crazy analysts to flex your wings and not worry so much about the final cartographic result. We want to see your best use of analysis in answering a GIS problem, and the result of this work.  This is relative, so all skill levels welcome! (details on submissions soon, we will be accepting entries until Dec. 8). More info: 
  • Campus geocaching adventure! Go have some fun!
    • We will again offer up a fun scavenger-hunt-style geocache of campus and the surrounding area. There will be a several-week window to participate in finding these locations, so hopefully everyone has time to get out and explore. Submissions will be in the form of pictures of the geocaches, and a winner will be chosen based on number found correctly. 

Visit the UI GIS website for specific event announcements and more details.

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