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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University will host several events for “GIS Day at Purdue: Geospatial Data is Everywhere” on Wednesday, Nov. 6.  GIS Day is a global celebration of geospatial research and GIS, which uses a collection of software applications, GPS receivers and data sensors to combine maps and statistical data in a digital mapping environment to answer research questions.

Activities including talks, demonstrations, graduate student presentations and a poster session will be held 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 306. The events are free and open to the public. 

 Matt Hutchinson, Research Scientist, Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), Woolpert, Inc. will give the morning keynote address at 10 a.m. in Stewart Center, Room 302 on the topic of “Big Data GIS: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”.  Randall Raymond, Geospatial Data Information Specialist, Office of Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability, Retired, will present the afternoon keynote address at 2 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 302, “Pathways to GIS Careers: A bring your laptop, hands-on, ArcGIS Online Experience.”

 Students and faculty will also learn more about the GIS resources (including software, servers, virtual and local classes) available to them at Purdue University. In addition, a hands-on ground penetrating radar demonstration will take place on the Purdue Mall. 

 The complete schedule for GIS Day is available at http://stemedhub.org/groups/2013gisday/college

 GIS Day is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research, College of Agriculture, College of Science, College of Education, College of Technology and Purdue University Libraries GIS Dept.


Benjamin Branch, Purdue University Libraries GIS Dept., bbranch@purdue.edu