GIS Day Celebration set for November 19 in UI Commons


The University of Idaho will host its annual GIS Day from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Crest and Clearwater/Whitewater Rooms of the Idaho Commons on the Moscow campus. The UI Library is organizing the event, which will feature prepared talks, exhibits and printed posters on topics related to geospatial technology. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Highlights include:

  • Presentation on the Global Positioning System (GPS) by Lawrence Weill, the co-technical founder of Magellan Systems Corporation. Magellan produced the world's first low-cost handheld GPS receiver for the consumer market in 1989.
  • Panel discussion on careers that utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and skills that are most in-demand
  • Demonstrations on the Esri's ArcGIS platform and its problem-solving and decision-making applications by Mark Stewart, Esri Community Maps Training and Support Coordinator
  • Introduction to unmanned aircraft (drones) by Brad Ward, an Air Force veteran with over 11 years of experience in drone operations and policy
  • Discussion of a computer model developed by UI that uses Landsat satellite data to compute and map evapotranspiration
  • Information about the Idaho Real Time Network, a proposed statewide collection of internet-connected GPS base stations that would offer increased accuracy and precision for day-to-day data collection
  • 3D visualizations of landscapes

Interactive demonstrations will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with numerous presenters about how geospatial technologies are transforming learning, informing decision making, and improving lives.

Poster and exhibit submissions are still being accepted. If interested, please complete the online submission form.

To view the full schedule of events, go to Contact Bruce Godfrey at or (208) 292-1407) for more information.

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