November 8, 2006
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Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Edtwon A. Myree Student Assistant, Dr. Paul Vincent, 229-333-5752

VSU Hosts GIS Day Open House

The Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences at Valdosta State University will host Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on November 15, 2006 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Atrium of the Bailey Science Center.

The purpose of this event is to showcase real-world applications of GIS to the community. GIS is a collection of hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

GIS Day is a part of Geography Awareness Week, started when President Ronald Reagan signed legislation in 1987. The purpose of the awareness week is to educate schools, businesses and the public on the equipment used to understand geography, such as mapping and analysis tools that give people a better understanding of the environment.

GIS Day will be celebrated in more than 70 countries around the globe and on six different continents. For more information on the GIS event at VSU contact Dr. Paul Vincent at 229-333-5752 and for more information on GIS Day visit www.gisday.com .