February is GIS Day!
There has been a technological revolution in mapping software and area groups are sharing the news. GIS Day is Thursday, February 13. The open house event is at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students, engineers, and anyone interested in the technology are invited to attend. Parking is free and there is no admission charge.
The regional GIS Day event is coordinated by the City of Toledo, TMACOG, ODOT District Two, Penta Career Center, Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO), Northwestern Water and Sewer District, and the Fulton County GIS Department.
At GIS Day, visitors can see presentations from regional organizations and schools, professional map displays and a poster competition for high school and college students, hear project descriptions from the University of Toledo and Stantec Consulting Services, and interact with GIS-based learning experiences. Exhibitors will share information about qualifications for entering the GIS field and accept applications for open positions and internships. Exhibitors will include: Precision Laser and Instrument, City Blueprint of Toledo, Inc., Northwestern Water & Sewer District, Lucity, Penta Career Center, T & M Associates, Stantec Consulting Services, and the University of Toledo.
Geographical Information System (GIS) is a location-based data system. It integrates hardware, software, and data to manage, analyze, and display information related to a location. GIS has been put to work in a wide range of environments, from tracking disease epidemics to investigating bee colony collapse disorder. In the Toledo area, planners use GIS to design transportation systems and water and sewer systems, maintain parcel and cadastral (land survey) data, track West Nile virus outbreaks, and perform many other functions.