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Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on December 4, 2009

news_cas_gis_09On Wednesday November 18, 2009, Fairfield University spent the day celebrating the Geographic Information Systems Day. The event, which took place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Barone Campus Center Lower Level, and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library Multimedia Room, was a celebration of all things data and mapping. The event included guest speakers, information sessions, and demonstrations of the multitude of uses for geographic information systems in today’s world.

The guest speaker for the event held a conversational meeting with her audience members while she presented the facts and highlights of GIS through a PowerPoint presentation and demonstrations using such mapping tools as Google Earth.

One of the key notes stressed for the day was the importance of GIS software and measuring tools in education, especially at the higher levels. GIS:

  • Allows students to question numbers and visually inspect data in order to understand it.
  • Lets students take numbers on a spreadsheet and make them real, and enhances a student’s critical and spatial thinking through geography.
  • Is extremely important in taking numbers out of the abstract and giving them a real-world importance.

The event was overall a successful one, and members who participated walked away with a greater understanding of geographic information systems and their importance on today’s world.

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