GIS day conference will be Nov. 15 at Fresno State

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GIS day conference will be Nov. 15 at Fresno State

A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day conference on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at California State University, Fresno will demonstrate how geography makes a difference in our lives through the technology of GIS.

The conference, hosted by the Fresno State Interdisciplinary Spatial Information Systems Center (ISIS), will be held in the University Business Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Geographic or Spatial Information Systems is a technology that allows data to be stored, viewed, queried and analyzed spatially.

The GIS Day 2000 observance on Wednesday comes during Geography Awareness Week, which is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

Dr. Kathy Moffitt, director of the ISIS Center here, said the GIS Day at Fresno State would not be a technical conference but will inform participants about the GIS basics, spatial analysis, global positioning systems, satellite and aerial imagery, map making, Internet mapping and precision agriculture.

“Held in conjunction with the International GIS Day, this conference will help educate local business owners, non-profit managers, data analysts, economic developers, government administrators, elected officials, farmers, biologists, social workers, market specialists, students and teachers about how GIS technology is being used around the world,” Moffitt said.

More than 220 participants from eight valley counties attended last year’s GIS Day on campus. Moffitt said Fresno State’s event might have been the largest such conference in the world.

To register for the conference, go to http://www.isis.csufresno.edu, click on GIS Day 2000. For more details, call 278-4951.