In recognition of National Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 13-19) and GIS Day (Nov. 16), the Commonwealth Office of Technology's Division of Geographic Information (DGI) hosted a Map Gallery in the pedestrian tunnel that connects the Kentucky State Capitol and the Capitol Annex.
GIS Day is a global event that celebrates geographic information systems (GIS), the innovative technology that uses geography to bring countless benefits to the world. GIS touches our lives daily, and is used throughout the world to solve problems related to the environment, health care, land use, business efficiency, education and public safety. This year's Map Gallery demonstrated that the applications of GIS technology are endless, limited only by the imagination of its users.
This year marked the sixth Map Gallery hosted by DGI. Maps and posters were submitted by state and local governmental agencies, universities and public schools. Maps submitted by the public schools were highlighted in this year's Map Gallery. Overall, 62 posters covered the tunnel wall displaying the many productive uses of GIS technology by talented people in Kentucky. Maps included: Kentucky watersheds, remote sensing, homeland security, height modernization, farmers markets in Kentucky, un-served broadband households, areas in Kentucky unsuitable for septic systems, historical maps of Kentucky cities, traffic collisions involving deer, geological maps, Kentucky lakes, school attendance boundaries, city revitalization efforts, road and county maps, county development patterns, wet/dry status of Kentucky counties, rural heritage development initiatives, Kentucky parks, Kentucky vegetation and Huck Finn’s Mississippi River journal.
During the National Geography Awareness Week, DGI also created a geographic display in one of the glass display cases adjacent to the Capitol rotunda. An impressive display was created to showcase Kentucky GIS activities. Items on display included the GIS Day Proclamation, hand-created and computer-generated maps, DGI staff awards and publications, cartographic instruments and other GIS artifacts.
To see how GIS Day was observed around the world and to obtain ideas for next year's National Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day celebration, visit http://www.gisday.com/success.html. To visit the Division of Geographic Information's Web site, see http://gis.ky.gov.
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