Kentucky Celebrates National Geography Week and GIS Day
Phil Morgan (right) and Jeff Bell stop for a closer
look at some of the GIS maps and posters in the
A few of the exhibits in the 2006 GIS Map Gallery.
In recognition of National Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18) and GIS Day (Nov. 15), 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), an innovative technology that blends computers and geography to bring countless benefits to the world. GIS touches the lives of Kentucky citizens daily, and is used throughout the world to solve problems related to the environment, health care, land use, business efficiency, education and public safety. Once again, this year's Map Gallery demonstrated many different amazing and innovative applications of GIS technology in Kentucky.
This year marked the seventh Map Gallery hosted by DGI. Maps and posters were submitted by state and local governmental agencies, universities and public schools. More than 65 posters covered the tunnel wall displaying how GIS works, the many productive uses of GIS technology in Kentucky and how it may benefit Kentucky citizens. Maps included: GIS learning efforts by third-grade students at Wilkerson Elementary School in Jefferson County, broadband data collection, rainfall in Jefferson County, Kentucky's Internet mapping sites, geological maps, maps featuring Hancock County developed by students at Hancock County High School, Kentucky's water lines, Kentucky's Public Health Response to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, restauraunt analysis in Jefferson County, Kentucky's incorporated cities, temporal landscape change in Kentucky, Kentucky's Wildlife Action Plan, Big Bone Lick State Recreation Park, the role of GIS in Kentucky's FutureGen proposal and many others.
The Physical Plant Division at the University of Kentucky also hosted a GIS Day event on Nov. 15 at Barker Hall on the Lexington campus. The full-day schedule of activities included presentations by faculty representing a diversity of academic disciplines, GIS booths and displays (http://gisday.uky.edu/).
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.