Kentucky's 2007 GIS Conference a Success
David Ziloski, director of the National Geodetic Survey, addresses attendees during his keynote speech at the 2007 Kentucky GIS Conference.
Roberta Young of the Division of Geographic Information accepts the Service to GIS / Mapping Community Award.
Last month, approximately 375 people successfully navigated to the Hyatt Regency hotel in Louisville for the 2007 Kentucky GIS Conference.
For most, finding the conference location was easy since this group represents the continually growing number of users and managers of geographic information systems. Most commonly referred to as GIS, these systems are composed of software, hardware and data designed to capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze and display all forms of geographically referenced information. While the creation of maps is a key component of GIS systems, there is much more that can be accomplished with GIS technology as this year's conference proved.
The conference has been held at several locations across Kentucky over the past 14 years. It offers a chance to share success stories and lessons learned from a variety of agencies including federal, state and local governments, as well as private sector groups. All experience levels are represented by the attendees and the forum typically allows many opportunities for peer networking.
Among the highlights of this year’s conference was the keynote speaker. David Ziloski, director of the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), provided a very informative history lesson in conjunction with the organization's 200 year anniversary. He also elaborated on the importance of NGS work as a basis upon which all things mapping are built. Kentucky is currently working on height modernization for providing the most up-to-date and accurate data for use in highway construction, flood zone mapping and terrain modeling. Believe it or not, the world is not a perfectly round planet. Knowing the specific bulges and bumps in the earth's surface can influence many geographically related efforts.
During the conference, there were several awards given to recognize the efforts of GIS professionals. One of the organizations, the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP), provided three awards. Roberta Young of the Division of Geographic Information came away with this year's Service to GIS / Mapping Community Award. For several years, Young has been instrumental in the success of Kentucky's GIS conferences by overseeing the conference logistics each year. She has also been very dedicated to enhancing GIS use across the commonwealth.
For more information about geographic efforts in Kentucky, visit the Web site of the Division of Geographic Information (DGI) at http://technology.ky.gov/gis/. As part of the Commonwealth Office of Technology, DGI provides many links to resources for online mapping sites and data for use in GIS. Planning is already underway in DGI for Kentucky's 2008 GIS conference.