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Geography Department to host ‘GIS Night’

November 3, 2011

Photo of a satellite orbiting EarthNIU’s Department of Geography and Advanced Geospatial Laboratory will host its fourth annual “GIS Night” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, Davis Hall Room 114.

The event is free and open to the public.

GIS Night is part of an international program that promotes Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other mapping technologies. This event demonstrates many of the modern technologies to which everyone has become so accustomed.

Among the questions participants will explore:

  • Where would we be today without a car navigation system?
  • What does a holographic map look like?
  • How can you track a vehicle using GIS?

The NIU laboratory will hold several demonstrations as well as some hands on activities with mapping, 2D/3D technology and geo-visualization in which children, students and the community can participate.

Activities also will include a contest to win a world globe as well as other things for children to receive.

GIS Night coincides with Geography Awareness Week, which is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and other geographic organizations.

For more information, call (815) 753-0583 or (815) 753-0631.