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Atlantic Cape Plans Nov. 17 GIS Day Event

November 5, 2010

Atlantic Cape Community College will join the worldwide GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day celebration Nov. 17, with speakers, exhibits and activities at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about locations such as streets, buildings, water features and terrain, and turns it into visual layers. The power supplies directed to homes, the patrol cars and fire trucks that keep neighborhoods safe, and the delivery trucks on the road are more efficient because of GIS. People in almost every profession, from farmers to Homeland Security, reap the benefits of this technology.

Atlantic Cape’s GIS Day events begin at 9 a.m., with an introduction to GIS from Dr. Peter Mora, Atlantic Cape president, and Paul Caris, keynote speaker and president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association and GIS specialist for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

GIS professionals from the Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association, the Bureau of Geographic Information Systems at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Atlantic County Department of Regional Planning and Development, and others will display their exhibits in J-building lobby, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Geocaching events will take place every 45 minutes from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Held each year for the past decade on the Wednesday of National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 15-19 in 2010), GIS Day is a global grassroots celebration of the innovative technology that uses geography to bring countless benefits to the world.

 For more information, visit www.atlantic.edu/gis, or contact Luis Olivieri at lolivier@atlantic.edu or (609) 343-5612.