By Kelly McKeon, Class of 2020
The geospatial technologies industry is becoming increasing lucrative. The industry has varying applications, ranging from architecture to agriculture to emergency services. Key to the industry is the use of geographic information systems (GIS), which gather, manage and analyze data.
For faculty, staff and students, GIS offers a variety of uses. The campus community can learn about those uses at GIS Day, held on the main campus from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 14 in 412 Cooper Library. The day, dedicated to promoting and celebrating geospatial technologies, is free to faculty, staff, students and the public.
The event will feature a series of lightning talks, a gallery of maps created with geospatial technologies, fun activities, refreshments, and prizes. These prizes include a football autographed by Dabo Swinney, new quadcopter drones, FitBits, ENO hammocks and waterproof Bluetooth speakers.
Exhibitors from NASA, ESRI, Clemson Geopaths and the Clemson Mappers will be on hand. Attendees can get a first-hand look at drone demonstrations and take part in virtual and augmented reality tours.
If you are a member of the GIS community, this event is a way to demonstrate the merit of your research and field to the greater public. If you are not a member of the GIS community, this is an opportunity to learn about how you can utilize these technologies for you research, schoolwork and hobbies.
GIS Day is a result of a collaboration among the Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies (CCGT), the Clemson Libraries and Clemson Computing and Information Technology (CCIT).
For more information: http://www.clemsongis.org/gis-day-2018.