Video series gives people a window into GIS, CD available to

Video series gives people a window into GIS, CD available to

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California, USA, 2 August 2006: Twelve videos showing how GIS technology can help in everything from fighting wildfires to planning for a possible avian flu pandemic will be available this year to GIS Day event organizers.

The four- to eight-minute videos on the GIS Day Video Kiosk CD will help presenters explain the important roles of GIS in analyzing and mapping data in fields such as public safety, firefighting, health care, and retail marketing.

The CD will be available at the GIS Day booth at ESRI’s International User Conference, August 7–11, 2006, in San Diego, California. GIS Day organizers can play one or all of the videos at their events, which may include workshops, corporate open houses, community expos, school assemblies, GPS scavenger hunts, and even GIS-inspired baking contests.

Held as part of the National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week and Geography Action! programme, the day will be observed on November 15 this year.

“GIS technology can be thought of as a new medium for communication, not unlike newspapers, radio, television, and the Web,” says ESRI president Jack Dangermond. “It is important for GIS users to share this message with schools, businesses, and the community through the GIS Day program.”

GIS Day is principally sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, the Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and ESRI.