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Virgin Islands to Participate in Caribbean GIS Conference

US – Representatives from the Territory will participate in the Fourth Caribbean Geographical Information System (GIS) Conference at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands this year.

Chief Planner in the Town and Planning Department Mr. Louis Potter said the conference’s objectives include: to inform a broad cross-section of Caribbean users about GIS technology and applications, share experiences regarding GIS implementation and management issues, foster a Caribbean GIS network; and establish new relationships with the vendor/consultant community.

“This is a good opportunity for our officers learn about new and emerging trends in GIS technology and applications. Exposure like this will strengthen the work that we perform,” he said.

National GIS Coordinator in the Town and Country Planning Department Ms. Lisa Kay Lewis will lead a local team to the August 25-26 conference, which is coordinated by the United States-based Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

The other members of the delegation are Mr. Kyron Adams also of the Town and Country Planning Department, Messrs Norval Young and Michael Potter of the Survey Department, and Mrs. Nancy Woodfield Pascoe of the BVI National Parks Trust.

Ms. Lewis told the Department of Information and Public Relations that five papers will be presented during the upcoming conference on behalf of the Virgin Islands (British).

The papers are entitled Towards an Enterprise GIS for the British Virgin Islands; Street Addressing in the British Virgin Islands; Creating a Cadastral Dataset for the British Virgin Islands; GIS in the Schools Programme; and Using GIS to Conserve the British Virgin Islands’ Marine Environment.

The local team will join other GIS users from the Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America at the upcoming Caribbean GIS Conference.

Established in 1963, URISA is a non-profit professional and educational association that promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems. It is a multidisciplinary association where professionals from all parts of the spatial data community can come together and share concerns and ideas.