On November 18, 2015, the University Libraries and the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) hosted GIS Day, an annual, internationally-recognized event promoting geographic information system (GIS) technology and its applications. It was held on the second floor of the J.B. Hunt Transport Services Center for Academic Excellence in the EAST Initiative Suite.
GIS Day featured presentations from University of Arkansas faculty and students, as well as GIS professionals from the Arkansas Geological Survey, City of Fayetteville, and U.S. Forest Service. Presentations and posters covered a wide variety of topics, including: natural hazards, hydrology, ecology, geodatabase creation, historical GIS, and visualizing data.
A demonstration of GIS technology was given by CAST and featured an augmented reality sandbox. This sandbox allowed participants to physically create topographic models, which were then scanned into a computer and displayed in real-time. A sandbox sculpting contest was also held in which users created their own artistic landscapes.