The Libraries hosted an Open House on GIS Day, Wednesday, November 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Mullins Library, Room 303B. GIS Day is an annual, internationally-recognized event promoting Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and the importance of geography in society.
The GIS Day event was designed for a student audience, and for those with or without a GIS background. Visitors viewed a book display of new GIS-related books available to borrow from the library, posters of studies and research projects using GIS, videos that addressed various GIS themes, and interactive demonstrations of an online geography game and Open Street Map.
Two half-hour presentations were given by University of Arkansas professors. Dr. Jason Tullis, Associate Professor in Geosciences and member of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, gave an overview of Geospatial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and the class he was teaching on using the systems. Students from the class gave a static demonstration of a UAS vehicle, and attendees were able to see the equipment close up. Dr. Winifred E. Newman, Professor in the Department of Architecture, gave a presentation titled “Data Visualization: Organizing the Map,” which focused on the ways mapping techniques can structure information in a variety of disciplines.