Sharing GIS technology with community purpose of GIS Day 2012

Marshall University will celebrate GIS Day 2012, an international, annual, one-day event designed to share with and showcase Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology for the local community, on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

GIS Day 2012 activities at Marshall are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are sponsored by the geography department, integrated science and technology department, and the Rahall Transportation Institute.  Activities will take place in room BE5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center and in Corbly Hall.  They will include undergraduate and graduate research posters, a keynote speech from Ranger Frank Sellers from the National Park Service, and activities for students from Spring Valley and Chesapeake high schools. Those students will participate in Google Earth, ArcGIS and GPS contests.

Dr. James M. Leonard, a geography professor and director of the Geography Department GIS Lab,  said about 40 high school students are expected to attend, and about 20 Marshall students will submit posters.

“And, we expect perhaps an additional 35 Marshall students will show up to view the posters and attend the talk by Ranger Sellers,” Leonard said.

Leonard said Sellers, a ranger at New River Gorge National River, is expected to talk about Chief Justice John Marshall’s 1812 expedition through the Allegheny Mountains to find a canal route between Richmond, Va., and the Ohio River.  Marshall traveled the New and Greenbrier rivers on this expedition.

The GIS Day events will begin in BE5, where undergraduate and graduate posters will be on display throughout the day.  After an introduction in BE5, the high school students will move to Corbly Hall 332 for two contests – ArcMap and Google Earth.

At 11 a.m., Sellers will present his work in BE5, with lunch following from noon  to 1 p.m.  That’s when the GPS contest starts in BE5, although high school students will be walking around campus looking for items as part of the contest.  The wrap-up will be around 2 p.m. in BE5.