GIS Day returns to Marshall Nov. 20

For the third consecutive year, Marshall University will conduct GIS Day activities on the Huntington campus. GIS Day, Wednesday, Nov. 20, provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

Dr. Jamie Leonard, who works in the geography department at Marshall, said GIS is a computer technology for presentation and analysis of all types of science and social data referenced to the earth’s surface. GIS uses an infinite variety of mapped data, aerial photographs, digital elevation models, satellite imagery, and more to solve problems and answer questions.

Among academic fields, geography (both as an earth science and a social science), environmental sciences, geology, history, archaeology, engineering, planning, political science, criminal justice, natural resources management, and demographics are but a sampling of GIS users. In fact, it has been estimated that about 80 percent of all data have a spatial component, opening limitless potential uses for GIS (, Leonard said.

The public is invited to view undergraduate, graduate, and faculty GIS posters in the Memorial Student Center room BE5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  From about 9 a.m. until about 11 a.m., high school students will be participating in GIS activities in a Corbly Hall computer lab.  At 11 a. m. in BE5, keynote speaker Dr. Jeremy Wimpey of Applied Trails Research will talk about his use of GIS in the real world.

Following lunch from noon to 1 p.m., high school students will participate in a GPS (global positioning system) activity on campus. All activities will end by 2 p.m.

Anyone with questions about GIS Day at MU may call  Leonard at 304-696-4626 or contact him by e-mail at Or, contact Dr. Min Kook Kim at 304-696-3748 or by e-mail at