Events 2017

Visualize the World: GIS, Maps, Drones, Virtual Reality, Location Intelligence

GIS Day 2017

Penn State GIS Day strives to bring together those who are working with GIS, geospatial technologies, remote sensing, maps, and location-based research on campus together to foster greater geospatial awareness on campus, within the community, and beyond. We encourage participation across disciplines to both new and experienced users of geospatial information.

The Penn State GIS Day held on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 14th engaged participants from multiple areas of campus as both presenters and attendees. This year’s event focused primarily on speakers including some from Penn State and some from outside the University setting.

This was the 4th year Penn State has consistently held a GIS Day program here in the University Libraries and co-sponsored with the Department of Geography.

Recordings of sessions are available via Media Site Live:

Session 1: Featured Speakers: Annaka Scheeres (Philadelphia Dept of Public Health), Charlie Fitzpatrick (Esri Education), Lightning talk speakers

Session 2: Featured Speaker: Rachel Weeden (Esri), Lightning Talk speakers

A highlight of new connections made this year:

  • Connected with the Esri Philadelphia Office to have a Penn State Alum speak about ESRI’s ArcGIS Platform, including a newer component of their Desktop application, ArcGIS Pro.
  • Invited speaker who was featured at the Esri Education conference to share message on the importance of a learning-centric and agile framework when working in the geospatial and data field.
  • Invited GIS education leader, Charlie Fitzpatrick, to highlight the K12 environment and GIS in the classroom
  • Connected with new groups and units to have participation in lightning talks, including Red Cell Analytics (IST), Geosciences, ChoroPhronesis (Virtual Reality), GIS Coalition, and the Mobile Geospatial Systems Group.
  • Continued having participation from Dept. of Geography, GeoDesign, Online Geopatial Program, PASDA, and PRI. Continued participation from Penn DOT, and State College Weather office.
  • Involvement of student-led group, GIS Coalition, at planning meetings
  • Marketing and promotion on the World Campus events listing
  • Social Media participation of those involved with planning event sharing via Twitter and Facebook
  • CANVAS activity for interested instructors to add to class

Check out a selection of images from past years’ events.

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