FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  November 10, 2004
CONTACT: Tammi Beyer, GISSO GIS Day Chairperson, (361) 825-3442; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336
   
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Geographical Information Science Day 2004 to Highlight GIS Contributions

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Geographical Information Science Student Organization (GISSO) will host GIS Day on Wednesday, November 17 from 8:30a.m.-1p.m. at the Conrad Blucher Institute located on the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will provide an opportunity to see GIS applications in action, and learn how GIS impacts our daily life.  

The event will feature hands-on use of geographical information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS), live demonstrations, industry and student speakers and exhibits. GIS is a computer based mapping tool that takes information from a database about particular locations, such as streets, buildings, and terrain, and compiles it into a visual representation on a computer screen. The ability to see geographic features within a computer program allows for a better understanding of a particular location. This technology allows organizations like the police department to visually track their patrol units by seeing their location on a computer screen as they move from street to street. 

GIS at A&M-Corpus Christi has increased in recognition locally and nationally. Students of the organization have participated in assisting in the space shuttle Columbia recovery effort and several students have graduated to work in local industry utilizing GIS. The day also serves to make people aware of GIS technology and the important contributions it is making in the fields of science, technology and the humanities.