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U of I GIS Day Features National Researcher Nov. 13

November 11, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — Nov. 11, 2019 — Geospatial technologies will be celebrated with presentations and speakers during the University of Idaho’s 13th annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the International Ballroom-North of the Bruce M. Pitman Center, on the Moscow campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The day, which explores innovative applications of GIS technology and its utility in multiple disciplines, begins with a 9 a.m. keynote presentation from Esri Spatial Statistics researcher Orhun Aydin. Esri is an international company that builds mapping and spatial analytics software. Aydin will explain the power of GIS to integrate spatial-temporal data for understanding our planet and solving its most pressing problems.

The event also includes nine short talks – 10-minute presentations highlighting GIS-related work – and seven posters and digital exhibits where attendees can informally talk with presenters and delve into project nuances. Wilma Robertson, chair of the Idaho Geospatial Council - Executive Committee, will present updates on specific Idaho GIS themes such as elevation, hydrography, imagery and transportation.

"This powerful technology is for anyone and everyone who is interested in understanding geographic data to help make better decisions,” said Bruce Godfrey, U of I’s GIS librarian and event organizer. “It really is a technology that is useful in many disciplines; we have presenters from English as well as Computer Science. Attendees have a chance to learn about some of the innovative ways GIS is being used today and to ignite their imaginations about how this technology might be used tomorrow.”

Since 1999, when GIS Day was first observed, geospatial technology has exploded; over the subsequent 20 years, GIS Day has emerged as a global event that shows how geography and the real-world applications of GIS are making real differences in society. From emergency response to environmental conservation, people are helping others learn about geospatial science and how it positively impacts the real world.

At 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Aydin will conduct an in-depth workshop on using machine learning with ArcGIS Pro. Registration for this full-day workshop is free for U of I students, $12 for students from other schools, $20 for U of I employees and $25 for all others.

A list of speakers and other GIS Day highlights are available at

The event is organized by the U of I Library and other colleges on campus with sponsorship from Alta Science & Engineering, Ascent GIS, Avista, EcoPoint, Northern Rockies Chapter URISA, Rim Rock Consulting, and Sentry Dynamics. Attendees may contact Bruce Godfrey at to request a free, one-day visitor parking permit.

Media Contact

Bruce Godfrey
Assistant Professor, Data and Digital Services
University of Idaho Library

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