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Las Vegas organizes several events to celebrate mapping, GIS November 22, 2010

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in English, Haber (News).
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The city of Las Vegas is celebrating the 12th annual global GIS Day on Wednesday with several events throughout the city.

GIS – which stands for geographic information systems – is a system that works with databases that are linked to locations. Cities such as Las Vegas use GIS technology to provide residents with more accurate and useful information about features on the earth, such as buildings, rivers and roads.

On Nov. 17, GIS experts from the city’s Public Works and Information Technologies departments will visit eighth-grade geography students at Hyde Middle School. Staff will make presentations about the role GIS plays in the city’s efforts with fire response, neighborhood health indicators, park inventory and pavement management.

City staffers from the Planning and Development department will visit the Desert Pines High School Academy of Information Technology on Wednesday to discuss how datasets can be use to generate helpful 3-D building models.

In addition, the city is airing, through Dec. 3, a feature on the “City Scene” program on KCLV Channel 2 and will hold a special presentation at the Nov. 17 city council meeting.

Residents are also invited to an open house map gallery featuring GIS products generated by city staff on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second-floor sky bridge between City Hall and the Stewart Avenue parking garage.

GIS Day has been celebrated annually since 1999 on the Wednesday of the third week in November, during the National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week.

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