Library of Congress to host GIS Day 2019

November 11, 2019  - By
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The Library of Congress will celebrate GIS (Geographic Information Science) Day on Nov. 13. GIS Day, which is held during Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18), is an annual, global celebration of GIS and mapping technology. Formally started in 1999, GIS Day aims to provide a forum to promote the benefits of GIS research, demonstrate real-world applications of GIS, and foster open idea sharing and growth in the GIS community.

The 2019 event will include an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology and 3D mapping in cultural heritage preservation and disaster response. The discussions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First St. SE in Washington, D.C.

The morning session of the event will open with a keynote speech by Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, co-chair of the Congressional French Caucus focusing on Cultural Heritage Preservation Mapping and Congressional Policy. The morning will also feature takes about the Notre Dame Cathedral fire and the use of GIS and computer vision in disaster response planning and cultural heritage preservation.

The afternoon session will concentrate on on applications of the technology with case studies on historic building and engineering archives in cultural preservation, advanced spatial analysis and 3D mapping of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

There will also be an open house in the Geography and Map Division from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Interested parties can make reservations for the event here. It’s free and open to the public.

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