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GIS Day at CSU Nov. 14

November 13, 2013

Colorado State University's Geospatial Centroid and University Libraries are celebrating GIS Day at CSU to demonstrate the latest applications of geographic information systems (GIS) technologies being used across campus.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Morgan Library, Event Hall
Free and open to the public

GIS is a fast-growing global industry, and there is increasing demand for skilled GIS users in a wide range of fields, including: natural resources, engineering, business, archaeology, agriculture, and more. This event will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about the unique ways that CSU faculty, researchers and students are using GIS to advance scientific research and impacts in their disciplines.

'How Maps Become Modern'

The event will include a GIS poster contest and map gallery, lightning presentations on current GIS work across campus; lunch and a keynote speech by Dr. Susan Schulten, University of Denver, on “How Maps Became Modern”; a visit to the CSU archives; a series of GIS seminars on the 2013 Colorado Flood, GIS and Social Science, and Health and GIS; and a social networking event at the end of the day.

“Presenting data in a spatial context, i.e. on a map, allows people to visualize the issue in new ways and identify patterns that lead to innovative questions and discovery,” said Melinda Laituri, director of the Geospatial Centroid. “We hope to strengthen collaboration and awareness about GIS work at CSU and increase opportunities for students to get involved.”


  • 10 - 11 a.m. - Poster contest in hallway outside of Event Hall
  • 11 - noon - Lightning Talks
  • Noon - 1:30 p.m.  - Lunch, Keynote Speaker: Dr. Susan Schulten,
    "How Maps Became Modern," and Visit to CSU Archives
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Focused Topic 1: GIS Response to Colorado Floods
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Focused Topic 2: GIS in the Social Sciences
  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.  - Focused Topic 3: Spatial Aspects of Health

Geographic information systems integrate hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS applications provide transformative ways of viewing the world and identifying solutions to complex locational problems such as monitoring land use change and tracking climate patterns. GIS integrates data from diverse sources and allows researchers to address complex relationships and inevitably provokes further questioning.

International GIS Day

The event is part of the international GIS Day celebration designed to provide an international forum that showcases real-world applications of GIS that are making a difference in our society.

For more information about GIS Day at CSU and the Geospatial Centroid, visit the website.