“Ageographic information system (GIS)is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying datarelated to positions on Earth’s surface. GIS can show many different kinds of data on onemap. This enables people to more easily see, analyze, and understand patterns and relationships.” -National Geographic Society
Whether you’re a spatial expert and want to network with other GIS practitioners, or this is the first time you’re hearing about GIS, GIS Day has something for you! GIS Day at Indiana University kicks off with a keynote speaker at noon (registration required), followed by an information fair in the Wells Library Lobby. Lunch will be provided for registered keynote attendees. For more information, scroll on!
ABOUT THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS
MAIRA ALVAREZ & SYLVIA FERNANDEZ, THE BORDERLANDS ARCHIVES CARTOGRAPHY PROJECT
Alternative Cartographies: Dismantling Borders' Toxic Discourses and Colonial Cultural Records
While cartography is a colonialist product when unrepresented individuals or communities utilize and recreate these tools they serve to contest a colonial cultural record. With respect to U.S.-Mexico borderlands, toxic discourses have continuously altered its history, social dynamics, culture, local and binational relationships. This presentation brings to the forefront initiatives that create alternative cartographies that challenge colonialist impositions such as: Borderlands Archives Cartography (BAC), a transborderlands project dedicated to locate, map and facilitate access to nineteenth and mid-twentieth century U.S.-Mexico borderlands newspapers; and Torn Apart / Separados, a mobilized humanities project that intervenes in the United States’ immigration debates with data narratives illuminating the effects of the government’s policy of separating families and the infrastructure subtending immigration enforcement. These initiatives use GIS tools to interpret data and archival material in new ways, enabling to see patterns otherwise invisible in static maps. BAC and Torn Apart digital maps and visualizations pose new questions contest established narratives, creates alternative forms of mapping and activate a knowledge production shaped from the ground-up. With this in mind, these alternative cartographies function as a historical and cultural record of the present and become resources to resist impositions in the future.
Registration for the GIS Day 2019 keynote address is now open. Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.
GIS Day 2019 is the 21st anniversary of GIS Day, the worldwide, annual event celebrating GIS technology and its applications. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, connects people with the geointelligence they need to work more efficiently and make better decisions. GIS supports a geographic approach to problem-solving. From Google Maps technology, to systems that monitor the spread of disease and manage environmental emergencies, GIS technologies are tools that help people do a better job and make a difference.
At IU’s local event, GIS professionals and educators will talk with attendees about the GIS job market, training and certification opportunities, and the many ways that GIS technologies are shaping the way we live, learn and do business. GIS professionals will showcase topics including deforestation and reforestation studies, environmental and library science applications, and mapping services for the City of Bloomington and Monroe County. Representatives from the Indiana Geological Survey and the Indiana Geographic Information Council will demonstrate the IndianaMap and provide information regarding Indiana's LiDAR, orthophotography, and other GIS projects.
GIS DAY INFO FAIR PARTICIPANTS
Contact: George Turner Website: jetstream-cloud.org Description: JetStream is an NSF sponsored cloud compute resource hosted at Indiana University for use by researchers engaged in scientific, engineering, and educational activities. Jetstream has an ever growing list of software installed in virtual machines and containers. We are especially interested in talking to domain software developers looking to install their packages for use by a wider audience. While Jetstream was originally intended as a system for users to use interactively, its OpenStack foundation provides an excellent basis for implementing modern cloud computing techniques.
Contact: Michelle Bartley-Taylor Website: cewit.indiana.edu Description: The Center for Excellence of Women in Technology
Contact: Eduardo Brondizio Website: casel.indiana.edu Description: Human-Environment Interaction Research Center
Contact: Russ Goodman Website: bloomington.in.gov/gis Description: GIS and Mapping Services for the City of Bloomington
Contact: David Smith Website: esri.com/en-us/home Description: GIS Software Company. The Science of Where.
Contact: Greg Grabner & Phillip Bernard Website: frontiergeospatial.com Description: UAV Evansville based GIS Company
Contact: Matt Zink Website: kb.iu.edu/d/aycp Description: Sustainable Computing and Community Partnerships
Contact: Kalani Craig & Michelle Dalmau Website: idah.indiana.edu Description: GIS in the digital humanities
Contact: Kurt Babcock Website: monroein.elevatemaps.io Description: Monroe County Website and Pictometry Demonstration
Contact: Matt Riggs, Tarek Rashed, & Karl Selm Website: polis.iupui.edu/ Description: IUPUI research center focused on a diverse range of research projects focused on communities in Indianapolis, across the nation, and around the world
Contact: Bernadette DeLeon Website: publichealth.indiana.edu Description: Public Health GIS including Community-integrated GIS and Systems-based local health Assessments
Contact: Jeff Ehman Website: oneill.indiana.edu Description: SPEA GIS Courses, Environmental Applications in Spatial Analysis
GIS Day at IU is organized by Theresa Quill (Map and Spatial Data Librarian at Herman B Wells Library) with support from Ella Robinson (Planning & Marketing Specialist, the Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities).