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Where in the World is Waldo?

November 13, 2005

Come check out the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and you’ll see that a “map” is nothing like it used to be. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Westchester County’s GIS department will highlight current applications and educate the general public on the many uses of technology. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the county building at 148 Martine Avenue in White Plains.

GIS Day is a global event during which GIS users work to expand the understanding of how GIS technology and geography make a difference in our lives. Highlighting the local GIS Day activities will be a map poster gallery which will be on County and local government employees and their consultants have contributed maps for the display. As part of the event, visitors and the general public will be able to view and vote for the “Best GIS Poster” with prizes being awarded to the top three.

GIS, a computer-based tool used to map and analyze features and events, combines the power of a database with the visualization capabilities offered by maps. More than half a million people in the world use GIS to solve problems in areas such as emergency services, land use and environmental protection, health care and social services, utilities, asset management, natural resources, real estate, and business.

For the latest information on Westchester County’s GIS Day activities and the county’s GIS program, click here or call Ana Hiraldo at (914) 995-4416.


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