ISGS Helps Organize First GIS Fair on University of Illinois Campus

Example map image Staff from the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) helped organize and participated in the first GIS Fair on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. The event was held on December 9, 2009, at the Illini Union (http://webstore.illinois.edu/GISFair). Despite poor weather, approximately 200 faculty, staff, and students attended the keynote and technical presentations, visited booths throughout the afternoon, and enjoyed free pizza and soft drinks. GIS Fair 2009 was cosponsored by the Illinois Informatics Institute, the ESRI Development Center of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, the University of Illinois WebStore, the University Library, the Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts and Sciences, the Department of Geography, and the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science. Spencer Wells, Director of the Genographic Project for the National Geographic Society, gave the keynote presentation, "Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project." Curt Abert and Donald Keefer, ISGS, served on the organizing committee. Abert assisted in overseeing the presentations. Keefer presented information about the new ISGS Earth Systems Visualization Laboratory and assisted with the poster and booth for the Institute ESRI Development Center. Jennifer Carrell gave a presentation on the Illinois Natural Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse managed by the ISGS and, with Chris Korose, assisted with the ISGS poster and booth.