Local High School Students Learn About High-Tech Careers at ‘GIS Day’
Harrisburg – Area high school students will learn about potential careers in the field of computer-based mapping, known as “geospatial information systems,” at GIS Day, a free event hosted by the state and Harrisburg Area Community College.
GIS Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at HACC’s Midtown II site, 1500 N. Third St., Harrisburg. Free parking is available off of Reily Street, between Third and Fourth streets.
Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed Nov. 20 as “GIS Day” in Pennsylvania.
“The use of GIS technology continues to grow, and there are promising career opportunities for workers with the skills to create and manage them,” said Tony Encinias, the state’s chief information officer. “State agencies are also using GIS to improve their operations and improve service to citizens.”
The recently launched PA.gov website at www.pa.gov can provide directions to state offices to users with GPS-enabled devices.
In July, PennDOT received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award for its use of technology to collect information on local roads and bridges such as location, condition and structure type. The application is used by PennDOT employees and business partners.
In June, the PA Game Commission launched the PGC Mapping Center, which allows users to search for state game lands and view detailed layouts of access roads, parking areas and buildings. The map can also be set to show hunter access points on private lands. It can be found at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_game_lands/11363
In May, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) utilized GIS to launch an interactive online map to track gypsy moth spraying across the state at: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/insectsdisease/g ypsymoth/index.htm This is one of several ways DCNR is using online GIS mapping to convey recreational opportunities and conservation information on desktop and mobile devices, drawing several hundred thousand map visits per year.
Several state agencies, including PennDOT, DCNR, Department of Environmental Protection, Game Commission and PA Council on the Arts will be on-hand at GIS Day to exhibit their innovative uses of mapping technology, along with a number of local governments, non-profits, higher education institutions and companies.
The day will also include sessions and workshops for GIS professionals, several of which are being presented by state agency staff.
The Office of Administration’s Geospatial Technology Operations Office provides a variety of GIS-related services, including data and software licenses; application, data and Web hosting; address verification and geocoding; and governance of GIS initiatives.
State agencies, local governments, schools and first responders can learn more about these services at www.gis.state.pa.us.
More information about GIS Day is available at http://pagisday.yolasite.com/.
Editor’s Note: The text of Governor Corbett’s proclamation follows:
Geospatial Information Systems Day – November 20, 2013
WHEREAS, technology plays a vital role in the continued growth of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and our nation; and
WHEREAS, geographic information systems (GIS) technologies are a powerful tool for supporting emergency services, homeland security, economic development, environmental protection, crime mapping, healthcare, long-range planning, and much more; and
WHEREAS, online mapping tools help citizens locate a variety of public services in their communities, such as child care centers, personal care homes, and employment and training programs; and
WHEREAS, GIS provide data that allows for the identification of patterns and relationships of real-world conditions that ultimately lead to better decisions and improved delivery of services for the citizens of Pennsylvania; and
WHEREAS, the use, management, and exchange of geographic information systems (GIS) technology is necessary for effective decision making by local, state, and federal governmental agencies; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth’s Geospatial Technology Operations Office oversees state government geospatial services to maximize efficiency and cost effectiveness, enhance information sharing, and reduce expenditures; and
WHEREAS, Commonwealth agencies use geospatial technologies in a variety of ways to improve government operations and deliver services to citizens; and
WHEREAS, GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society; and
WHEREAS, the Geospatial Technology Operations Office and Harrisburg Area Community College partner to deliver educational programs to high school students, GIS professionals and the public in conjunction with GIS Day.
THEREFORE, I, Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2013 as GIS Day.
TOM CORBETT, Governor