UW-Milwaukee: GIS Day features business uses at UWM Nov. 16

MILWAUKEE – Using geographic information systems (GIS) for business applications is the topic of a talk by Rob Glazier, manager of healthcare planning & research at Walgreens Co. The talk is one part of GIS Day 2011 festivities at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The day’s other events include hands-on workshops, tours, Spatial Ignite talks and a map gallery. Activities run 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Golda Meir Library conference center on the fourth floor of the library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave.

GIS connects physical locations to information in the form of maps and charts. It allows people to make better choices about where to build hospitals and schools, where to locate businesses and how to respond to emergencies. With GIS, users can view relationships, processes, patterns and trends visually.

Activities are planned for all skill levels, from those who are curious about what GIS can do to those who use it on a daily basis. Participants are welcome to attend for the whole day, or to stop in for one or two sessions. A free pizza lunch is included with registration.

GIS Day is an annual international event that creates a space for users of geographic information systems (GIS) to demonstrate real-world applications and spread awareness of the ways GIS helps people see the world. GIS has applications in many areas including geography, urban planning, public health and business.

To register go to http://www4.uwm.edu/gis/gisday/.

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(CONTACT: Lisa Sutton, 414-229-6282, [email protected].)