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November 9, 2004


Public Invited to Learn About Geographical Information Systems

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College will host its fifth annual Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Day from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

GIS Day is a world-wide grassroots event, showcasing real-world applications of geographic information systems: computer-based mapping and information systems that enable the user to analyze geographic data for a variety of uses including public works, planning and permitting, public safety and other local government activities.

This year’s event will include presentations by Baystate Health Systems; Cartographic Technologies, Inc.; ESRI; Mapwares, Inc.; Mount Holyoke College; and the Northampton Department of Public Works. Several state and local organizations will display their work in the map gallery in the atrium outside the Carroll Room.

In addition to the daytime events, digital mapping pioneer Don Cooke, founder of Geographic Data Technology, Inc., will discuss his new book “Fun with GPS (Global Positioning System): Understanding and Enjoying the Ninth Utility” at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Library Browsing Room. Cooke’s talk is free and open to the public.

The public can attend one or all events and find out why GIS and GPS (Global Positioning System) are such exciting and rapidly expanding technologies. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit

Office of College Relations
Smith College
Garrison Hall
Northampton, Massachusetts 01063

Marti Hobbes
News Assistant
T (413) 585-2190
F (413) 585-2174

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