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UW-Milwaukee hosts annual GIS Day, with free workshops on geographic data software

The UWM GIS Council will host its annual GIS Day on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the UWM Golda Meir Library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave.

By - Nov 7th, 2015 02:35 pm

MILWAUKEE _ Map Milwaukee’s neighborhoods to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, learn the programming language Python, and tour the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s campus to collect field data — all at GIS Day 2015.

GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is a computer-based tool that analyzes, stores and visualizes geographic data. The UWM GIS Council will host its annual GIS Day on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the UWM Golda Meir Library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave.

GIS Day introduces novices and experts alike to the unique uses of GIS technology and explains the job outlook for this in-demand field. GIS Day is a free, open to the public and offers multiple hands-on workshops. Keynote speaker Melanie McCalmont, federal data coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, will speak about GIS’s impact in college and career readiness and how GIS is expanding beyond the field of geography.

“GIS is no longer limited to experts in the field. Discipline experts are applying the science and toolsets of GIS to their own inquiries,” said Donna Genzmer, director of the Cartography & GIS Center at UW-Milwaukee and Chairman of the GIS Council. “The GIS Day event has free activities for everyone, from novice to expert. This is a chance to get a free, hands-on opportunity to work with the technology.”

Registration is requested for all workshops and the luncheon. Registration and a full schedule of events are available at

About GIS Day

GIS Day is principally sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, the Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett–Packard, and the Environmental Systems Research Institute.

About UWM

As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, UWM has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism. On an operating budget of $705 million, UWM educates about 27,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UWM a “2015 Best in the Midwest” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. Its economic impact is more than $1.5 billion per year in Wisconsin alone.

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