GIS Tech News (#19)17 Jul, 2006 By: Kenneth Wong
All Ages Explore GISAnnual ESRI kids camp fosters curiosity
Every summer, while beachgoers prepare to bask under a clear blue sky, about 13,000 GIS professionals and their children storm the downtown Convention Center a short distance from the San Diego harbor. The invasion force is a battalion of ESRI users who have flown in from around the world for the ESRI International User Conference (scheduled for August 7-11 this year). Patty McGray, ESRI's lead instructional designer responsible for developing training materials and curriculums, describes the landing: "We pretty much take over the entire Convention Center, the Marriott and several other hotels around it."As the children's parents head off to keynote sessions and classes, at this unique event the little troopers file into a ballroom marked "GIS Kids Camp." Usually McGray can spot a few familiar faces -- the same mischievous faces from a year or two ago. Some of them may have initially come here for the snack (included in the $25 signup fee), but once they get a taste of the treasure-hunting and puzzle-solving games they can play on digital maps, they may become converts -- "future GIS professionals," as McGray refers to them. Read More
by James L. Sipes
The conservation and preservation of natural resources is a daunting task because the resource areas include tens or hundreds of thousands of acres, and the issues that need to be addressed are very complex. Resource managers need to understand the effects development will have on the lands they oversee. These effects may be obvious, such as urban sprawl, or more subtle, such as carbon dioxide from traffic traveling through or near an area. GIS is an ideal tool for natural resource management because the profession focuses primarily on the opportunities and constraints inherent in a landscape. Read More >>
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