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Washington, Nov 2 (Canadian-Media): Celebration of GIS (Geographic Information Science) Day would be held by the Library of Congress (LoC) on Nov. 13 with an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology and 3D mapping in cultural heritage preservation and disaster response, LoC reports said.
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The discussions will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street. S.E., Washington, D.C. from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
GIS Day — held during Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18) — is an annual, global celebration of GIS and mapping technology, with events held by organizations around the world. Formally started in 1999, GIS Day aims to provide a forum to promote the benefits of GIS research, demonstrate real-world applications of GIS and foster open idea sharing and growth in the GIS community.
The Library’s morning session will open with a keynote address by Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, co-chair of the Congressional French Caucus focusing on Cultural Heritage Preservation Mapping and Congressional Policy. The morning also will feature talks on the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire and the use of GIS and computer vision in disaster response planning and cultural heritage preservation.
The afternoon session will concentrate on applications of the technology with case studies on historic building and engineering archives in cultural preservation, advanced spatial analysis and 3D mapping of UNESCO World Heritage sites
The schedule of events is as follows:
Morning: Coffee at 8:30 a.m. with program beginning at 9 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction of Librarian: Paulette Hasier, Chief, Geography and Map Division
Opening Remarks: Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Cultural Heritage Preservation, Mapping and Congressional Policy: Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas
Notre Dame, Computer Vision and the Future of GIS in Cultural Heritage Preservation: John Hessler, Library of Congress & Topology Lab for Virtual Geographic Environments
Documenting Cultural Resources Through GIS: Diedre McCarthy and Catherine Lavoie, Historic American Buildings Survey,National Park Service: Afternoon: 1-3:30 p.m.
Architectural Archives in Cultural Preservation: Mari Nakahara, Curator of Architecture, Prints and Photographs Division
The Evolution of Data Driven 3D GIS at the National Capital Planning Commission: Kenneth Walton, National Capital Planning Commission, Policy & Research Division
Drones over Lhasa: documenting UNESCO Heritage sites using 3D mapping and GIS: Will Rourk and Guoping Huang, Scholars Lab, University of Virginia.
Questions and Closing Remarks: All Speakers
There will be an open house in the Geography and Map Division from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Library of Congress, the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, is the world’s largest library, offers access to the creative record of the United States, and from around the world — both on-site and online.