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Lake County to participate in 13th Annual GIS Day on Nov. 16

RELEASE DATE: November 7, 2011

TAVARES — The Lake County GIS Division will be participating in the 13th Annual Geographic Information System (GIS) Day by visiting both Tavares Middle School and Tavares High School on Wednesday, Nov. 16 to talk with students about the benefits of GIS technology and career opportunities in the GIS industry.

During the visit, staff from Lake County’s GIS Division will be giving hands-on demonstrations on how to use the GIS software tool ArcGIS Explorer Online, and provide an opportunity for those curious about GIS to see its applications in action.

“The focus of our demonstration will be on current topics that the students are working on in class,” said Larry Duke, Lands Records Coordinator, Lake County GIS Division. “They will be able to use what they have learned for extra credit in an exercise developed by the teachers and the Lake County GIS Day team.”

Held each year on the Wednesday of National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 13–19), GIS Day is a global event that celebrates GIS technology, which brings countless benefits to the world.

A GIS integrates hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS allows individuals to view, understand, question, interpret and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts. It also assists decision makers in answering questions and solving problems by looking at data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.

For more information about GIS Day or the Lake County GIS Division, call (352) 343-9775.

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More Information:
Lake County GIS Division
(352) 343-9775
http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/information_technology/geographic_information_services/

Lake County media contact:
Kelly Lafollette
Information Outreach Director
Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445
klafollette@lakecountyfl.gov

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