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Lake County to celebrate GIS Day with visit to Mount Dora Middle School

RELEASE DATE: November 2, 2012

TAVARES — The Lake County Geographic Information Services (GIS) Division will be participating in the annual celebration of GIS Day by visiting Mount Dora Middle School on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 16. 

The visits will allow Lake County’s GIS professionals to talk with the sixth-grade World History students about the benefits of GIS technology and career opportunities in the GIS industry.

Also during the visit, Lake County’s GIS Division will give hands-on demonstrations on how to use the GIS software tool ArcGIS Explorer Online, and provide an opportunity for students curious about GIS to see its applications in action.

“Our demonstration will center on current topics that the students are working on in class,” said Larry Duke, Lake County’s Land Records Coordinator. “The class will also be able to apply what they’ve learned during an exercise developed by the Lake County School District’s GIS Manager, William Davis.”

Held each year on the Wednesday of National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 11–17), 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, or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/maps.

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Lake County GIS Division
352-343-9775
http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/maps

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

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