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#421639 - 11/11/11 05:15 AM GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION DAY TO BE CELEBRATED
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On Wednesday November 16th, the Belize Biltmore Plaza hotel will be the venue for Geographic Information System (GIS) day. GIS Day aims to educate the public on how geography is an important part of our everyday lives and how to use GIS in various ways. GIS software represents different features on earth such as buildings, rivers and roads among others. With this technology it is possible to explore relationships and trends and conduct analyses that can be represented as maps. At the event school teams can enter the first Annual “Design your Own Town/City” competition which is a project- based learning experience that requires students to imagine, design and build cities of the future. This competition will be held for the primary and secondary levels. Finalists will receive their own Competitor t-shirt and first place members of each winning team will receive a Laptop with ArcView Home user License. For more information about the competitions you can call 223-6807 or visit the website at www.gis.com.bz/gisday . GIS Day will also boast exhibits, games and activities and attractive prizes.

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#422355 - 11/17/11 02:33 PM Re: GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION DAY TO BE CELEBRATED [Re: Marty]
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Belize celebrates Geographic Information System Day

Geographic information System (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and present all types of geographically referenced data. Today, Belize joined the world in celebrating GIS day. GIS day is a grassroots educational event that enables GIS users and vendors to open their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of GIS. It is the first time that Belize is participating. Marion Cayetano, GIS associate working with Total business Solution, explains more.

Marion Cayetano, GIS Associate
Today we are joining the rest of the world in celebrating Geographic Information System Day as part of the celebration of Geography Awareness Week. Usually around the world, the third week of November is dedicated to Geography Awareness and the Wednesday of that third week is celebrated as GIS Day. The idea is that companies, public sectors and universities showcase the use of geographic system, meaning how Geographic Information System is used to help in our everyday living - the water we drink, the electricity we use and the telecommunications we use. In the background these are all driven by Geographic Information System and it provides an opportunity to showcase the technology.

Total business solutions is the local organizer and the distributor for ESRI GIS products.

Marion Cayetano
Total Business Solution is a technology company and they also serve as the distributor for (ESRI) GIS products, (ESRI) stands for Environmental System Research Institute and it is a company that manufactures Geographic information System Software. (TDSL) Total Business Solution Limited is the local distributor of that software and so TBSL is the spare header of today’s event. What TBSL has done is it has brought together several companies and several others have come up with a booth to showcase how they are using GIS.


We spoke with one of the presenters as well.

Presenter
GIS allows us to integrate all that special information to answer questions that are important to climate and that are important to where the grains come from, where we get our food from and where we get other natural resources and things like that. We could also use GIS to monitor human activities, even the traffic and airplane control and things like that.

World GIS day expo was held at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City.

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#422362 - 11/17/11 02:46 PM Re: GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION DAY TO BE CELEBRATED [Re: Marty]
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Importance Of GIS Observed In Belize

Every year the National Geographic Society hosts Geography Awareness Week which is celebrated, November 13th thru the 19th.

A major highlight of this annual celebration is GIS Day, a global event that's intended to create awareness about geographic information system technology and the contribution it makes.

This year the theme is 'Discovering the World thru GIS', and at the Biltmore Hotel today, dozens of companies from both the government and private sector were sharing the technology, with hundreds of students.

The day is dedicated especially to students so as to expose them to the relevance of the technology in their education and daily lives.

Loretta Palacio - Managing Director, TBSL
"Every year, countries celebrate GIS Day today by inviting their students to various companies. The utility companies, NGO's and Government Departments around the world are hosting students. So we wanted to get into this World GIS Day to expose our students, and this is why we pushed to get this done, because for the first time, Belizean students are joining the rest of the world to celebrate World GIS Day."

In Belize, many government ministries and departments as well as private sector organizations such as utilities, natural resource management organizations, agriculture, and other NGOs, like Healthy Reefs for Healthy People, UB's Environmental Research Institute and BTL are already using the technology.



Roberto Pott - Coordinator, Healthy Reefs
"It's a new tool in general for Belize, but it's been out there for a while, and they've been improvements trying to make the most out of the tool, and trying to see how best we can collect information. It's not just environmental information but also studying where the role that people play spatially in our environment. It's another criticism of the conservation community that a lot of times, people are ignored. It's one of the things that I always say that when you look at Belize City, the only beach that we can call a beach is Belizean Beach, but unfortunately, we have a dump placed right next to it. If we had looked at that and spatially planned out where we wanted to put our dump, our sewer ponds, and our beaches, I think we would have made better decisions."



Said Gutierrez - Wildlife Biologist, UB
"What we do is a lot of work with mammals such as gibnuts, foxes, agouties and others. We're trapping these animals, and we are putting collars which have a radio transmitter that sends a signal to tell a particular location. That's what the animal is telling you, so on the display here, we have an array of instruments that we use to get that signal from the collar itself. So we stand with an antennae and pick up the signal, so we have a set of people doing that at the same time, we can see on the map where that animal is. So over a long period of time, say about a year, we can plot on a map and see exactly where the home range of the animal is."





Jesus Arnold - Planning Officer 1, BTL
"This has helped our company a great deal by providing quick response in repairs or locating areas which need development. For the field technician, GPS coordinates in the field; normally this is what we use over there. As you can see, we have a bandicam behind you, and these record with the help of satellites, which is downloaded in real-time, and then its taken into the office to be processed for what we do differential corrections. We combine the base station information with the field information so that it can come out as accurate as about 10 to 15 centimeters. So if you are trying to find an underground infrastructure, we give you those coordinates, and the hand-held GPS, you can actually go out and pinpoint that an accuracy of 10 to 15 centimeters."

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