Map Mosaic: From Queens to the World

Event Date: October 29, 2016 to October 30, 2016
Link: GISMO @ Queens Museum Event Description

On the weekend of October 29-30, 2016, GISMO will be showcasing an exhibit entitled “Map Mosaic: From Queens to the World” at the Queens Museum and we would love for you to be part of this exciting opportunity. Cartography is an art which complements the science of Geography. Good mapmaking helps us visualize the spatial dimension of resources, different distributions and problems. Geographic Information Science, GIS, (computerized cartography) developed technologically over the last 40 years and enabled the rapid production of diverse maps from digital data. Practitioners of GIS grew rapidly in numbers after the first PC GIS software was introduced in 1987. In 1990, GISMO was established in NYC assembling diverse users of the software to exchange expertise, share data, and lobby for common base maps and open data sources. One goal of this exhibit would be to impress upon the public the importance of GIS technology. Some young people may be inspired enough to add GIS training to their academic pursuits; jobs requiring these skills are plentiful. GISMO is also seeking to expand its membership to further promote continued cooperation among local mapmakers. We are inviting members of the GISMO community to submit their best maps for this special exhibition at the Queens Museum. Maps will be displayed via a combination of digital slideshow, or mounted on easels or walls of the gallery. Visitors will also have an opportunity to manipulate interactive maps on PCs and through publicly accessed software, visitors will be able to perform simple GIS mapmaking tasks. Additionally, presentations will be made by some of GISMO’s expert volunteers.

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