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Release: Oct. 2, 2001

Iowa Geographic Information Council to meet Oct. 3-5 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Geographic Information Council and the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences department of geography will co-host the Council's biennial conference, "Mapping the Fields of Opportunities," Oct. 3-5 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Discussion topics at some 60 sessions will include: local government GIS development, natural resources, transportation, global positioning, remote sensing, aerial photography, various technical issues and other themes. The highlight of the conference will be the Thursday lunch, with keynote speaker James Merchant, professor at the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, sharing recent developments in remote sensing at one-meter resolution and its relevance to GIS analysis and aerial photography.

Registration information is available at http://fsg-gis-srv.fsg.uiowa.edu/igic/default.htm. Walk-up registrations are also welcome. For further information, please contact Bill Kapp, geography department data systems coordinator, at bill-kapp@uiowa.edu or 319-335-0163.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the department of geography at 319-335-0163.

In May 1998 former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed Executive Order 65, officially recognizing the Iowa Geographic Information Council and its role in the coordination of GIS in Iowa. Its purpose is to foster an efficient GIS environment through cooperative partnerships with public and private organizations that access, collect and share data, applications and education.