TU’s 2009 GIS conference to ‘map out’ information sharing

Featured speakers include Sean Gorman of FortiusOne and Clint Brown of ESRI

TOWSON, Md. (March 13, 2009)— The Department of Geography and Environmental Planning and co-sponsors will host the 22nd Annual Geographic Information Sciences Conference (TUgis), on Mon., March 16, and Tues., March 17, in the University Union.

The theme for TUgis 2009 is “Web GIS: New Tools for Data Sharing and Collaboration.”

TUgis 2009 will emphasize information sharing, or technology transfer, by anyone currently using geographic information systems (GIS) and anyone considering using GIS.

The confirmed plenary presenters for TUgis 2009 are Sean Gorman, CEO and founder of FortiusOne, which brings advanced geospatial technologies to market, and Clint Brown, director of software products at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). ESRI designs and develops the world's leading GIS technology.

TUgis 2009 provides GIS and other professionals with the opportunity to share their experiences and receive recognition for their work. The conference features concurrent sessions that include individual presentations, panel presentations, mini-workshops and a poster session. It also features an exhibit area with over 40 exhibitors, an ice-breaker social, a job mart, a map design competition and an ESRI “Doctor's Office.”

More than 500 GIS professionals from Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region are expected to attend TUgis 2009.

As with last year’s conference, TUgis will follow recommendations included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Guide to Planning and Conducting Environmentally Aware Meetings and Events. In addition to increased recycling efforts, TUgis 2009 will purchase a carbon offset from

Visit the TUgis web site for a preliminary program and registration form.

Jay Morgan, TU professor of geography and environmental planning, has organized the annual GIS conference since 1988.






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