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  • The National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is inviting the public to attend its 16th annual national Geographic Information System (GIS) Day Exposition, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on Wednesday, November 14.
  • To be staged under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Driving Logistics and Transportation’, the exposition will feature schools and public- and private-sector entities showcasing their use of geospatial technologies such as GIS and global positioning systems (GPS) in carrying out daily operations.

The National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is inviting the public to attend its 16th annual national Geographic Information System (GIS) Day Exposition, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on Wednesday, November 14.

To be staged under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Driving Logistics and Transportation’, the exposition will feature schools and public- and private-sector entities showcasing their use of geospatial technologies such as GIS and global positioning systems (GPS) in carrying out daily operations.

“Infrastructure managers, engineers, architects, business persons – everybody can use GIS. Whether you are from business, public sector, secondary schools, tertiary institutions, we invite you to come out and learn as much as you can about geospatial technologies and see how they can aid you in some area or another,” said Senior GIS Manager and Trainer at the NSDMD, Simone Lloyd.

Ms. Lloyd was speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’ to launch a series of activities to commemorate Geography Awareness Week.

The GIS Day Exposition at the Assembly Hall, at the UWI, Mona, will entail more than an exhibition from participants. There will be several competitions throughout the day to engage the more than 2,000 secondary and tertiary students expected to attend the event.

“There will be a big geography and ‘GIS Bee’ competition in which students will answer questions from the CSEC and CAPE curricula and other predetermined material. They will also be asked questions about how the Government and private-sector entities at the exposition utilise GIS to carry out their work,” Ms. Lloyd said.

“There will also be a big fashion show competition around the theme and a spatial application competition where we engage the students in how to create a spatial app for a particular purpose.

There will be tours of the campus throughout the day,” she added.

The exposition is the largest event being hosted by the NSDMD in recognition of Geography Awareness Week and is being held on International GIS Day. The two-week span of activities, ending on November 16, have been sponsored by the HEART Trust/NTA and the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU). The observance will end with a GIS Symposium at the CMU on November 16.