Mappamondo GIS and the University of Parma thank all those that participated to the GIS Day 2007
and invite you all to following years events!
The event, organized by Mappamondo GIS and the Department of Environmental Sciences, was held in the wonderful context of the science hall and auditorium at the Parma University Campus. Various public and private institutions, university students, high school groups and generic public attended the full day seminar. An exhibit hall was also available for software demonstrations and map galleries.
The opening was performed by the Chancellor of Parma University, Dr. Gino Ferretti. The various presentations covered several aspects of the application of GIS based on the theme "GIS: Development, research and land management". Particular success was also achieved by the presentations for the high schools and the technical workshops on ArcGIS 9.2.
The guest key-note speakers presented innovative applications of GIS with a very interesting technical content. Stefano Brigaglia from ESRI Italy illustrated the new functionalities and products of the ESRI suite and some interesting case study applications. Ivan Tani from Hera S.p.A presented their ArcGIS Server based system for utilities emergency management while Simone Vicenti illustrated a methodology to assess habitat suitability for the farming of the Philippine clam. Michele Vittorio from Mappamondo GIS presented the innovative training opportunities on the use of GIS technology for marine and coastal environment management (Dive GIS) and for the study of landslide processes. Several projects concerned local applications of GIS demonstrating the large use of this technology within the local government.
To be highlighted the speeches from Paolo Camuti Borani about the GIS as a support tool within Parma Province and surrounding Municipalities, and from the Environmental Protection Agency staff about the use of GIS by the Meteorological Services department to map agricultural crops from remotely sensed data.
The variety of the public that attended the event in the auditorium and on the web demonstrated the quality and variety of the presentations.
The event was webcasted live on the internet and followed by several people on the web. Recorded videos are available for download on this website (Italian only).
The GIS Day is a great chance to network the representatives and stake-holders of various domains that in different ways and at different levels apply GIS technologies to take better decisions as well as to introduce these powerful tools and methodologies to people new to them . Mappamondo GIS and the Department of Environmental Sciences of Parma University hope that the GIS Day will become a yearly appointment for the current and future GIS community. Held each year on the Wednesday of National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week (November 11–17 in 2007), GIS Day is a global event that celebrates geographic information system (GIS) technology, the innovative technology that uses geography to bring countless benefits to the world. From the beaches of Jamaica to the deserts of Saudi Arabia, events are scheduled in 53 countries.
Mappamondo GIS and Parma University provide an opportunity for those curious about GIS to see its applications in action.
9:30 am – 7:00 pm: Series of speeches held by our keynote speakers on the subject: “GIS: Development, research and environmental management” (details in Italian only)
10:00 am – 7 pm: Various activities will be carried on in different areas of the exhibit:
Technical workshops: What is GIS and introduction to ArcGIS/What’s new in ArcGIS 9.2 This two technical workshops of 30 minutes each will be held every hour. Technical questions are also welcome during this session
GIS applications in the province of Parma: GIS applications developed by public administrations, university and other institutions in the province of Parma will be presented in this corner.
GIS Day around the world: A live link with other GIS Day events held in the five continents.
Mappamondo GIS showcase: Software demonstrations and educational activities in the field of geographic information systems for the management of natural resources, protected areas, fishery and conservation of marine ecosystems.
The learning path: “How GIS answers your geographic questions” A challenging path consisting of geographic questions and guided practical exercises on GIS software.