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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
November 19, 2002

                             CITY CO-SPONSORS GIS DAY IN HONOLULU

           The City, State and local groups will join others throughout the world in observing Thursday, November 21 as GIS (Geographic Information System) Day.  The event promotes geographic literacy in schools, communities and organizations.

           About 320 students from Moanalua Middle School, as well as Red Hill and Waiau Elementary Schools, will gather in McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Park to learn the many practical applications of GIS technology.  The students will attend two separate sessions, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

          “This is an outstanding opportunity to appreciate how much GIS in particular and computers in general can improve the quality of our lives,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “Our city has been strongly committed to utilizing this technology to improve its services and communications with the public.”

            Among other purposes, City agencies use GIS technology for:

  • Locating sewer lines island-wide to facilitate their repair and maintenance.
  • Providing geographic information needed for reviewing building permits.
  • Mapping out flood zones, hazardous sites and civil defense shelters for emergency responses.
  • Linking real property ownership for tax assessment purposes.
  • Tracking crime patterns geographically for better law enforcement response.

           The Hawaii Geographic Alliance, an education consortium for promoting the understanding of geography, is co-sponsoring this 4th annual event for Honolulu.  Other co-sponsors include the City and State governments, the Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), STI Services and ESRI Honolulu.  Gemini Tech donated 20 laptop computers for the event.

           GIS Day is a grassroots event that encourages organizations to open their doors to schools, businesses and the general public to showcase real-world applications of GIS technology.  It is being held in conjunction with Geography Awareness Week, which runs from November 12 – 18 with the theme “Exploring Your Public Lands.”

 

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