geographic information science club
mission of the club
The mission of The GI Science Club is:
- to help SCSU students build professional careers in GI Science in government, private industry, and academia by exposing club members to national, regional, and local events where they may learn more about applications in GI Science;
- to create networking opportunities with professionals in GI Science at conferences and workshops; and,
- to increase awareness of the importance of and opportunities in GI Science both on and off campus.
Marwin Gonzalez, May 2008 Geography Graduate, speaking at the Jobs in Geospatial Technology Panel Discussion on March 31, 2008.
students: planning for a career in gi science
about gi science
Geographic Information Science (GI Science) refers to the systematic use of geospatial technologies for scientific research and decision support using quantitiative and qualitative methods. It is widely practiced in many fields, including:
- emergency management, defense, and government;
- business applications such as marketing, retail site selection, and logistics;
- natural resource management;
- public health and safety;
- education; and,
- scientific inquiry in geography, urban studies, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, political science, history, economics, environmental science, biology, and chemistry.
See an Industries Overview to read case studies of applications or look at an Interdisciplinary Book using Geographic Information Systems.
what is geospacial technology and why do we study it?
The geospatial technology sector accounts for over $20 billion in annual revenue and includes a variety of geospatial information technologies including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), and global positioning systems (GPS). The sector is included in the list of 14 targeted industries in the U.S. President's High Growth Job Training Initiative, along with other growth industries like aerospace, biotechnology, and financial services. The US Department of Education lists Geospatial Technology as one of three emerging industries, including biotechnology and nanotechnology. Applications in the Geospatial Technoloy industry are highly integrated with planning, decision-making, and critical functions in many other fields including science, business and commerce, natural resource management, utilities, emergency response and homeland security, and local, state, and federal government.
state of connecticut gis day 2008
The GI Science Club is co-organizing and hosting the GIS Day event on November 19 with the Connecticut Geospatial Information Systems Council. Local GIS Day events are held in over 80 countries around the world, and in all 50 states, to celebrate the contributions of Geographic Information Science and Geographic Information Systems to many broad categories of human endeavours. Large sponsors of GIS Day in the United States include the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, and the Library of Congress. Click here to read more about GIS Day worldwide.
This year's event is being held in the Adanti Student Center and features speakers from diverse fields including:
- Computer Science;
- Library Science;
- Modern Languages;
- Public Health; and,
- City government and private enterprise.
In addition, the Geospatial Information Systems Council is soliciting posters for an all-day poster session during the event. The council will meet from 2:30 - 3:30.
Click here to go to the GI Science Club's GIS Day 2008 site.
executive board and faculty adviser
In order to contact the Geographic Information Science Club, e-mail the club directly or one of the following people:
President: Colin Johnson
Vice President: Peter Doria
Secretary: Jeb Stevens
Treasurer: Matthew Wellington
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Eric West