April 9, 2004

Contact: Ken Nelson, Kansas Geological Survey, (785) 864-2164.

Geographic information specialists to meet in Kansas City April 18-22

LAWRENCE -- Homeland security and emergency management will be among the topics of discussion when about 750 geographic information system specialists from across the Midwest gather in Kansas City, Mo., this month to discuss the latest in computers, mapping and data.

The MidAmerica Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Symposium will be at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, 2345 McGee St., April 18 through 22. The Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, is helping to organize the event.

There will be presentations on homeland security and GIS, wireless technologies, mapping on the Web, computer security and legal issues related to GIS. In addition to mapping specialists, the meeting will attract engineers, city and county planners, surveyors and utility company employees.

The program also features 37 short courses related to the use of GIS technology in areas such as emergency management, law and public information, health and human services, global positioning systems and infrastructure management.

Keynote speakers include Barbara J. Ryan, associate director for geography for the U.S. Geological Survey, the nation's largest civilian mapping agency. Other featured speakers include Walter Schroeder, professor of geography at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Jim Harlan, of the University of Missouri-Columbia and co-author of "Atlas of Lewis and Clark in Missouri," published in 2003 by the University of Missouri Press.

Registration for the meeting is $175. Charges for short courses are extra. More information, including the full program, is available at magicweb.kgs.ku.edu/.

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