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UMFK to offer GIS workshop

April 13, 2007


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will offer an introductory Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshop on Monday, May 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. The cost is $50 which includes all materials.

The session is designed for beginners who are seeking an introduction to GIS. Participants are required to have a basic understanding of the Windows computer operating system.

The workshop provides an introduction to MapWindow GIS, free GIS software, and how to access free data provided over the internet. Topics covered during the session, include data quality concerns, computer requirements, downloading MapWindow GIS and other software needs, accessing data from Maine Office of Geographic Information Systems (OGIS) and other sources.

?This is a continuation of our very successful training sessions last summer but with a different focus. An understanding of geographical information system is important to real estate agents, foresters, emergency managers, and municipal and utility officials. Connecting information of any kind with geographic references is extremely useful and a powerful management tool,? said instructor Dave Hobbins, UMFK professor of forestry and environmental studies.

The University also offers advanced courses in GIS, at its state-of-the-art computer facilities each spring. The courses, most often taken by college students, also are open to the public for those who require more sophisticated training after taking the introductory workshop.

The workshop is open to 15 individuals. A second section will be offered on Tuesday, May 22, if there is a demand. Pre-registration is required. To register call the University at 834-7520. For information about the workshop contact Don Eno, at 834-7835.