Wednesday, August 08, 2007

USVI 3rd Annual GIS Conference

The Virgin Islands Geospatial Information Council (VIGIC) has scheduled its Third Annual GIS Conference this year for Nov 14 - 16, 2007 at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort on St. Thomas USVI.

Themed “Empowering A Community of Users: Building A Strong Geospatial Connected Network Throughout The Caribbean. Advancing Policies and Best-Practices,” it is designed to promote the expansion of internal and external resource capabilities to improve knowledge and resource sharing. This year’s conference aim is empowering citizens, practitioners, technical experts, governmental staff, and a host of other equally critical partners in becoming involved.

The 2006 conference presentations are pretty interesting and can be found here. This event along with GSDI 10 in Trinidad in Feb 2008 and the 4th Caribbean GIS Conference in the Caymans in Aug 2008, makes three GIS conferences in the Caribbean over the next 12 months.

USVI's Height Modernization Project and related applications - flood plain mapping, storm water and sewer utility management, large scale engineering projects, hurricane evacuation and recovery planning, and topographic mapping - are likely to be featured.

Experts from around the Caribbean and the USVI will be there to share their expertise in building effective geospatial clearinghouses and in building institutional capacities for advancing GIS systems. As the crisis of global warming continues to astound and baffle people around the world, we will begin to better understand the role that geospatial information and technology plays in the larger vision of securing and safeguarding our environment and critical infrastructure. For further information please contact:

Theresa Anduze-Parris, PhD.
GIS Coordinator, Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Interim Chair, VIGIC
t. (340) 773-6459 x3131

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