October 30, 2019 Library of Congress Hosts GIS Day 2019
Event Focuses on Cultural Preservation and Disaster Response “In The Shadows of Notre Dame”
Press Contact: Deanna McCray-James (202) 707-9322
Public Contact: John Hessler (202) 707-7223
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The Library of Congress will celebrate GIS (Geographic Information Science) Day on Nov. 13 with an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology and 3D mapping in cultural heritage preservation and disaster response.
The discussions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street. S.E., Washington, D.C. Reservations for this event can be obtained by visiting https://2019gisday.eventbrite.com. The event is free and open to the public.
GIS Day — held during Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18) — is an annual, global celebration of GIS and mapping technology, with events held by organizations around the world. Formally started in 1999, GIS Day aims to provide a forum to promote the benefits of GIS research, demonstrate real-world applications of GIS and foster open idea sharing and growth in the GIS community.
The Library’s morning session will open with a keynote address by Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, co-chair of the Congressional French Caucus focusing on Cultural Heritage Preservation Mapping and Congressional Policy. The morning also will feature talks on the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire and the use of GIS and computer vision in disaster response planning and cultural heritage preservation.
The afternoon session will concentrate on applications of the technology with case studies on historic building and engineering archives in cultural preservation, advanced spatial analysis and 3D mapping of UNESCO World Heritage sites
Morning: Coffee at 8:30 a.m. with program beginning at 9 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction of Librarian
Paulette Hasier, Chief, Geography and Map Division
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Cultural Heritage Preservation, Mapping and Congressional Policy Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas
Notre Dame, Computer Vision and the Future of GIS in Cultural Heritage Preservation
John Hessler, Library of Congress & Topology Lab for Virtual Geographic Environments
Documenting Cultural Resources Through GIS
Diedre McCarthy and Catherine Lavoie, Historic American Buildings Survey,
National Park Service
Afternoon: 1-3:30 p.m.
Architectural Archives in Cultural Preservation
Mari Nakahara, Curator of Architecture, Prints and Photographs Division
The Evolution of Data Driven 3D GIS at the National Capital Planning Commission
Kenneth Walton, National Capital Planning Commission, Policy & Research Division
Lhasa VR - Documenting the Historic Tibetan Capital Through 3D GIS
Will Rourk and Guoping Huang, Scholars Lab, University of Virginia.
Questions and Closing Remarks
There will be an open house in the Geography and Map Division from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
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