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The Liberty County Assessors Mapping Department will have an open house on GIS Day today.
The public is invited to an interactive display between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the lobby of the courthouse annex, 112 N. Main St. in Hinesville.
Held each year on the Wednesday of National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 16-20 this year), GIS Day is to make people aware of geographic information system technology and its contributions in the fields of science, technology, information and the humanities. The open house provides an opportunity for those interested in GIS to see its applications.
Staff from the mapping department will demonstrate GIS views available on Liberty County’s Web site and promote awareness of services available through their office. Attendees will be encouraged to test drive the GIS viewers and to provide feed back to improve the tools.
GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about a location, such as streets, buildings, water features and terrain, and turns it into visual layers. The ability to see geographic features on a map gives users a better understanding of a particular location, helping planners, analysts and others see their communities.
According to Scott Wall, mapping supervisor for the assessors, GIS has been an invaluable tool for the office.
“Since its implementation, we have seen an increased number of property owners and developers needing maps. We are now able to produce maps with multiple data layers on top of a color aerial photograph showing everything from parcel and lot lines to voting precincts and hurricane surge zones.
“Although you may not be aware of it, GIS touches our lives daily. It is used throughout the world to solve problems related to the environment, health care, land use, business efficiency, education, and public safety.”
For more information about GIS Day visit www.libertycountyga.com, email scott.wall@libertycountyga.com or call 876-2823.
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