National Geographic Society
Chief Cartographer To Speak, Display Maps At 2005 GIS Day Nov. 16
Contact: David Sims
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
Nov. 9, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. -- On Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, the 7th annual Geographical
Information System (GIS) Day Conference and College Fair will be
held at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
(EOS) at the University of New Hampshire. The featured speaker for
the daylong event will be Allen Carroll chief cartographer and executive
vice president of National Geographic Maps.
Carroll will take GIS Day participants on a tour of 90 years of
mapmaking at the National Geographic Society. The collection on
display will be a sub-selection of maps from the society’s
historical and modern archives in Washington, D.C. The exhibition
will include approximately 100 global, regional and topical maps
created by society cartographers.
As chief cartographer, Carroll presides over the editorial and creative
efforts of the society’s map division, including the renowned
supplement maps published in National Geographic magazine, the Eighth
Edition Atlas of the World, published in fall 2004, and the National
Geographic Map Machine, an innovative world atlas on the Web.
GIS Day is a day set aside during National Geography Awareness Week
for geo-spatial science professionals to reach out and educate people
of all ages about the important contributions that geo-spatial,
science-related technologies make in all of our lives, including
such technologies as computerized mapping and “remote sensing”
of the Earth’s surface via satellite imagery.
The National Geographic Society has sponsored Geography Awareness
Week since 1987 to promote geographic literacy in schools, communities,
and organizations, with a focus on the education of children. GIS
Day is an annual event hosted by the New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium,
the UNH Office of the Vice President of Research and Public Service,
and EOS ‘s Complex Systems Research Center (CSRC).
For the event’s morning sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,
invited guests include hundreds of high school juniors, seniors,
and home-schooled students from all over New England. Geo-spatial
science professionals, university students, and the general public
are welcome from noon to 5 p.m. Carroll’s presentation will
be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., after which he will conduct a book
signing. Admission is free for all participants.
In addition to the National Geographic map collection, all GIS Day
2005 guests will be able to view an extensive modern cartographic
exhibition, a Geo-Spatial Science college fair, and hands-on tours
of CSRC’s state-of-the-art GIS and Remote Sensing laboratory.
In an effort to further enhance geographic knowledge, all student
guests will be provided with packets of information about geo-science
related technologies, topics, and career and educational opportunities.
For details on GIS Day 2005 and directions to Morse Hall, where
all events will be held, visit http://gisday.sr.unh.edu.
For further information about GIS Day 2005, contact Michael Routhier
at UNH by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone at (603) 862-1792.