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Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries

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GIS Day November 2019 web banner depicting Civil War era map of Nashville

The theme of Vanderbilt University’s annual GIS Day is “Mapping Tennessee from the Civil War to the Present.” The day will feature hands-on GIS workshops, followed by two sessions highlighting this theme. The first of these brings local experts together to discuss the challenges and successes of using GIS in Civil War mapping projects. The second panel, featuring members from industry and local government, focuses on professionals that currently use GIS in Tennessee. 

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Morning GIS Workshops

Held in Heard Central Library Room 612A (Poetry Room)

9:10 – 10:00        Intro to GIS (Software, Data Sources, Terminology)

10:10 - 11:00      Introduction to ArcGIS Online and StoryMaps


Held at the Center for Digital Humanities, Buttrick Hall, 344

12:10 - 1:00pm   Sponsored by the Library's Digital Scholarship and Communications Office (DiSC) 

Afternoon Forums

Held at the Center for Digital Humanities, Buttrick Hall, 344

1:10 – 2:30pm     GIS in TN – Mapping the Civil War

Stacy Curry-Johnson, Vanderbilt Library

Susan Knowles, Digital Humanities Research Fellow at The Center for Historic Preservation (MTSU)

Brandon Hulette, Associate professor, ROTC (VU)

Andrew Fialka, Assistant Professor History (MTSU)

Zada Law, Director, Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology (MTSU)

3:10 – 4:30pm     GIS in TN – Mapping the Present

Dennis Pedersen, TN Director of GIS Services

David Ladd, United States Geological Survey

Jennifer Higgs, Manager, GIS and Mapping Services, Metro Planning

Justin Graham, Director Barge Design, Inc.

Silas Mathes, Senior Project Analyst BDY Environmental

Christine Munisteri, Geojobe

US Army Corps of Engineers Representative


4:30 – 5:30pm     Sponsored by the Center for Digital Humanities