Powerful Mapping Tool Workshop Open to End Users

Jay Barrett/KMXT

Wednesday the Kodiak Island Borough is presenting an opportunity for the public to get to know a widely-used mapping software, that’s accessible on the web. Assemblywoman Rebecca Skinner highlighted some of its capabilities at last week’s meeting:

“I encourage the public to go see how different organizations in the community utilize GIS. And I think of GIS as mapping software, which I’m sure it’s more than that. But it’s a you know a fascinating field. If you look around at what the borough has done with mapping, you can go on the website and look up each parcel of property and see assessed value. And having lived in other places, that’s not a common thing to have such easy access to the maps and that information.”

The GIS protocols are a worldwide standard and can be used by many different computer platforms and organizations.

“GIS is used heavily by fish and game and fish and wildlife service, so there’s so many applications where this very unique and interesting tool. So if you don’t know about GIS, I encourage you to go to the event on the 10th, and if you do know about GIS, you’re probably already planning to go, so.”

The GIS Day will be on Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. at Kodiak Inn Harbor Room. It’ll go until 4 p.m. with a lunch break. Admission is free.

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