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November 11th, 2019
Library of Congress Hosts GIS Day 2019: Focus on Cultural Preservation & Disaster Response “In The Shadows of Notre Dame”

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

Schedule

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

Opening Remarks

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

All Speakers

There will be an open house in the Geography and Map Division from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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