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She says Algoma Public Health uses local data to track the West Nile virus.

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"Say you're setting up a child care centre and you want to target the area where there's the most kids in the city, you would look towards GIS. And you can find that out in minutes," says Hoffman, who was one of the lead organizers of GIS Day at Algoma University on Wednesday,.

In fact, maps created using data from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tell a lot more.

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High school students attended the exhibits and took part in hands on outdoor GPS demonstrations and were also introduced to computer software.

"GIS benefits community planning. If you're looking to implement a service and you want to find out which is the best place in the city to put that service, then you can use GIS to study the demographics of the area.

"All of the city's sewer and sanitary water systems, electrical systems, everything is mapped. The PUC uses it, so if there's a power outage it can decipher which pole is the problem, what's on that pole, (and provide) the information you need to go and fix the outage."

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A picture tells a thousand words.

"GIS gives you a more visual interpretation of data that used to be found strictly on tables and spreadsheets," says Kristen Hoffman, a health GIS analyst with the Sault Innovation Centre's community geomatics centre.

The one day event offered a variety of exhibits dedicated to promoting GIS in careers and education. It coincided with the National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week.

He says GIS can take intricate, detailed data and create maps and diagrams that are easy to understand.

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Hoffman says GIS is used by municipalities to track and help repair services.

"I can give you a list Converse All Star Vintage Leather Trainers this long about how GIS can be applied to health, from epidemiology to tracking the H1N1 that came around last year, where is it now, where is the projected path that it is going to take, how quickly is it going to spread. All that kind of stuff. You can map it all with GIS. . . . GIS can be applied to health, it can be applied to natural resources, to marketing, business, to mining to military. It can be applied to just about anything."

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Sault College professor Heath Bishop lead the workshops for students at Wednesday's event.

to say just what GIS can do because it's so wide ranging. It's just getting bigger and bigger every year," Bishop says.

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"The exhibits give students information about where the industry is headed and how GIS is used at a variety of levels," Hoffman says. "Geomatics is becoming more widely used in high school education. Many teaches have access to GIS software. It's not a new field, but it is becoming more popular in different industries. Originally it was first used in forestry, basically. Now were seeing it come up in different fields of study."

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