University of Texas at Arlington

GIS Day 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, noon-5pm, UT Arlington Central Library Parlor (6th floor)

Come and have fun learning about geographic information systems (GIS) and the various ways our faculty and students are using the technology.

  • Featured Talk on DFW Architectural History using GIS by Dr. Kate Holliday
  • GPS in the Library Mall: Cache, if You Can!
  • Numerous GIS Research Poster Presentations - You Can Be a Presenter!
  • Peruse Examples of Spatial Analysis and Maps
  • Chat with others
  • Food, Prizes
  • Partake in the giant GIS Day cake!

Stay the entire afternoon, arrive late or leave early! Your attendance would be appreciated as we join in this global event to educate millions of people. Your participation could make a difference!

Who should attend?
All individuals interested in how geography, through the technology of GIS, affects your everyday life!

Showcase your work at GIS Day!
We invite all interested faculty, students, and staff to participate in the GIS Research Showcase.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact Joshua Been, Central Library, Information Literacy, at (817) 272-5826 or Two weeks notice is necessary for seamless access.


Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Time: noon-5pm
Location: UT Arlington Central Library Parlor (6th floor)

Schedule of Events:
  • Noon - 1 pm:Featured Talk on DFW Architectural History using GIS by Dr. Kate Holliday
  • 1 pm - 2:15 pm: Showcase Campus Use of GIS - Food, Prizes, and a whole heap of fun!
  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: ArcGIS Explorer: Free Cloud-Based GIS
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: GPS in the Library Mall: Cache, if You Can!


Dr. Kate Holliday -- "Mapping DFW: Exploring Architectural History using GIS"

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Time: 12 noon-1:00 pm
Location: UT Arlington Central Library, Parlor (6th floor)

How do cities grow?  Why do we build them the way we do?  Who decides what buildings get built – where they are and what they look like? What does the architecture of our cities tell us about our own cultural histories?  As an architecture historian, Kathryn Holliday asks and answers these kinds of questions.  She is the author most recently of the book Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century (Rizzoli, 2012) and serves as the Director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture. For GIS Day, Dr. Holliday will discuss a current project focused on the history of DFW as stored in cartographic maps and images.  For the past three years, Dr. Holliday and her students in her course ‘The Life of Cities: Modernism in Context’ have taken scanned maps from the UT Arlington Library’s Special Collections and georeferenced them using ArcGIS software.  By overlaying these georeferenced maps atop each other, students and other researchers are able to begin to piece together the architectural and broader history of the region.  Once georeferenced, Dr. Holliday’s students compiled metadata and converted the maps into Google Earth format.  This semester (Fall 2012), UCLA’s Hypercities Project, a leader in digital humanities resources, is beginning to spotlight these DFW maps.


UT Arlington Central Library
Parlor (6th floor)
702 Planetarium Place
Arlington TX 76019

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