GIS/GPS Integration Teams
NIFA funding and leadership of the Geographic
Information Systems/Global Positioning Systems
(GIS/GPS) Integration Teams offers GIS- and
GPS-savvy professionals the opportunity to
teach local groups to use these tools.
The teams bring together youth tech teams
and GIS-savvy mentors to help launch local “community
mapping” projects that provide local
decisionmakers with graphical maps to improve
public understanding of community situations.
These maps improve the quality of decisions
affecting the local community's social, economic,
or environmental conditions.
Mentors for this program come from USDA
and other federal agencies, and from private
and public organizations, such as ESRI (Environmental
Systems Research Institute). This partnership
has resulted in the establishment of intergenerational
GIS design teams in 15 states.
Annually, design teams will select and recommend
more than 30 youth and their adult advisors
to represent the GIS/GPS Integration Teams
at the annual ESRI conference in San Diego.
For more information, contact Tom
Tate in NIFA.
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