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Celebrate GIS Day at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, November 13th!

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The Library of Congress is proud to celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 13th with a showcase event: In the Shadows of Notre Dame: Geographic Information Science, 3D Mapping and Cultural Heritage Preservation. The all-day series of discussions will be held from 8:30am to 3:30pm in Room LJ-119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First Street SE, Washington, D.C.). Following the discussion series will be an Open House in the Geography and Map Division from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Both events are free and open to the public, but we request you make a reservation by visiting

GIS Day at the Library of Congress will feature a series of talks on the use of GIS technology and 3D mapping in cultural heritage preservation and disaster response. Following opening remarks from the Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, Senator John Boozman of Arkansas, co-chair of the Congressional French Caucus focusing on Cultural Heritage Preservation Mapping and Congressional Policy, will deliver a keynote address in the morning session. The morning will then continue with talks on the use of GIS technologies in assessing the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire and preserving cultural resources.

The afternoon session will focus on a variety of technological approaches to supporting cultural preservation, including archival study and 3D mapping. Following the afternoon session of talks, the Geography and Map Division will host an open house from 3:30 to 4:30pm. The Geography and Map Division can be found in Room LM-B01 on the Basement Floor of the Madison Building (101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.), which is across the street from the Jefferson Building.

Nouveau Paris monumental : itinéraire pratique de l'étranger dans Paris. Map by Garnier Freres, 1878. Geography and Map Division.
Nouveau Paris monumental : itinéraire pratique de l’étranger dans Paris. Map by Garnier Freres, 1878. Geography and Map Division.


Morning Session: 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 Session: 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

Geography and Map Reading Room Open House to follow from 3:30-4:30pm.

We hope to see you there!

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