Johnson City Public Library will host a digital mapping workshop for teens and adults on Thursday, February 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. The session will be led by Geospatial Project Manager Link Elmore from Johnson City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division. Participants will learn how to create interactive maps for the web using the city’s Open Data site and ArcGIS Online. Registration is required and can be completed here.
Elmore will teach participants how to use Johnson City’s Open Data and GIS applications through the hands-on exercise of creating story maps called “My Johnson City.” Attendees will choose three places in the city to map, such as schools, businesses, or parks. Participants are encouraged to bring digital photos of places they want to map, but it’s not required.
Elmore says the workshop will focus on the city’s Open Data portal because it is a multi-purpose resource for the public. It is particularly helpful for students, developers, architects, and engineers. Elmore explains that among many other benefits, GIS technology and open data applications contribute to Johnson City’s overall economic development. “For example,” he says, “people often use our data to evaluate sites for possible investment and site preparation, which is a great way to mitigate costs without moving dirt or putting boots on the ground.”
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