GINA is a mechanism within the University of Alaska (UA) for sharing data and technical capacity among Alaskan, Arctic, and world communities.
Established in 2001 as an initiative of UA’s President, GINA promotes collaboration at the local, state, and federal levels by increasing community-wide participation in the discovery and use of geospatial data. GINA’s products and services greatly expand the range of available analysis capabilities in order to better address research and management requirements.
|Mitch, Will and I (Dayne) represented GINA at the 4th annual GeoFest activity this last weekend....|
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Mitch, Will and I (Dayne) represented GINA at the 4th annual GeoFest activity this last weekend. GeoFest an event put on as part the Geography Awareness Week; an event sponsored by the Alaska Geographic Alliance and the UA Geography Program. Mitch and Will joined me representing
This year we had two booth activities:
The first activity was the WhatWhere online map quiz. WhatWhere is a quiz that asks participates to try and identify what they are looking at or where the location is they looking at from GINA datasets throughout Alaska. This web map version created by Will expands on the idea from last years printed out version from last year by taking it online and using the GINA web services feeds for our datasets.
The second ad-hoc activity was inspired because Will brought his LeapMotion controller. The LeapMotion controller tracks hands and fingers allowing you to control applications with hand motions and gestures. The Google Earth integration is great and allowed kids and parents to fly around in Google Earth looking for interesting things such as the Great Pyramids or the UAF Campus. We ended up with a line of people and a few repeat visitors. We’ll be bringing a few of these to our booth at the Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference in March so more people can try out this fun interface to Google Earth and GINA data. Seen below is Lakeye Scott who was visiting GeoFest from being stationed for his first winter in Fairbanks Alaska at the Eielson Airforce Base.
Mitch and Will holding down the fort:
GINA receives numerous geospatial data sets, many in real time. Information is then rapidly processed and managed for use by scientiﬁc researchers, state and federal agencies, and the general public.
GINA is involved with many Alaskan, Arctic and International projects. Our goal is to increase community-wide participation in the discovery and sharing of geospatial data.
GINA teams with partner institutions and agencies to create information products and services that are used in a variety of projects to better display and understand spatial information.