Computer cartographers will gather in Morgantown next week for West Virginia GIS Conference and Workshops 2004.

The conference will be May 10-14 in White Hall on West Virginia University’s downtown campus. WVU ’s Department of Geology and Geography and the West Virginia GIS Technical Center, both housed in White Hall, and the Office of the State GIS Coordinator are organizing the conference.

GIS , which stands for geographic information system, is a computer-based mapping system that combines layers of information about a place so users have a better understanding of an area. The data include elevation, hydrology, roads, cultural features, vegetation and soils .

The conference will bring together representatives from government agencies, businesses, academia and the state GIS user community who have an interest in geospatial research and its uses.

Activities include discussions on the use of GIS in Appalachia; software demonstrations; addressing and mapping; updates on the state’s GIS efforts; and various workshops.