Map stories focus of forums

Free geographic information forums offered

The impact of geographic information on decision making in the Cayman Islands will be the focus of two forums hosted by the Lands and Survey Department. 

The department’s free event, with the theme “Story Maps – What’s your [Cayman Map] story?” will be held at Sir Vassel Johnson Hall at UCCI on Nov. 20, and at Layman E. Scott High School in Cayman Brac on Dec. 12. 

The conference-type event is open to the public from 1-4 p.m. From 1-2 p.m., government and private school students from Year 6 and above can find out about career opportunities in the field of geographic information. 

Lands and Survey encourages the public to attend, ask questions, learn about how geographic information affects decision making in the territory and bring their stories and maps that tell a story. “Learn about GeoStories,” or geographic stories, are story maps that organize and simplify information, from demographic trends to development patterns, using geographic data. They tell the story of a place, event, issue, trend, or pattern in a geographic context.  

This year, the department is offering a Caymap Student Package, a program that allows students and educators to participate in an online mapping program and work on mapping projects. 

Free booths are available for organizations that want to demonstrate their own map stories.