An international symposium on geographic information systems (GIS), which are advanced forms of technological software used to analyse and present geographical data, took place in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on November 3-4.

GIS is a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage and present all types of spatial or geographical data. Its applications and technologies are popular around the world in a number of fields, including national defence, the environment, healthcare, economic development, agriculture and forestry, tourism, urban and traffic management, natural disaster warning and climate change response.

Vietnam started researching GIS in the 1980s and a number of its top-rated tools are applied in agriculture and forestry planning, forest management, maps and surveys, land registry, information and transport management, tourism and climate change adaptation.

The University of Information and Communication Technology (UICT), part of the Thai Nguyen University, has been successful in integrating GIS into monitoring public buildings and making environment maps for agricultural production, amongst others.

At the symposium, scientists submitted more than 30 papers on GIS in remote sensing, information technology and communications, medical techniques, climate change response, and sustainable agriculture and forestry development.

On the occasion, the UICT announced the establishment of a GIS research centre which is expected to open up cooperation opportunities with scientists throughout the region.

The event was co-hosted by the UICT and Feng Chia University of Taiwan (China).-VNA