GIS Day Shows the World Geography

You’ve no doubt heard of Arbor Day, Ground Hog Day and Columbus Day. But, have you ever heard of GIS Day?

On Nov. 16, the Geography profession will celebrate GIS Day to create geographic awareness throughout the world. It’s a chance for GIS professionals to show how real-world applications are making a difference in society.

Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, The Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Esri, GIS Day is part of the National Geographic Society’s Geography Action, a year-long initiative encompassing key educational achievements such as GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week.

GIS Day Events

If you belong to a GIS department and would like to host your own event, GISday.com offers materials to help you get started, including sample agendas and sample presentations.

To find out what others are doing, this interactive map details GIS Day events all over the world. Here are some select U.S. events.

Los Angeles County is hosing a free event to show spectators that using digital maps, GIS records and spatial data helps communities and neighborhoods. The LA event will feature displays and demonstrations, a map gallery and games. Spectators will learn how GIS is used in emergency vehicles, local universities, elections, LA County sheriff vehicles, traffic management, LA County fire department and increasing Census-based funding by $300 Million.

Bureau of Land Management Montana’s Butte Field Office will be hosting its first GIS Day for area students. Students will be invited to the facility to learn how GIS is used in day-to-day operations to manage public lands. There will also be a GIS workshop to create a product that might be impacted by GIS technology.

The town of Fishers, Indiana, is hosting events to educate residents about GIS, cartography and how the Town uses geospatial technologies to make Fishers a great community. It will feature a large interactive map of Indiana.

Pinal County, Arizona, will be educating students on how they can use GIS tools for school projects.

Florence County, South Carolina, will celebrate GIS Day on Nov. 21 and 22 at South Florence High School. Approximately 400 9th grade students will learn about GIS technology. Teachers will use interactive activities to demonstrate how society uses data about people, places and things to visually represent daily life.

Winnebago County, Wisconsin, will present web-based tracking programs used to track structures that are affected by disaster.

In Fort Hamilton, New York, US Army Corps of Engineers’ GIS practitioners, scientists and program managers will share their state-of-the-art collaborative solutions utilizing Esri and Open Source GIS software platforms to provide unique, complex and challenging engineering, environmental, military and civil works solutions to the Nation.

For more information, visit GISday.com.

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