GIS Day is an annual commemoration celebrated annually on the second Wednesday of November. In 2018, it will be observed on November 14. Geography is one of the important things that matter to everyone in everyday life. The Geographic Information System (GIS) can link the maps digitally to information. It enables us to visualize and understand patterns and its relationship. GIS can capture, display, analyze location data and thus helps in making powerful decisions. GIS Day celebrates both the technology of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the many ways in which the GIS software users are analyzing and solving problems.
“The application of GIS is limited only by the imagination of those who use it.” – Jack Dangermond
History of GIS Day
The GIS Day has been celebrated since the year 1999. Ralph Nader was the person who is credited with the creation of GIS Day. The Day was first held on November 19, 1999, by the National Geographic Society (NGS), the Association of American Geographers (AAG), along with the ESRI. Since then every third Wednesday of November is celebrated as this Day. Ralph Nader has considered that this celebration Day will be a good initiative for people to learn about geography and its applications or uses. GIS is computer-aided tools and services that will capture, store, check and display information related to the positions on Earth’s surface. It is an information system that will integrate, stores, edits, analyzes, shares, and displays the geographic information.
The GIS Day is created to celebrate the GIS with everyone and showcase the uses of it. The celebration also discovers and explores the benefits of the GIS and to build and nurture your GIS community. The Day brings the universities, schools, government agencies, non-profits, and GIS professionals together to build the knowledge of GIS in their communities, and thereby creating the understanding about the world we live in. The GIS helps in understanding the planet in a better way spatially. The principal sponsor of the Day includes National Geographic Society, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), Association of American Geographers (AAG), United States Geological Survey, Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and ESRI.
Other Celebrations on November 14
November 14 is also celebrated as
- Children’s Day
- Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
- National Spicy Guacamole Day
- World Diabetes Day
- National Pickle Day
- Operating Room Nurse Day
How to Celebrate GIS Day
Celebrating the GIS Day is very simple. Get to learn more about the Geographic Information System or the GIS, its applications and uses. You can participate in the local celebrations to find and explore the benefits of GIS. Educate children in the school by conducting events and activities with GIS like Geocaching. Discuss with them about the GIS, and its applications through presentations and make them understand better about this concept. Share your GIS Day celebration on the social media using the hashtag #GISDay.