GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.
The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.
The ESRI GIS Day website has a wide range of resources dedicated to people around the world wanting to celebrate GIS Day including:
- A map of GIS Day events taking place across the globe – don't forget to add your own event
ideas on promoting your event
ways to connect with the IS community
some hands-on exercise –for children, teenagers and adults