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Discovering the world through GIS


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

  • videos

  • ideas on promoting your event

  • ways to connect with the IS community

  • some hands-on exercise –for children, teenagers and adults