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Be a GIS Day Champion

GIS Day will be officially celebrated November 14, 2018.
GIS Day will be officially celebrated November 14, 2018.

Calling all champions of GIS! The celebration that you’ve been waiting for all year—GIS Day—will officially be held November 14, 2018. This gives you less than one month to plan for the event you will attend or to arrange a program or presentation of your own.

GIS Day provides an international forum for GIS users to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. Plus, it’s a day for many of you to celebrate your profession and show colleagues, community members, and even friends and family members what you do.

For GIS Day, you could hold an open house, give a presentation, or conduct a workshop. You could, for example, demonstrate how to use ArcGIS Pro or how to author an Esri Story Maps app. Or you could get super creative. For example, a high school geography teacher in the United Kingdom once hosted Ashcloud Apocalypse, a challenge that gave students the opportunity to map the risks to their communities during a hypothetical volcanic eruption.

Your event can be open to your organization alone, to the public, or to a specific audience. You can host it on November 14 or another date that better meets your needs. Choosing another date is perfectly fine, as explained in this video.

Grade school children attended a GIS Day program at the University of Central Florida last year, where they learned about drones and ArcGIS Online.
Grade school children attended a GIS Day program at the University of Central Florida last year, where they learned about drones and ArcGIS Online.

How are some organizations around the world celebrating this year? Take a look:

Indonesia children and adults celebrated GIS Day in the Begek Kembar ecotourism area of mangroves.
Indonesia children and adults celebrated GIS Day in the Begek Kembar ecotourism area of mangroves.

View a story map about GIS Day.

Want to let the GIS community and the public know about your event? Fill out a registration form and include the name, description, and time and date of your event. That information will be uploaded to the GIS Day website map.

After registering, please check the map and make sure your event appears in the correct location with the correct information. Location matters!

About

Carla Wheeler is a technology writer and editor at Esri and a former journalist. She currently edits ArcWatch and works with Esri Story Maps apps. Follow @gisjourno.

About

Joseph Kerski is a geographer, Esri education manager, and an enthusiastic advocate for all things mapping. “Maps engage, maps inform, maps inspire,” he says. Kerski earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Follow @josephkerski.