GIS Day Is Fast Approaching

The second annual GIS Day is less than a month away—Wednesday, GIS Day 2000 logoNov. 15, 2000. Register your event now at

GIS Day is a grassroots, global event that was introduced in 1999 to enhance public awareness of the substantial contributions GIS technology is making in their communities. This year GIS users will once again open their doors to schools, Businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world GIS applications. Hundreds of organizations on five continents have already signed up to host events. Participants will communicate their work in geography and GIS by displaying maps/posters, giving demonstrations and lectures, and providing hands-on activities that allow people to see and experience the impact of GIS firsthand.

The GIS Day sponsors are asking GIS users worldwide to participate and help educate the world about GIS. Thousands of users are planning to build awareness and generate press for GIS by distributing copies of unique maps to their local newspapers, local congressperson, city manager or council, and related parties along with information about GIS Day. This effort will magnify GIS and the important role that it plays in our society.

Show the world your GIS! The GIS Day Web site ( provides a plethora of information and sample activities that can equip even a GIS novice with enough material to conduct a successful GIS Day activity.

Principal Sponsors—The National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Library of Congress, and Esri.

Associate Sponsors—American Congress for Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), American Geographical Society, American Planning Association (APA), Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE), National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), The Nature Conservancy, Open GIS Consortium, Inc., Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), the Wildlife Conservation Society, and The World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Please join us and help teach the world about the significance of geography and GIS technology. Learn more or register your event at

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