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GIS Day 2001 Is Around the Corner!

On Wednesday, November 14, 2001, the third annual GIS Day will take place throughout the world. Many participants have already registered to host a GIS Day event, with events already registered in more than 32 countries. To register an event, please visit the GIS Day Web site ( Events taking place on GIS Day 2001 range from open houses to hands-on demonstrations, such as:

  • On GIS Day 2001, the City of Sioux Falls, Iowa, GIS Division will host local elementary schools and teach students the value of geography using GIS tools. It will host an open house for citizens and users of its GIS data highlighting the new 0.5-foot pixel color aerial photography and Compaq iPAQs running ArcPad.
  • Visit the United States Geological Survey Rocky Mountain Mapping Center in Denver, Colorado, where GIS technologies and methods are used to investigate urban growth, natural hazards, biodiversity, and other topics. The public can also tour the location where three-dimensional models of the earth and digital images are generated and where nearly 50 million USGS topographic and thematic maps, books, and CD-ROMs are housed under a 17-acre roof. Get details.
  • At the University of Montana, in Missoula, Montana, the Earth Observation Satellite Education Project will partner with local GIS professionals from the private and public sector to provide a hands-on introduction to GIS for the local K-12 community of Missoula. In addition, the Missoula GIS Users Group will sponsor a map gallery, keynote address, and panel discussion dealing with changes in water quality over time for the Bitterroot and Clark Fork watersheds that flow together in Missoula Valley. Get details.
  • The City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, will host an open house to demonstrate the multiple uses of GIS in the City. Representatives from educational institutions, GIS user groups, and GIS organizations and companies will be present to answer questions and provide interesting GIS application demonstrations. Get details.

New GIS Day Materials

The GIS Day committee now offers materials that will assist you in planning your event, such as PowerPoint presentations, logos, sample agendas, banners, certificates of participation, international translations, and age-specific activities for students from K-12 as well as higher education. Students will learn about geography and GIS through computer- and noncomputer-based lessons.

Once you have registered your GIS Day event, you may download any of these materials from or request a GIS Day CD containing these materials by sending your name and mailing address to Amy Thorson at

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