Every year, GIS Day is celebrated on the Wednesday of Geography Awareness Week. This year GIS Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. What are your GIS Day plans?
Here are some suggestions for celebrating GIS Day this year.
Attend a Local GIS Day Event
Many educational institutions, government agencies, and geospatial firms hold GIS day events. You can search for a local GIS Day event via the GISday.com site. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear ot be a search by address function, so you will have to zoom in and pan to your area of interest to see what events are being held locally.
Attend James Fee’s Geospatial Career Google+ Talk
The GIS career is changing and now is the time to strategize how to adapt. James Fee will be hosting a Google+ HangoutOnAir: “Geospatial Career Panel 2012: Navigating the Field.” The hangout will start at 10am PST (1pm EDT) on Wednesday, November 14. James Fee will be moderating questions with a panel of GIS industry professionals:
- David Dibiase, Director of Education for Esri’s Industry Solutions Division, has years of experience in GIS education, and will represent the academic sector and Esri.
- Kenny Miller, President Elect of NSGIC (National States Geographic Information Council) and Maryland’s Deputy Geographic Information Officer, will provide insights into public sector GIS.
- Jessica Touchard, Senior Recruiter with GeoSearch, Inc., will provide an overarching view of GIS jobs in the private sector.
Bake a GIS Day Cake
One of the things I truly enjoy about GIS is that it can integrate with just about any subject matter. I particularly love seeing artistic expression using geospatial technology and no GIS Day meeting is complete without some baked offerings. The Collegiate Baker has instructions on how to bake a globe cake which uses a Bundt cake mold, printed out continents, and lots of blue and green frosting.
Send a geoGreeting
GeoGreeting works by spelling out words based on buildings and other features within Google Maps that look like letters (more fun with GIS and Geography). Type in your message (up to 40 characters) and email the link to your recipient. The web page spells out the words to your greeting letter by letter.
Here’s my GIS Day greeting:
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