Every year, GIS Day is celebrated on the Wednesday of Geography Awareness Week. GIS Day was first celebrated in 1999. This year GIS Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. What are your GIS Day plans?
Here are some suggestions for celebrating GIS Day this year. If you have a suggestion to add to this list for GIS Day, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 GIS Day Online
If you aren’t able to make a local GIS day event, participate online by tracking events and photos happening on GIS Day via social media by following the hashtag #gisday on both Twitter and Google+.
If you are a participant on the 3D virtual reality game, Second Life, you can also experience the remnants of a virtual 2009 GIS Day held by the New Mexico State University’s GIS students and Geography professor, Michael DeMers. NMSU’s College of Extended Learning and Information and Communications Technologies maintains a virtual environment on Second Life called Aggie Island. The virtual GIS Day map gallery has been kept up as an example of how to use a medium such as Second Life to facilitate learning and collaboration. The virtual GIS Day can be accessed from within Second Life via the landmark: AggieLand Public, NMSU Aggie Island (133, 76, 26).
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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