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MORE THAN MAPS. Geographic Information Systems help to predict things like hurricanes, tornados and the spread of disease through combining graphic characteristics or features in the world with detailed information about those features.

Celebrating two decades of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology

Indiana University’s annual GIS Day highlights the life-saving potential of maps, geographic modeling

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—On November 28, Indiana University is set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of GIS Day—the annual worldwide celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and its applications. The celebration will take place at the Herman B Wells Library lobby at IU Bloomington from noon–4pm.

Geographic Information Systems are the systems that help to predict things like hurricanes, tornados and the spread of disease through combining graphic characteristics or features in the world with detailed information about those features. These are then collated into a database referenced to geographic location.

The keynote will be delivered by Elaine Guidero, U.S. Geological Survey, “Mistakes I’ve made: Getting it right when it went wrong,” from noon-1pm

Through GIS, researchers and staff, nonprofits, businesses and government agencies are able to make effective, more-informed decisions in response to information presented in the database. These decisions could potentially save lives when it comes to natural phenomena.

GIS Day is a worldwide celebration of the GIS technology, and IU will take part in the celebrations again this year. GIS Day attendees will have a chance to learn more about GIS technology, meet GIS professionals and learn about internships and GIS careers.

Highlights for the day will include:

  • Keynote by Elaine Guidero, U.S. Geological Survey, “Mistakes I’ve made: Getting it right when it went wrong,” from noon-1pm
  • Information booths about new research
  • Google Earth Engine demo
  • Virtual Sphere and Science on a Sphere
  • Bloomington and Monroe County GIS data imagery
  • Training on GIS tools and topics

To learn more about GIS Day, visit: gisday.indiana.edu

About GIS
GIS is a multibillion-dollar industry employing hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. GIS converts the rows and columns in databases and spreadsheets to maps displaying locations for new businesses, routes for emergency responders and geological features for locating minerals, oil or gas. GIS technologies provide value to organizations of all sizes and users in almost every industry by supporting better decision-making, improved communication and greater efficiency.

About GIS at Indiana University
Indiana University staff provides support for GIS technologies on all Indiana University campuses, and contributes to state efforts in building a single map for Indiana. Indiana University's advanced computing and networking infrastructure serves as the foundation for state-of-the-art GIS instructional facilities. The Indiana University GIS community has access to enterprise GIS services, geospatial data libraries and professional software to support academic and research excellence in diverse fields.