Esri to Co-Host GIS Day at the University of Redlands

Redlands, California November 6, 2013—Esri will co-host a  GIS Day celebration with the  University of Redlands and the  City of Redlands on November 20, 2013, 1:00 p.m.–7:45 p.m., on the university campus. All events are free and open to the public.

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information system (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

Every year in November, GIS Day is celebrated around the world.

"GIS Day is an excellent initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS," said Esri president Jack Dangermond. "Everyone is welcome to participate, and we are grateful to the City of Redlands and the University of Redlands for co-hosting the event with Esri."

“University of Redlands uses spatial reasoning infused throughout the institution to enhance curriculum, research and operations. We’re pleased to partner with Esri and the City of Redlands to educate our local community about the power of GIS and showcase the work of our students and faculty,” said University of Redlands President, Ralph Kuncl.

GIS Day activities will begin with an open house at Hunsaker Plaza and include the following:

  • Hands-on mapping, technology demonstrations, and University of Redlands student and faculty project posters
  • Information regarding the City of Redlands' award-winning 311 smartphone app for geotagging and reporting problems
  • Refreshments, free maps, and other GIS-themed giveaways

The open house will be followed at 4:00 p.m. by a colloquium at Gregory Hall room 161 sponsored by the Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems (MS GIS) program at the University of Redlands. During the colloquium, students will share a variety of innovative GIS applications that are solving problems for clients around the world. A guest lecture at 6:15 p.m. at the Casa Loma Room sponsored by the Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis will feature Dr. Hal Nelson, research assistant professor, School of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Nelson will present "Getting to Yes? The Sustainable Energy Modeling Program, a Decision Support System for Infrastructure Siting." The lecture will be preceded by dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Inspired by the renowned activist Ralph Nader, the first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. For more information, visit

About University of Redlands

The  University of Redlands is an independent, non-profit, liberal arts, and sciences university founded in 1907 and is consistently ranked among the best universities in the nation. A campus-wide initiative, LEarNing Spatially (LENS), promotes  spatial thinking in curriculum, programs and research. It harnesses the integrative power of geography with technologies to help faculty and students visualize knowledge, solve problems and understand relationships through a spatial lens.

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at


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