Numerous Public Events to be Held across Canada and Worldwide Promoting the Value of Geographic Information and Technology to Society
TORONTO – November 3, 2010 – Geography is a key element in most decisions we make. Whether it's finding the best site for a new facility, optimizing routes for school buses and ambulances, or tracking the spread of diseases, analyzing location-based information is essential to making sound decisions. Geographic information system (GIS) technology has revolutionized the way spatial information is collected, managed and shared. It has enabled advanced spatial analysis, enhancing the discovery and understanding of our world. This year, GIS Day will be celebrated worldwide on November 17, during Geography Awareness Week (November 14-20). Numerous schools, governments, businesses and GIS users across Canada will host various activities in celebration of this event to raise awareness for the benefits of GIS to our society.
In 2009, more than 60 ESRI Canada customer organizations held map exhibits, demonstrations, lectures, workshops, games and other activities to showcase their applications on GIS Day. This number has grown every year as there are many advantages in participating in GIS Day. The event helps professional users introduce GIS to new clients and prospects, foster better community understanding of the value of their products and services, and participate in GIS educational initiatives and community service projects.
The Halifax Regional Municipality's Geographic Information Systems and Services Group in Nova Scotia celebrates GIS Day by inviting the municipality's various departments to participate in its map gallery, information sessions and map book trade-ins. “GIS Day gives us the opportunity to show our clients the numerous successful applications of GIS within our municipality. It allows us to engage them in our products and services and demonstrate what GIS can do for them,” said Marianne Murphy, Manager - GISS, Halifax Regional Municipality.
Educators can use GIS Day to expose students to cutting-edge technology, enhance critical thinking skills and improve understanding of real-world problems through data analysis. The event can also be used to highlight career paths in geography and GIS. Students benefit by increasing their knowledge and proficiency in GIS technology, receiving mentoring from instructors and industry professionals, and expanding their career options.
Since 1999, the University of Ottawa in Ontario has hosted an open house on GIS Day including exhibits of university GIS projects, presentations by GIS industry leaders, career panels, information booths and government and vendor kiosks. “GIS Day is a major event at the University of Ottawa. It provides a fun and interactive setting for our students and the community to learn about GIS, and facilitates insightful discussions about the role of GIS in our lives,” said Dr. Barry Wellar, Professor Emeritus of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Ottawa and Past Program Director of the Canadian Association of Geographers' Geography Awareness Week.
This year, the University will host a two-day celebration (November 17-18) that includes a map gallery, poster contest, free GIS workshop and a geography seminar series, with talks by graduate students from the University's Department of Geography. The event is open to the public and will close with a reception and the announcement of ESRI Canada's Scholarship Award recipient.
Participate in GIS Day 2010 by attending or hosting an event in your community. For a complete list of events, visit esricanada.com/GISDay. Free resources for hosting a successful GIS Day event are available at gisday.com/support/materials.html.
About ESRI Canada
Founded in 1984, ESRI Canada provides enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions that empower businesses, governments and educational institutions to make timely, informed and mission-critical decisions by leveraging the power of geography. The company distributes the world's leading GIS software from ESRI, Telvent, Azteca Systems and other technology partners. Headquartered in Toronto, the company serves over 10,000 customers from 16 regional offices across Canada and has been named as one of the top 250 Canadian IT companies and top 25 IT professional services providers in Canada by the Branham Group. Information about ESRI Canada can be found at esricanada.com.