Happy GIS Day


“The application of GIS is limited only by those who use it.” (Jack Dangermond)

Happy GIS Day!

Today is International GIS Day (November 14, 2018), an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society (GIS Day, 2018).

The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. ESRI president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day - he wanted it to be an inclusive, grassroots effort, open to everyone to learn about geography and the uses of GIS (GIS Day, 2018).

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The purpose of GIS Day is to have fun and:

  • Celebrate GIS with everyone;

  • Discover and explore the benefits of GIS;

  • Showcase the uses of GIS; and

  • Build and nurture GIS in your community.

What is GIS?

According to ESRI, a GIS is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data, analyzes spatial location, and organizes layers of information into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes. With this unique capability, GIS reveals deeper insights into data, such as patterns, relationships, and situations - helping users make smarter decisions (What is GIS, 2018). 


MAGNA’s in-house GIS department provides data management, analysis, and/or cartography support for all of our client’s projects. Whether your organization is looking to implement your own GIS, looking for help with spatial data collection/management/, or have specific mapping requirements, MAGNA can help. Contact us to discuss your organization’s GIS needs.

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Jessica Letizia