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Inspire the world with GIS


Participate in the international celebration of GIS technology. GIS is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing, and visualizing geographic data to help us make better decisions. On GIS Day, help others learn about geography and the real-world applications of GIS that are making a difference in our society. It's a chance for you to share your accomplishments and inspire others to discover and use GIS. Even though celebrating may look a little different this year, sharing GIS is more important than ever.

Celebrate your work

Celebrate your work

GIS Day is an opportunity for GIS professionals and organizations to highlight their work and share the amazing things they are doing via fun, educational grassroots events.

Show off the benefits of GIS

Show off the benefits of GIS

GIS touches everyone's life daily, yet many people are still unaware of its power and pervasiveness. Invite others to see how you're using GIS to understand the world and make better decisions.

Tell meaningful stories

Tell meaningful stories

Every map has a story to tell and the potential to make a difference. Show off your impactful maps and demonstrate to your audience how they can use GIS to tell their own stories.

Enlighten and nurture your community

Enlighten and nurture your community

GIS Day is a day dedicated to showing, teaching, and inspiring others. Spread enthusiasm and help people learn how to use GIS for themselves—in their work, in their schools, where they volunteer, or even for their hobbies and interests.

Host your virtual event


Hold an event for your organization, speak at a school, or host an in-person or online gathering for your entire community. The choice is yours. GIS Day will be observed on November 17, 2021, but you can host an event on another date if that works better for you.

At a university

At a university

Host a career day or interdepartmental event showing how GIS supports science and technology across a variety of fields and disciplines.

At a park or community venue

At a park or community venue

Invite the public to see how different groups in your community use GIS to make the city run smoothly.

At a library or school

At a library or school

Introduce GIS to the next generation of problem solvers with interactive presentations and hands-on activities.

At the office

At the office

Hold a workshop or open house to show your colleagues and/or community how your company uses GIS to achieve its mission.

GIS Day events around the globe


Whether you are a professional cartographer, a GIS manager, or a geography newbie, everyone is welcomed and encouraged to learn and participate.

Find where GIS Day 2020 events were held.

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