GIS Day 2016 is on November 16th. Since 1999, there has been annual international effort by those involved in GIS to host and participate in events designed to teach people about all things “geo.” It is an opportunity to open our doors to those wanting to learn about GIS and to show prospective geospatial thinkers what they can do with GIS, and the paths that can lead them to a geocareer.
Many of the scheduled GIS Day events are geared towards students. For example, a GIS Day Celebration Fun Map event will be hosted at an elementary school and will include a GIS education lecture to 5th graders. Another event, hosted by HealthLandscape’s partner, BlueRaster, brings high school students into their offices to share how BlueRaster team members got into GIS and discuss what the students should study in school if they’re interested in GIS.
In the Washington, D.C. metro area, there are nine events taking place this year. These include the ‘Virginia Department of Transportation’s Northern Virginia District GIS Day,’ where they will show participants how GIS is used in Northern Virginia. New Light Technologies, Inc. is hosting an event called ‘What is GIS and how do I use it in my Business or Organization.’  I’m looking forward to an event at the famed Library of Congress where colleagues from the Geography and Maps division will show how students, teachers, and the government utilize GIS. To find information about these events or others near you, visit http://www.gisday.com/
HealthLandscape also provide opportunities for users, prospective or current, to gain a better understanding of what geospatial technologies can do for you. Here is a brief snapshot of upcoming learning opportunities:
Title
Date
Time
Registration
UDS Mapper Advanced Topics
11/18/2016
11:00 AM
Introduction to the UDS Mapper
12/02/2016
11:00 AM
Introduction to HealthLandscape
12/06/2016
1:00 PM
HealthLandscape Data Visualization Tools
12/06/2016
2:00 PM
Exploring Medicare Data with HealthLandscape
12/07/2016
1:00 PM
UDS Mapper Advanced Topics
12/12/2016
2:00 PM
Introduction to the World Health Mapper
12/14/2016
2:00 PM
Population Health Mapper
12/14/2016
1:00 PM
NOTE: All times are in Eastern Time Zone.
In last week’s blog, my colleague wrote about her journey to geography and her concern about whether her son was getting the same opportunities she did to become a geospatial thinker.  Go back and visit that blog to find additional resources for children, including our new Map Missions, or better yet, find a GIS Day event near you!
Dave Grolling
GIS Strategist
HealthLandscape

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