On November 15, the world of geography and technology will come together to celebrate GIS Day. GIS – or geographic information systems – captures, analyzes, and displays geographic information. From our work with USAID to the DoD, FCG has high marks in “spatial literacy.”
One example of a crucial project involving GIS is the GeoCenter. Using geographic information, the GeoCenter helps USAID think spatially about how they approach issues ranging from planning to policy and beyond. FCG’s Patrick Gault played a critical part in a series of geographic analyses for USAID West Africa, which helped the West Africa Regional Health Office (RHO) identify seven countries that had the greatest need for USAID/West Africa’s health resources. Click here to read more about that project and Patrick’s role.
But GIS Day isn’t just a celebration of what we’ve done at FCG. It’s an international forum for experts to demonstrate how GIS technologies make a difference in the world – and to show those who aren’t familiar with this technology what it’s all about.
According to the official site, the inaugural GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond says that Ralph Nader inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered the event to be important, as it helps people learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone.
So, how can you get involved?
- Attend an event. You can find a map (what else?) of events here.
- Get involved! Organize your own event.
- Connect with the GIS community.
- Discover the world through GIS with these Story Maps.
- Learn more (or teach someone) about GIS with the Hands-on Exercises section.
Let’s face it – you can’t always bring your work home with you to show your loved ones. This is the perfect way to get involved, showcase the kind of work that you do, and have a blast with the GIS community.
GIS is just one way FCG is making the world a better place. Interested in joining the cause? Check out our open positions.