GIS Day at Main Library

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The University of Georgia will celebrate the second annual GIS Day 10 am - 2 pm Nov. 15.

The event will feature lightning talks on real-world GIS applications, UGA Map and Government Information Library tours, internship information, and free snacks.  This year, the event will also feature a Mapathon and a Map Contest with prizes for the winners. The Mapathon will map Africa with PEPFAR in support of World AIDS Day. The Map Contest will judge student-produced maps on creativity, technicality, and clarity of content. To participate in the Mapathon, contact or search for “UGA Mapathon Marathon” at  To sign up for the Map Contest, visit  

This year we will have speakers from across campus including representatives from the Geography Department, the College of Environment and Design, the Warnell School of Forestry, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, the Center for Geospatial Research and NASA Develop, and from institutions such as Center for Disease Control (CDC), The Nature Conservancy, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, and Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services. 

GIS Day is an international educational event for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society (Source: ). GIS refers to software that captures, analyzes, displays and shares spatial or geographical data. Through maps, spatial modeling, and many other applications, GIS provides critical information for public health, government planning, neighborhood real estate, national defense, business, transportation and many more fields.


GIS Day at UGA is sponsored by several campus organizations: the Department of Geography, Community Mapping Lab, Center for Geospatial Research, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, Integrative Conservation PhD Program, Center for Integrative Conservation Research and the UGA Libraries.