GIS Day 2013


Celebrate GIS Day on Nov. 20 at the University of Redlands.

Along with co-sponsors the city of Redlands and Esri, the University is presenting an afternoon of events on campus, including an open house, MS GIS Colloquium, and dinner with a special speaker.

“This is a worldwide event,” Jennifer Burrows, global marketing programs specialist at Esri, said. “Last year, more than 960 events were registered. This year, we are expecting more than 1,000. It’s a fun way to celebrate everything about GIS.”

The day will begin at 1 p.m. with an open house in the Hunsaker Lounge. Until 4 p.m., visitors will be able to experience GIS through mapping and technology demonstrations and also find out how the city of Redlands uses GIS for reporting issues using smart phones. From 4 to 5 p.m., 2013 MS GIS graduates will present projects in Gregory Hall Room 161, and at 6:15, Dr. Hal Nelson, research assistant professor at the School of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate School, will speak on “Getting to Yes – The Sustainable-Energy Modeling Program, a Decision Support System for Infrastructure Siting” in the Casa Loma Room. A dinner will be held beforehand at 5:30 p.m.

All of these events will help shed light on the important role GIS has in day to day life.

“We’re a unique community in that the city has really adopted GIS,” Burrows said. “The University is here with such a large presence and the GIS program, and of course Esri is in our backyard. This is an opportunity for the people of Redlands to really understand how GIS is being used in their community to find solutions and to make better decisions.”

Posted: Oct. 25, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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