Discovering the World Through GIS

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.

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GIS Day is One Fun Day to

  • Celebrate GIS with everyone
  • Discover and explore the benefits of GIS
  • Showcase the uses of GIS
  • Build and nurture your GIS community
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Future Dates

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020

GIS Day Events Around the Globe

Find a GIS Day event near you. Please, confirm all dates and times with event host.

Tell us Your Story

Let us be a part of your spectacular GIS Day event! Snap lots of pictures and capture all the awesome details to share with us after your event. You can send your GIS Day memories to or share your event on this story map.

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