GIS Day 2016

Colleges and government agencies open their doors to educate and celebrate geographic information systems (GIS) on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

GIS and geospatial technologies create intelligent maps and databases with rich visual and analytical appeal. This is a growing discipline that creates better understanding and decision-making across many sectors, including business, conservation, defense, energy, health and human services, planning, public safety, and transportation. 

GIS Day is part of a national event during which students, educators, and GIS professionals around the world demonstrate software and applications to communities. ?We started GIS Day to inform the world about how geography connects communities and the planet,? says Esri president and cofounder Jack Dangermond. ?Many of the biggest challenges we face today can be met by applying geospatial technology to them.?

Members of the West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professionals, a nonprofit whose mission is to bring together the geospatial community and communicate the value of geospatial information to citizens and decision makers, are hosting several events on GIS Day, Wednesday, November 16, 2016:

City of Charleston will be open to the public from 1:30 to 3:30pm. For more information contact Adam Cottrell,, (304) 348-8048.

City of Oak Hill will be open to the public from 1 to 4pm. For more information contact Marvin Davis,, (304) 469-9541.

Davis & Elkins College will be open to the public from 2 to 5pm, focusing on careers in GIS. For more information contact Dr. Crystal Krause,, (304) 637-1392.

Marshall University students will display posters from 9am to 2pm, Memorial Student Center BE5. High school students will participate in GIS and GPS activities. For more information contact Dr. James Leonard,, (304) 696-4626.

West Virginia University Geography Club and WV GIS Technical Center will host 40 high school students, showcasing their virtual reality CAVE and a hands-on GIS exercise. For more information contact Frank Lafone,, (304) 293-9466.

WV Department of Transportation will host a professional transportation GIS meeting from 9am to 3:30pm at WVDOH District 1 Headquarters in Charleston, WV. For more information and to RSVP, contact Yueming Wu,, (304) 587-7437. 

For more information about the WV Association of Geospatial Professionals and GIS Day, visit and or contact Adam Cottrell (President),, (304) 348-8048.