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UGA will celebrate its second annual GIS Day

On Nov. 15, the University of Georgia will celebrate the second annual GIS Day at the main library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Open to the UGA community, the event will showcase how students, faculty and organizations use geographic information system technology to visualize, analyze and interpret data in teaching, research, outreach and decision-making.

GIS Day will feature lightning talks on real-world GIS applications, tours of the UGA Map and Government Information Library, 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’s GIS Day will feature speakers from across campus including representatives from the geography department, the College of Environment and Design, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, the Center for Geospatial Research and NASA Develop, and from institutions such as Centers for Disease Control, the Nature Conservancy, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services and Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services.