FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Little Rock, AR — October 29, 2020
The Arkansas GIS Users Forum will celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. While global circumstances require GIS Day to be largely virtual this year, the Arkansas GIS Users Forum will celebrate innovative applications of geographic information system (GIS) technology in analysis, visualization, gaining insights into geospatial data, and leadership in the field of GIS.
Over 20 years ago, Jack Dangermond, the founder and president of Esri, envisioned people collaborating and sharing how GIS affects everyone. This led to the establishment of GIS Day, which was first observed in 1999. The explosion of geospatial technology since then has expanded that idea into a global event that shows how geography and the real-world applications of GIS are making a difference in business, government and society. It's a chance for organizations to share their accomplishments and inspire others to discover and use GIS.
“Our members come from a variety federal, state, county, and local governments, as well as private and nonprofit organizations. Some of us work daily to ensure that emergency services find the fastest route when you call 911, others route pipelines and utilities to avoid damaging your property, we can even determine where to build a new fire station to provide the best service. Today a great many of our members are working diligently tracking, mapping, and publishing vital geospatial information in response to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic including up to the minute real time dashboard details connecting and sharing the absolute latest available.” – Arkansas GIS Users Forum
This November, the Arkansas GIS Users Forum will join hundreds of organizations worldwide in hosting virtual gatherings that will celebrate the impactful work of GIS professionals and serve to ignite the imagination of the future innovators who will further advance global progress using GIS.
"GIS Day is a wonderful opportunity for professionals from around the world to get together to share the amazing things they are doing," said Dangermond. "This year, more than ever before, the work of GIS has helped the world better understand and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Organizations across the globe are taking part in grassroots events that help celebrate geospatial science and how it impacts the real world for good. Our users should be proud of the work they do, which GIS Day is meant to showcase."
For more information on how the Arkansas GIS Users Forum is innovating through the application of GIS, visit: argisusers.org
About Arkansas GIS Users Forum
The Arkansas GIS Users Forum is a group of geospatial professionals that work to develop, publish, distribute and use geospatial information to help you get where you are going, know where you have been, or know what’s happening around you. Our history begins in 1990 when a dozen federal, state, and municipal GIS users came together to establish a base from which to discuss and resolve issues looming on the GIS horizon. That turned out to be a fairly lofty goal, and through that effort the Arkansas GIS Users Forum emerged within the year.
This Arkansas GIS Users Forum is a volunteer organization that addresses the complex issues surrounding our chosen field, GIS (Geographic Information Science). Part of our function includes the standardization and sharing of data, with the ultimate goal of cost reduction. This group includes those from our state and the surrounding area who are developing, using, or otherwise interacting with GIS software. We encourage discussion and problem solving at a broad level. Copyright © 2020 Arkansas GIS Users Forum (argisusers.org) All rights reserved.
Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, offers the most powerful geospatial cloud available, to help customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including 90 of the Fortune 100 companies, all 50 state governments, more than half of all counties (large and small), and 87 of the Forbes Top 100 Colleges in the U.S., as well as all 15 Executive Departments of the U.S. Government and dozens of independent agencies. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at esri.com.
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