From HeraldOnline: Esri Celebrates National Geographic's Geography Awareness Week
REDLANDS, Calif., Nov. 13, 2012
— /PRNewswire/ -- Esri—in partnership with the City of Redlands,
California; University of Redlands; Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa- Regional
Occupational Program (ROP); and Inland Valley Newspapers Group—will host
a series of activities that will educate about the importance and value
of geographic information systems (GIS). The events are part of
National Geographic's Geography Awareness Week, which celebrates
geography worldwide and will take place November 11–17, 2012.
lined up fun, informative activities for all ages," says Jacqueline
Gimenez, Global Marketing Programs manager at Esri. "This is the most
comprehensive set of geography-related events organized for the City of
Redlands since GIS Day began in 1999. Our goal is to show how geography
and GIS improve the community and impact citizens' daily lives."
week's events will kick off on Tuesday, November 13, at 5:30 p.m., with
a presentation by former National Geographic chief cartographer and
current Esri staffer Allen Carroll at the Redlands Forum
on the Esri campus. He'll share his experiences creating story maps and
discuss the value of using maps and GIS to tell stories.
GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14, Esri and its partners will provide
interactive demonstrations, engaging presentations, and a special
reception at the Redlands A. K. Smiley Library from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00
p.m. This free event will be open to everyone.
GIS Day is an
opportunity for Redlands residents to understand how GIS is used within
their community. Several representatives from the five local hosts will
give presentations on how their respective groups use GIS to improve the
community. Student GIS projects will be featured, allowing a glimpse
into how this technology will be used by future GIS professionals.
a special treat, there will be interactive opportunities at the
reception for children to learn about the importance of geography. Esri
staff will read geography-related stories to children inside the library
during two story times.
To round out the events, historical maps
from the University of Redlands library collection will be displayed at
the university and at the Smiley Library throughout the week.