Geospatial UK celebrated GIS Day on Wednesday 17th November 2021. While global circumstances require GIS Day to be largely virtual this year, Geospatial UK introduced a brand-new workshop called ‘GIS and Geography’ to KS5 school groups in November.
The new workshop explores the meaning of GIS and how it evolved since John Snow used spatial analysis to investigate cholera cases in 1854, followed by in-depth examples of how GIS can be used in the fight against climate change or even in the film and game industry!
Students then have the option to complete one of several GIS activities available online at Geospatial UK with supervision from GIS experts.
Students are also encouraged to look through the various career opportunities that await them if they were to choose a geospatial pathway and have the option to ask student ambassadors about their experiences of GIS at university.
Find out more about our GIS and Geography workshop here.
“We really enjoyed the applications section of the presentation - this definitely helped to broaden the students understanding of GIS uses.”
“I think there is currently a really good range on the website and they cover a lot of our curriculum across KS3, KS4 and KS5.”
What is GIS Day?
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.
"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 unprecedented crises, including climate change and 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."