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The Library of Congress is going all in on GIS Day

The all-day event will be held during the upcoming Geography Awareness Week. ?

Maps maps maps maps. (Photo by Flickr user Enrique Flouret, used under a Creative Commons license)

Do you like maps like this one, showing the kinds trees that line D.C. streets? Or perhaps this one, an interactive D.C. zoning map? Well then here’s an event to add to your calendar — an all-day series of talks to celebrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on Nov. 16.
The event, held at the Library of Congress, will feature discussions about GIS in the classroom (both K-12 and college-level) as well as a conversation about GIS as a career choice. The afternoon portion of the event will focus mainly on how GIS is and can be used on Capitol Hill. Stick around till the end to get a tour of the Library’s map collections.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the reading room of the Library’s Geography and Map Division, which is in the basement of the James Madison Memorial Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E.
Judging by this reporter’s recent explorations of the Library of Congress, you may need a map to find it.
GIS Day, which was formally added to Geography Awareness Week (third week of November) in 1999, “is an annual, global celebration of GIS technology.” Organizers of the upcoming Library of Congress event write that “GIS Day aims to provide a forum to promote the benefits of GIS research, demonstrate real-world applications of GIS and foster open idea-sharing and growth in the GIS community.”


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