A montage of colourful images decorated Pasadena City Hall as their GIS Day celebration came into full swing on May 23. Detailed maps joined vendors’ displays and activities to create an informative and entertaining event. The city used the day as an opportunity to introduce geographic information system (GIS) technology and its new software application to city staff.
GIS Day is a global event that is part of a National Geographic Society initiative called Geography Action, which focuses on educational achievements. The official date of GIS Day 2002 is November 20, but communities and organizations are encouraged to sponsor events throughout the year. National and international GIS Day events provide GIS users and vendors with an arena to showcase the applications of the technology for the public. The Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, the Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, and ESRI are principal sponsors of the event.