City of Gaithersburg To Celebrate GIS Day & Geography Awareness Week

by MCS Staff

The City of Gaithersburg  celebrates GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week in November with discussions and activities designed to promote geography knowledge and showcase Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how they impact everyday life. With more than 700 layers of information in its database, the City’s GIS serves as an important tool for analysis and strategic decision making. The GIS database helps inform staff and elected officials about such things as the availability of affordable housing, impervious surface coverage, most effective snow plow routes, access to social services, and much more.

With a proclamation at their meeting on November 7, the Mayor & City Council officially proclaimed November 16 as GIS Day & November 14 to 18 as Geography Awareness Week in the City. At the meeting, staff presented on the City’s field mapping capabilities and its companion dashboards. View the meeting presentation hereGIS activities include:

Drop-In Weekend Activity
Celebrate GIS & Maps on Saturday & Sunday, November 12 & 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Learn more about Geographic Information Systems, how GIS applies to our daily lives, and the connection between GIS & the International Latitude Observatory with free hands-on activities.

Gaithersburg Scavenger Hunt
Explore Gaithersburg using longitude & latitude. The Gaithersburg Community Museum will share the coordinates for a different site each day November 14 through 18. Post an image of the site (selfies welcome) to be entered to win a Gaithersburg swag bag and bragging rights. You are allowed one entry for each site you post. Tag @GaithersburgCommunityMuseum on Facebook, use #GburgMuseum on Instagram, or e-mail your images to museum@gaithersburgmd.gov by November 20.

Museum After Hours: Visualizing Injustice – Early NAACP Cartographers & Racial Inequality in America
Historian John Hessler, with the Library of Congress, will discuss the use of cartography in highlighting racial injustice in America on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. at the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Cartography has long been used to highlight racial & economic issues and make complex issues more understandable to the general public. An important moment in the use of cartography came together in the early 1900s when the NAACP employed Black intellectuals to use demographic data to create a series of maps that highlighted racial inequity in the United States. Registration is required. Suitable for ages 14 & older.

GIS School Outreach
City staff take GIS on the road on Monday, November 21, when they visit Gaithersburg Elementary School (closed event for students only). Students will learn about maps & participate in mapping activities to learn where our Thanksgiving meals come from.

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