Discovering the World Through GIS

Days till GIS Day 2015!

Registration for the event is now open for exhibitors, event volunteers, and attendees. RSVP your spot now by clicking on the button below. A detailed agenda is coming soon. Check back for updates.

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Donations Welcome!

The Alamo Area GIS Day event planners are accepting donations to make this year's GIS day event the best one yet. If you are an individual who is interested in contributing, click on the button below.

About GIS and GIS Day

What is GIS?

GIS stands for Geographic Information Science and is the science underlying geographic concepts, applications, and systems. A Geographic Information System integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.

Although you may not be aware of it, GIS touches our lives daily. It is used throughout the world to solve problems related to the environment, health care, land use, business efficiency, education, and public safety. The power supply directed to homes, the patrol cars and fire trucks that keep neighborhoods safe, and the delivery trucks on the road all function more efficiently because of GIS. This technology can also help businesses place ATMs and restaurants at more convenient locations, allow people to pull maps off the Internet, and help farmers grow more crops with less chemicals.

What is GIS Day?

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information science (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.

When is GIS Day?

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information science (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.

GIS Day in the Alamo region

Since 2003, the Geographic Information Science (GIS) professionals of San Antonio and surrounding areas have volunteered to host a GIS DAY event to encourage GIS users to open their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of this important technology. It is a way for GIS users to share their knowledge and passion with others and show the tremendous impact the technology is making in our lives each day.

Event Information and Resources

Teacher Information | Exhibitor Information | Sponsorship Information | GIS Professional Information

Information for Teachers

Learn more and help make your students aware of the substantial contributions that Geographic Information Science (GIS) technology is making in their communities every day during the 16th Annual Worldwide GIS Day. GIS Day is a global event where thousands of users of GIS technology open their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real world applications of this existing technology.

During GIS Day, users of GIS will display exhibits/posters, give demonstrations, and lectures, and host a variety of events that will allow participants to see and experience firsthand GIS technology and its extensive applications and benefits.

Here is what you will learn by attending:

  1. Through their presentations and exhibits you will learn how 40 local entities and schools are using GIS technology.
  2. Foster an appreciation for learning about GIS. Local area users have plenty of hands-on activities ready to allow children to explore and learn about the various GIS technologies.
  3. Learn about careers in GIS.
  4. Have an opportunity to ask questions on how to integrate GIS technology and how local area users integrate them.
  5. Excellent classroom resources for teachers
  6. Activities address Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills ( TEKS ) requirements.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience and see successful careers in GIS and real world applications of GIS in their community in a variety of fields. The school track focuses on classes that are already using GIS or about to use GIS in the social sciences, sciences, and technology. Teachers should expect to make connections with possible mentors, as well as with local GIS data. The audience will be a mix of professionals, GIS technicians and students. You will be given examples and materials to allow more use of GIS in your classroom.

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Information for Exhibitors

The time has come and the call has been made for us to join once again for the Alamo Area GIS Day 2015 event! The Alamo Area GIS User Group (AAGIS), in association with the South Central Arc User Group (SCAUG), is proud to welcome all area professionals, students, teachers, and GIS users to this year’s festivities.

On GIS Day 2015, GIS technology users will again open their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of this extraordinary technology. Users will host a variety of educational events and showcases that will allow people to see and experience GIS and its extensive applications and benefits firsthand.

San Antonio GIS Day hosts a variety of organizations sharing their insights and expertise in GIS technology. Our focus this year is our educational initiative, with presentations dedicated to K-12 education throughout the day. As such, this year we are waiving sponsor/exhibitor fees and invite all interested exhibitors to showcase their GIS capabilities at no cost (a charitable donation may be made to help with event expenses). A professional networking presentation will be provided for exhibitors to offer participants and sponsors a chance to meet others in the GIS community, catch up on the latest technologies, and introduce their services to a new market. Come see how GIS is used, get project ideas, and meet new colleagues on GIS Day 2015.

Simply fill out and return the Exhibitor Registration Form on the top of this page to secure your place as a sponsor/exhibitor at the event.  A complete agenda and event map will be forwarded to each participant prior to the event.  For any questions, please feel free to contact Toni Jackson.

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Sponsorship Information

Alamo Area GIS Day hosts a variety of organizations. This year we will be offering networking time and will open to the public all day, with presentations dedicated to K-12 Education in the morning and Professional Development in the afternoon. This offers participants and sponsors a chance to meet others in the GIS community, catch up on the latest technologies, and introduce their services to a new market. Participation as a Sponsor or Exhibitor will:

  • Extend your recognition and drive traffic to your booth
  • Introduce your new products, solutions, and services
  • Reach your target market and network with Professionals in the GIS field

Levels of Participation:

  • Platinum Sponsorship ($500):
    • Premium corner double booth space (only 4 available)
    • Co-Sponsorship of Exhibitor Lunch
    • Logo prominently placed on GIS Day webpage with
      link
    • Logo featured on signage and promotional materials
    • Transportation funding for student participation
  • Gold Sponsorship ($250):
    • Double booth space
    • Co-Sponsorship of Exhibitor Breakfast
    • Logo placed on GIS Day webpage
    • Logo featured on signage and promotional materials
    • Transportation funding for student participation
  • Silver Sponsorship ($100):
    • Single booth space
    • Co-Sponsorship of Exhibitor Refreshments
    • Logo placed on GIS Day webpage
    • Logo featured on signage and promotional materials
    • Transportation funding for student participation
  • Exhibitor (Free)
    • Single booth space
    • Logo placed on GIS Day website

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GIS Professional Information

GIS Day Networking Opportunities - Noon to 2:00 p.m.: Following the morning session, which will be focused on educating young students from around the region, there will be opportunities for exhibitors, presentors, sponsors, volunteers, and other interested GIS professionals to network.

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GIS Maps & Data

Interested in taking GIS for a spin? Look no further than right here for a listing of GIS Web Mapping Applications from agencies around the Alamo region as well as GIS data libraries so you can put your GIS skills to the test.

Interactive Maps:

Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) - iMap
Bexar County IT GIS Map Page
City of New Braunfels - GIS Web Applications Page
City of San Antonio Interactive Maps

GIS Data:

Alamo GIS User Group - Open Data Repository
Bexar County GIS Open Data
City of New Braunfels Open Data GIS Portal
City of San Antonio GIS Data

Job & Internship Postings

GIS Analyst - Cude Engineers (posted on Aug. 31, 2015)

GIS Day Videos

Browse through the playlist menu on upper-lefthand corner of the player to see other GIS Day videos!

Gallery

GIS Day 2004 Pictures

2014 Alamo Area GIS Day

2013 Alamo Area GIS Day

2011 San Antonio GIS DAY

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2010 San Antonio GIS DAY

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NEISD Superintendent  Award

2007 San Antonio GIS DAY

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2005 San Antonio GIS DAY

2004 San Antonio GIS DAY

 

Sponsors

2015 sponsor logos will be placed here. Special thanks to all of our 2014 sponsors:

Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)
Alamo Area GIS User Group
Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Bexar County IT GIS
City of San Antonio
CPS Energy
Edwards Aquifer Authority
Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri)
KFW Engineers
San Antonio Water System (SAWS)
Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
South Central Arc Users Group (SCAUG)
VIA Metropolitan Transit

Contact Us

Position: Point of Contact: Affiliation
Event Coordinator / AAGIS President Santiago Jaramillo VIA Metropolitan Transit
Assistant Event Coordinator Cecilio Martinez Alamo Area MPO
AAGIS Vice President Matt Kitchen Adams Environmental
AAGIS Secretary Sara Eaves San Antonio Housing Authority
AAGIS Past President Abigail Bush, EIT, GISP, CFM Michael Baker International
School Coordinator Vacant  
Assistant School Coordinator Vacant  
Exhibit Coordinator Toni Jackson SAWS
Assistant Exhibit Coordinator Vacant  
Classroom Coordinator Vacant  
Event Fundraiser / AAGIS Treasurer Robert McGarraugh CoSA - Public Safety
Public Relations Alberto Altamirano Alamo Area MPO
Event Website Clayton Elkins Alamo Area MPO
ESRI Representative Karen Lizcano ESRI
Map Gallery Director Steve Garza KFW Engineers
Event Photographer Jaclynn Cedillo Alamo Area MPO