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Nov. 19: Celebration of 16th annual ‘GIS’ Day

Department of Geography to host event to promote “Geospatial Thinking: Real-World Solutions,” an event that is celebrated worldwide.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-13-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Geography and more than 10 area businesses, schools, cities and counties will celebrate the 16th annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the Dr. Mary Dooley Map Library, located on campus in Memorial Library. The Nov. 19 GIS Day events, held to promote “Geospatial Thinking: Real-World Solutions,” are free and open to the public.

A student poster gallery will be on display throughout the event beginning at 9:30 a.m., and a student poster competition will take place from 11 a.m. to noon.

Vendor and information tables will be set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with participants that include South Central College; the GIS Divisions for the cities of Mankato and Waseca; the GIS Divisions for Waseca County and Le Sueur County; Sibley County Public Works in Gaylord, Minn.; Bolton & Menk in Mankato; I&S Group in Mankato; Geo-Comm, Inc. in St. Cloud, Minn.; Pictometry International Corp.; and Rowekamp Associates, Inc., in Bloomington, Minn.

Workshops will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on GIS data sources and the best resources for GIS data in conservation, water resources, land use and more.
Additional information on GIS Day at Minnesota State Mankato is available at Those who want more information may contact Rama Mohapatra, assistant professor in the Department of Geography, by phone at 507-389-6223 or by email at

According to its website,, GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. GIS Day events are held worldwide, with a sampling of those events listed at

It’s the second year in a row that Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Geography has offered activities in celebration of GIS Day, which was first formally held in 1999, according to GIS Day is celebrated during Geography Awareness Week (held each year during the third week of November). Geography Awareness Week was designated through legislation signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Geography is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,700 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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