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Event explores geographic information systems Nov. 12 at University Libraries

'Exploring the World Through Geovisualization' the theme of this year’s event

GIS Day 2019 is co-sponsored by the Penn State Department of Geography and University Libraries. Credit: ProvidedAll Rights Reserved.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State University Libraries will observe GIS Day — an annual event celebrating the technology of geographic information systems (GIS) — on Tuesday, Nov. 12, with activities designed to bring together both new and experienced users of geospatial information across disciplines.

This year’s program, “Exploring the World Through Geovisualization,” aims to foster awareness of geospatial visualization, online mapping, and geospatial data science and the ways these applications are being used on campus, in the community, and beyond. GIS use across the University is enabled through access to Esri GIS software, including ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap, along with ArcGIS Online.

Highlights of the daylong event include a keynote talk by Keith Swavely, account executive for local governments at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) Philadelphia office. “Lightning talks” will focus on a variety of geospatial topics, including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS StoryMaps, and geospatial data science.

All programs are free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by Penn State’s Department of Geography and the University Libraries. 

A complete list of speakers and presenter information is available at the Penn State GIS Day website. For more information about the event, including physical access for those needing accommodations, contact Tara Anthony at 814-863-5753 or

11 a.m.–noon: Geospatial Technology Demonstration, Collaboration Commons Atrium. View examples of geospatial applications, projects, and technologies.

1:30–2 p.m.: "ArcGIS Online: Changing the Way Governments Do GIS." Keith Swavely, Esri. Foster Auditorium; viewable via Mediasite Live.

2–3 p.m.: Lightning Talk Presentations. Foster Auditorium; viewable via Mediasite Live

3–4 p.m.: Networking and Refreshments. Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information, 1 Pattee Library.

3–6 p.m.: Center for Immersive Experiences Open House. Collaboration Commons Atrium, 3 Pattee Library.

Last Updated October 25, 2019