GIS Day 2018: 'Visualize the World' to be held Nov. 13 at University Libraries

Speakers will focus on geospatial information's effect on emerging technologies

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State University Libraries will celebrate GIS Day on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at an event aimed at the broader Penn State community — students, staff, faculty and community members — who are interested in learning about how geospatial information is being used on campus and beyond.

This year’s program, “Visualizing the World: Connecting the disciplines through geospatial technologies and virtual reality,” explores GIS, geospatial technologies, remote sensing, maps, and location-based applications to foster greater geospatial awareness on campus, within the community, and beyond.

Highlights of the program in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium include speakers from Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. (Esri), and Applied Geographics (AppGeo), as well as “lightning talks” on a variety of geospatial topics. 

All programs during the daylong event are free and open to the public and are co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and the University Libraries.

Events take place in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, unless otherwise noted, as follows:

11 a.m. to noon — Geospatial Technology Demonstation, Franklin Atrium, central Pattee Library:  

  • View examples of geospatial applications, projects, and technologies
  • Visit the new virtual reality lab space in Stillwater Commons

1 to 2 p.m. — The Age of Location: The Relevance of Locations to Individuals, Organizations and Society. Christopher Cappelli, Esri presenter. Viewable via Media Site Live.

2 to 3:30 p.m.: Lightning Talk Presentations. Viewable via Media Site Live.

3:30 to 4:15 p.m.—What Does a Career in GIS Look Like?:  Stories and Advice from GIS Professionals. Moderator, Bill Johnson, with AppGeo staff. Viewable via Media Site Live.

4:15 to 5:15 p.m.—Reception and Tour of the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information, Central Pattee Library. Light refreshments and networking with fellow attendees.

A complete schedule of events and presenter information for Penn State’s GIS Day activities is available at

If individuals anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Tara LaLonde at 814-863-5753 or in advance of the event.

Last Updated October 31, 2018