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GIS Day 2022: Exploring Humanitarian GIS

Happy GIS Day from the Library of Congress!

Image with GIS Day logo

“Florida, satellite image mosaic: NASA ERTS-1 imagery-1973,” United States Geological Survey, 1978. Geography & Map Division.

Today the Library celebrates GIS Day with a virtual event exploring the role of GIS in addressing humanitarian disasters. Today’s event aims to highlight the role that geospatial data and GIS technologies can play in creating positive change in the face of global humanitarian challenges. Geography enthusiasts, teachers, students and professionals celebrate GIS Day across the globe with community events to highlight the benefits of geospatial science and technology in addressing the world’s challenges. 

This year’s event has been recorded and is available to watch below. Virtual attendees will have the chance to hear from geospatial experts across several sectors, including nonprofit, government, academia and the private sector. Experts will share how they use GIS and geospatial technologies in their work and the importance of GIS in serving urgent humanitarian causes around the world.

Speakers for the event include:

  • Matthew Gibb, Maxar Technologies
  • Miriam Gonzalez, GeoChicas/Humanitarian OpenStreetMap
  • Carrie Stokes, Chief Geographer, USAID
  • Dr. Edson Utazi, University of Southampton & WorldPop

Watch the event below:

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