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Celebrate Your World During GIS Day

October 14, 2010

Atlantic Cape Community College will join the worldwide GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day celebration, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, with speakers, exhibits and activities. All events take place at the Mays Landing campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

 GIS touches our lives daily. It is a technology widely used to evaluate, solve problems and make better decisions.  GIS is used in finding the best location to establish a business, for emergency management, crime prevention, environmental management and many other uses.

 GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about locations such as streets, buildings, water features and terrain, and turns it into visual layers. The power supplies directed to homes, the patrol cars and fire trucks that keep neighborhoods safe, and the delivery trucks on the road are more efficient because of GIS. People in almost every profession, from farmers to Homeland Security, reap the benefits of this technology.

Held each year for the past decade on the Wednesday of National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 15-19 in 2010), GIS Day is a global grassroots celebration of the innovative technology that uses geography to bring countless benefits to the world.

 For more information, visit, or contact Luis Olivieri at or (609) 343-5612.