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International GIS day was celebrated on Wednesday the 20th of November this year with various geographic information system related events held.

The largest Australian event was held in the Brisbane CBD and was organised by Brisbane-based company GIS People.

The event featured interactive maps, various innovative gadgets and talks from GIS experts about the uses and benefits of GIS.

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.

The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.

For more information see http://www.gisday.com.au or visit the international GIS day site at http://www.gisday.com.

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