What is GIS Day?

GIS Day is a global event during which GIS (Geographic Information Systems) users work to expand the understanding of how GIS technology and geography make a difference in our lives. GIS, a computer-based tool used to map and analyze features and events, combines the power of a database with the visualization capabilities offered by maps. Hundreds of thousands of people in the world use GIS to solve problems in areas such as environmental protection, pollution, health care, land use, asset deployment and routing, natural resources, conservation, business efficiency, education and social inequities.

Fairfax County has been hosting GIS Day events since 1999. You can see photos and entries from previous GIS Days at the County.

To learn more about other GIS Day events, visit the official national GIS Day web site. 

GIS Day 2016 in Fairfax County

On November 16th 2016, the Department of Information Technology’s GIS & Mapping Services Branch hosted the County’s 18th annual GIS Day Celebrations.View the entries, photos, a video, and the award ceremony program.  

GIS Excellence Awards

Sharing a common geography yet diverse business practices, Fairfax County’s GIS professionals provide the skills and efforts that result in unique spatial perspectives, and analyses that assist their business areas, decision makers and the public.

GIS Day provides an opportunity to recognize effective and creative use of spatial tools to better serve agencies and constituents. This culminates in the presentation of the GIS Excellence awards. 

Excellence Awards Gallery

           Project submissions for the GIS Excellence Awards competition are on display in the North Atrium of the Government Center through December.


Past GIS Days in Fairfax County

GIS Day 1999
GIS Day 2002
GIS Day 2005
GIS Day 2008
GIS Day 2011 GIS Day 2014
Photos Awards
Photos Video Awards Winners Photos Video Awards Entries
GIS Day 2000
GIS Day 2003
GIS Day 2006
GIS Day 2009
GIS Day 2012 GIS Day 2015
Photos Awards
Photos Video Awards Winners Photos Video Awards Entries
GIS Day 2001
GIS Day 2004
GIS Day 2007 GIS Day 2010 GIS Day 2013 GIS Day 2016
Photos Awards
Photos Awards Photos Video Awards Winners Photos Awards Entries Photos Video Awards Entries


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