For Immediate Release
November 8, 2001

Nick Tunnacliffe
Commissioner of Planning
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4349

November 14 is GIS Day in Peel

(Brampton) - General Committee of Regional Council today recommended that Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 be proclaimed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day in Peel. GIS Day is a grassroots event that fosters awareness of the use of GIS in schools around the world.

GIS is a set of technology tools used by organizations in Peel to assist in planning, co-ordinating and delivering goods and services.

The Region of Peel's Planning department is participating in GIS Day by organizing an Open House at Mayfield Secondary School in Brampton. Representatives from the Region's Planning department and Information Technology Services division, the area municipalities, the Peel District School Board and other outside agencies will showcase practical GIS applications. Students from various Peel schools will have the opportunity to tour the demonstration and ask questions. In addition to highlighting GIS applications and data, the event will also promote public sector careers in GIS to the students.

Last year, thousands of organizations hosted GIS Day events in more than 81 countries. Through the combined efforts of GIS participants, millions of students and adults were educated on GIS technology through geography. This year, the goal of GIS Day is to educate three million children and adults worldwide on the use of GIS technology.

GIS Day is principally sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geographical Survey, The Library of Congress and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).

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