GIS day at UM 11/13/2018 + Geography Awareness Week

Theme: Urban Sustainability  |  Register Now

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.

GIS day events take place around the globe. GIS day this year is on 11/14/2018 but UM is celebrating on 11/13. For all GIS day events, visit the national site:  Follow @gisday on twitter, and share your photos via or on their story map.

GIS DayAgenda

Tuesday, November 13th

M. Christine Schwartz Center for Nursing and Health Studies, Room 115 (Capacity 50)

  • 12-12:30 PM Registration
  • 12:30 PM Opening Remarks
  • 1:00 to 3:00 PM
    • Sustainable Lunch by ECO Students Organization
    • Geography Bowl
  • 3:00-4:30 PM
    • Opening Remarks
    • Resilience Panel
      • Mr. Jim Murley, Chief Resilience Officer, Miami Dade County
      • Ms. Elizabeth Wheaton, Director, Environment & Sustainability Department, City of Miami Beach
      • Mr. Matt Anderson, Senior Sustainability Analyst, City of Coral Gables
      • Ms. Jane Gilbert, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami
    • Announcement of Photo Contest and GEG Bowl results
  • 4:30-5:00 PM: Reception (Sponsored by Library)
  • 5:00-6:00 PM Opening Remarks
    • Keynote Lectures
      • Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Chief Resilience Officer, Broward County
      • Prof. Elizabeth Plater Zyberk, School of Architecture, University of Miami (former Dean of Architecture 1995-2013)


Lecture: Peter RableyPeter Rabley

Friday November 16th, Time TBA

Organized by Advancement  |  Hurricane 100 Room

About Peter Rabley, Venture Parter, Omidayar Network

Peter has more than 25 years of experience in the international property rights space as an entrepreneur, business leader, and technologist. In his current role at Omidayar, Peter invests in Property Rights in emerging markets.

Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Peter was the founder and CEO of International Land Systems until its recent acquisition by Thomson Reuters. Post acquisition, Peter was vice president for global business development and strategy for the tax and accounting government division at Thomson Reuters. He began his career implementing some of the earliest GIS/LIS into metropolitan government in the United States in the 1980s. Over the next decade, he translated this experience into innovative applications for international development as director of GIS/LIS at PADCO.

Peter graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in economics and geography, as well as a master’s degree in geography.


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