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If you are interested in maps and real-world applications of technologies related to maps, the Haywood County Land Records/GIS Department would like to invite you to a day of fun, interactive learning opportunities celebrating the importance of geography in everyday life and the 10th annual global observance of GIS Day.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, the Land Records/GIS Department will host a number of activities for schools, businesses and the general public to showcase current mapping technologies. Similar events will be held all over the world. Other organizations participating in the day’s activities include the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), the Library of Congress, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).

The GIS Day celebration in Haywood County will take place in the temporary County Administration Building located at 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesvlle. Participants will have an opportunity to go online and practice mapping using the county’s new ESRI software system. Earlier this year, the county converted to the ESRI system, the industry standard for mapping technology in both the public and private sectors. In addition, participants can practice matching recent aerial photos taken of the county with photos of the same area taken in different years. 

“We hope anyone who is interested in geography and how it affects every day life will come join us on GIS Day,” said Stephanie Parkins, Haywood County Land Records/GIS director. “The county has made some significant advances in how we use computer technology to improve our maps and we’ll be demonstrating that. We’ll also be demonstrating several other GIS technologies throughout the day.”

As part of the festivities, a group of students from Waynesville Middle School will practice geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world using Global Positioning System devices. At 2 p.m., the winners of the GIS Day Poster/Map contest will be announced.

Parkins said GIS Day activities are open not only to those already interested in mapping and GIS, but those who’d like to learn more about it. There will be ongoing education presentations throughout the day. Refreshments will be served.

The Land Records/GIS Department is located in the Waynesville Plaza on Russ Avenue in Waynesville, next to the Smoky Mountain Cinema. For more information on GIS Day, contact the Haywood County Land Records/GIS Dept. at 452-6644 or visit the GIS Day website at www.gisday.com.

For more information, contact:
David Teague, Public Information Coordinator
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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