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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598


November 10, 2005
Contact: Steve Schunzel, GIS Analyst, Information Systems Department/GIS
Phone: 360-337-4552
No. 05-18

County Courthouse Display Celebrates GIS Day

PORT ORCHARD, WAIn celebration of National GIS (Geographic Information System) Day and Geography Awareness Week, Kitsap County will host a display and map gallery in the County Courthouse the week of November 13–19.

GIS Day, a yearly celebration held on Wednesday during National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week, is a global event that celebrates GIS, the innovative technology that uses geography to bring countless benefits to the world. GIS Day provides an opportunity for those curious about GIS to see its applications in action. GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about a location, such as streets, buildings, water features and terrain, and turns it into visual layers. The ability to see geographic features on a map gives users a better understanding of a particular location, which enables planners, analysts and others to make informed decisions about their communities.

Although some may not be aware of it, GIS touches our lives daily. It is used throughout the world to solve problems related to the environment, healthcare, land use, business efficiency, education and public safety. The power supply directed to homes, the patrol cars and fire trucks that keep neighborhoods safe and the delivery trucks on the road all function more efficiently because of GIS. This technology can also help businesses place ATMs and restaurants at more convenient locations, allow people to pull maps off the Internet and help farmers grow more crops with less chemicals.

GIS Day serves to make people aware of GIS technology and the important contributions it is making in the fields of science, technology, information and the humanities. It is a grassroots event and a reflection of the enthusiasm and commitment of individual GIS users everywhere.

GIS Day is principally sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, United States Geological Survey, the Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett–Packard, and ESRI.

Kitsap County uses GIS in many county departments, including Information Services, Public Works, Community Development, Assessor’s Office and Auditor’s Office. GIS Day provides an opportunity for each department to showcase some of their finest accomplishments in GIS, including maps and computer applications. Be sure to stop by and take a look at some of the handiwork of the county’s GIS professionals.

GIS Day and are registered trademarks or service marks of ESRI in the United States, the European community or certain other jurisdictions. Other companies and products mentioned herein are registered trademarks of their respective trademark owners.

To contact the Kitsap County Public Information Office, 
call PJ Callahan at 360-337-4481 or email:

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014