Nobel Systems’ Philippines division, GeoNobel, is celebrating GIS Day in partnership with the Bayawan Water District, Teresa Water District, and Valencia City Water District with a map-making contest. GIS Day takes place Nov. 18, 2020.
The contest is geared toward females in Bayawan, Teresa, and Valencia City local schools to encourage women’s growth in technology sectors and learn more about Geographic Information Systems and mapping.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or “mapping systems,” are often among the most underrated tools for business decision-making. GIS is a computer system that captures, stores, and analyzes data. GIS data can be layered on a single map to include buildings, streets, vegetation, and other physical matter.
GIS helps organizations and individuals analyze spatial patterns and relationships. It can provide robust data and analytics for various industries, including transportation, urban planning, natural resources management, telecom and network services, and utility asset management and maintenance.
GIS Day is a way to honor the importance of spatial mapping technology and how it helps make the world a better place.
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Having a day of GIS activities open to students, citizens, and government leaders will help promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education and inspire others to a higher calling to use technology for good.
Female students of local schools, colleges, and universities that offer mapping/GIS subjects or similar IT-related subjects are encouraged to participate in the map-making contest.
GIS Day Map Making Content Criteria
Contestants are to create a map in one of three categories and provide a 250-word description of the map:
- Map Your Future, e.g., places you want to visit, where you want to study, work, or live.
- Create a Map to Benefit Your Community: Create a map that could benefit your local community, e.g., local tourism, disaster preparedness, etcetera.
- For any other purposes that support women like you
Participants can use mapping platforms like OpenStreetMap, Google My Maps, or any open source GIS software, ex. QGIS, to create a map. Nobel Systems will provide access to a developer environment version of GeoViewer to contestants.
Judging will base submissions 50 percent on the concept and 50 percent on creativity. Four winners shall each receive an Android tablet. A live video event introducing the contest winners will take place on November 18, GIS Day. The Facebook Live event can be accessed here.
Nobel Systems and GeoNobel Inc., in partnership with Bayawan Water, Teresa Water, and Valencia City Water districts, are committed to utilizing GIS as a platform for innovation. Also, to inform decision-making bodies and better serve its stakeholders and make useful geographic information open and readily available to the public.
This year, the water districts and Nobel Systems will join hundreds of organizations worldwide in hosting virtual gatherings to celebrate the impactful work of GIS professionals. The event serves to ignite the imagination of future innovators who will further advance global progress using GIS.
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