By Kim Diver

A geographic information system (GIS) is a powerful software tool that allows users to manage, analyze, and visualize geographic data – and November 20 was National GIS Day!

GIS Day is a part of National Geography Awareness Week, and every year the Connecticut GIS User to User Network hosts a GIS day event at the State Capitol in Hartford. The event included presentations, conversations, and posters of maps. This year the GIS Map Gallery, on display during the month of November, included a poster describing the successful community service-learning partnership between Wesleyan University GIS students and the Middlesex Land Trust. The recent MxLT mapping project developed several new maps for preserves created by students of GIS at Wesleyan and the land trust working together using our new GIS system. And more Wesleyan teams are working this fall with the Middlesex Land Trust and GIS to generate new maps and information to help conserve open space in Middlesex County.