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Every year since 2019, Penn Libraries has been celebrating a GIS Day event by hosting a line up of events including workshops/tutorials, presentations, lightning talks, and project demos, and/or panel discussion on a specific topic. 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.

2019 GIS Day flyer with text "Discovering the World Through GIS"

Cassidy Holahan (PhD Candidate in the English Department) and Anyelina Wu (senior, Fine Arts + Computer Science) teamed up with DH specialist Cassandra Hradil and project lead Mélanie Péron (senior lecturer in the French Department) on the Occupied Paris project. Occupied Paris brings together research, oral histories, archival materials, and maps on approximately ten key figures who experienced the Nazi occupation of Paris during WWII.

Buildings in Paris destroyed by Allied bombings

The Penn Libraries Mapping & GIS Club (PennMGIS) run by Research Data & Digital Scholarship (RDDS) is an open, online (for now) collective of students, staff, and faculty from across the disciplines that meets to discuss, learn, and collaborate on topics and projects related to mapping, geospatial data processing, visualization, analysis, and software tools.

An overhead view of the Philadelphia area