On November 16, we celebrated GIS Day from Esri® — a day that demonstrates the real-world applications of geographic information systems, or GIS, through community events and outreach. To mark the occasion, we treated our team to a happy hour or, as we called it, #MappyHour.
— Pictometry (@Pictometry) November 16, 2016
During our Mappy Hour celebration, we asked everyone to tell us what they liked about working in GIS by completing the following statement: “You know you work in GIS when…” Needless to say, they didn’t disappoint, and we received some witty responses to our query.
Here are our top 10 favorite submissions, plus a few honorable mentions, from GIS Day:
You Know You Work in GIS When…
- You have QGIS on your personal Mac/PC and actually use it to visualize the data from your running GPS watch.
- Riding on a plane reminds you of all the work you have waiting for you.
- You see an edged sidewalk and think to yourself, “Huh, that would make a good control point.”
- You imagine how things look from above when you’re walking or driving around.
- You body-shame your map with a shapefile.
- You always see animals or objects when you look at your buffered delivery area shapefiles.
- You see roads as point clouds.
- You admire arrows on the ground as tie point potential… while you’re out for a walk.
- After a long day, you pronounce GNSS as “Guinness.”
- You date a geographer and feel the earth quake. <3
- One of our Mappy Hour contributors kept it short and sweet and simply wrote: “Topographical map.” The correct term is topographic map, so this is kind of like saying “irregardless” to an English major.
- Another contributor is probably a hit at parties with this line: “Can you ‘GIS’ what I do?”
- Finally, an optimistic viewpoint from one of our GIS specialists: “There are always extra layers on the cake!”