When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf in 2005, government and aid organizations struggled to bring each other up to speed on the latest information. By the time Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast last year, FEMA was able to quickly collate federal, state and local geographic data to help in its wake.
One reason for the difference is Esri.
Esri is Facebook for the mapping crowd. It has 350,000 member organizations — governments, major companies in industries ranging from fossil fuel to finance, and many of the biggest NGOs in the world, including the United Nations. All of these groups have a need for the richest and most up-to-date maps, whether it’s a map of the wildfires in California or of solar power in Arizona or of international oil pipelines.
The most useful maps have multiple layers of data baked into them, and that typically comes from collaboration — groups of people adding those layers of data over time. Esri has created an online platform for that kind of collaboration.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc