Authoritative sources of information are serving up their commerical, academic and government data as shared standards-based services with easy-to-use clients. Jack Dangermond explores the architecture that is emerging from this. Dangermond pushes for web-based geographic information collaboration, which effectively erases the distinction between web-enabled consumer mapping and back-office GIS.
Geo-services drive the creation of new applications and services. GIS today serves as a critical backbone of numerous politically and socially-veered initiatives including Open Government, Crime Mapping, Citizen Science and Field Workforce Location. Through crowdsourcing, the ArcGIS project enables volunteers to develop and publish information. Making geomapping easy, accessible and collaborative, as ArcGIS.com does, GIS, places the power of governance in to the hands of citizens, transforming democracy in the process.
Editor's Note: On the original conference schedule, this talk was originally titled "Spatial Analysis and the Geoweb" but the presenters changed their title to "Moving People with Pixels" at the conference itself.
Jack Dangermond is the founder and president of Esri. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Redlands, California, Esri develops geographic information system (GIS) software, for working with spatial data on the desktop, across the enterprise, in the field, and on the Web. Esri has the largest GIS software install base in the world with more than one million users in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide. Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization of over 2,900 employees, known internationally for GIS software development, training, and services.
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