MAPPING THE ROAD TO PEACE – In the early 90’s, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia broke apart along ethnic lines, and the central republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina became a killing field. A wave of ethnic cleansing wiped out the Muslim populations in villages in Eastern Bosnia. Tens of thousands of people were killed. You had three separate groups: Croatians, Serbs and Muslims. It was a real mess, so they “cut up” the country. This is what the Dayton Accords were all about, and the only wat to do that was geospatially. This was the first successful use of deployable digital technology in diplomatic negotiations, helping to end a war. After nearly four years and 250,000 people killed, the people of Bosnia finally had a chance to turn from the horror of war to the promise of peace.
More than half the world’s population is now urban. Geographic information and maps are helping city governments become more democratic and participatory.
IT STARTS WITH MAPS: We’ve used maps for hundreds and hundreds of years to understand the earth… Nowadays, everybody is texting and sending geotagged information. We have the speed of the internet, remote sensing satellites, software like Google Earth and that nice lady with a beautiful voice that tell us to turn right… It’s the geospatial revolution! Continue reading GEOSPATIAL REVOLUTION: Maps, its evolution and importance to the world
“Geospatial Revolution”. A high-quality documentary produced by Penn State University. To be released episodically on the web in response to a constantly changing technology, after all, location is everything. Continue reading THE GEOSPATIAL REVOLUTION
Esri has a 43% share in the geographic information system (GIS) market, compared to just an 11% share from the second-largest supplier. The business model relies in constantly improved industry-specific solutions. Continue reading ESRI LEADERSHIP IN GIS GLOBAL MARKET
Digital maps are vital tools of municipal business, be it in planning, transportation, public safety, public works, economic development and much more to improve the quality of life. Google Maps and Uber, for example, is part of modern life, getting you “from here to there” efficiently. But long before Google was born – even before its founders were born – there was Jack Dangermond, who essentially invented the digital map, a lanky white-haired 70-year-old billionaire who is the unlikeliest of tech moguls. Continue reading THE GODFATHER OF DIGITAL MAPS
Check Forbes. Jack Dangermond is the UNRIVALED KING OF GIS TECHNOLOGY. Founded his company in 1969 with his wife with $1,100 in personal savings. Today, ESRI dominates the GIS industry, with over 40% of global market share and more than $1 billion in annual revenue. His 350,000 customers make 150 million new maps each day.