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Geography Network Challenge Winners
Minnesota MetroGIS DataFinder (www.metrogis.org) was the winner of the inaugural Geography Network Challenge. The contest, sponsored by Esri and the National Geographic Society, was started to increase the awareness of Internet mapping services and recognize innovative Internet mapping applications. Entrants to this year's contest came from federal, local, private, and academic organizations throughout the world.
The overall winning entry from Minnesota MetroGIS DataFinder was a collaborative effort by more than 250 local governments and associations. This ArcIMS application enables shared use of geospatial data in the seven-county Twin Cities Metropolitan Area of Minnesota through map services available from the Geography Network.
Other winners include the Chicago Police Department; Iowa State University; City of Sydney, Australia; and the United States Geological Survey.
The Geography Network Challenge was open to all organizations hosting live map services or spatial solutions on the Geography Network. Sites were judged on creativity, performance, documentation, user-friendliness, and visual clarity. The top winners receive Esri credits redeemable for Esri conference registrations and workshops, Esri Virtual Campus courses, or training at any Esri regional office or international distributor facility. Finalists receive subscriptions to the National Geographic Magazine.