Esri Book Highlights Latest Federal Mapping Initiatives

February 2, 2011

Mapping the Nation: GIS for Federal Progress and Accountability

Redlands, California—Mapping the Nation: GIS for Federal Progress and Accountability, the latest offering from Esri Press, presents a dynamic collection of maps that graphically illustrate some of the many ways geographic information system (GIS) technology is currently being used throughout the federal government.

The book is divided into seven strategic areas of government that use maps created with GIS technology to support mission-critical operations and daily tasks: land and natural resources; health and human services; science and exploration; law enforcement, public safety, and homeland security; global affairs; tribal interests; and defense.

Mapping the Nation also highlights how GIS is being used to embrace new initiatives, such as the Gov 2.0 movement, which uses information technology to

Esri president Jack Dangermond says, "Mapping the Nation offers insight into how federal organizations and agencies are employing GIS, from day-to-day operations to special projects. It also highlights how GIS continues to facilitate the development of new, spatially enabled information systems to meet the evolving needs of government and citizens."

The U.S. government was an early adopter of Esri's GIS technology, first implementing it more than 30 years ago. GIS has since become an essential part of the federal decision-making process. Mapping the Nation features current government mapping projects that attest to the power of geography and GIS technology to address social, economic, and environmental concerns throughout the United States.

Mapping the Nation: GIS for Federal Progress and Accountability (ISBN-13: 978-1-58948-286-9, 140 pages, $19.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

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