Working together to promote geographic literacy.
Esri has formed an alliance with National Geographic to advance both organizations' interests in furthering geographic education. As a result of this alliance the National Geographic TOPO! maps are an integral component of the USA Topo Map service accessible via Esri's ArcGIS Online. The map service is freely available to ArcGIS users for their internal use or external, non-commercial use. Users who would like to use the data in a GIS format such as GeoTIFF can order the data through DataDoors for ArcGIS.
In 2009 National Geographic and Esri launched the GeoMentor Program to support and help educators and youth develop skills in geographic thinking.
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. It reaches more than 285 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and its four other magazines; the National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; radio programs; films; books; videos and DVDs; maps; and interactive media. National Geographic has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program to combat geographic illiteracy.