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Esri Launches R&D Center for GeoAI

Esri recently opened its fifteenth research and development (R&D) center, which will focus on data science, deep learning, and geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI) solutions. Located in New Delhi, India, the center will also play a significant role in developing the next generation of ArcGIS Enterprise.

UN Unveils Gender Statistics Story Map on SDG Hub

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), through the Global Gender Statistics Programme, is collaborating with Esri and statistical agencies around the world to gather data that highlights the current state of global progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets relevant to gender equality. The results are being presented in the Women and Sustainable Development story map, which highlights women’s economic empowerment, women’s voices, and women’s safety and human rights.

Government of Oman Expands GIS Use

At Oman’s first ever symposium about developing a national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI) in May, Esri launched a government licensing agreement (GLA) with Oman, in partnership with the country’s National Centre for Statistics and Information. The agreement will foster the adoption of ArcGIS technology in about 60 government ministries and entities. According to Sohail Elabd, Esri’s general manager for the Middle East and Africa, this is one of the largest GLAs in the region.

Jack Dangermond Honored in the Netherlands

Esri founder and president Jack Dangermond was appointed an officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau in the Netherlands on April 2, 2019, at a ceremony following his speech at the Geospatial World Forum. The honor recognizes Dangermond’s special merit in the national and international geoworld. The order is rarely given to someone who lives outside the Netherlands, but Dangermond’s work, combined with Esri’s collaborations with Dutch Kadaster and the country’s national planning service—plus the Netherlands being the birthplace of both his parents—were factors in bestowing this honor.