As physical scientists seek to understand how the earth works, social scientists help us to understand how it looks or how we as humans change its appearance and function. It is also in social science that we perfect our ability to form partnerships that effectively work across disciplines, geographies, and organizations. Here, we often use GIS to interactively and iteratively create and evaluate alternative (geo)designs to make better decisions, for example, with land cover for land-use planning, green infrastructure planning, urban planning, and sustainability science.
New Racial Equity Initiative
Open data, maps, training solution templates, and stories reveal patterns of inequality and help drive changes toward racial justice.
COVID-19 and the Scientific Community
A global information system has emerged to empower the science community to better understand and model pandemics and inform public health decision making.
Maps for data-driven public policy
Policy maps clearly show where there are opportunities to inform policy makers and concerned citizens. The new Esri Maps for Public Policy site is dedicated to raising the level of spatial and data literacy used in public policy. We invite you to explore curated content, training, best practices, and datasets that can provide a baseline for your research, analysis, and policy recommendations.
Homelessness is a complex issue. To properly address the root causes, organizations need to better understand the impacted communities, as well as the extent of the problem. Many organizations are using the ArcGIS platform to identify at-risk communities, count the homeless population, establish strategic partnerships, share resources, and conduct targeted intervention and outreach.
Compiling and sharing accurate housing data
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) collaborates with communities across the United States to establish job-generating economic development projects. To meet high demand for information about these projects and make its data easily accessible, HUD works with Esri partner VSolvit to develop and maintain an enterprise GIS.
Health information privacy
MapMasq is an ArcGIS Pro extension for analysts, epidemiologists, scientists, and researchers needing to perform geomasking and/or aggregation procedures that comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. MapMasq helps health organizations to deidentify their protected health information so that they can display or share data safely.