A Letter from Jack Dangermond

Each year we showcase some of the work of our users in a formal publication known as the Map Book. This year the 2021 Esri Map Book (Volume 36), illustrates the diversity and scope of their applications. I want to both acknowledge and congratulate every contributor. Their work shows how the application of GIS is creating positive outcomes in organizations and across society.

While geographic information systems (GIS) continue to grow on many fronts, in the past year the power and importance of GIS was dramatically demonstrated in its application to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Thousands of organizations built GIS-based systems with dashboards and mapping/reporting capabilities that helped support medical operations and kept the public informed.

This work fundamentally changed how people saw the world, improving spatial literacy.

GIS professionals around the world continue helping to improve efficiency, communication, and better decision-makers. Their work is also creating more collaboration and increasingly engaging senior policy and decision-makers, helping them better understand and act using geographic science-based information.

This work inspires and motivates me and everyone at Esri. We can see how the advances we are making in GIS are empowering our users and allowing them to better advance the power of geography in their work. It is our hope that this, in turn, will help create a better and more sustainable world.

Warm regards,

Jack Dangermond