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Producing a Story Map in Multiple Languages


Authors sometimes need to publish a story map in more than one language to effectively reach everyone in their intended audience. For example, employees of governments with two official languages may be required to publish content in both languages. Below … Continue reading

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The Growing Language of GIS

by Maia Pawooskar

An online GIS Dictionary is available on the Esri Support Center, did you know? If it seems, yet another language, Klingon, Vulcan, are there not enough already? Not so. There is a good reason, however, for the language of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

GIS used to be commonly described as an information system for capturing, storing, analyzing, managing and presenting spatially referenced data. Today, the capture and storage of data is done using computer hardware and software. The analysis, management and presentation of this data is done using software technology. So the description of GIS seems incomplete without a mention of the computer technology. Today, GIS can be described as a computer information system for capturing, storing, analyzing, managing and uniquely presenting data using a spatial/locational reference.

Not long ago GIS developers were likely someone with a specialty in Geography or Cartography. Today, more and more GIS developers come with Computer Science degrees having little training or exposure to GIS. A few years back GIS was considered synonymous with map-making – a tool to display dots or symbols on a map.  With the advancement of computer technology and the realization of the potential of GIS technology, industries, not related to Geography or Cartography, have become aware of the power of GIS. The automotive industry, for instance, would surely like to know where their cars are being sold most and where they are not. If you take the retail industry, this business would greatly benefit from knowing where their customers live or to where they have moved. Cities prosper or crumble depending on its ability to sync, or not, with the needs of its people. So GIS can, not simply help tell a story, it can help make it a story of success! 


Over the years Esri has remained committed to evolving GIS for the people. Esri has worked to keep its flagship product, ArcGIS, current with the ever changing computer technology. Innovations in the ArcGIS technology have made possible its applications into previously considered non-traditional areas. With computers becoming the primary medium of GIS implementation and delivery, more Computer Science graduates find themselves involved in the development of GIS for the GIS industry. The success of these ArcGIS applications have exposed and attracted GIS to people with a variety of specialties. With this advancement has come diversification of GIS usage and users.  Hence, it has become very relevant and helpful to learn the language of GIS.

To assist all these new GISers – Engineers, Developers, Business Analysts, …et al in the business of making GIS, Esri serves the Dictionary of GIS. This GIS dictionary has a rich collection of GIS terms and is available online, free of charge! It can be accessed on the Esri Support Center, check it out.

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