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The EPA Wants its Workforce to Think with Maps

By Scott Ball

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), responsible for protecting human health and the environment, has enabled 15,000+ staff members access to mapping tools. With this technology, EPA workers can create maps right from the data they have stored in Microsoft Excel. These maps serve as powerful tools for communication that can be shared with colleagues and embedded Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

“Imagine if you could take a spreadsheet that contains a list of Brownfield sites and their street addresses and with the click of a button, turn it into an interactive map that could be used in reports, presentations and websites. ArcGIS Maps for Office enables users to take geographical data from an Excel spreadsheet and create a map to more easily communicate the message behind data.” - Ann Dunkin, Chief Information Officer

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