Esri looks to make give mapping a social flavor

06/26/2013 | Futurist, The

California-based Esri is building a sort of "Facebook for maps" that allows the public and application developers to access enormous troves of geographical data and create their own maps that are in turn searchable by other users, Patrick Tucker writes. The cloud-based maps created on ArcGIS.com are also shareable on social media, and other users can be invited to collaborate on the maps. "This is kind of like Facebook for geography, where our users are sharing their maps, or connecting their maps, into a cloud environment," Esri's Jack Dangermond says.

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