standard New Book About GIS in US Federal Government

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Esri has released the fourth volume in its “Mapping the Nation” series entitled, “Mapping the Nation: Supporting Decisions that Govern a People“.  This volume takes a look at how GIS is used within US Federal Government agencies to ” evaluate and respond to social, economic, and environmental concerns at local, regional, national, and global levels.”

The book includes 125 color maps covering more than 30 federal government agencies such as the US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Defense, and the US Department of Health and Human Services. The book is released each year in conjunction with Esri’s Federal GIS Conference which is being held this week in Washington, D.C.

“This volume of Mapping the Nation, our annual federal map book, is filled with excellent maps and applications that vividly convey the power and accessibility of GIS,” says Jack Dangermond, Esri president. “In these pages, you will see how great cartography can help tell compelling stories, how GIS is advancing science across multiple disciplines, how the government relies on GIS for planning and managing, and how this era of big data presents limitless opportunities to transform our nation and our world.”

The map showcases the use of GIS in federal government.  Examples of geospatial work includes: “Potential Areas Suitable for Forest Restoration Projects,” “Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates,” “Post-Superstorm Sandy Elevation Differences and Beach Volume Change,” “Global Spread of Disease Caused by International Travel,” “The Hazard of Melting Permafrost for the Alaskan Natives,” and “Health Care Safety Measures for the Veterans Health Administration.”

The printed version can be ordered from participating retailers such as Amazon (~ $14) and retails for $19.95 (ISBN: 9781589483477, 144 pages).

There is also a digital version of Mapping the Nation which offers an interactive experience, such as allowing the viewer to zoom in for more detail or quickly access the live, online version of select maps.  Mapping and Apping the Nation 2014, an interactive digital adaptation of the printed map book, is available free of charge from the Esri Bookstore app on Apple iTunes and the Google Play store.

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