Esri and the National Geographic Society launch National Geographic MapMaker

Esri and the National Geographic Society launch National Geographic MapMaker

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Our newly updated online interactive mapping tool empowers students, teachers and individuals everywhere to explore the world through geography

REDLANDS, Calif. — By learning cartography and geography skills, students, teachers and others can gain a better understanding of how the world’s most important issues, challenges and opportunities fit into the context of place. In celebration of GIS Day and as part of Geography Awareness Week, Esri, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, and the National Geographic Society (NGS), the global non-profit organization, launched National Geographic MapMaker reimagined.

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Developed in partnership with Esri, MapMaker is National Geographic’s online mapping tool that uses state-of-the-art GIS software to connect classrooms and individuals with essential geographic information and technology for exploration and education. With this web-based 2D and 3D application, anyone can visually experience and interact with geospatial information about the Earth’s interconnected social and physical systems while also exploring the art of cartography.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with the National Geographic Society to bring MapMaker 4.0 to K-12 students around the world,” said Jack Dangermond, president of Esri. “We believe that mapping is a powerful tool for learning, communication and change, and we hope MapMaker will inspire the next generation to better understand and care for our world.”

MapMaker 4.0 updates reach beyond the scope of a traditional map and provide users with interactive data on a variety of important topics that enrich learning and better illustrate how maps serve as powerful devices that allow us to find our way, analyze and visualize complex data sets, solve problems, and tell stories.

“National Geographic has a long history of supporting geographic education, and we are very excited for our relationship with Esri to further enhance the sense of wonder and curiosity about the world through data-driven mapping technology,” said Deborah. Grayson, chief education officer at the National Geographic Society. “National Geographic MapMaker is an engaging educational tool “With the potential to inspire the next generation of geographers, cartographers, and National Geographic explorers who show how geography impacts their lives and work every day, as well as how a passion for the geographic approach can address challenges and drive real change around the world.”

The new MapMaker allows users to create patterns and relationships through map layers; Add notes and drawings to maps; And save images for use in papers, presentations, or other applications. These layers can be created to educate users; Represents different biomes, populations, and environments; and showcase the different geographic impacts of climate change for innovative learning and exploration.

Students can also explore current and historical maps on topics such as earth sciences (e.g., earthquakes, volcanoes, climate) or human geography (e.g., demographics, land cover, and public health), and teachers can view additional teaching resources created by Esri and National Geographic Learning like that. MapMaker works on web, mobile and lightweight platforms, and is touchscreen friendly to provide an intuitive experience for users of any age or level of geography familiarity.

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To learn more, explore the National Geographic map maker.

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonders of our world. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 15,000 grants for work on all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year with education offerings, and engaging audiences around the world through signature experiences. Stories and content. To learn more, visit or follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence and mapping, helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business outcomes. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in hundreds of thousands of organizations globally, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and partners providing local support in more than 100 countries on six continents. With a leading commitment to geospatial technology and analytics, Esri designs the most innovative solutions that leverage the geographic approach to solve some of the world’s most complex problems by placing them in the context of critical location. Visit us at

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