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NASA and Esri Agreement Supports GIS Initiatives

Press Release From: Esri
Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

image ArcGIS software brings geospatial intelligence to research, exploration, and operations

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently signed an enterprise license agreement (ELA) with Esri, making ArcGIS software tools available for unlimited use by authorized NASA employees and contractors. The agreement reflects NASA's extensive and growing use of Esri's ArcGIS software to bring geospatial intelligence to a wide variety of mission-critical efforts, from streamlining operations to enabling research and exploration.

"NASA is one of the most innovative users of geographic information system [GIS] technology," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "NASA has demonstrated the power of geospatial thinking by applying GIS to a wide variety of areas to solve problems and advance understanding of our world and the universe."

GIS plays a key role in NASA's earth science research initiatives, which involve global efforts to monitor and study the factors of climate change. Esri technology supports collaboration between NASA and other organizations worldwide by providing a strong platform for sharing and analyzing geospatial data.

"GIS increases our understanding of the world around us through the visualization of information," says Stennis Space Center environmental GIS lead Kelly Boyd. "Esri's ArcGIS platform provides the tools to leverage this understanding each day to inform decisions in our work."

The NASA Langley Research Center pioneered the use of GIS in facilities management to reorganize its 800-acre campus to cut costs while fully supporting existing activities, a move that could save hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years across NASA and other facilities.

To learn more about Esri government ELAs, visit esri.com/ela.

About Esri

Founded in 1969, Esri (esri.com) is the world leader in the GIS software industry. Esri offers innovative solutions that help users create, manage, analyze, and display information to make timely decisions and solve problems they encounter every day. Esri's comprehensive product line ranges from desktop GIS to GIS for the enterprise.

Esri, the Esri globe logo, GIS by Esri, ArcGIS, esri.com, and @esri.com are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of Esri in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Other companies and products mentioned herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective trademark owners.

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