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December 2nd, 2014
Esri Atlas Takes Top Honors at Prestigious Mapping Competition

The IMIA is an international organization composed of regions. Each region presents awards for excellence in several different categories that ultimately lead to the best overall map product. The three best overall regional winning entries are then considered for the prestigious Global Product Award.

This year, Esri’s Living Atlas of the World captured the Global Product Award and two regional prizes including the Americas Region Best Digital Product and Best Overall Product. The atlas provides an interactive collection of maps, apps, and tools that includes basemaps, imagery, demographics, urban systems, and historical maps.

“The atlas represents an easily accessed marriage of digital location-based data with graphic mapping,” said John Hammer, president of the International Board of the IMIA. “The growing facility to access large databases in the cloud and present them using digital media represents much of where mapping is going today.”  

“By any measure, ArcGIS Online is growing and expanding rapidly into a comprehensive GIS of the world, where all layers and extents of information are made accessible,” said Clint Brown, Esri director of product engineering. “This growth and reach of GIS is powered by the Living Atlas of the World—the collection of online maps, intelligent geographic data layers, advanced analytical tools, and custom applications that are shared by all of our users. These contents are powering the use of GIS throughout organizations and communities worldwide.”

The Living Atlas of the World allows users to explore maps in its Living Atlas Gallerythat were created by Esri and thousands of other organizations that are part of the ArcGIS user community. These maps can be enriched with the user’s own data, resulting in the continual creation of new map layers. Existing content can be quickly updated through hosted cloud services so that the atlas is always up to date. Many of the layers in the atlas, such as real-time traffic data, recent earthquake information, and hurricane trajectory paths, are dynamic and updated on a minute-by-minute basis.

The Living Atlas of the World can be explored with the included map viewer or Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop software.

Explore the Living Atlas of the World at

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at

About IMIA

The International Map Industry Association is a worldwide organization that represents the world of maps. It is where mapmakers, publishers, geospatial technology companies, location-based services, content producers, and distributors come together to conduct the business of maps. In a word, IMIA connects colleagues, customers and business partners of the mapping world. Find out more at