Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI)
Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., ESRI,[] was created in 1969 by founder Jack Dangermond. ESRI is a software vendor of GIS  based in Redlands, California. The company did not begin to sell GIS software until 1982, a year after holding its first User Conference. This first conference had 16 people in attendance. The company has grown substantially since then and is now the “largest research and development organization dedicated to GIS”. The User Conference is now attended by more than 14,000 people making it the largest GIS conference in the world. With the growth of the internet and technology, ESRI was able to expand and now offers an array of different GIS software for different types of users in mind with programs like ArcView, ArcGIS for AutoCAD, and ArcEditor to name a few.
The company plans to offer free seminars in southeast Asia. GIS technology, and their GIS products, are likely to become a hot item as countries in the region continue to emerge into the global marketplace. Right now they face some interesting problems. Unlike the United States which has a large clearinghouse of accurate and up-to-date GIS data, many Asian countries do not. ESRI predicts their products will help government agencies and private developers in updating shapefile data.
- P. Longley Geographic Information Systems and Science, 2nd edition
|Authors||Thalassa Jones, Rob Sanders|