ESRI Launches and ArcGIS Explorer Online

New Resources Give Users the Ability to Share GIS Content and Build Communities

Redlands, California — May 26, 2010 — ESRI announces the launch of, a Web site for finding and sharing geographic information system (GIS) content, organizing geographic information into groups, and building communities. A new browser-based version of ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Explorer Online, also launches with the site and provides direct access to content.

Through, visitors can access a number of free, ready-to-use basemaps for their projects and applications, including community maps that have been built with data from organizations around the world. To create maps and mashups quickly and easily, a JavaScript Web Mapping application is available. ESRI gives users its high-quality basemaps as a starting point, and they can then search ArcGIS online content or other GIS servers and the Web to find additional layers for mashups. These mashups can be shared and consumed by others, including those with the ArcGIS for iPhone mapping application. Additionally, allows people to share their maps and apps with everyone or specific groups that they join to collaborate on specific projects. Users can create their own groups and invite others to join and share their content.

A new and exciting ArcGIS application with which to open and view GIS content is ArcGIS Explorer Online. ArcGIS online content can be accessed directly from within ArcGIS Explorer Online to create maps that can then be shared and consumed by a broad community of users, including the iPhone community.

Visitors to can access publicly available content without having to sign in. To take advantage of the extended capabilities of, such as uploading and sharing items, users can log in using their existing ESRI Global Account information. Users who don't have an ESRI Global Account will be directed to a page where they can create one.

About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 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


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