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Dangermond, Jack

  • By: Shawn Lewers
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Jack Dangermond and his wife Laura are the founders of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), the world's fourth largest privately held software company. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Redlands, California, ESRI is arguably the technical and market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software. ESRI is the largest commercial GIS software provider in the world, with more than 1 million users in more than 100,000 organizations representing government and nongovernmental organizations, academia, and industries such as utilities, health care, transportation, telecommunications, homeland security, military, retail, and agriculture industries.

Dangermond initially founded ESRI as a small consulting firm/research group to perform land use analysis. However, its focus evolved into GIS software development, highlighted by the release of ARC/INFO in the early 1980s. The development and ...

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