ESRI’s Mapping Center Web Site Helps GIS Users Make Better Maps

Achieve Best Practice Results in Your Mapmaking

July 06, 2007 --  Redlands, California— ESRI announced today the launching of Mapping Center, a new Web site that helps users learn about cartographic concepts and best practices for mapmaking with ArcGIS.

The site is designed to provide quick answers to mapmaking problems. Site visitors will find information and sample maps displaying a wide variety of cartographic techniques and effects along with tips and instructions on how to reproduce the featured effects on their own maps.

“Our goal is to encourage ArcGIS users to employ the same concepts when using geographic information system software that professional cartographers do when making maps,” says Dr. Aileen Buckley, a member of ESRI’s Mapping Center team that created the new site. “We want to help identify and support members of the growing community of GIS users making maps, and cartographers using GIS in their work, by offering instructions, providing links to other resources, and providing a forum for them to share information and ask questions related to mapping with GIS.”

Whether seeking help showing coastlines and boundaries on a thematic map, advice designing custom symbols and labels on a locator map, recommendations for using specific styles and fonts to create antique or historical-looking maps, or simply suggestions for choosing color ramps and tinting schemes, mapmakers at all levels of experience will find answers and assistance.

In addition to the sample maps section with associated descriptions of special cartographic effects, Mapping Center visitors will find other resources including:


  • Blog—Offers the opportunity to read about and participate in the latest topics of conversation
  • ArcGIS Resources—Features downloads you can use for creating your own cartographic effects
  • Ask a Cartographer—Presents solutions to your particular mapping challenges
  • Other Resources—Contains links to publications, conference presentations, and ESRI training courses as well as a special collection of Cartographers’ Favorites providing links to other cartography-related Web sites, forums, blogs, professional organizations, academic and scientific journals, and a list of suggested textbooks for further reading and research.

Written in a conversational tone and offering solution-driven help, Mapping Center is the place to go to find expert cartographic knowledge and unique solutions to today’s mapping challenges.

For more information on ESRI's Mapping Center Web site, visit

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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