GeoIQ + EsriWhen we launched GeoCommons in 2007 we wanted to bring geographic data and analysis to everyone. Today more than 50,000 users have contributed over 125,000 open data sets, which have been shared 20 million times. The community has been awesome, and for a while we’ve been discussing how we can take it to the next level. How can we reach an even larger audience? That opportunity came recently when Esri approached us about joining their team and merging our technologies. By comparison, Esri is used by more than 300,000 organizations worldwide and is running on more than one million desktops and Web applications servers.

Our goal at GeoIQ has been to create new mapping interfaces and hopefully change the geospatial market in the process. Esri opens the door for us to operate within the ArcGIS platform and to directly work with their millions of users. We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Esri to create the next generation of GeoWeb technologies. To accomplish this we’ll be working with Esri to establish a new research and development center in the Washington DC area. The District emerged as a hot spot for the clustering of GeoNerds, and we are looking forward to using the new office as a venue to support and collaborate with the community.

The team in the development center will focus on engineering core technologies for Esri, leveraging GeoIQ’s expertise in working with open data and technology communities, as well as real time and large data analytics. The team will build projects that push the bounds of data handling and analysis of emerging dynamic data sources. For example, over the past few months we have been working on an R&D project called “Twitch” that handles dynamic aggregation and visualization of millions of points from social media streams with in-browser HTML5 support. It is just an example of what is possible and we will be sharing more with the community as we integrate this technology with the ArcGIS platform.

Real time crowd patterns for the NYC marathon from GeoIQ on Vimeo

GeoCommons and GeoIQ customers will continue to be supported as we integrate the capabilities of ArcGIS Online and GeoIQ into a next generation platform. GeoCommons data will continue to stay open and available and we’re planning to make it even more accessible. If you have any questions for the team, we’ll be answering on the blog and Twitter @geoiq. Some of our team will also be at the International Open Government Data Conference in DC this week and the Esri User Conference in San Diego July 23rd to July 27th to meet the community and discuss our plans.

We look forward to continuing to work with everyone that has supported us and in becoming part of the Esri family.

The GeoIQ & GeoCommons team


24 Responses to Building from the Inside: GeoIQ joins Esri

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  3. Abe Usher says:

    Congratulations to everyone at GeoIQ!
    We’re excited about what the future will bring.

  4. whoa! congrats, look forward to seeing how this all evolves!

  5. Sean Gorman says:

    Thanks Abe and Patrick – we are excited about the possibilities and looking forward to getting started.

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