IMIA continues to monitor the rapidly-changing situation related to the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our members and the industry are our No. 1 priority. We wish you all the best as you navigate through this worldwide crisis.
How GIS Maps Go Viral
As the situation surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Esri is supporting its users and the geospatial community at large with location intelligence, geographic information system (GIS) and mapping software, data, services, and materials that Esri’s users are leveraging to help monitor, manage, and communicate the impact of the outbreak. Esri invites the International Map Industry Association (IMIA) and geospatial community at large to use and share these resources broadly to help your community and organization respond effectively.
- Significant resources and technology from Esri users and Esri
- Great examples of organizations using ArcGIS to respond to COVID-19 and a Hub site to easily locate additional resources
- Insightful answers to geospatial professionals’ questions about differences in numbers on the GIS dashboards, and how to understand the underlying values represented in the data and the sources of that data
- High quality cartographic advice on mapping representation of COVID-19 data and the importance of being cartographically responsible with the visualization of the data
- The importance of evidence-based decision-making with GIS, and how to locate and use the available resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 Offers Opportunity For New Product Ideas
The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has caused immediate drop in sales for many businesses, with long-term financial impacts yet to be determined. It has also changed the way many are doing business, with a huge increase in video conferencing and meetings via webcam. For Maps International, part of IMIA member Lovell Johns , the recent market interruptions have inspired a new product that brings their expertise and existing production capabilities to a new area – video conferencing backdrops.
Several weeks ago, as the COVID-19 impact on Asia and Europe was just beginning to be understood, Maps International, a provider of mapping products, saw an opportunity for their existing map posters to be used as backdrops for video calls.
“We saw this as an exercise to not only create a new product that might obviously suit the mood of the moment, but also something that could be brought to the market quickly,” said Liz Murray, Sales and Marketing Director for Maps International .
Using its existing printing and shipping capabilities, Maps International was able to get the product online right away, using their own website and sites like Amazon for distribution.
“If we had taken three months to plan something and then go to market, we would have missed the opportunity,” said Murray.
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