Matt ArtzAs the GIS and science manager for Esri and a regular contributor to the Esri Insider blog, I communicate the value of using GIS technology to advance scientific understanding. I believe that technology fundamentally changes the relationship between man and the environment, and that GIS technology in particular represents one of the most cost-effective tools we have at our disposal to help us address the complex global problems we are facing today.

Prior to joining Esri, I worked as an Environmental Scientist at a large science and engineering consulting company.  My educational background includes an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning, a B.S. in Anthropology/Geography, and a certificate in Marketing Management.

Although I’ve worked for Esri for more than 20 years and that’s obviously where my allegiance is, this blog is not meant to be an overt advertisement for Esri.  I truly believe that GIS can play a pivotal role in science, whether the GIS is built by Esri or someone else, or is open source or home-grown.  Please feel free to comment on this blog, but try to keep all comments on topic and civilized.  And of course the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent Esri’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

–Matt Artz

email:  m a r t z @ e s r i . c o m

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I also blog at the Esri Insider and the Future Earth Institute

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