East View Cartographic, a producer and distributor of international mapping data, signed an agreement with ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, to provide international map data sets for ESRI’s MapShop Web application. MapShop can be used to create and customize maps for output to an editable EPS file. The application includes U.S. shaded relief imagery and a detailed world basemap that illustrates specific countries and other points of interest, locates U.S. addresses, and defines cartographic style preferences. MapShop subscribers have access to powerful desktop GIS tools and other GIS data that is available through the Web application. Built using the Geography Network infrastructure from ESRI, MapShop is a way for media outlets of all sizes to create quality map content and to make geographic information easily accessible by the public.
MapShop allows an authorized user to define an area of interest through a search function, latitude/longitude coordinates, or by zooming in on any area of a map. Once the area is selected, a user can add layers of information including boundaries, roads, rivers, towns, satellite imagery, or shaded relief. A user’s design style preferences can be stored, allowing maps to be regenerated in the user’s unique cartographic style.
East View Cartographic, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has extensive experience in supplying high-quality digital mapping information to the world’s leading television and print media organizations. Organizations use this information to present news coverage of remote geographic areas more effectively. The company recently supplied digital elevation models to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and other publications that continually cover issues in Afghanistan, Israel, Kashmir, and other areas around the world. MapShop provides newspapers with an advanced set of tools and applications for use by the editorial and business sides of an organization. Editors can create advanced, sophisticated, data-rich maps; use local data sets to create unique localized maps; and support computer-assisted and investigative reporting.