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Esri honours innovative GIS practitioner

Redlands, US: Esri acknowledged the achievements of more than 140 domestic and international organizations with the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards ceremony at the annual Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California, US. The SAG Awards acknowledge innovative and intelligent applications of GIS technology.
“The SAG Awards highlight extraordinary achievements and efforts to improve our world,” said Esri president Jack Dangermond. Detailed information about the 2011 SAG winners is available at esri.com/sag.
In addition, Esri heralded the winners of the Storytelling with Maps competition at the Esri UC. Chih Cheng Chang, director of the application system division at RiChi in New Taipei City, Taiwan, won first place for Best Web Map. Dr. Thanos Doganis, director of R&D at Terra Ltd., with Terra Mapping The Globe Ltd. in Athens, Greece, won first place for Best Mobile App.
Chang’s web map shows natural resources data, including hydrology, water resources, geology, and soil, and introduces professional GIS-related information to a general audience. Terra’s free mobile app for the iPhone provides points of interest, including hospitals and pharmacies on duty, for numerous cities in Greece. The winners were selected by a distinguished panel of judges comprised of Jean McKendry of the American Association of Geographers; Frank Biasi of National Geographic; and Allen Carroll, Deane Kensok, and Damien Demaj of Esri’s ArcGIS Online Team.
Winning EntriesFirst-Place Best Web Map: Chih Cheng Chang—Natural Environment Database Map in TaiwanSecond-Place Best Web Map: Tom Sellsted—Yakima Transit iBus WidgetThird-Place Best Web Map: Don Barker—The Search for Frederick Douglass’ BirthplaceFirst-Place Best Mobile App: Thanos Doganis—LivemapSecond-Place Best Mobile App: Chih Cheng Chang—NGIS Natural Environment Maps in Taiwan iOS 
AppThird-Place Best Mobile App: Patrick Bell—iGeologyCommunity Favorite Award Best Web Map: Mark Laudon—Save the Rain!Community Favorite Award Best Mobile App: Patrick Bell—iGeology
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