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Redlands, USA, 4 February 2007 – ESRI’s Production Line Tool Set (PLTS) for ArcGIS—Mapping Agency Solution 9.2 now includes data models and tools to efficiently collect data compliant with the EuroGeographics specifications for the EuroRegionalMap and EuroGlobalMap projects.

This bundled solution is assisting European National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMCAs) in meeting the requirements of the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) initiative. INSPIRE is a critical step in the development of the European Spatial Data Infrastructure (ESDI).

By using Mapping Agency Solution, a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product, participating NMCAs can easily access the same production environment to collect and maintain consistent and high-quality datasets.

These agencies can leverage this environment to build contiguous European spatial datasets, which is a key requirement of the INSPIRE initiative. It is hoped this initiative will facilitate the availability of geographic information for policy making throughout the European Community.

EuroGeographics is an association that includes 49 European NMCAs from 42 countries. In 2004, EuroGeographics and ESRI collaborated on building a geographic database model to support the creation of the EuroRegionalMap dataset. EuroRegionalMap is a topographically referenced data model at a scale of 1:250,000. It was constructed to ease the implementation of cross-border and Pan-European GIS solutions.

The success of the EuroRegionalMap product has prompted the inclusion of the new EuroGlobalMap product in Mapping Agency Solution. The EuroGlobalMap data model was created for production at a scale of 1:1 million.

Mapping Agency Solution is a production environment designed to assist organizations in efficiently producing topographic basemap products. It can be used to create and maintain data for large, intermediate, and small-scale topographic map products. For more information about Mapping Agency Solution, please visit www.esri.com/software/arcgis/extensions/plts/solutions/mappingagency.html