ArcGIS Online (www.arcgis.com) is a state-of–the-art, Cloud-based package, which allows the visualisation and analysis of geospatial data. It is an expert tool used by many tens of thousands of employers across Europe, as well as for educational and scientific activities. In its pledge Esri will establish a “GIS School Program” offering free access to and use of the ArcGIS Online platform, especially for STEM education, initially to 300 primary and secondary schools and vocational institutions in 10 EU member states by the end of 2017. By giving students access to ArcGIS Online, they will be able to acquire not only digital skills but also competences in spatial thinking that will help them in their careers. Spatial thinking is a distinct form of thinking, which helps people to visualise and interpret relationships between and among spatial phenomena, recognised as one of the fundamental forms of intelligence needed to function in modern society.
ArcGIS applies The Science of Where to connect everyone, everywhere through a common visual language. It combines mapping and analytics to reveal deeper insight into data.
|Other (countries)||Countries where the “GIS School Program” will be operational||10||6|
|Milestone name||Completion date||Status|
|Preparation of the programme: Launch event; Scheme established and operating in 10 leading countries; GeoMentoring scheme initiated in Europe; Supporting resources and materials available online||31/12/2017||On Track|
|Review of the progres and renewal of the pledge||31/01/2018||N/A|
|Five additional countries become involved||31/12/2018||N/A|
|Five additional countries become involved||31/12/2019||N/A|