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Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI, Named World Standards Day 2003 Honorary Chair

New York, Jul 15, 2003

Representatives of the U.S. World Standards Day Planning Committee announced today that Jack Dangermond, founder and president of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), will serve as honorary chairman during a special World Standards Day exhibition, reception and dinner on Tuesday, September 30, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

The goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide. This international event pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities. Dangermond’s participation in the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day symbolizes this year’s theme, “Building Global Security Through Standards,” and highlights ESRI’s recognition and commitment to the development and interoperability of standards in the area of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). ESRI’s technology, software development and support help perform countless vital tasks including the determination of new national boundaries during peace negotiations, the rebuilding of cities around the world, the containment of oil spills and routing of emergency vehicles.

Since 1969, Dangermond has fostered ESRI’s growth from a small research group to an organization known internationally for innovation in the application of automated geographic information and mapping systems. Dangermond has more than twenty-five years of experience in developing GIS’s for multi-agency data management, and as president serves as an advisor to ESRI managers on major projects, including the Digital Chart of the World Project for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (formerly the U.S. Defense Mapping Agency) and two studies for the U.S. Air Force.

The annual U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day is organized by a planning committee consisting of representatives from industry, professional and technical societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations and government agencies. The group is co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); the 2003 Administrating Organization is the International Code Council (ICC).

"The U.S. World Standards Day Planning Committee, and the ICC as the Administrating Organization, is privileged to have Jack Dangermond serve as the honorary chairman," said Pamela Suett, ANSI Education and Training manager. "He is recognized in both academia and industry as a business leader and an authority in the GIS field. His commitment to incorporating technology standards in the business practices for ESRI will help promote the role of national and international standards in enhancing security and emergency planning worldwide."

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