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ArcGIS for Schools - an interview with Joanne McLaughlin and Alistair Hamill

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The town of Lurgan in Co. Armagh is a very spatially divided place. Sectarian issues between communities in the town manifest themselves in many different ways, including spatially. Residential areas in the town tend to be segregated and shared public spaces are often underused, especially at night. In an effort to facilitate conversations and encourage collaboration, the geography departments of the different schools in the town came together through the Lurgan Shared Education Program.

Joanne McLaughlin, ArcGIS for Schools Business Sponsor from Esri Ireland and Alistair Hamill, Head of Geography at Lurgan College, discuss the success of the ‘ArcGIS for Schools Program’ in Northern Ireland and how this powerful idea was transferred into a pilot project using Esri’s digital mapping software.

Interested in finding out more about the ‘ArcGIS For Schools’ Program?
Visit for more information and instructions on how you can get your school set up. Follow us on Twitter (@GISinSchools ) to keep up with our latest news and updates.

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Esri Ireland specialises in the application of geographic information systems, helping customers record where things happen and analyse why, with the aim of providing insight and helping them to make better decisions. As Esri's official point of presence in Ireland it has, since 2002, partnered with both the public and private sector to help them understand the impact of geography on their business. Recognised as one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland, Esri Ireland is part of the Esri Global Network, a billion-dollar privately held software company with nearly 10,000 employees worldwide.

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