Spatial data pros have access to new formats.

Sun Microsystems Inc. and ESRI will host the first GISQuest, an interactive, multimedia mapping game in which players are instructed through a video-on-demand broadcast on how to solve geographic problems using Websites powered by GIS technology. Participants can track forest fires, retrace explorers’ trails, and route a VIP’s tour while learning about the role of GIS in daily life. Contestants who complete the game will receive a personalized GISQuest certificate. Anyone over age 12 can participate. The Website will launch on GIS Day, Nov. 14.