GeoWeb 2010: Visualizing Real Time Twitter Data with ArcGIS

This year the focus of the GeoWeb conference was on “Going Real Time”. 

In our presentation, we discussed how to build client and server GIS applications that consume real time Twitter data.  We covered a number of real world scenarios that this could be applied to such as disaster management, emergency scenarios and so on.  We also covered some of the challenges we face when building systems like this.

GeoWeb 2010 Real-time ArcGIS Twitter Map 

In the spirit of supporting the “real time” theme of the conference, we also demonstrated how to use the ArcGIS platform to build a real time mapping system to track conversations on Twitter.  The system (code named “TweetBase”) had the capabilities of capturing all of the ”GeoWeb” conversations that took place during the conference, geolocate them, and publish them on a web map on 

Here is an example of the map in a browser and mobile client.




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  1. kirill_lykov says:

    That’s nice. The main issue is how to use such services? For instance, you wrote that it could be applied to disaster management. Could you give a concrete example of appropriate use case?