With the Esri International User Conference just a little over one month away, the time is right to begin planning how you can get the most out of this once a year event. As usual, there will be some important and helpful Community Maps sessions and activities. The best place to start is the Agenda Search and Planner page where you can search by key words to find the sessions that interest you most. A search on the term Community Maps returns all of the sessions organized and hosted by the Esri Community Maps team as well as moderated paper sessions presented by users.
The week begins with the Building the Basemap for the Community Maps Program preconference seminar on July 7th. This one day seminar is a perfect choice for organizations that are stewards of basemap content and are interested in contributing to the Esri Community Maps. We will go through all of the details of the basemap creation and publishing process and have a fun time doing it.
Technical workshops are always one of the most popular types of events at the UC and this year there are two important sessions dealing with Community Maps.
- Getting to Know Esri Community Maps is a perfect choice for users from organizations that are not currently participating in the Community Maps Program, but are interested in joining. This 75-minute workshop is scheduled on both Tuesday and Wednesday of the conference, so if you miss the first offering you can always make the second.
- Ocean Basemap – An Introduction will be of particular interest to anyone considering contributing bathymetric data to this resource, and those who just want to find out how the map service is produced and what they can do with it. This workshop is only offered once on Thursday, so if you have an interest in this unique basemap, make sure to save a spot on your agenda.
In addition to the standard technical workshops, the Community Maps team is also presenting a series of 30-minute Demo Theater presentations at the ArcGIS Online Content Island in the Esri Showcase area. These quick demonstrations provide a great opportunity to see Community Maps in action and include:
- Migrating data for Community Maps with ETL Tools
- Using ArcGIS Data Reviewer to Validate the Quality of Your Community Maps Content
- Using Community Maps in Simple Web Applications
- Managing Your Community Maps Contribution Online
Moderated Paper Session
Esri staff will not be the only ones conducting Community Maps presentations at the UC. This year we are also hosting a moderated paper session on Thursday titled Community Maps Contributors Share Their Best Practices. This is a great opportunity for both new and veteran Esri Community Maps contributors to find out how others have leveraged the program and learn from their experience.
Map Gallery and Software Application Fair
Of course attending presentations is just one way to participate at the UC. We encourage users who want to take a more active role to enter their maps and apps in the Map Gallery and User Software Application Fair. The Map Gallery even has a specific Community Maps category – Best Product Utilizing Community Maps. While the Application Fair does not have a separate category for Community Maps, it is a great opportunity for contributors and others to showcase their interesting and useful web applications that take advantage of the unique, authoritative and richly detailed content in the World Topographic Map. The Community Maps team will be reviewing the entries to both of these contests and selecting our own favorites for special recognition. Remember, both of these contest have deadlines for entering, so don’t delay:
- Map Gallery submission deadline – May 31st.
- User Software Applications Fair submission deadline – June 21st.
Community Maps Data Health Check
Data contributed to Community Maps is required to conform to the Local Government Information Model schema and meet certain quality criteria. This year at the UC, we’re introducing 45-minute “health checks” where a Community Maps team member can perform a diagnostic on your data to help you assess its overall readiness for contribution. Using the ArcGIS Data Reviewer extension, we will run various automated checks on your basemap data in file or personal geodatabase format. These checks will reveal whether your data is in the correct schema for contribution and if it has any issues that will slow publishing into the Community Maps online basemap services. We will also provide you recommendations for addressing any issues found. Just one 45-minute appointment can ensure that your data contribution is swiftly and smoothly published. Sign-up for an appointment by emailing email@example.com with your name, organization, contact details, and preferred date/time slot.
ArcGIS Online Content Island
Finally, in addition to all of these presentations, you will want to block out some time on your UC agenda to visit the Community Maps booth. Whether you are just curious about the program or you are a current contributor, our team is looking forward to meeting you and discussing any questions you may have about Community Maps. So please stop by.
We look forward to seeing you at the UC!