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Field Notes – Earth uses the power of three new global maps to help answer important questions about our place in the world.
Esri is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Field Notes – Earth, a new smartphone app that uses three powerful new maps to help you answer important questions about your place in the world, such as:
- What is your ideal climate?
- Where does your food come from?
- What drives your choice to live in a high or low density location?
- …and much more.
Built using Esri’s AppStudio for ArcGIS, this free app shares the power of geographic information through a common language to describe in tremendous detail the landscape of planet Earth. Continue reading
Six strategies your community can employ to become a smart community.
Putting in place a GIS platform and open data strategy creates the infrastructure for information sharing, solution creation, and innovation. The most solution-oriented, economically competitive communities will find ways to make their GIS platform and open data initiatives actionable by others in the community. These communities will actively work to become a hub of innovation by engaging with NGOs, start-ups, academia, businesses, and citizens.
Data provided by the local government can find innovative uses when put in the hands of local start-ups. Entrepreneurial thinkers are often willing to put time, energy, and resources into creating new solutions. If those solutions meet a real need, a small business can bloom and grow within the community, creating attractive new job opportunities. Continue reading
While there are many new data sources and analysis techniques available today, GIS is not new to most communities. GIS capabilities have been used within government departments for decades in order to make the delivery of community services more efficient and effective. Governments have shown significant return on investment (ROI) when they use GIS technology to solve problems. King County, Washington, staff use GIS applications to improve operations in more than 42 county agencies. Dr. Richard Zerbe, an economist at the University of Washington, conducted a study measuring the ROI of the King County GIS program during the 18-year period between 1992 and 2010 and found that the county accrued net benefits between $776 million and $1.7 billion during that time.
“Our GIS service is an example of a high-performing IT service that is providing a large amount of customer efficiency for the investment. The GIS service is a model that we want all our services within King County IT to aspire to.” — King County Chief Information Officer Bill Kehoe Continue reading
A new hands-on website and a print book help seasoned GIS practitioners and newcomers to GIS learn to make GIS web maps, work with mobile apps, and much more.
People around the world are discovering that online maps do more than direct consumers to stores or help travelers navigate from point A to point B. Maps communicate important information that help organizations make decisions. That’s why Esri published The ArcGIS Book, an easy to comprehend guide to learning 10 big ideas about web mapping and how to use the Esri ArcGIS platform to put those ideas into action.
The ten big ideas explored in The ArcGIS Book are:
- Maps, the Web, and You: Power and possibility with Web GIS
- Cartography is for Everyone: New ways to make, see, and use maps
- Tell Your Story Using a Map: Inform, engage, and inspire people with story maps
- Great Maps Need Great Data: Creating and using authoritative geographic data
- The Importance of Where: How spatial analysis leads to insight
- Mapping the Third Dimension: A change in perspective
- The Power of Apps: Focused tools that get work done
- Your Mobile GIS: The GIS of the whole world plus a live data sensor in your pocket
- Real-Time Dashboards: Integrating live data feeds for managing operations
- GIS is Social: Web GIS is the GIS of the world
They get outdoors, fire up the grill, find great sales, and watch fireworks, presenting a great opportunity for US businesses.
The Fourth of July weekend is a popular weekend for families to start celebrating summer. Many families go hiking, camping, picnicking, hit the beach, grill outdoors, snag the best shopping deals and discounts, and see fireworks. Businesses that attract people’s attention and provide the must-haves for these summer activities often see an increase in business. But how do you get the attention of a busy shopper on the go, who is already bombarded with deals and offers before summer even starts? You need data intelligence to learn more about people’s behaviors and lifestyle choices so you can send the right deal at the right time. You need to answer questions such as: Where are the outdoorsy people? Where do the consumers live who spend the most on grilling essentials? Where are the best ZIP codes to target for direct mail coupons? Using Esri’s demographics and lifestyles data in Business Analyst Online, you can easily and quickly answer these questions. Let’s take a look: Continue reading
Five story maps show how governments can increase awareness and inform the public on matters of resilience and sustainability.
For two days, I had the pleasure of listening to eighteen city mayors and executives express their desires for their cities to be more sustainable and resilient. They also articulated their frustrations about the roadblocks that seemed to inevitably arise. I came away with little desire to ever be an elected official (tough job!), but also with a strong desire to help them. But how? Continue reading
Looking into the Future
David DiBiase is Director of Esri’s Education Outreach team and former Director of the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at Pennsylvania State University. I recently had the opportunity to chat with David about the importance of offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as part of Esri’s well-established education program. In the third and final part of our discussion, David talks about the future of the MOOC program at Esri. [Read the first and second parts of our discussion.]
Baumann: What’s in the future for MOOCs at Esri?
DiBiase: Many students express excitement about the capabilities of ArcGIS Online, and appreciation to Esri for offering the course. Many are experienced ArcGIS users. Many others are new to Esri. The company is pleased with the response. We plan to offer Going Places with Spatial Analysis two or three times in 2015, depending on demand.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced its 2015 honors recipients. The honors will be presented at the president’s dinner on November 9, held during the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Chicago. Among the honorees is Prof. Carl Steinitz, who will receive the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal for significant and sustained excellence in landscape architecture education. I wanted to share some personal experiences and thoughts on Carl as an educator who had a profound impact on the direction of my life.
Developing Support for the Program
David DiBiase is Director of Esri’s Education Outreach team and former Director of the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at Pennsylvania State University. I recently had the opportunity to chat with David about the importance of offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as part of Esri’s well-established education program. In part II of our discussion, David talks about developing support for the program. [You can read the first part of our discussion here.]
Baumann: Did you have any difficulty getting the project approved and pulling together the Esri team to create and manage the MOOC?
DiBiase: No, it was really just a matter of timing. I met with Esri president Jack Dangermond and Education Services division director Nick Frunzi early in 2014. I presented the idea that we could create a free online course that would enable thousands of learners to “test-drive” the spatial analysis tools in ArcGIS Online. They agreed to support it on the spot. Continue reading
They’re Saying “I Don’t” to Marriage Now, Due to Finances, Employment, and Societal Changes
For decades, the $55 billion wedding industry banked on “young and in love” couples to fill its coffers. June brides historically provided the top revenues. However, Millennials have now turned that premise on its ear, leaving thousands of wedding planners, caterers, florists, and others scrambling for opportunities among other age groups.
Just 26 percent of Millennials are married today. Millennials aren’t against marriage; they just want to be financially secure and have better jobs before they tie the knot. Pew Research says that most unmarried Millennials (69%) say they would like to marry, but many, especially those with less income and education, are concerned about their lack of a solid economic foundation. Many young adults, particularly recent college graduates, are burdened with debt and under-employment. Economic hardships of young adults may be one reason that so many have been slow to marry. The Census Bureau notes that between 2009 and 2013, 30 percent of Millennials were living at home with their parents, and that more than 60 percent have never married.