To everyone who attended the 2013 Esri User Conference, I want to thank you for helping to make this year’s User Conference such a great success. For those who could not attend, let me take a few minutes to give you an overview of my opening remarks on Monday morning.
The theme of this year’s User Conference was “GIS: Transforming Our World.” When I first started looking into this magical word transformation, I found something really profound. It basically means change. Changing in two ways–physical change as well as the perception of what we see. And GIS has a lot of relevance to both of these kinds of change. Your work as GIS professionals is physically changing the world through all kinds of activities. But it’s also changing how we see things, and how we communicate them, which is driving changes in the way we understand and interact with our world. Continue reading
Most of us have experienced busy airports when traveling, and this latest story map examines the 25 busiest airports in the world. Which airport do you think is the busiest? This story map presents some surprising and interesting results.
The story map is built using a just-released new storytelling “countdown” template, which you can download from ArcGIS Online or the storytelling with maps template gallery.
What stories can you tell using the countdown story map? Let us know! View lots more stories at the storytelling with maps website.
Story maps are very popular. They combine web maps, text, and rich media content to create compelling applications that inform, educate, entertain, and inspire people about a variety of topics. Many story maps can be lumped into the “fun” category–stories about personal journeys, vacations, adventures, and sightseeing across the globe. Here’s an example: Skiing the Haute Route: Touring from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland:
Over the years GIS has grown to cover a very broad horizon. It’s no longer the domain of specialized departments; instead it has become deeply woven into an organization’s fabric and extends to a very public and connected audience. The fact that we think differently today than in the past about how we use–and perhaps more importantly how we can use–GIS reminds us that we need to continue to evolve our skills in new directions, whether we’re seasoned GIS veterans, or simply trying to land that first job.
A recent e-mail from someone just beginning to to take their first steps into the GIS job market had me thinking about this again. They asked me whether they should take a course in Python to improve their GIS job prospects. Continue reading
I recently co-presented a session on GIS and the Smart Grid to a group of about 150 folks from the gas and electric utilities and the telecommunications businesses. We thought it might be interesting to have the groups come together since as more and more utilities implement Smart Grid (electric and gas), there will become greater interdependencies on one another. We further thought that this session would be a great opportunity for each company to tell us their current practices on sharing data, problems and issues. The premise was, of course, that since ArcGIS is a platform which facilitates sharing of information, that both groups could give us feedback on how best to facilitate collaboration. Much to our surprise, the groups do not have much collaboration at all. In fact, they hadn’t really considered it very seriously. When I probed them further, I asked, well how do you share information with each other? One utility guy, perhaps, half-jokingly said that he bought his friend from the phone company a beer and that’s when they shared information.
The biggest take away from this session was this: the discussion on this topic hasn’t really started. It should. Continue reading
Posted in Industry Focus
Tagged ArcGIS, Bill Meehan, eletrical, energy, Esri, geographic information system, GIS, pipeline, smart grid, Telecom, utilities
Wiley Post was an accomplished American aviator, and the first to fly a fixed-wing aircraft around the globe in 1931, setting a record time of 8 days, 15 hours, and 51 minutes. Interestingly, the first around the world flight was made by Hugo Eckener in 1921, piloting the Graf Zeppelin and taking 21 days.
In 1933 Post repeated his flight, this time flying solo, and breaking his previous record with a time of 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes. His plane, the Winnie May, is now on display at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
You can learn more via an Esri story map that commemorates the 80th anniversary of Post’s feat by visiting the Smithsonian’s Air & Space website, or viewing the story map application.
Visit Storytelling with Maps to view more interesting story maps from Esri and the ArcGIS community.
On Tuesday, July 9th, 2013, more than 130 GIS professionals came together in San Diego, California for the 4th annual GIS Managers’ Open Summit. The GIS Managers’ Open Summit is an “unconference“-style event designed to help GIS managers, business and technology strategists, and other decision makers attending the Esri User Conference to engage in conversations with their peers on topics that relate to business efficiencies, ROI, managing data, and much more.
The day opened with a brief motivational talk by the “father of GIS,” Roger Tomlinson, who emphasized the importance of the work that GIS managers do. He was followed by Greg Babinski, president of URISA, who talked for a few minutes about the work that URISA is doing to establish a GIS Management Institute and develop a GIS Management Body of Knowledge. Continue reading
Updated: December 9, 2013
At Esri we are concerned with supporting basic and applied science, but we also recognize that there are many major themes of compelling interest to society that will drive scientific research for the next two decades. And thus we view science as helping us to understand much more than solely how the Earth works, but how the Earth should look (e.g., by way of geodesign), and how we should look at the Earth (i.e., by way of Earth observation in varying forms and the accompanying data science issues of analysis, modeling, developing and documenting useful datasets for science, interoperating between these datasets and between various approaches). Continue reading
Posted in Industry Focus, Vision
Tagged academic, analysis & geoprocessing, ArcGIS for Maritime, bathymetry, big data, Community Maps program, CyberGIS, Dawn Wright, Esri, GIS, ocean basemap, Ocean GIS Conference, Ocean GIS initiative, ocean science, oceans, Oceans & Maritime, science, Story Maps
Fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point in America’s Civil War. Fought in a small market town in Pennsylvania, the battle involved about 164,000 men, and was the bloodiest of the war with over 51,000 casualties.
Marking next week’s sesquicentennial of the battle, a new Battle of Gettysburg Story Map has just been published. The story map represents a collaborative effort with Smithsonian, Anne Kelly Knowles of Middlebury College, Alex Tait of International Mapping, and Esri’s story maps team. It offers a new way to explore the Battle, and provides insights as to how elevation and visibility played an important role in its strategy and outcome.
The story map can be viewed on Smithsonian’s website and can also be opened as a standalone story map application. You can explore other story maps at Esri’s Storytelling with Maps website.
With the rush to urbanize, how can historic landscapes and archaeological features be preserved to maintain a sense of place? How does society plan for an ever-increasing population while maintaining open space, rural character, and economic vitality? How do communities take full advantage of improvements in technology to design or retrofit spaces and create smart, sustainable cities of the future?
These are some of the questions that will be examined at Geodesign Summit Europe, which will be held in September on an ancient fortress island in the Netherlands.