ArcGIS for You

Get focused help and explore the maps and apps available through ArcGIS for Local Government at the ArcGIS for You island at UC. A new addition to the Esri Showcase for 2012, the ArcGIS for You island is designed to be a must-attend area for everyone in local government. Whether you’re an experienced professional that has deployed several applications or investigating new processes, you’ll be able to collaborate with Esri experts and other users about the best ways to leverage this set of free maps and apps for all ArcGIS users.

The Election Results app in ArcGIS for Local Government provides election result information to the general public.

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How Healthy Is Your Data?

This year, Esri’s free data health checks will be offered for water and wastewater, as well as land records, at the ArcGIS for You island. Industry experts will run an analysis on your data in a file or personal geodatabase and provide a report of any error findings. You can sign-up by emailing datareviewer@esri.com.

At the 2011 Esri UC, the GIS team from the City of Woodland—a 55,000-population town in California—took advantage of Esri’s free data health checks for water and wastewater. Continue reading

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GIS for Facilities Has Entered the Building

GIS has long been considered a necessary technology for visualizing and analyzing land-based information from a global scale all the way to a building’s front door. And while it’s important that organizations understand and manage the effect their operations have on the world around them, it’s also critical to have that in-depth knowledge of what’s happening on the inside.

GIS allows you to visualize and analyze the world at any scale.

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Find Advice, Recognition, and Inspiration in the Map Gallery

The Map Gallery at UC is more than just an engaging display of hundreds of maps. It’s an opportunity for you to connect with other professionals and share ideas about GIS projects and map design.

Larry Nierth, the GIS Supervisor at the City of Houston, said the Map Gallery provides a venue for him to try out new things: “I use the Map Gallery as a chance to challenge myself with different and unique presentation and analysis techniques and see how well they’re perceived and understood. Since the maps I submit are often part of an important project for the City of Houston, the comments I receive from fellow GIS professionals and Esri’s staff cartographers help me ensure that my messages are conveyed well graphically.” Continue reading

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Forecast for UC: 100 Percent Chance of Cloud

Given that “cloud” has become one of the most used technology buzzwords of the decade, it’s not surprising that the 2012 Esri International User Conference is shaping up to offer an impressive number of cloud sessions on the agenda.

In speaking with you, we know that you’re interested in figuring out the best ways to take advantage of this new computing paradigm. Some of you, like Dana Nibby from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, are interested in the resource capabilities the cloud offers. “Working in the cloud puts customers in a ‘Goldilocks’ zone for accessing just the right amount of resources,” Nibby said. “It enables public sector employees to operate like startup entrepreneurs who’ve always had to do more with less. Continue reading

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Experience the Full Power of Where at Esri UC

We’re thrilled to announce that the 2012 UC agenda search and planner is now available. In addition to exploring the more than 900-plus sessions in the agenda, you can also use the planner to start building your schedule for the week. Not only can this help you get to all of the presentations that matter most to you, but it’s also a great tool for justifying your trip to San Diego.  Once you’ve built your schedule, you can export it to Outlook or iCal so you can synch it with your mobile device.

While we hope you spend time delving into the full breadth of the agenda, here are a few of the topics that are generating buzz throughout the GIS community: Continue reading

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Learn How to Do More with Less at Esri UC

Map, chart, and data production organizations currently face a daunting task. In the face of deep cuts in staffing levels and seeing their budgets slashed by as much as fifty percent, these organizations are being asked to maintain or even increase the production of mission-critical map and information products.

You’re not alone. Join our map, chart, and data production team at the Esri UC and explore how new tools and workflows can help you meet greater demands despite having fewer resources. From SDI and imagery to cartography and national mapping, you’ll find the information and help you need to meet your goals. Mark Cygan, Esri’s map, chart, and data production industry manager, previews what we have in-store at this year’s UC.

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Discover Imagery Management Solutions at Esri UC

The move to digital sensors from more traditional scanned aerial imagery has had a profound impact on the way GIS professionals use remotely sensed data.  The volume, speed, and clarity of imagery that digital cameras collect opens up image processing possibilities and analyses that are much more accurate. At ArcGIS 10.1, the ability to manage and produce imagery on-the-fly is changing the traditional input-output model to a transactional model that speeds the production of imagery products. Continue reading

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2012 Is the Year for Utilities at Esri UC

Between ArcGIS 10.1, the cloud, and ArcGIS Online, this year’s UC is a can’t-miss event for GIS users in any industry. However, this year is particularly important for utilities professionals, given the current economic climate and the federal government’s emphasis on the strict management of transmission resources.

With these factors in mind, our utilities team has developed a comprehensive program of events, presentations, and speakers that are geared toward helping you solve your biggest utilities problems with GIS.  Bill Meehan, Esri’s director of utility solutions, explains why he’s excited about this year’s UC.

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Catching Up with Clark Magnet High School

One of the highlights during last year’s plenary session at UC was the presentation by Dominique Evans-Bye, a GIS and science teacher at Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta, California, and her student Yeprem Chavdarian. The pair showed how introducing GIS technology in the classroom empowered students to tackle a variety of projects, from marine science research to other environmental issues.

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