Go from Idea to Implementation at Esri UC

Esri consultants at the Professional Services Island want to help you get the most from ArcGIS and succeed. Whether you’ve worked with Esri Professional Services or you’re brand new to them, you’re invited to stop by and talk, pick their brains, and walk away with some free advice.

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Calgary GIS Team Managing Flood Crisis

We send good wishes and thoughts of concern to members of Calgary, Alberta, Canada’s GIS team. They are in the midst of managing flood emergency operations in their city. We had anticipated them attending the UC and sharing their award winning geospatial emergency management (GEM) system, but they are at home putting the system to work.

Image provided by Robin Wickson

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Put the Esri UC in the Palm of Your Hands

The mobile Esri UC and concurrent conferences app is now available for Android and Apple devices! This free app, called Esri Events, puts the entire agenda for UC and our concurrent conferences into an easy-to-use mobile interface. And if you still want a great mobile experience but can’t use one of these apps, check out our mobile optimized agenda built with HTML 5.

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You Are GIS…You Make Awesome Trading Cards at UC

The Who is GIS experience is coming back to UC, better than ever before. Due to last year’s overwhelming popularity, we’ve expanded the Who is GIS booth to a total of five kiosks located throughout the San Diego Convention Center. You’ll be able to create trading cards at three kiosks outside of Hall E on the main floor, at a kiosk outside the GeoLounge (Ballroom 20 upstairs), or at a kiosk outside Room 6, near the north entrance to the Map Gallery.

In addition to the trading cards, you’ll automatically receive an email with links to download your image, view it in a Facebook album, and share it on Twitter or Facebook. You’ll also be able to see yourself and other attendees on the interactive Who Is GIS map.

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STEM GIS Mentors Launch Career

Esri is a strong supporter of education. At this year’s UC  Plenary, Esri will spotlight STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics), a K-12 initiative that has launched many GIS careers.  Amber Case is just one example of the program’s success.

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Explore Solutions for Our Planet at the Environment Showcase

Learn how geospatial technology can help us become better stewards for our planet by visiting the Environment Showcase at UC. Government agencies, research institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofits, and commercial companies will show how they’re using GIS to conserve, restore, and sustainably manage the natural environment. You’ll also meet humanitarian organizations that provide assistance to communities in need as they work to mitigate and adapt to a wide variety of environmental influences.

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ZFS for GIS: A Solution for Managing Big Data

The Esri UC is an excellent place to learn about new technologies and solutions for solving geospatial problems. Cutting Edge Networked Storage, an Esri partner, will be showcasing its new ZFS-powered solutions that enable big data management.

As data volumes increase, the management and operational costs of storing data is growing out of control. Unlike traditional transactional storage systems, GIS requires a storage system that can be efficiently and cost-effectively scaled as new data is continuously added. Cutting Edge storage solutions solve this problem by increasing the number of ZFS storage nodes as needed. As a file format and data management package, ZFS has proven stability and scalability, as well as an active developer community. Continue reading

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Have Feedback? Tell Us at UC

Stop by the Software Feedback Island in the Esri Showcase to help us better understand your GIS workflows and how we can make changes to ArcGIS that will boost your productivity. From your experience with individual projects to enterprise-wide initiatives, we want to learn everything we can to develop better solutions. You’ll be able to share your ideas with our key developers and get instant feedback on error reports.

This year, you’ll be able to connect with Todd Stellhorn, our lead developer for ArcGIS for Desktop. He’ll be available to discuss any technical issues you’re having and can give you insights about the Esri development process, and how can get involved in testing future releases. You can also put ArcGIS for Desktop through the paces at our test area and instantly share your feedback.

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Would Your Data Pass a Physical?

This year Esri will once again offer free, 45-minute data health checks for water/wastewater/stormwater, land records and addressing, electric and gas, roads and highways, and Community Map contributors. Industry experts will run various automated data checks on features and attributes, then provide feedback on the overall data quality.

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The Cutting Edge of Geospatial Storage

The Esri UC features more than 300 exhibitors and sponsors across a range of industries. We recently spoke with Richard Kershaw of Cutting Edge Networked Storage, a longtime Esri partner, to learn more about Cutting Edge and what they will be doing at the UC.

Esri: Hi Richard, can you tell me a little bit about what you do at Cutting Edge?

Richard Kershaw: Sure. I’m the director of sales for Cutting Edge Network Storage. We’re a customer focused data storage solutions provider that’s based in El Cajon, California. We’re about 15 miles east of the San Diego Convention Center, where the Esri UC is held each year.

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