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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Visit the Apps Island in the Esri Showcase to learn more about how our ready-to-use apps and Runtime SDKs help you improve operations and make better business decisions. You’ll be able to test-drive Esri solutions on a variety of devices and connect with our experts about ways to maximize your operations using our apps.