Community Maps members showcase contributions at 2013 International User Conference

Whether sharing best practices in a moderated paper session, demonstrating their latest useful web application in the User Application Fair or exhibiting beautiful maps in the Map Gallery, Esri Community Maps members found a variety of ways to help make the 2013 International User Conference a huge success.  Read on to see just a few examples of contributors and Community Maps sharing the limelight at this year’s UC.

Community Maps moderated paper session

The 2013 User Conference hosted a paper session for Esri Community Maps where participants shared their Community Maps experiences on subjects ranging from data processing techniques to applications developed with contributor content in the ArcGIS Online basemaps .  The session was well attended, and the audience included both current contributors gathering ideas of what others are doing, as well as potential new members who were curious to learn the benefits of contributing their content to Esri Community Maps.  The presenters at this session represented a variety of geographies, backgrounds, organizational needs and length of involvement with Community Maps.

First presenter was Guillaume Turcotte from the GIS Lab of Villanova University.  Guillaume gave a short presentation on developing a campus basemap using the Local Government Campus Template and the challenges in creating the data from scratch by digitizing buildings and campus features from imagery.  Ultimately, the map will be the foundation for a JavaScript web application Guillaume is developing for the University. 

Guillaume demonstrated the early stages of the application with building and classroom search capabilities and capabilities for routing students from one building to the next with the help of a campus walking network.  Guillaume plans to further enhance the basemap features and ultimately make the features available through the CM 2.0 contribution method to enhance the current content in the basemaps as well as potentially extend his campus application to a mobile app.

The second presentation in the paper session was from Stephanie Colli of the City of Brandon in Manitoba Canada.  Stephanie discussed the usefulness of the ArcGIS basemaps and ArcGIS Online services from a small town perspective and how many maps and apps can be served to the public.  The City of Brandon GIS team, a very early adopter of Esri Community Maps, was motivated to efficiently provide content through web and mobile devices for the many events available in this active community.  Stephanie demonstrated several of the web maps she and her team created that provide guidance to citizens and tourists alike with things to do and places to go.

For example, the Brandon Recreation Map shows the city parks and their amenities with one-click hyperlinks to the community garden websites as well as trails for mountain biking and skiing on the “one-hill” in Brandon!  Whether a citizen of Brandon or planning a vacation in that part of Canada, be sure to browse the maps Stephanie and her team have created.

Our final presenter of the session was Brian Quinn of Marin County, California.  Brian has been a Community Maps enthusiast for many years and this project has helped spark Brian to extend his county’s data beyond simple basemaps.  Brian took the audience through the data development process he and his team went through to bring their public data up to high standards for cartographic display.  Brian used the map creation process to develop detailed contours and hillshade layers from high-resolution data sources, enhance the county road geometry and topology and fully categorize the building footprints throughout the county.  The basemap that resulted from this project provides a powerful tool for county workers to use in field data collection and a terrific basis for civic and tourism applications.  Brian inspired audience members when he demonstrated the basemap currently served from his servers in Marin County.  The highly detailed and cartographically professional map will have decades of purpose for the Marin County GIS department.  View Brian’s basemap on the ArcGIS.com Map Viewer.

The wonderful GIS data Brian has created has recently been contributed to Esri Community Maps through the CM 2.0 vector submission method and will soon be available in the ArcGIS Online basemaps.

User Software Applications Fair Entries Incorporate Community Maps

The votes are in! The User Software Applications Fair at this year’s International User Conference was an enormous success. It is amazing how creative our users are in developing dynamic applications that leverage a variety of content themes using ArcGIS. The four categories were Desktop GIS Applications, Web-Based GIS Applications, Mobile GIS Applications, and Multimedia Maps.  Among all the notable entries were several that  incorporated Community Maps.

The Town of South Windsor, CT  created a GIS Dashboard that hosts a Citizen Request Service and uses the Topographic Basemap.

This application allows citizens to report issues, such as illegal dumping or fallen trees, within the municipal area so that they can be appropriately addressed by the local government.  The dashboard lets users filter the displayed requests by service type and supports address searches and interactive measuring of distance and area.  This application is just one of the many useful resources South Windsor makes available as part of its Geographic and Property Information Network.

The Light Gray Canvas Basemap was used to create the School-Based Health Center Performance Explorer.  This basemap choice is well suited to the point data incorporated in the application.By simply selecting an icon on the map, all health-related services in select areas of southern Ohio can be viewed.  The application also gives the user a variety of basemap themes to choose from and even lets them incorporate operational layers like U.S. Census data and transportation.

On the subject of health, ever heard of Foodshed Mapping?  A Foodshed is a local bioregion that grows food for a specific population. This interactive web map is a helpful tool for residents in the North Valley region of California who want fresh food that is locally grown.

The Community Maps Team would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s User Software Applications Fair. These applications exhibited great use of basemap solutions that the ArcGIS Platform offers. For more information on how to continue to create great web applications refer to Best Practices for Building and Sharing Community Web Maps and Apps.

Map Gallery contestants show off their Community Maps

For the second straight year, the Map Gallery contest at the UC included a category focused specifically on Esri Community Maps - Best Product Utilizing Community Maps.  Entries in this category were judged for general quality and the effective use of at least one of the four Esri Community Maps (Imagery, Streets, Topographic and Ocean) according to the following criteria:

    1. Appropriateness of the basemap to the map objective
    2. Cartographic balance between the basemap and operational layers
    3. Overall cartographic quality

This year’s amazing winners include the Board of Public Utilities of Cheyenne, Wyoming for their expansive Systems Overview Map, for which the Topographic map provided an excellent backdrop.

Other notable entries included the Las Galinas Creek Hydrologic Enforcement map by Brian Quinn of Marin County (see the section on the Moderated Paper Session above), which once again showcased the Topographic map.

Finally, the South Bay Cities Council of Governments created a beautiful and useful display utilizing the Streets map in their Impact of Major Urban Development in the City of Inglewood entry.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s contest and thank you to all of those who entered.  We can’t wait to see the entries for next year!

Summary

The Esri International User Conference provides an opportunity for Community Maps members to promote the program and showcase their contributions, and 2013 certainly saw some terrific examples of this.  The Community Maps team wants to extend our warmest thanks to those of you who highlighted your efforts to help build our ArcGIS Online basemaps.  Keep up the great work!

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