ESRI User Conference 2008 – The Opening

Once empty seats now filled, with people and anticipation.

The view of the opening minutes of Jack’s welcome from behind the stage.


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ESRI User Conference 2008 – Sunday Part II

Here’s the beginnings of the heart of the Explorer island in the middle of the ArcGIS Server area at the Showcase. Please stop by to meet the team, ask questions, and learn about Explorer 480 and what’s ahead. The Showcase opens on Tuesday. We promise it will look more inviting than this.

Today was the final day of preparations and rehearsal for the plenary presentations tomorrow. Here’s Chris manning the control center, he’s one of the hard working ESRI staff behind the scenes making sure the plenary goes perfectly.

Here’s Euan, Andy, and Doug prepping for their demos covering the road ahead for ArcGIS, including Explorer 600.

Here’s Andy rehearsing his Explorer 600 demonstration. Note the new ribbon interface. We’re sure excited about 480, and where we’re heading with 600. You’ll see some great highlights of both at the plenary. See you tomorrow!



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ESRI User Conference 2008 – Sunday Part I – The EdUC

ESRI’s User Conference has grown into several concurrent conferences in one. One of the intra-conferences that started today is the Education User Conference. Here’s a look at some of the Explorer highlights from today’s opening presentation.

Derrick Burke showed some of the interesting ways Explorer can be used by Educators. The theme of the opening revolved around history, and Derrick started by using the new Quick Content task (with eye catching blinking eyeballs) to examine the history of the US, and how cartography has evolved. Here’s the Pinkerton 1912 layer from the ArcGIS Explorer Resource Center, along with the unique cartography of the 1833 map of the US. Both are from the David Rumsey collection.

Here Derrick has added the 1783 boundary in green, the Louisiana Purchase boundary in orange, and all US cities in 1810. The popup shows the population. At that time Philadelphia had a population of just over 87,000.


The BioBlitz projects are popular among educators, and here is the results of a BioBlitz shown using Explorer. Each observation includes popups of the name of the observed species, a photo, or in this case a photo and a sound – a scream Eeeeek! Ok, it might be corny, but kids (and educators) love it.

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Mobile Island at the Exhibit Hall

This year at the Users Conference, the Mobile team is looking forward to talking with you about your experiences using ArcGIS Mobile or explaining how you can use ArcGIS Mobile to accomplish your field GIS tasks. One of the best ways that you can connect with us is in the exhibit hall. When not presenting technical sessions, we will be at the island looking to meet with you. Inside of the demo theatre presentations at the Island, we will introduce both the new ArcGIS Mobile application and Server Manager capabilities, in depth tips and tricks for developing with the SDK, and how you can deploy ArcGIS Mobile applications and data to your field workers.

Today members of the team were busy setting up the island, provisioning devices with demonstrations and software, and getting ready for your visit. Here is a picture of Jay Chen and Jianwei Dou working on two of the desktops that we will use to demonstrate the ArcGIS Mobile SDK. 

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ESRI User Conference 2008 – Saturday Part II

More behind the scenes looks at the UC 2008 Plenary preparations.

Euan, Andy, and Jami (from Arizona Department of Transportation) ready their demos.

The end of a long day…

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ESRI User Conference 2008 – Saturday Sneak Peek

Here in San Diego several ESRI events have already started, and the excitement level is ramping up. The plenary stage has been readied (well, almost), and here’s a peak behind the scenes.

Here’s (from right to left) John, Betty, Ismael, and Mike at the control center behind the stage.

Here’s the stage being readied, demo rehearsals in progress, and the seats that will be filled on Monday.

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How to scatter stacked or clustered marker symbols for point features

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer

Point Disperse Options

One of the most frequently recurring topics on Mapping Center is what to do with stacks or clusters of point features on maps. In August 2007, I wrote a blog posting on how to use Maplex to display coincident points, and this worked for some scenarios, but not all.

New with 9.3 is a tool called Disperse Markers; it’s in the Cartography toolbox, in the Symbolization Refinement toolset.  The only caveat to using this tool is that your data need to be stored in a geodatabase because the tool works on representation symbology. This will be easier for many map makers, and it will work for more scenarios than the Maplex solution did. Continue reading

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Technical Workshop: Building Solutions with ArcGIS Engine

If you are headed to San Diego to attend the 2008 ESRI International User Conference next week, we look forward to seeing you there.  Feel free to stop by the EDN and ArcGIS Engine product islands and meet the teams.

And if you have been using ArcGIS Engine or just getting started, consider attending the valuable “Building Solutions” technical workshop for ArcGIS Engine.  Actually there will be two workshops, one for Java developers and one for .NET.

For JAVA developers:   Tuesday, August 5th, 3:15-4:30pm, in Room 15A

For .NET developers:  Tuesday, August 5th, 1:30-2:45pm, in Room 15A  (offered again on Thursday, same time/room)


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2008 UC Featured Workshop: Case Studies of Building and Deploying Enterprise ArcGIS Server Solutions

ArcGIS Server has a scalable architecture that can accommodate a few users in a
small office to thousands of users scattered worldwide. If you’re in charge of
a large deployment, consider attending “Case Studies of Building and Deploying
Enterprise ArcGIS Server Solutions” at the ESRI User Conference.

Wittaker Mathot and Carsten Piepel from ESRI Professional Services will present
this session. Both have extensive experience helping customers deploy ArcGIS
Server in enterprise environments. Their presentation will include best
practices and pitfalls they’ve learned from these experiences.

This session will be most valuable to those implementing large deployments of
ArcGIS Server, but some of the principles discussed could be applied to smaller
deployments. It’s helpful that you have basic knowledge of ArcGIS Server and
the ESRI product line before attending this session.

Case Studies of Building and Deploying Enterprise ArcGIS Server Solutions

  • Wednesday, August 6, 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
    Room 14 B
  • Thursday, August 7, 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
    Room 6 F
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2008 Users Conference and ArcGIS Mobile

Welcome to the new ArcGIS Mobile blog site that is available through the new ArcGIS Mobile Resource Center! The Resource Center will serve as your gateway for all Mobile and ArcGIS resource content. Following the Users Conference, we will be updating the ArcGIS Mobile Resource Center with a new community center that will include a code gallery for mobile developers so make sure to visit often!

Now for information about ArcGIS Mobile at the Users Conference! There are only a few days left and we are really excited about the opportunity to connect with you, listen to your experiences and needs, and help you in developing successful mobile solutions. To help you in this effort we will have  number of events/sessions. I have listed them all below, but I want to point out that we will be having a focus group meeting to discuss ArcPad and ArcGIS Mobile on Tuesday at lunch time in room 9 and we will also have a catered Special Interest Group meeting on Wednesday evening that has some special surprises in it! Please attend these events as they are a great opportunity to make connections with other mobile users and socialize with the mobile development team!

Here are a list of all sessions and demonstrations that include ArcGIS Mobile:

Introduction to the ArcGIS Mobile SDK Pre-Conference Seminar!
Monday Plenary
The new ArcGIS Mobile application will be highlighted during the plenary!
ESRI Mobile GIS Solutions Overview  8:30am – 9:45am
ArcGIS Mobile – An Introduction 10:15am – 11:30am
ArcPad and ArcGIS Mobile User Group Meeting 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Demo Theatre – Intro to ArcGIS Mobile 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Demo Theatre – Managing a Mobile Workforce 4:00pm – 5:00pm 
Demo Theatre – Focused Application Development 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Demo Theatre – Introducing ArcGIS Mobile 10:00am – 11:00am
Developing Applications with ArcGIS Mobile 10:15am – 11:30am
ESRI Mobile GIS Solutions Overview 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Demo Theatre – Focused Application Dev using ArcGIS Mobile SDK 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Demo Theatre – Managing a mobile workforce 3:00pm – 4:00pm
ArcGIS Mobile – An Introduction 3:15pm – 4:00pm
Mobile and LBS Special Interest Group 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Demo Theatre – Introducing ArcGIS Mobile 9:00am – 10:00am
Demo Theatre – Managing a Mobile workforce 11:00am – 12:00am
Learn to deploy GIS to your Blackberry smartphone 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Developing Applications with ArcGIS Mobile 3:15pm – 4:30pm

Again, welcome to the blog and we hope to see you at the Conference! 

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