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We wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who attended our sessions at the UC last week. The feedback we got was outstanding and we look forward to working with you in the near future.
If you couldn’t make the UC Tech Workshops, we’ll try to get the video for the ArcGIS for Local Government: An Introduction Tech Workshop published on the Resource Center later this summer. In the meantime, the presentation is attached to this blog post for reference.
We’re excited to incorporate what we learned at the conference in to our plans and we’d also like to take this opportunity to share with you our plans for the next 60 days (rest of the summer here in Michigan…).
New Maps and Apps:
We will be adding a series of maps and apps to the ArcGIS for Local Government offering. They include:
Maps and Apps Gallery: A web application that provides citizens a single gallery of maps and apps you’ve published for your organization. It also allows external developers who are leveraging your authoritative data to submit their apps for inclusion in your gallery.
Address Editing Map: An editing map that helps planning, public safety, and land records organizations in local government maintain road centerlines w/ address ranges, site addresses, and related postal addresses.
Service Request for HTML 5: A HTML 5 application that allows citizens to submit non-emergency requests for service from a mobile phone, desktop computer or tablet device.
Community Planning: A web application that allows citizens to propose community master plan design alternatives.
Park Finder: A web application that allows citizens to find a park nearby, or list of parks that Offer recreation activities you’re interested in.
Sign Inspection: A universal iOS application that allows public works and DOT field staff to collect new street signs and conduct inspections on existing signs.
Campus Editing Map: An editing map that helps facility managers maintain interior spaces and exterior assets found on building grounds or a campus.
Campus Basemap: A multi-scale basemap for facility managers that can be used as a backdrop for facility applications and to enhance content found in your local government basemaps.
Campus Room Finder: A web application that allows users to find an office, conference room, or other interior space in a building or among many buildings on a campus.
Easier to Deploy:
In addition to adding a new set of maps and apps, we will be taking several steps to make it easier for you to deploy ArcGIS for Local Government in your organization. In doing so, look for:
Quarterly Releases: A consistent quarterly release schedule that includes new maps and apps, updates to existing maps and apps, and any bug fixes reported by users. Our first quarterly release will be in October 2011.
On-premise Offering: A single ArcGIS for Local Government download that is simple to install and configure. This single download will replace the individual downloads on the Resource Center today. It will also allow you to identify one or more ArcGIS for Local Government modules you’d like to deploy in your organization; and install the individual applications contained within each module.
Online Help: An ArcGIS for Local Government online help system for users and partners deploying the system.
Esri is committed to developing a community of partners who are actively engaged in selling and delivering ArcGIS for Local Government. It is through collaboration with its partner community that Esri best meets the needs of local government customers.
In order to make this collaboration with Partners repeatable and successful, Esri has created the ArcGIS for Local Government Specialty designation within the Esri Partner Network. It is designed for Partners who are focused on the local government marketplace and who want to work more closely with Esri.
Several Esri Partners approached the ArcGIS for Local Government team at the UC and are ready to add their applications to growing ecosystem. We will be working with these partners to ensure the applications can be deployed with the Local Government Information Model and simply by users. We look forward to highlighting the good work these partners are doing in local government.
Thanks again for the tremendous feedback at the UC. We were delighted that many of you took the time to attend the sessions we had. As always, feel free to contact us with any specific feedback or questions you may have.
Sorry for the recent blogging sabbatical, the team was on the road the entire month of May rolling out the ArcGIS for Land Records Seminar Series. It was a great experience. We got to interact directly with users implementing the land records maps and apps we’re providing in the ArcGIS for Local Government system and received a lot of feedback – which is critical. But we can’t take any time off – the 2011 Esri User Conference is right around the corner.
And because its coming up so quickly, we wanted to take a minute to highlight several sessions for those interested in learning more about ArcGIS for Local Government and how the maps and apps available within each module (Land Records, Water Utilities, Public Safety, etc.) of the system can help you. This year, we have a whole track dedicated to ArcGIS for Local Government (search the conference planner for “ArcGIS for Local Government”) and we’re really looking forward to getting your feedback and addressing any questions you may have.
Monday (Plenary Day)
8:30 – 3:30 – The Plenary Session
This is a must see event. Lots of great ArcGIS 10.1 product demonstrations. If you are new to the ArcGIS for Local Government product offering, we hope you’ll catch a glimpse of the maps and apps we’re offering and begin to understand how ArcGIS for Local Government can help you.
4:00 – 8:00 – The Map Gallery
A great time to catch up with old friends and see some great maps submitted by your peers.
Tuesday (Tech Workshops Begin)
8:30 – 9:45 – ArcGIS for Local Government – An Introduction
This session will provide an introduction to ArcGIS for Local Government and a set of downloadable maps and apps for Local Government users.
10:15 – 11:30 – ArcGIS for Local Government – Engaging your Citizens
This session will provide an introduction to ArcGIS for Local Government’s citizen engagement applications. The maps and apps are for organizations that want to deploy applications that interact with their citizens and leverage social media content.
1:30 – 2:45 – ArcGIS for Land Records – An Introduction
This session will provide an introduction to the ArcGIS for Local Government land records module. The set of downloadable maps and apps are for organizations that manage tax parcel and related property information.
3:15 – 4:30 – ArcGIS for Land Records – Parcel Maintenance Solution
This session will provide an introduction to the Esri’s Parcel Maintenance solution at ArcGIS 10.
Wednesday (More Tech Workshops)
8:30 – 9:45 – ArcGIS for Land Records Implementation Examples
This session will provide an overview of the ArcGIS for Land Records implementations by the City of Calgary and the City/County of Denver.
10:15 – 11:30 – ArcGIS for Land Records – Migrating Your Data
This session will provide an introduction to the Parcel Fabric data model and data migration strategies.
1:30 – 2:45 – ArcGIS for Public Safety – An Introduction
This session will provide an introduction to the ArcGIS for Local Government public safety module. The set of downloadable maps and apps are for organizations that manage response and recover activities.
3:15 – 4:30 – ArcGIS for Public Safety – Configuring
This session will describe how to configure the ArcGIS for Local Government public safety maps and apps.
3:15 – 4:30 – ArcGIS for Water Utilities – An Introduction
This session will provide an introduction to the ArcGIS for Local Government water utilities module. The set of downloadable maps and apps are for organizations that manage water, sewer, stormwater, roads and other public assets.
Thursday (Nearly the Last Day of Tech Workshops)
This session will provide an introduction to the ArcGIS for Local
Government planning and development module. The set of downloadable maps and apps are
for organizations that manage land use cases, public comment, code enforcement, and other planning activities.
10:15 – 11:30 – ArcGIS for Water Utilities – Configuring
This session will describe how to configure the ArcGIS for Local Government water utilities maps and apps.
1:30 – 2:45 – ArcGIS for Land Records – Configuring
This session will describe how to configure the ArcGIS for Local Government land records maps and apps.
3:15 – 3:35 – ArcGIS for Local Government’s Election Apps – An Introduction
This session will provide an introduction to the ArcGIS for Local Government election module. The set of downloadable maps and apps are for organizations that manage election results, precinct information, and redistricting efforts.
4:05 – 4:25 – ArcGIS for Land Records – Improving Data Quality
This session will provide an introduction to a set of tools provided with the ArcGIS Desktop Parcel Editor toolbar to improve the accuracy of parcel data.
Each of these Tech Workshops will be an opportunity for you to interact directly with individuals from Esri who are responsible for developing ArcGIS for Local Government and the maps and apps provided in each module. We’re excited to hear directly from ArcGIS for Local Government users and want your feedback.
If we miss you at one of the Tech Workshops, stop by the Industry Islands or catch us on Twitter during the conference.
Enjoy the UC and we look forward to seeing you there.
The December 10, 2010 release of the Common Operational Picture Template for ArcGIS 10 addresses the following.
1. Added the World Topographic Basemap to the Map Switcher
2. Added several live data feeds provided by the USGS and PDC
3. Added a map legend and coordinate display to the map window
4. Added an information popup for the Incident Point, Incident Line, Incident Area, Shelters, and Resources layers
5. Added the Report by Exception tool to the ERG Widget
6. Added domains to the USNG Grid layers to aid data collection
1. Resolved an issue with the projection of the IncidentCommand and EmergencyOperations map documents
2. Resolved an issue with the IncidentCommand.mxd that precluded the proper incident type from being selected
3. Resolved several minor issues in the Getting Started document
4. Updated the MXD documentation and Data Dictionary
5. Resolved several minor issues with the COP tool labels
We’ve been working closely with the Public Safety Industry team this fall to migrate the ArcGIS 9.3 Emergency Management templates to ArcGIS 10 and are pleased to announce the release of the ArcGIS 10 Public Safety templates. In addition to these updates, we’ve also released several new templates that will help you leverage ArcGIS in your public safety agency.
Special Event Planning Template
The Public Safety Special Event Planning template is new at ArcGIS 10. This template is an ArcMap editing map and editor extension for managing special events data. It is an editor that can be used by mapping technicians in a public safety or emergency management agency to streamline the development of special event data and maps. The Special Events Planning template includes an Add-in called the Attribute Assistant. The Add-in is an editor extension that uses a series of pre-defined methods to automatically populate attributes for you when updating and/or adding new features to the geodatabase. For example, one method will automatically populate an Event ID on each item placed on the map. Other methods will help you maintain the integrity of your special event data by populating the last editor and last update date on each feature.
The configuration of the Attribute Assistant Add-in was adapted from several editing workflows we developed with the Water Utilities Industry Team. You can learn more about the Add-in on the Water Utilities blog. In addition, check out the video we posted on the Local Government Resource Center highlighting the Special Event Planning template.
Damage Assessment Template
The Public Safety Damage Assessment template has been updated for ArcGIS 10 and now uses the out-of-the-box ArcGIS Mobile application. The template is an ArcGIS Mobile project that can be used to collect structural damage assessment during emergency response activities. It supports the collection of initial structural damage, further more detailed structural assessments, and other physical damaged observed from the field. It can be deployed in a connected or disconnected network environment, and on Tablet PCs or other mobile computing devices.
The Damage Assessment template on a mobile device
The Damage Assessment template comes with two basemaps. The first is the Mobile Day basemap, designed for work during day light hours. The second is the Mobile Night basemap, designed for work at night, or in low light conditions. In addition to the multi-scale mobile maps, the template also includes a series of operational layers with simple tools designed for field data collection on a mobile device.
Common Operational Picture Template
The Common Operational Picture (COP) template has also been updated for ArcGIS 10. The template offers a standard overview of an incident, providing incident information that enables the Incident Commander/Unified Command and any supporting agencies and organizations to make effective, consistent, and timely decisions. It is a configuration of the new ArcGIS Viewer for Flex 2.1 application that can be used by emergency management staff in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The new Common Operational Picture application uses an ArcGIS 10 feature service to create and update incident information in the Local Government geodatabase. This new functionality allows the Incident Commander to use the COP to allocate resources during an incident or event, and update the status of response activities in real-time.
Finally, the COP template comes with three local government basemaps. The first is a new Public Safety basemap. This basemap provides context for public safety data (incidents, events, resources, etc.). It includes structures, roads, major facilities and landmarks, water features, parcels, addresses and boundaries. The basemap uses design elements found in the General Purpose basemap but emphasizes critical facilities found in a community. The second basemap is the Imagery Hybrid basemap. This basemap provides high-resolution imagery as an alternative to much of the content contained in the General Purpose basemap. The third basemap is the Topographic basemap. This basemap expands upon the General Purpose basemap by providing topographic contours and other physiographic features.
Citizen Service Request Template
The last template we’ve included in this initial update for public safety agencies is the Citizen Service Request template. This template can be used by customers to submit non-emergency service requests, interact with local government staff and share information with the public. It provides 24×7 access to a public safety or other government organization and typically supplements customer service phone numbers staffed by local governments.
The Citizen Service Request template leverages work we’ve done for other agencies within local government and expands the problem types to include non-emergency public safety issues. It can be deployed to support specific public safety needs or more generically to support a larger cross-section of problems reported to a local government. You can learn more about the Citizen Service Request template here.
All of the Public Safety templates leverage the work we’ve been doing on the Local Government Information Model. This information model demonstrates how ArcGIS can be configured to support public safety business needs in your organization. In doing so, it incorporates specific application requirements and the cartographic design elements necessary to produce rich, multi-scale basemaps and operational layers; like the ones you see in the Public Safety templates. You can download the Local Government Information Model from ArcGIS.com and migrate your content into this geodatabase design. When you do, you can quickly take advantage of the public safety maps and apps published on the Resource Center. You
can also begin to see how your public safety data can be integrated with, and take advantage of, other thematic layers found in a local government.
When you download the new Public Safety templates, you’ll notice we’re providing sample data from Naperville, Illinois and not Louisville, Kentucky. At ArcGIS 10, we’ve standardized on one geography (or community) for all of the Local Government templates and are providing a single sample data set. In doing so, users can see how an integrated information model can be leveraged throughout a local government, and more specifically in this case, how data collected for diverse purposes can be used by public safety officials. For example, ownership and value information maintained by the assessor can be used when conducting damage assessment inspections.
One final note, we’ve started working on a series of templates for the Fire Service community that will be released in early 2011. These templates will help you configure ArcGIS to conduct pre-fire plans, manage on-scene incident command, provide response information to elected officials and the general public, and produce good maps for firefighters in your community. You’ll hear more about these templates in future blog posts.
We’ve enjoyed working with the Public Safety Industry team on these updates and the new templates for this community. We look forward to you feedback and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the Public Safety templates for ArcGIS 10.