The Public Sector CIO Summit

By Chris Nickola

For the past four years, Esri has been hosting one of my favorite events to attend each year, the Public Sector CIO Summit.  The 2017 summit will take place March 29-30 at Esri’s headquarters in Redlands, CA and as the date approaches, I have been thinking of the reasons why it is one of my favorite events to attend. I can roll them up into three key reasons; focused information for a public sector CIO, shared experiences, and a great group of people to spend two days with.

There are many events every year that try to attract public sector CIOs, so the promise of focused information for this group is always key.  The excitement for me is that ArcGIS is used within state agencies today, but in many cases there is much more they can do with the technology they have.  Throughout the two days, there are discussions that help explain how CIO’s can maximize their technology to make better decisions, understand and gain efficiencies, and how to empower their state and agencies with a location platform.

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Esri and the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

I am pleased to share the lineup of oral talks and posters that will be presented this December at the 2016 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Many know of AGU as among the world’s most well-respected Earth science scholarly organizations, and its annual fall meeting dwarfs our UC by over 10,000 attendees. AGU 2016 expects 24,000 attendees, making it the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.

You’ll see in the list below of papers, posters and sessions that Esri is leading or contributing on a wide variety of interesting and important projects, many with our federal partners at NASA, NOAA, and the USGS, as well as several universities. This showcases how we are an organization that not only enables great understanding of the world with our products and services, but also performs good science, and contributes well as a member of the scientific community. In addition, we will have a 20′ x 20′ exhibit booth presence, #623 (led by Research & Sciences Industry Manager Drew Stephens) with messaging and demos on multidimensional scientific data and analysis, imagery, big data geoanalytics, The Living Atlas, ArcGIS Pro, Ecological Land Units, Ecological Marine Units, GeoPlanner, Insights, story maps, the web GIS pattern, our commitment to open/interoperable, and more.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

An Infamous Day in U.S. History

This December 7th marks the 75th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. To commemorate this infamous day, Esri has put together a Story Map that shows a detailed, chronological account, complete with maps, historic photographs, and video.

An Infamous Day Story Map takes the viewer through exactly what happened on December 7, 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This culmination of international tensions between the United States and Japan over trade rights in East Asia would ultimately draw our country into the most destructive war in history.

Esri’s Story Map commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor details the attack, its background, as well as its aftermath. After seizing American territories in the Pacific in response to an embargo on oil and other crucial military supplies, the Japanese launched a preemptive strike on the United States with the intention of crippling its naval power. The Imperial Japanese Navy’s surprise attack destroyed 169 planes, 19 ships, and rendered 2,403 casualties, with 1,178 wounded in only a few hours. Of the American casualties, 68 were civilians. As a result, the United States declared war against Japan, marking our entry into World War II.

See how the attack on Pearl Harbor unfolded, the brave response of the U.S. military, and the ways in which we’ve been commemorating this important event since: An Infamous Day Story Map and http://www.esri.com/products/maps-we-love/infamous-day.

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Announcing the Winners of Esri’s New Global Content Challenge

Esri’s new Global Content Challenge contest, engaging students all over the world, is proud to announce the winners! With the power of Esri content at their disposal, students told their own compelling scientific stories using the Esri Story Map Journal app. Entrants used their own geographic analyses, visualizations, predictive models, and more to explore a variety of scientific themes.

The contest was open from August to November and Esri was happy to receive ~550 registrations from students in nearly 60 countries, with 70 actual submissions. A distinguished international panel of judges chose projects that best exemplified the spirit of the contest: unleashing the power of Esri’s Living Atlas of the World content.

Winners were judged in the three categories of Land, Ocean, and Population:

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Esri Recognized as Top Company with Inspiring Mission

By Chris Nowlin, Chief Human Resources Officer, Esri

Esri has been recognized in the article “20 Companies with Seriously Inspiring Missions” on The Muse, a website designed to help people navigate through every stage of their job search and career.

Esri’s mission of inspiring and enabling people to make a difference in society is what drew me to the company three years ago. I see this as an opportunity to help lead an organization whose employees—regardless of their role—can contribute to this mission. I see it in my daily interactions with teams throughout the company, and it makes me proud to be part of Esri and, even more importantly, proud of our exceptional 3,800 employees around the globe.

Esri has a corporate culture of giving back to the world. Among Esri intitiatives are ConnectED, our commitment to educating and equipping the next generation of GIS professionals by supplying US K–12 classrooms with free online mapping tools and activities; the Nonprofit Organization Program, where qualifying nonprofits—the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, National Geographic Society, and Direct Relief, to name a few—can use free Esri software to empower their missions; and the Disaster Response Program, a unique support service that provides access to rich GIS content, augmented software, and assistance from Esri experts.

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Esri Offers Customers On-Demand Deployment and Managed Services in the Cloud at AWS re:Invent 2016

Esri participated in this year’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference as a sponsor, and announced a new offering in the AWS Marketplace.

A member of the AWS Public Sector Partner (PSP) Program, Esri was recognized by Teresa Carlson VP of WWPS during her breakfast keynote on Wednesday morning and during their evening reception. The AWS Public Sector Partner (PSP) Program recognizes APN partners with solutions and experience in delivering government, education, and nonprofit customer mission around the world.

Esri’s Neil Tomlinson with Teresa Carlson, VP of World Wide Public Sector at Amazon

Esri also announced that customers can now deploy select ArcGIS license from Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace instantly, using a pay-per-use pricing model available through hourly or annual subscriptions. Automated software provisioning allows users to launch new projects, respond to emergency requirements, address spikes in usage, and respond seamlessly to business needs without being tied to restrictive enterprise licensing models.

“Esri is excited to join AWS Marketplace,” said Dean Angelides, head of international alliances and partners at Esri. “Flexible pay-as-you-go deployment models and service options make launching GIS in the cloud simple, unleashing the power of maps, geographic analytics, and comprehensive developer tools to users around the world.”

Developers and starts-ups require innovative, productive technologies to support high-growth businesses with limited capital. Using Esri software on AWS enables developers to share assets and build new applications that take advantage of a range of ready-to-use content with location and mapping services.

AWS re:Invent, 2016 takes place November 28-December 2 at the Venetian and the Mirage in Las Vegas.

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Esri Pledges to Help Boost Digital Skills in Europe

By Michael Gould and Frank Holsmuller

According to the European Commission, 100 million Europeans have never used the Internet, one third of all workers have insufficient digital skills, and there is a possibility that we may be have as many as 750,000 IT jobs that can’t be filled with trained workers by 2020.

To help combat these issues, today the Commission hosted the launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, a new flagship initiative bringing together multiple stakeholders and EU Member States committed to reducing the digital skills gaps in Europe.

Esri is proud to have formally pledged a GIS School Program to this initiative. The program will offer free access to the ArcGIS Online platform, especially for STEM education, and initially to 300 primary and secondary schools and vocational institutions in 10 EU member states by the end of 2017.

By giving students access to ArcGIS Online, they will be able to acquire digital skills such as:

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Three Ways to Prepare for Snow Control with GIS

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates that certain areas in the United States can see snow this year as early as August. Make sure your organization has a well-coordinated, smooth, winter season this year. Integrating GIS into your snow and ice control plan, allows you to effectively plan your response, execute operations, and share important information with your constituents.

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Esri’s Jim Young to Join Geoawesomeness GeoChat December 1

Jim Young, Esri Head of Business Development will be the guest at the Geoawesomness GeoChat on December 1, 2016. Young leads business development activities for Esri in Portland, Oregon and works closely with tech companies and developers to explore the use of location-aware application program interfaces (API) and spatial analytics. He analyzes data from phones, cameras, vehicles, and beacons to find patterns. Young seeks to apply spatial analysis along with computer vision to help retailers, advertisers, and tech companies gain market advantage.

Geoawesomeness is a blog about geospatial technology and all the exciting things surrounding it. With a team of people passionate about GIS from all around the world, Geoawesomeness aims to be not only the best geo-news platform, but also to provide constructive commentary about everything happening in the geo-industry.

GeoChat is a kind of town hall Q&A session hosted by Geoawesomeness, with guests representing the most cutting edge geo companies today.

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Mapping Thanksgiving Dinner in Four Courses

The Pilgrims didn’t need to look far for food sources when they celebrated the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Plantation in 1621. Most of those original dishes were local to the area, and included shellfish, venison, fruit, and nuts in addition to turkey. However, as America has grown, not only in population, but in expanse, Thanksgiving dinner has taken on new regional flavors and demands that span the breadth of the entire country. As food in the modern age must now travel hundreds of miles to reach the dinner table, consumers are becoming more concerned about the origins of their consumption choices. Thanksgiving is no exception.

Through GIS technology, we can now see exactly where each part of our Thanksgiving meal came from. Four maps show the locations in the United States that four different staples of Thanksgiving dinner are produced. These maps can be explored easily by clicking through the Where Did Your Thanksgiving Dinner Come From? Story Map.

“Where Did Your Thanksgiving Dinner Come From? Story Map shows where in the United States turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and green beans originate.”

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