Monthly Archives: June 2013
Fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point in America’s Civil War. Fought in a small market town in Pennsylvania, the battle involved about 164,000 men, and was the bloodiest of the war with over 51,000 casualties.
Marking next week’s sesquicentennial of the battle, a new Battle of Gettysburg Story Map has just been published. The story map represents a collaborative effort with Smithsonian, Anne Kelly Knowles of Middlebury College, Alex Tait of International Mapping, and Esri’s story maps team. It offers a new way to explore the Battle, and provides insights as to how elevation and visibility played an important role in its strategy and outcome.
With the rush to urbanize, how can historic landscapes and archaeological features be preserved to maintain a sense of place? How does society plan for an ever-increasing population while maintaining open space, rural character, and economic vitality? How do communities take full advantage of improvements in technology to design or retrofit spaces and create smart, sustainable cities of the future?
These are some of the questions that will be examined at Geodesign Summit Europe, which will be held in September on an ancient fortress island in the Netherlands.
World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Each year on June 20th … Continue reading
The outbreak of bad weather that has plagued the US over the past few weeks has created a significant need for access to location data and pre- and post-event map imagery. I was recently on a call with a former colleague who was looking for the latest post-event imagery. He described how imagery and other recently available features of ArcGIS Online, Esri’s cloud-based mapping platform, were having a significant impact on streamlining their claims workflow and efforts to effectively align field resources. Continue reading
Landsat data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) is one of the best sources for understanding and analyzing changes to our world that have occurred over the last 40 years. With the launch of Landsat 8 in February of this year, the continuity of the program is assured into at least the next decade. Esri continues to support making Landsat imagery and image processing part of our platform and has recently added more capabilities to ArcGIS that make it even easier to analyze and enhance Landsat data.