Monthly Archives: December 2016
An Esri Story Map for the Holidays
In the United States, Santa Claus, the jolly bearer of gifts with a long white beard, has been around in the familiar form we know today since roughly the 1823 publication of the poem A Visit From St. Nicholas. Many others have contributed to Santa’s enduring myth in the U.S., including illustrator Thomas Nast, and writer L. Frank Baum of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz fame. By the mid-century, the popular image of Santa Claus was solidified enough in the American consciousness that even Coca-Cola® was using him for Christmas advertising campaigns.
St. Nicholas, the 4th century Greek patron saint of children who eventually took on the Anglo Saxon guise of Father Christmas, has evolved in a myriad of ways in different parts of the world. Even countries as far removed from Western cultural tradition as Japan have adopted and recreated their own versions of Jolly old Saint Nick. On this special Esri Story Map for the holiday season, see the different forms Santa Claus takes in various cultures mapped around the world.
In the United Kingdom, “Father Christmas,” who is very similar to the modern American Santa Claus, rides a white horse, or sometimes even a goat, instead of reindeer.
Working with the Petroleum User Group (PUG) community over the years, we have been privileged to meet many talented individuals who realize that there is no end to learning. They are always open to embracing new ideas, technologies, workflows, and relationships. And it doesn’t seem to matter where or when they discovered the value of spatial technologies, how technical these people are, or how high they may rise within their organizations—they have simply decided to be lifelong learners.
In recent conversations with several of these individuals, we collectively commented that there are now many opportunities to get more involved with the community but recognized that some of them are not as well-known as we may like to believe, nor are they corralled under a single unifying program—hence this blog post. Here we describe several community outreach and education programs available to PUG members.
PUG Membership and Involvement
Twenty-six years ago, a few people gathered in a room at Exxon to discuss how best to leverage a fledgling new technology that the company had started to apply to petroleum-based workflows. Today, the PUG community is thousands strong and spread around the globe through regional PUG chapters. Membership is loosely managed, with an open-door policy to all who are interested. Members can simply observe online or ask questions and share knowledge through the PUG website, or they can take a more active role by attending the various PUG meetings, participating in a working group on a subject area of specific interest, or serving on a regional committee. Activities of the main PUG Steering Committee and regional chapters can be found at the PUG website. We encourage you to register online through LinkedIn, join appropriate regional chapters, and become involved as much as you would like.
Educational Connections and Opportunities
Today, December 18, the world celebrates International Migrants Day, an observance initiated by the General Assembly of United Nations to raise awareness of the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, and the unique issues they face. It is also an opportunity to recognize the contributions made by these millions of migrants to the economies of their host and home countries, and to promote respect for their basic human rights.
To mark this year’s International Migrants Day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling on the international community to come together and remember the refugees and migrants who have lost their lives or have disappeared while trying to reach safe harbor after arduous journeys across seas and deserts.
IOM, in collaboration with Esri, has created Migration Flows – Europe Story Map, to give a comprehensive view of migrants’ paths and their unique struggles.
These days we could all use a little more understanding. As noted by Lord Anthony Giddens, former Director of the London School of Economics: “We live in the most interconnected world in history. Yet at the same time, the world is driven by conflicts, dislocations and uncertainties – an unsettling and disturbing mixture of huge opportunities and existential risks.” It is for this reason that the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) jointly established 2016 as the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU).
The aim of IYGU has been to promote better understanding of how tangible, local actions can have truly global impacts in tackling such critical challenges as climate change, food security and migration. Although human actions have created these global challenges, human actions can also provide the best solutions. One of the founders and architects of the IYGU, Prof. Benno Werlen of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany explains: “We want to build bridges between global thinking and local action. Only when we truly understand the effects of our personal choices – for example in eating, drinking and producing – on the planet, can we make appropriate and effective changes.” Indeed, if individuals know what their day-to-day routines actually mean for the entire planet, they can take appropriate action.
So how can young people get involved? One great way is to enter the IYGU Story Maps Competition to tell their own stories of how local, everyday actions can help us all understand how to work together to solve the problems of our increasingly globalized world.
By Mark Cygan – Industry Manager, Mapping, Statistics and Imagery at Esri, and David Watkins – ArcGIS Desktop Product Manager
At the International Map Industry Association (IMIA) Americas Conference this year, Esri took home three awards for its entry ArcGIS Apps for the Field. These apps included Workforce for ArcGIS, Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS, Collector for ArcGIS, Navigator for ArcGIS, and Survey123 for ArcGIS. All these apps work in conjunction to form a unified workflow and eliminate paper-based processes, enabling everyone in the field or office to work from the same data, in real time.
“It was a great honor for Esri to take home these awards,” said David Watkins, Esri ArcGIS Desktop product manager, who provided demonstrations of the apps to the judges and was present at the conference to accept the awards.
The awards Esri’s field apps won include the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Chris Nowlin, Chief Human Resources Officer, Esri
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.