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John Calkins
John Calkins is a corporate technical evangelist at Esri. Throughout the years, his work has focused on natural resources, government, defense, intelligence, and science solutions.

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So You are Inspired by the Plenary…

10 Useful Tips Following an Amazing Day

Who doesn’t like a motivating and informative plenary session? It’s the appetizer that tantalizes your palate for more information on how to use GIS in ways that enable a smarter world. With so much information in such a short time, you may be wondering how you can learn more about what you saw on stage. So let us take you behind the scenes and tell you a little more.

Tip 1 – Explore The Plenary Session Illustrated Quick Guide.

Explore a compact guide of the key messages from users and the product teams and look at the behind the scenes designs. Discover the interconnections between our work and yours so that you can relive the entire day in a simple illustrated guide. If you need to remember what you saw, take notes back home, share information with your boss, or plan your road ahead, then this is a great way to get started.

UC 2016 Plenary Quick Guide

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The Power of the Map

Maps mean different things to different people.  So what is a map?

My definition is simple: a map is an answer to a question.

There are three basic kinds of maps that answer three basic types of questions:

  • The Location map answers the question, “Where am I?”
  • The Navigation map answers the question, “How do I get there?”
  • The Spatial Relationships map answers the question “How are these things related?”

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