Category Archives: Industry Focus

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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Location Data Management

By Gary Sankary

Location is Critical to Retail

Every retail transaction happens in a specific place for a reason. For every item that is purchased, regardless of channel, there is a trail of location specific data points that can give retailers insights into why customers behave the way they do.

Examples of location data can be; where the item was sourced, where the raw materials came from and the cost, how the item was distributed, what stores the item was placed in and finally where the item was purchased. Retailers need to understand if it was purchased in a brick and mortar store and carried home in the trunk, or if it was selected on a mobile device and delivered to the customers’ home an hour later.  Each of the events are a series of transactions that happen in a specific place for a reason.

Every one of these locations; the store, the distribution center, the factory, the customer’s home is influenced by the geography and corresponding characteristics around it. A coffee retailer interested in introducing a new line of gourmet, whole bean coffee needs to understand who their target market is, and where they can be found. A retailer interested in enabling home delivery to extend their brand into their customers’ homes in order to drive loyalty and add value, has to be able to understand the costs of home delivery as well as manage a field workforce and the associated assets that go with this capability. Simply, deciding to take orders and sending groceries out with the catering van will not scale as more customers take advantage of this service. Not to mention as the competition begins to offer it and the capability matures from “nice to have” to table stakes.

The Value of Location Data

Best in class retailers are intersecting three data sets to implement their segmentation and marketing strategies effectively. Those data sets are; product information, customer information and location information.

ArcGIS enables a location data management approach to managing and leveraging this data. Our solution provides you with an understanding of where things are across your enterprise and how those things (stores, homes) relate to each other. It also provides insights about how location can impact your business, enabling you to be more efficient in moving products or providing services.

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Esri Introduces Event for Partners in Federal Market

Esri Partners Learn about ArcGIS 10.5 and Network with Federal Partner Community

This year, Esri offered something new for our partners working in the federal market. On October 27, we hosted an event designed to keep them abreast of GIS technology and trends and to connect with the federal partner community. Going forward, this will an annual event, to take place between the annual Esri User Conference in San Diego in July and the Esri Federal GIS (FedGIS) Conference, which is held every February.

The evening event, held at the Esri R&D office in Arlington, Virginia, featured geospatial thought leadership, insight into new technology, and collaboration.

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Yorktown High School Opens GIS Day 2016 for the Nation

Today, Wednesday, November 16th is GIS Day. Because of a quirk in class schedule, the Geography teachers at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia, celebrated it Monday, November 14. Jennifer Shearin organized presentations from NGA and Esri for seven sections of AP Human Geography at YHS. Mike Cantwell, a GEOINT Officer at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency gave 160 students an understanding of the importance of their mission. Humanitarian work in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew was showcased from http://nga.maps.arcgis.com/.

Curt Hammill and Brooke Rippy, from the Defense Team at Esri explained how the gift from Esri and Amazon to every school in America could help YHS. Brooke signed up all 160 students for ArcGIS Online accounts at www.arcgis.com. Brooke told the students how she found a job at Esri. “I was interested in Geology, Environmental Science, and Urban Planning, and realized at George Mason University that they all were joined by Geography. I’m excited to work at the company that invented GIS.”

Mike Cantwell – GEOINT Officer at NGA, Jennifer Shearin – Geography Teacher,
Brooke Rippy – Defense Team at Esri

Mike is reaching out to YHS as a part of NGA’s Partners in Education (PIE) program. He remarked, “The Human Geography students at Yorktown High School now have a better understanding of the NGA mission and how NGA uses ArcGIS to support our Intelligence Community and Department of Defense customers.”

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City of Tucson Police Department Supports the White House Police Data Initiative

The Tucson Police Department hosted its inaugural Data Sharing Event last weekend in support of the Department’s commitment to the White House Police Data Initiative.  The event provided a collaborative, innovative, and fun approach to gathering and analyzing data from bicycle and pedestrian collisions, and it generated a robust discussion about distracted behavior.  Members from the Tucson Department of Transportation, various Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs, the University of Arizona, civic and social organizations, and other volunteers all participated.

Participants gathered in groups and analyzed redacted reports on the collisions that were in paper format.  Esri’s geoform application was to used capture the paper information and map it quickly.  Attributes identified by reviewing the reports, injuries, and citations were all collected.

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International Digital Elevation Model Service (IDEMS)

By Kevin M. Kelly

A newly developed International Digital Elevation Model Service (IDEMS) is now available under the umbrella of the International Gravity Field Service (IGFS) of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG). IDEMS provides a focus for distribution of data and information about various digital elevation models, including spherical-harmonic models of Earth’s global topography and lunar and planetary DEM. Related datasets, such as representation of Inland Water within Digital Elevation Models, and relevant software which are available in the public domain are also provided. IDEMS will provide the following DEM related products:

  1. Compilation, tutorial-style provision and maintenance of information on global gridded DEMs
  2. Compilation of available national elevation data sets with information on data resolution, methods used for DEM generation and links to providers
  3. Generation and dissemination of spherical-harmonic models of Earth’s global topography and bathymetry
  4. Compilation of geodesy-relevant DEM-studies
  5. Extension of the focus from Earth to Moon and terrestrial planets through compilation of information on available planetary topography models

IDEMS is hosted and operated by Esri, lead by myself and Dr Jianbin Duan (Deputy Director). The new IDEMS website is available at: https://idems.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html.

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World Diabetes Day: How GIS Can Enhance Awareness and Action

World Diabetes Day, launched in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation, is observed every November 14 to raise global awareness of diabetes and the issues surrounding its treatment and prevention.

Geography can play an important role in diabetes awareness, prevention, and care coordination. In fact, geography is uniquely able to address the complexity of environmental and behavioral factors impacting the management of this chronic disease. In raising awareness of the issues surrounding diabetes and ways to combat it on World Diabetes Day, it is only natural to begin with understanding the geographic burden of this disease. Given the patterns and trends that a GIS can illuminate, the next steps involve assisting in identifying root causes, planning geographically targeted interventions, and engaging with patients and stakeholders.

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One Last Look at the 2016 Election

By Christian Carlson

The presidential election is happening tomorrow and government workers are preparing for what is expected to be one of the biggest voter turnouts in history.  To support large numbers of voters and increased scrutiny of voting operations, governments are turning to technology more than ever before.   Advances in mobile, web, cloud infrastructure and mobility have combined to deliver new capabilities, new deployment patterns and, indirectly, the increased expectations today’s citizens have for government resources.  When it comes to this year’s election, increased reliance on technology is evident in both social media outreach and applications designed to provide election-day voter support.

Location for Election Support and Transparency

The use of location as a fundamental element of elections support and transparency has been top of mind for me since the 2016 election season kicked into high gear – which now seems like forever ago.  Fortunately, there is good news for governments taking advantage of GIS as they hustle to prepare for November 8.

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