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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Celebrate the Use of GIS in Society on GIS Day!

Our world faces complex challenges that are global in nature but also are increasingly affecting our everyday lives.  These challenges occur at multiple scales, locations, time periods, and cross national boundaries.  To grapple with these challenges requires robust tools and data sets, and people who can effectively use them.  Every day, people are using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to make decisions that help people live healthier, safer lives on a more sustainable planet.   How can someone learn about these tools and data sets, and the people who use them?  One way is through GIS Day.

GIS Day (www.gisday.com) provides an international forum for users of GIS technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making these positive differences in our society.  This year, GIS Day falls on Wednesday, 16 November 2016.  GIS Day is a fun and engaging way to celebrate the benefits that GIS provides, to learn more about GIS, to showcase the uses of GIS, and to connect with those in your community who are using GIS.

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Mapping Stories of Service

Esri is honoring Veterans Day this year with two Story Maps that both show the unique lives of the brave men and women who have defended the United States.

The Mary Edwards Walker Story Map tells the amazing story of the first and only female Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Oswego, New York in 1832 to a family of iconoclastic egalitarians, Walker was the second woman to graduate from medical school in the United States, and founded her own medical practice shortly upon graduating. Soon after however, the Civil War started, and Walker—a staunch abolitionist—volunteered for the Union Army as a nurse, eventually becoming the US Army’s first female surgeon. After four years of battlefront service, Dr. Mary Walker was awarded the Medal of Honor, the United States of America’s highest military honor.

“Mary Edwards Walker Story Map”

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Annual Reporting with Story Maps

By John Steffenson

I’ve written about our work with the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program previously, and perhaps you’ve seen the plenary presentation FIA staff gave at this year’s Esri User Conference. One of FIA’s newer efforts is to update and modernize one of its traditional and perhaps more mundane tasks, producing annual reports. The FIA Program collects extensive information on the nation’s forests and is mandated by the farm bill to produce five-year reports on the status and trends of our forest resources. In the east, FIA has historically also produced an annual report that provides insight into the incremental changes and trends observed in the data collected since the last detailed report. State foresters and industry experts can utilize that information to make policy or investment decisions.

Fifteen years ago, annual reports began as resource bulletins. These previously printed documents are now delivered as PDFs. At the 2016 Society of American Foresters National Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, the FIA Program unveiled 10 FIA annual reports as story maps with interactive maps, charts, and graphs. ”We’ve been producing  annual reports for a long time, but how do we make them more meaningful, not just rote documents? How can we reach new audiences and explore new ideas?” asks Charles “Hobie” Perry, research soil scientist with the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station.

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Off the Fence, Into the Polls

Esri Story Map Shows the Potentially Huge Influence of Millennials in the Swing States

By Kyle R. Cassal, Esri Demographer

If you graduated high school when Matchbox 20 topped the charts, you’re a Millennial, and pundits think your age group could decide who the next leader of the free world will be—no pressure or anything. Whether you support Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, you should be interested to know that demographers have taken account of the entire US Millennial population. Two interactive maps embedded in the Esri Story Map Can Millennials Sway the Presidential Election? expose the election-deciding potential of one of America’s largest voting blocs.

Millennials per State

Unless Millennials stay home in apathetic droves on Election Day, the millions who comprise this generation will help swing the fence-sitting states one way or the other. Both Clinton and Trump know this and, unsurprisingly, have spent considerable money courting this age group for support. With 14 politically agnostic states to sway before November, it doesn’t take a mathematician to see why both parties covet Millennial votes.

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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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