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City Website Empowers Citizens and Businesses with Open Data and Apps
Long Beach, California, just launched a comprehensive data hub called DataLB, which makes the city’s data available to the public online. Using Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) platform, DataLB enables citizens, businesses, and academic institutions to use civic data to improve decision-making.
Since 2014, Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia has been committed to implementing Esri technology within the city to display data in maps and make information easily discoverable and shareable between departments over the web. DataLB extends these capabilities to the public with an easily accessible website that connects people with the civic initiatives that benefit them. For instance, in the case of Measure A, which invested $150 million in Long Beach infrastructure, parks, and public safety, the hub has made all the data on the initiative available via a public story map. This visual tool includes interactive maps showing where funds will be used for specific improvements. And BizMap, a new application, allows the public to look up and export business license information in Long Beach’s business improvement districts and areas.
“DataLB will make huge amounts of city data accessible to the public, staff, and anyone who is interested in learning about or improving our community,” said Garcia. “Long Beach is doing more than just making data public. We are actually making it easy for people to see data in maps and use the site and apps to track public works, open new businesses, and find other resources.”
As a public engagement tool, DataLB reveals city data that was previously only accessible to internal staff. The hub also contains apps specifically designed to enable citizen engagement. For instance, Long Beach is working on an initiative to gather data using Esri’s Survey123 for ArcGIS that may be used in a future information product in order for the hub to visualize the impact of homelessness in Long Beach. This will help public safety and welfare agencies better allocate resources.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.