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Esri UC Mexico Speakers to Present Process Optimization

By Jenifer Rico Pozos

The Esri SIG User Conference, will be held in Mexico City from August 31 to September 2, 2016.  GIS managers, corporate administrators and students will attend the event to network and learn from their community about the value that GIS brings to their industries. This year’s keynote speaker is Carlos Salmán González.

Salmán has spent nearly 45 years developing mapping projects in Mexico and abroad.  He is the recipient of the Esri Lifetime Achievement award for his exceptional applications of geographic technology.

“GIS provides the enlightenment and awareness necessary to stimulate the urgent changes needed in Mexico so that its citizens can realize their full potential,” Salmán said.

2016 Mexico Esri UC keynote speaker Carlos Salmán González received the Esri Lifetime Achievement Award from Esri president Jack Dangermond in 2010.

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From Research Project to Startup

Northeastern University Student’s Smart Communities GIS App Spurs Vision for New Company

By Kurt Daradics

At the 2014 Esri User Conference (UC), Northeastern University civil engineering student Salar Shahini presented his work on a research project that used a GIS web-based application to constantly monitor roadway conditions. Jack Dangermond, president and founder of Esri, encouraged Shahini to pursue the application beyond the research phase and leverage Esri resources to commercialize the technology. Dangermond emphasized that innovative hardware and software technologies such as Shahini’s would provide an immediate positive impact in society and help communities become smarter.

Guided by Esri’s staff, Shahini and his advisors translated these thoughts into an ArcNews article, Constant Pavement Monitoring without Disrupting Traffic. The article triggered a myriad of emails from cities and states around the globe, making the team realize the true need and potential impact of the technology. The flood of responses encouraged them to found the company StreetScan.

2014 Esri UC: Salar Shahini Meets Esri’s Jack Dangermond

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Archaeologists Use a Drone and a Dog to Map a Dig

By: Angela Lee

In Sweden, Kalmar County Museum archaeologists Nicholas Nilsson and Fredrik Gunnarsson used Esri technology to unearth a moment frozen in time.  Using data captured by a drone, a web app, and a dog with a keen sense of smell, the archaeologists mapped a fort and its houses as well as the violent fate of the people who lived there.

In the 5th century AD during Europe’s turbulent Migration Period, on the island of Öland off the coast of Sweden many ring forts were constructed, mainly as a places of refuge during times of war.  Many gold artifacts have been found on the island, including gold coins given to islanders for serving as mercenaries in the Roman army.  The area surrounding the Sandby Borg ring fort had an unusually high concentration of these gold coins.

Concentration of gold coins (solidi) on Öland, Sweden

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UC Maps Shine Once Again

By Mark Harrower

We are living in an exciting age for GIS and cartography, with maps being used in new ways, to solve new kinds of problems, and across the technology spectrum. To celebrate the ubiquitous nature of maps, Esri User Conference (Esri UC) attendees are invited each year to share their work in GIS and cartography. Hundreds of Esri users display their very best mapping efforts in the Map Gallery at the Esri UC during the week and it represents a remarkable collection of work.

This year, nearly 700 maps were submitted for the Map Gallery. A select number of qualified Esri judges are privileged to evaluate and assess these entries each year.

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Inaugural Esri Science Symposium Crystallizes Community

Scientists Gather to Discuss the Impact of GIS in Future and Present Challenges

Esri has always embraced the intellectual domain. So when it became evident that User Conference attendees beyond traditional geographers and GIScientists could benefit from domain science targeted discussions, ideas for a special event began to form. Further deliberation produced a theme for the event — Advancing Science through GIS: Today’s Challenges and Preparing for the Future — and the foundation for Esri’s inaugural Science Symposium was laid.

Esri Chief Scientist Dawn Wright served as the Science Symposium’s organizer.

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Scientists Journey of Collaboration and Communication

Perspectives from This Point in the Journey

By John Steffenson

Charles “Hobie” Perry is a Research Soils Scientist for the US Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program and based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Christopher Oswalt is a Research Forester located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Neither scientist imagined the journey that would lead to their presentation in the Esri User Conference plenary session or the incredible effort it would take to boil down a very rich presentation into a compact ten minute presentation

Several years ago, Hobie was asked to lead an effort to deliver content from the Forest Service Forest Atlas to a digital environment. The idea was to build a compelling information product to engage a broader community of interest. The Forest Atlas was originally designed as a print document accompanied by associated data download capability but along this journey the FIA scientists realized that by building a platform consisting of web services, web maps and applications, they could build a dynamic portfolio that became the National Forest Atlas and an almost limitless array of compelling and accessible information products.

According to Hobie, “I finally shed my academic perspective and started thinking of an enterprise approach, the ability to share once became share everywhere, reaching the largest possible audience. I also started seeing that the Enterprise License Agreement was more, much more than just ArcMap and started asking, what is possible with these tools? Pressure from leadership started growing quickly once they saw examples being passed around and fueled a desire to make it easy for EVERYONE in the org to build apps…not just programmers.”

Hobie and Chris were first asked to present at the Esri Federal GIS Conference earlier this year. Their presentation was their first experience presenting in the plenary session of an Esri event. They did such an impressive job, we asked them to continue the journey and give an updated one. As much as you try, there’s really no way to prepare someone for how intense the experience of presenting in an Esri plenary can be. When I asked Chris about the experience of presenting, he said, “Preparing for an Esri event is unlike anything I have ever done. Preparations seemingly consume your life for months. The experience, however, leaves you with new friends (those who went through with the struggle with you), new opportunities, and lifelong memories. It is kind of like a punch to the gut… but, for some reason you end up enjoying the experience after it is all over. And somehow, it makes you better at what you do.”

Hobie was reflecting, “I was on the faculty at Humboldt State University for 6 years before joining the Forest Service, so I had a reasonable comfort level with public speaking. But the UC, it’s a whole different experience. The scripting, the pacing with other presentations, working with an acting coach, the pressure of such a large audience, the expectations of our peers at the Forest Service and Esri, and so on. It is the singularly most stressful thing I have ever done, and this includes defending my Ph.D. But I can honestly say I would do it all again. It is an amazing experience.”

Now that they have started creating some great web services, web maps and applications, they are starting to turn their attention to other aspects of modernizing their information architecture, building capacity and envisioning the next steps in this journey. FIA is working closely with the agency CIO and GIO to develop the next generation information architecture based on web services, cloud deployments, configurable apps and mobile enablement.

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Storytelling with Maps Contest Winners Announced at Esri UC

Two New Formats Recently Added to Popular Story Map Apps

Winners of the Esri 2016 Storytelling with Maps Contest were announced at the Esri User Conference in San Diego. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society took grand prize for its Story Maps of the organization’s 2015 annual report. The annual contest, which had a record-breaking 965 submissions, invites individuals and organizations to create narratives using Story Map apps that combine interactive maps with multimedia content.

Contestants employed a variety of Story Map formats, including Story Map Tour, which presents a series of geo-tagged photos, and Story Map Journal, combining long-form text with rich multimedia content.

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Don’t Miss the Technical Keynotes at Esri UC

By Mark Coast and Dave Grenley

Approaches to Spatial Analysis

It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a GIS user. People around the world are applying GIS as a framework to gain real insight, drive innovative solutions to complex problems, work more efficiently, make better decisions, collaborate and communicate more effectively, and make a real difference—intelligently effecting meaningful change.

Spatial analysis is at the very heart of GIS technology. It enables us to better understand our place in the world, and the impact we can make — mapping where things are, how they relate, what it all means, and what actions to take, for the best results. Analysis of geographic patterns and relationships uncover new insights — for actionable intelligence, such as optimum routes, site selection, asset location, supply chain and advanced predictive modeling.

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2016 Esri UC Plenary Videos Now Live

Did you miss any UC plenary presentations this year? We’ve got good news for you.

Videos from Monday’s plenary session are now available online. Experience first-hand how GIS is enabling a smarter planet and witness the next generation of geospatial technology, today.

Feel free to share these resources with your colleagues. And don’t forget to share your favorites on social media with the #EsriUC tag.

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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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