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The Doctor is In! Get your Data Health Check at Esri UC

Srinivas Suryanarayanaiah, Senior Technical Lead and Project Manager at Esri, answers all your questions about Data Health Checks at Esri UC.

Meet Srinivas Suryanarayanaiah and get your free data health check, only at Esri UC.

Q: What happens during a data health check? Is it painful?
A: It’s completely painless. A Data Health Check is a 45-minute review and analysis of your data by an Esri industry expert. We will use Esri’s data quality management extension ArcGIS Data Reviewer to run diagnostics and help you evaluate overall data quality based on business rules, specific to your industry. If errors are detected, the Esri expert will review key data concerns with you. Any error features will be captured in a separate geodatabase, and we’ll provide an Excel report to take back to your organization.

Q: Why do I need a Data Health Check?
A: First, think about how and why you use your GIS data. GIS is used to help make important decisions for your organization. There can be trouble when you have missing information or data in the incorrect location. A Data Health Check will give you confidence in the quality of your data so you can trust your GIS-based analysis. This year targeted industries include water, wastewater, electric, gas, roads and highways, land records and addressing, and 3D.

Q: What do I need to do if I want to get a Data Health Check?
A: You just need to bring a sample of your data as a file geodatabase and an Esri industry expert will work one-on-one with you to diagnose, explain, and assess the overall quality of your data. Before the Esri UC, send an email to datareviewer@esri.com with your name, organization, contact information, what dataset you are bringing, and preferred date and time.

Q: Do I need to have ArcGIS Data Reviewer to participate in Esri’s Data Health Check?
A: You do not need ArcGIS Data Reviewer to get a Data Health Check. However, if you would like to take advantage of the Reviewer workspace and batch job that is provided to you, you can request a free, 60-day evaluation of the software or purchase this extension to continuously monitor and maintain your production geodatabase quality.

Q: If I have ArcGIS Data Reviewer, can I use the batch job and workspace that is provided to me?
A: Absolutely. We hope that you build upon the currently configured checks and start using the batch checks as part of your data editing and quality control routines.

Q: Aside from the Data Health Checks, what’s your favorite part of Esri UC?
I love talking to users. I really work to understand their GIS needs—such as integration with other enterprise systems, editing workflows, data quality and data deployment using ArcGIS for Server and ArcGIS Online. For me, the best part of Esri UC is the Plenary, the tech workshops, and the exhibits where users can learn about what our partners have to offer.

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Esri 30/30: Decoding Insurgent Attacks in Afghanistan

Today’s Story: Building a Model to Predict Surprise Insurgent Attacks

Today we travel to Afghanistan, where it can be daunting to predict insurgent attacks on US and UN troops. Enemy forces strike at random, and they use the rugged terrain and dense cityscapes to their advantage. But what if the frequency and locations of attacks could be analyzed and put into a GIS? Would it tell a story?

GIS helps map areas of potential insurgent attacks. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

At Esri UC, Marcus Carwell and Manoj Jha of Morgan State University will talk about their ongoing work to map insurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq. The team developed mathematical models, and heat maps to help predict the likelihood and location of attacks. With their findings, Marcus and Manoj were able produce maps with safer routes for the movement of US and UN troops. This talk is part of the moderated paper session: Risks Posed in Sharing Data and Using GIS for Crisis Prevention and Public Safety.

Learn about GIS for defense and crisis prevention at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Crowdsourcing for Disaster Relief

Today’s Story: Disaster Relief Teams Use Tweets and Maps to Help People After Typhoon Yolanda

On November 8, 2013 the Philippines was ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda (also called Typhoon Haiyan), the strongest storm to ever make landfall. Over 6,000 people in the Philippines were killed by the storm. Tacloban City and Guiuan were among the areas hit the hardest. Widespread damage throughout the country affected vital services and infrastructure.

Without power, hospitals were unable to treat the wounded, road navigability issues disrupted aid efforts, and lack of access to clean drinking water posed significant health risks. To further complicate matters, aid workers didn’t have a full understanding of all of the locations needing aid and the kinds of aid needed.

Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: International Transport Workers’ Federation via Flickr

One solution to this problem came in the form of combining tweets and maps. As a way to effectively communicate the need for aid in these areas, MicroMappers, a disaster response app developer, enlisted the help of digital humanitarian volunteers to sort, rate, and geocode tweets and images from the hurricane using the MicroMappers’ Clicker app.

Geocoded content was published to Esri Story Maps and shared online with humanitarian organizations and the media. Thanks to the digital volunteers, armed with the Clicker app, MicroMaps was able to organize a massive amount of social media data and display it in a visually intuitive story map that showed the severity of damage in any given area.

Learn how to make crowdsourced story maps at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Ji Lucas from MicroMappers will demonstrate how digital humanitarian volunteers converted raw social media data from disaster events into intelligent maps to help coordinate relief efforts. Ji’s talk, Using Microtasking to Crisis Map Social Media During Disasters, is part of the Public Safety Showcase Demo Theater on Thursday.

Hear from Ji and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Canyons, Comets, and a New Discovery

Today’s Story: Rethinking Underwater Canyon Formations

Today we head south, way south, to the Southern Ocean of Antarctica where scientists Michael Jaye and Kristen Tsolis of the Naval Postgraduate School are using GIS to study the formation of submarine canyons.

Were underwater canyons really formed above ground? Find out at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Michael and Kristen will present an alternative theory about the formation of underwater canyons. They believe the canyons were formed above ground by water erosion. How did the canyons become submerged in water? Studies show a comet once struck the earth near Antarctica causing landmasses to sink beneath three kilometers of sea water. “Underwater Canyons: A Cosmic, Novel Explanation of their Formation” is part of the moderated paper session Seafloor Morphology and Coastal Management.

Hear from Michael, Kristen, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Lauren Bennett on Pattern Mining Plus Hot Spots—on Maps and in San Diego

Lauren Bennett, an Esri product engineer on the spatial analysis team, will co-present one of the tech keynotes, “How to be Analytically Awesome: The Next Wave in Spatial Problem Solving,” with Clint Brown and Linda Beale.

The talk is designed to give people a practical approach and methods to use to bring analysis to life in everyday GIS work.

Learn more from Lauren Bennett at Esri UC.

Q: Can you tell us more about the keynote talk you’re co-presenting?
A: It’s all about turning data into valuable information using spatial analytics. It’s not just about great analysis. It’s about turning that data into information, and sharing the results as information products—web maps, story maps, interactive experiences that take advantage of pop-ups and time sliders. A PDF report with a picture of a map isn’t going to cut it anymore. And this is our focus in new tools we’re working on, too. We’ve got tools to mine for space-time patterns and perform emerging hot spot analysis. These are ways to let the data help us understand what’s going on, and we focus not only on the analytics, but also on the information products that they create.

Q: Pattern mining seems to be all the rage these days. What’s so cool about it?A: Data is getting bigger and more complex, and pattern mining tools can help us boil all of that data down so that we can focus on what’s important. For example, our users are looking at the spatial and temporal aspects of data to find patterns in areas such as crime, disease outbreaks, and consumer behavior. Esri product engineers are always trying to build tools that help users make sense of their data. Not only are the analysis techniques new, we’re also taking advantage of ArcGIS Pro as a 2D and 3D application to give users new ways of looking at the results of the analysis. We have to think about the analysis, and we also have to think about the best way to communicate that analysis.

Q: What do you love about Esri UC?
A: One of the most important things we do all year is talk to users at Esri UC. We talk to them about the data they’re using, their workflows, and what problems they are trying to solve. Their input is so valuable. The work we do, it really is to help them. I love talking to our users about their work and what they need from Esri’s technology.

Q: What’s your favorite place in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter to relax and talk shop while you’re at Esri UC?
A: That’s a tough one because there are a bunch of places that I really love. I like Tin Fish for a quick lunch between sessions, and a cool place called Neighborhood has delicious food and a great craft beer selection. I end up at both of those places at least a few times while at Esri UC.

Q: Most important question: Are you a San Diego Padres fan?
A: To be honest, I’m not a big sports fan. That said, I grew up in New Jersey, so if I had to pick it would probably be the Yankees, since I grew up going to the ticker-tape parades in New York City whenever the Yankees won the World Series.

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Esri 30/30: Manholes—Not Just for Ninja Turtles

Today’s Story: Who Counts the Manholes?

You know those holes in the sidewalks and streets that are covered by a heavy lid? These “manholes” are not just for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They are actually for utility crews to get underground for maintenance.

Today we travel the manholes of Northern Illinois with ComEd, the utility that serves electricity to about 3.8 million customers across Northern Illinois. Serving 70 percent of the state’s population means a lot of manholes.

Learn about utility data management at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Shannon Grimes and Lane Moeller of ComEd will talk about how they are using GIS to assess and repair 27,346 manholes. A major hindrance to their task is the amount of data that needs to be collected from the field, sorted by a back office group, and then stored somewhere that it is accessible to both field and office employees. The team created a web-based GIS that now serves as a user-friendly interface, accessible to hundreds of employees. Planners, for example, use the data to perform network analysis and determine efficient routes for assessments and repairs. This talk is part of the moderated user session: Supporting Utility Operations.

Hear from Shannon, Lane, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: How Bikeable is Cali, Colombia?

Today’s Story: Cali Bikeability Index Map

For residents of Cali, Colombia, cycling is an affordable and environmentally friendly transport mode that is a proven alternative to motorized travel. Cali, a state capital in Colombia, has a significant cycling share with more than 11 percent of all trips made by bike.

Learn about GIS for design at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Nicolas Urrego of the Universidad de los Andes will share how he and his team used GIS to develop a bikeability index for Cali. This information, about current conditions for cycling across the city, can help city officials with effective planning and maintenance of infrastructure. Nicolas’ talk is part of the moderated paper session: The Socio/Human Factor in Design.

Hear from Nicolas, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Where the Streets Have No Name—GIS is Helping Identify Addresses in Rwanda’s Capital City

Today’s Story: Kigali City Street Addressing Project

Today we journey to Kigali, the capital and largest city of Rwanda with a population of almost one million. Here, the streets did not have names, and the houses did not have numbers. Needless to say, this creates a great challenge for land administration.

Learn about GIS for land administration at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Cedric Umuhire of the city of Kigali, will show how he and his GIS team resolved the problem by assigning names to streets and numbers to houses. Installation of signpost of street names and house number plates is on-going. They used aerial photos as raster data, parcel shapefiles, and field data collection to build a complete and accurate database. Cedric’s presentation is part of the moderated paper session: Topics In Land Administration.

Hear from Cedric, and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri UC 30/30: Better Broadband Service. How?

Today’s Story: Better Broadband in India

Today we see how Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, a broadband provider in India, handles its customer service.

Learn about customer service for telecommunications at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Yestha Bhatt and the team at Jio Infocomm Limited will show how they use ArcGIS to quickly locate faults and give that information to customer sales representatives. The company’s GIS maps show cell towers, Wi-Fi hot-spots, and fiber routes where fault has occurred or network downtime is planned. This means staff and customers know exactly what’s going on. This talk is part of the moderated paper session: Operations and Customer Care

Hear from Yestha and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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Esri 30/30: Water Quality on the Coast

Today’s Story: Water Quality on the Coast

Now we venture to Southern California where scientists are working to monitor water quality in Salinas de San Pedro, a marsh near the busy Port of Los Angeles.

Learn about monitoring water quality at Esri UC.

At Esri UC, Hassan Rezaie-Boroon of California State University Los Angeles will talk about how GIS, coupled with computer modeling, is a useful tool in providing a solution for future water resources planning and management. GIS can help researchers monitor water quality parameters such as suspended matter, pH, salinity and temperature patterns, phytoplankton density, turbidity, dissolved organic matter in seawater, and more. Hassan’s talk is part of the moderated paper session: Seafloor Morphology and Coastal Management.

Hear from Hassan and hundreds of other GIS professionals at Esri UC.

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