I’ve had a number of people ask me if I have photos or videos of the “vine” or tree people that were entertaining us at the ESRI user conference party in San Diego. Jack always lines up some great entertainment and this year was no exceptions! Check out these very cool vine people as they wow the crowd!
Archives for July 2009
I was going through some videos and I just realized that I live streamed a video from the fireworks show at the ESRI user conference in San Diego… always an amazing light show, this year was no exception… a perfect way to wind down from a long week! Nice stuff
A reminder… Citysearch and IAC are on the hunt for a killer, local mobile/web application for their site at Sidewalk.com. The team recently announced the launch of their “right here, right now” contest to find a brilliant idea for a local mobile/web app that focuses on making life easier. The creator of the winning application will win a $10,000 grand prize, and possibly, the opportunity to develop and manage a new business venture with up to $1 million dollars in funding and receive an equity stake in the new Sidewalk.com venture, and access to the Citysearch publisher network allowing them to instantly monetize traffic. Check out details on the contest at http://sidewalk.com and follow updates at twitter.com/sidewalkdotcom
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of ASPRS, our own Marc Cheves (Editor of American Surveyor Magazine) paid a visit to the ASPRA HQ in Bethesda, MD and had a sit down with ASPRS Executive Director Jim Plasker. ASPRS is located on a beautiful 39-acre campus, along with several other environmental resource organizations, including the Society of American Foresters. Also located on the property is a summer house that once belonged to Gilbert Grosvenor, the founder of the National Geographic Society. To this day, a great-great grandson of Alexander Graham Bell still lives adjacent to the property. ASPRS owns its own office condo and until the recent economic downturn, was involved in the potential sale of the entire property for use as the flagship campus of an international education organization. Check out this interesting article over on Amerisurv for a great read!
On Thursday, July 23, Depiction, Inc. will be hosting a special webinar, as Navy Captain Kim Buike (ret.) presents “Scenario Depictions: Wildfires, Flooding and Security.” In advance of the webinar, Depiction has released a web video demonstrating an example of a flooding scenario using the software. In the video, Captain Buike demonstrates the flooding that would result in California’s Central Valley from an earthquake that destroys the levee system holding back water from the agricultural land.
During the July 23, Captain Buike will be demonstrating the ways that Depiction users can build their own depictions of simulated natural disasters and other scenarios. The webinar will specifically demonstrate:
- A depiction of a 15-foot storm surge devastating Washington, D.C. after traveling up the Potomac River, based on an actual event that happened in 1933, when the Chesapeake-Potomac Hurricane sent surge of 11.3 feet into the capitol;
- An interactive depiction of a hypothetical security scenario at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games; webinar attendees will be able to contribute live to the unfolding scenario;
· A demonstration of maintaining situational awareness during wildfire events and how Depiction can dynamically change evacuation routes, using a scenario set in San Diego county.
Depiction allows everyday users to combine data and images both from online sources and their own computer, creating dynamic, interactive maps and simulations. These “depictions” can be saved, stored emailed and used–even offline. Visit the Depiction website today to download Depiction’s free 30-day trial, to check out example scenarios for applications such as sharing situational awareness, or to develop your own scenarios.
Note, on August 1, 2009 the price of the Depiction software will be rising to $199 – See more details here
I was pleasantly surprised to run into this cool Tag Cloud (thanks @mstoddard for the tip) hosted over on Many eyes (http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/) – the images reveals a tag cloud generated from Twitter activity involving the #ESRIUC hashtag. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that I managed to make the cloud.. very cool! Although in doing so I also managed to exceed the APi limits as well!! DOH.. regardless, enjoy the image!
Via my contacts at NRCAn, here’s details of CanTopo – a new generation of topographic maps being produced by NRCan. This digital cartographic product originates from the best available data sources covering the Canadian territory and offers a quality cartographic product in vector and raster format that complies with international geomatics standards. CanTopo digital maps are multipurpose and can be utilized in a multitude of scenarios ranging from emergency response and natural resource management, to geographical education and planning a safe backcountry camping expedition. CanTopo map files are available on-line from the GeoGratis web site (http://GeoGratis.gc.ca) in print ready formats. See more info here
At the opening plenary session of the ESRI user conference we got a first look at ArcGIS mobile running on iPhone and taking advantage of the built-in location services and ArcGIS online data… nice!! A short demo reveals enterprise mapping uses for the iPhone for collecting data in the field (like graffiti locations and photos) and sharing with the geodatabase
There’s no question that many of you are current iPhone users, however, a number of people are still waiting to become eligible for their upgrade to the latest and greatest – the iPhone 3G S (with GPS). My counterpart over at the latest Spatial Media website, MachineControlOnline.com, Randy Noland, recently got his new iPhone 3G and has shared with us this un-boxing video.. enjoy the vid and feel free to send us your thoughts and comments about the iPhone, particularly as a platform for developing mapping and LBS apps – recall, ESRI has come up with a very Beta iPhone app and no doubt we’ll be seeing and hearing much about this exciting area in the future! Looking for some cool LBS and field mapping apps for iPhone? Check out our LBSzone iPhone area
After a busy week in San Diego at the International ESRI User Conference I’m now going over loads of notes, sifting through literature, post-processing videos etc… to hold you over though here’s a couple of hundred images captured during the week… enjoy See also at the GISuser Flickr... and be sure to add your ESRIUC photos to this Photo Pool