Let me share with you a little bit of coolness under the topic of “coming soon”… this for those of you that are planning on hitting the annual ESRIUC in San Diego this June (yes June and not July like you might be used to!). Thanks to the Echosec crew (an Esri small business startup program business) here in town for sharing with me a very slick, “coming soon” bit of functionality that really rocks! I can’t divulge everything but this example map produced very quickly (like in seconds in total) gives a look at some speedy analysis (a heat map in this case) that was run on social media activity taking place around the Fort McMurray, Alberta town that is currently under siege by a wildfire – Note: if interested, the Canadian Government is currently matching all Red Cross donations!
The “chatter” activity gives you a good feel for where things were taking place – the round-tripping of live social media data between echosec-ArcGIS-echosec is really slick! What we saw here was a quick geofence around an area of interest to pull up social media updates within a specified time range. The results are exported and brought into ArcGIS (see map below). There they are analyzed and in this case we see a heat map produced. The results can then be viewed back inside the echosec client.
They tell me that this and more will be shown by the team at ESRIUC in late June for the first time I’m told… stay tuned! Oh, they’ll be at GeoInt Symposium in Orlando May 16-18 also for those of you heading to Orlando.