The Esrigram Shark Week Shark GIS MapJournal

Trust Esri to not miss an opportunity to churn out another cool Map Journal or story map (ya, I’m still a little confused in what the diff is between a journal or story map etc…). This latest Journal shares some really cool images, maps, stories, and facts about sharks, all in the very pleasant to use Map Journal layout.  The features reveals interesting shark facts and shares stories of how gentle this giant can be as well as facts describing the threats (like overfishing) . Some fine maps showing protected areas are shared. Nice stuff – see the Shark MapJournal HERE

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Esri MOOC – Go Places with Spatial Analysis #EsriMOOC

Does spatial analysis get you going? Are you eager to learn more about geotech? If so then this new MOOC from Esri is for you! Some details from Esri… This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis. Spatial analysis focuses on location to gain a deeper understanding of data. Spatial analysis skills are in high demand by organizations around the world. You’ll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri’s cloud-based GIS platform. Previous experience with GIS software is helpful, but not necessary for tech-savvy problem solvers. [Read more…]

2014 #ESRIUC Message from Jack – become Geo Designers

Once again another International Esri user conference has come and gone. Myself, like about 15,000 others who made the trip to San Diego are now coming down from a big “Geo High” and are organizing our notes and contact information from all the great things we saw and fabulous people we met. The week began much like most other conference week’s did, with loads of excitement and Esri President Jack Dangermond addressing the huge crowd in attendance at the opening plenary. I felt that Dangermond really set the tone for the week with his opening remark that may have come over as rather surprising to many – he expressed how “something is changing, and we’re about to see GIS reach its full potential… there’s something afoot and I encourage you to notice it.” An exciting and bold statement I felt but after the week was done it did indeed seem rather appropriate and most of us at the conference did indeed go out there to notice it.

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ESRIUC Day 1 take aways – GIS is reaching its full potential #esriuc

Just one day in to the esriuc and there’s already tons to absorb! Day 1 was all about the plenary session and the state of ArcGIS. Jack Dangermond was the focus of the morning, however, he did share the stage with some of his favorite customers and let them have free run to describe how ArcGIS and Esri technology is helping them solve their problems and better understand the World around them. I was particularly blown away with the GIS crew from the city of Minneapolis who have been whittled down to a skeleton crew of 3 due to the recession, however, that hasn’t stopped them from working harder and smarter and doing some amazing things – obviously ArcGIS is helping them to leverage their enterprise Geo data to the point that they earned an invite to the conference main stage. The team shared details of their solar panel suitability app that enables them to model the city and identify the most suitable locations for solar panels. They also shared details of their tree asset inventory and snow removal management system – both systems saving the city loads of time and money.

Esri user conference (Image credit: Esri)

There was plenty of hype and loads of applause for Dangermond and team during the day – the following are just a few of the hot topics, themes and buzz words that I picked up on during the day: [Read more…]

Thousands of Geo Professionals Convene in San Diego for Location Technology Event of the year #esriuc

If location technology is your thing then San Diego CA is the place to be, or watch, this week as about 15,000 developers, geo technologists, modelers, technicians, and other geo professionals convene for the annual Esri user conference.

The week end saw special pre-conference mini conferences, like the survey summit and 3D Summit and many more events are planned, like the EDU summit, business summit and more. Today is the official opening of the conference and as I pen this from the plenary hall, thousands of dedicated mapping professionals are eagerly waiting to hear from Esri commander in Chief, Jack Dangermond, as he as his key team members will take to the stage and educate us all on the ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online ecosystem… you can feel the excitement in the air! Follow all the action on Twitter hashtag #esriuc

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Gearing up for Another #ESRIUC and 5 GeoGeeky Things for the Developer to do

The countdown is on… I’m scrambling here to prepare for a busy week at the annual Esri user conference in San Diego. I’m always interested in some of the fun developer meets and events that are planned during UC week – these are always pretty geeky, very interesting, and if lucky there’s usually some beer around as well! And so, the following are just 5 activities of interest that the Geo Developer or wanna-be developer mike consider taking part in while at the UC:

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While in San Diego for #esriuc Take a Journey With the Esri Story Map Journal App

This really cool announcement came my way via the Esri Story Maps team… If people took last Thursday off for the long July 4th weekend they may have missed that along with the various updates to ArcGIS Online, we’ve released a completely new story map app that we think will be game changer especially for GIS professionals with a lot of narrative text, maps, images etc that they want to present.” Enter the Story Map Journal

We are assured that Story Maps will be represented pretty extensively at this year’s International User Conference.  Attendees will hear about them and see live example story maps on the main stage (likely even from Jack himself I’m told), as well as in the various demo islands on the exhibition hall floor, demo theaters, technical workshops, and user presentations. See more detailed info in this blog post, Story Maps at the Esri User Conference 2014

Finally, if you’d like to get started making your own Story Map Journal be sure to check out the new resource at http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/app-list/map-journal/ where you’ll find sample journeys and detailed instructions for newbies and experienced Geo developers alike.

Story map journal app from Esri

Story map journal app from Esri

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