I always make the time to have a one on one at ESRIUC with Ted Florence, CEO and get caught up on his flagship product, chat some hockey, and get some candid comments about life as a software solution provider. This year Ted pulled out his iPad and showed me the most recent build of PDF Maps (http://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps) and as usual, I was Wow’d!
GIS is all about the data, it always has been and I’ve been preaching that since 1999 I believe. ArcGIS Online is the platform, however, without rich, 3D data, what’s the point right? ArcGIS Online is the gateway that Esri wants you to use as your access point for feature rich, 3D, raster and vector data and media. As AGO matures we are now hearing about the next step in the evolution – The Living Atlas http://doc.arcgis.com/en/living-atlas/. The Living Atlas was a focal point of Jack Dangermond’s plenary keynote at ESRIUC on Monday morning, with demos spinning on the Globe and Jack encouraging the user community to use it and contribute – yes, it also made my list of 10 things that turned my head at ESRIUC!
I’m often asked by colleagues, “What got your attention at UC?” Indeed there isn’t a quick answer for this as there really was so much to see and digest. There were, however, 10 things that jumped out at me and I’m pleased to share in Top 10 style, much the way I do every year. And so, please find 10 Things that turned my head at ESRIUC (in no particular order), along with several “bonus” inclusions.
There was no shortage of head turning moments at ESRIUC this year. Some of the things that jumped out at me and have gotten a mention in this first post include: the Living Atlas, Esri Startup Zone, A new product called Insight, UAVs, the PDF Map Store, and MapBox!
Read on for details in this feature on GISuser – What got your attention?
Yes indeed, just in the nick of time, our friends Martha and Jim have shared details of the latest update to the wonderful and useful GaslampMap.com. Use this handy resource while in San Diego attending ESRIUC, Comic Con, or ??? and have access any time any place to all the latest and greatest restaurants, bars, and night spots in the famous Gaslamp District.
In typical map geek fashion, Esri has shared a clever Story Map to help the GeoGeek navigate some of the best things to do while in San Diego at the annual International ESRIUC. Tips range from networking opportunities, key learning events, Dev talks, a 5K walk and there’s even a group yoga class – pretty much something for everyone!
You definitely won’t be bored during ESRIUC week!
Something on the Esri blogs this week giving us a clue as to what we can expect to see on the main stage at ESRIUC this July – ArcGIS Earth – Esri’s new effort to support the transition to an ESRI solution from the Google Earth Pro environment.
Such a tragedy seeing the flooding and devastation in the South this week… we hope all of our readers and colleagues are staying dry and safe! To help those of you interested in tracking and/or monitoring the current situation, Esri has developed a U.S. Flooding Public Information Map which provides continuously updated information from the National Weather Service showing:
- Observed flooding locations
- Current and forecasted precipitation
- Flood warning areas
You Esri app developers, take note that the App Challenge is ending Monday. Esri is offering up some nice prize money ($10K, $2K, $1K) to the top apps. Entries will be accepted until Monday, April 27 5 PM PDT with winners being announced May 11.
Here’s an fun competition from Esri for those of you who can’t get enough of making awesome maps