Google Maps for Business imagery

Indeed there’s been loads of Esri related news to share this week, however, Google has also been making some noise. This week, via the Google earth blog, the company has shared how they are launching Google Maps for Business imagery. This service is offering businesses the chance to purchase and use Google Earth imagery for the first time. From Google… “This gives organizations access to high-resolution aerial imagery covering the continental U.S. And this will help customers like government agencies get the imagery they need without collecting their own aerial photography.” – Read more on this here.

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Connecting with Developers at GeoDevMeetup and the Startup Zone at #esriuc

It goes without saying that there’s loads of great opportunities for developers at the ESRIUC. Sure they have the dev Summit in the spring, however, the UC is really a great opportunity for the developers to connect with each other and even launch their latest app or startup business. Yesterday at the conference I spent a fair bit of time speaking to a number of developers in the very cool Startup Zone – a dedicated area for Devs to wow us all. Note, for companies meeting the requirements, getting accepted into the Zone is an affordable and very visible option to help kickstart your business. Continue reading

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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.

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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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#esriuc Tip – 2014 San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Bars and Restaurant Map

As we do every year for ESRIUC, we’re glad to once again share with you this very handy San Diego Gaslamp Bar and Restaurant map from our friends at – this year we have a printed map {PDF} and a webmap to share.

San Diego gaslamp map

San Diego gaslamp map

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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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Verrückt, the Tallest Water Slide in the World shot by Garmin VRB Elite

Hold on tight!! Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, and Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts, today released a video for the highly-anticipated opening of Verrückt, the tallest water slide in the world. Schlitterbahn has completed construction and testing of Verrückt and the ride will open to the public on July 10th. Officially verified by Guinness World Records, the water slide in Kansas City, Kan. stands at a record-breaking height of 168 feet and 7 inches. The video released today shows the complete experience of riding Verrückt, plunging a staggering 17-stories at a 60-degree angle. The video has been shot with VIRB Elite, a unique Garmin action camera that captures data to highlight the intensity of the ride, including speed and heart rate. VIRB Elite is the exclusive action camera of Verrückt. To view the video and more from Garmin click here.

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Maps and Beer – An #esriuc MeetUp via @WRSCNews and @GENInews

Some words from the event planners (… We host PLAN SAN DIEGO which uses Geographic Information System to engage the Map making community in San Diego. We produce GIS Maps on ARCGIS Online. We Visualize data in our unique  immersive visualization facility.
Its that Simple….

To foster a local and global connection with the ESRI community we invite you to see our maps and drink our beer.  $5 Gets you a sampling from San Diego’s Local Craft Beers Continue reading

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TripAdvisor Serves up America’s Top 10 Burger Joints

There’s nothing better in the summer than a big, juicy burger hot off the grille. So where in America can you score the best burger you might ask? Well, I’m a little biased myself and the results here are likely a little subjective, however, TripAdvisor has put together a list of the Top burger joints according to customer reviews and feedback… enjoy!

From the Midwest farmlands out to the shores of Florida and Hawaii, these 10 outstanding burger joints provide beef that’s a cut above. Top 10 Burger Joints in the U.S:

1. Black Hills Burger and Bun Co., Custer, South Dakota (5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor, 247 reviews)
Crafted using beef that’s ground daily and served atop house-baked buns, this Black Hills eatery serves up blissful burgers from an inventive menu, including “The Hot Granny” – a perfectly cooked beef or bison patty topped with bacon, cream cheese, and sweet and spicy jalapeno sauce. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “Who would have imagined a burger could take on such an amazing flavor with a great combination of ingredients!”

Top 10 Burger joints in America

Top 10 Burger joints in America

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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 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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Dev tip – How to Register an App with Facebook

So, you’ve been thinking about creating an app to run on facebook, so now what? Well, to begin you can take advantage of this great read from fbombmedia… enjoy!

To make sure your app reaches its full potential, you need to take advantage of the features and promotional opportunities presented by popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

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Happy 4th of July and What Makes Fireworks Dazzle?

Best wishes for a fun filled summer day on this 4th of July to all! Many of you will be enjoying a fireworks display this evening but have you ever wondered what makes all those brilliant colors? Well, according to the USGS it comes from the minerals that are used… here’s some details:

Red Fireworks and Strontium—Strontium gives a brilliant red hue to fireworks and to the flares you might be toting in your car in case of roadside emergencies. Strontium is produced most notably in the mineral celestite. Strontium is used in drilling fluids to produce oil and gas; it also strengthens metal castings in airplanes and cars, and makes paints that resist corrosion.

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