The Ultimate Story Map for #ESRIUC in 3D from Esri, TomTom and SmarterBetterCities

Here’s something pretty nifty for those of you heading off to the 2015 ESRIUC in San Diego, a venue Story Map in 3D. Wander the virtual San Diego Convention Center and see exactly where the plenary session is located, the Map gallery, you can even locate where the yoga takes place! Spin the map around, tilt it, and view the entire Convention Center in wonderful 3D – it really is awesome!!

Top 25 Things to Experience When You Visit Esri UC: 3D Edition

Top 25 Things to Experience When You Visit Esri UC: 3D Edition

Jump directly to the story map HERE or read more about it HERE

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

shark GIS map Journal

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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.

Esri user conference (Image credit: Esri)

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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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Esri Connecting Citizens and business With Open Data

Recall it was in February (seems ages ago!) when Esri’s Andrew Turner (@ajturner) lifted the lid off the Esri Open Data initiative,  and effort to help Governments meet their mandate to be more transparent and serve the public with more open data – enter ArcGIS Open Data. I’m a huge fan of such efforts, mainly as they support Governent’s true mandate of serving the public and acting as the platform for innovation!



See more in this blog post from Esri

For all the deets direct from Esri see this resource devoted to ArcGIS Open data