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Archive for April, 2011

Google’s presentation at Where 2.0 2011 Conference

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Marissa Mayer talks about Google Map Maker and Dylan Lorimer gave a demo of Google Earth builder at the Where 2.0 2011 conference in San Francisco earlier this week. Here is the video:


Fun with GIS #80: Easy Interactive Geographic Presentations (Esri Schools Program)

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Article source: Charlie Fitzpatrick, Co-Manager, Esri Schools Program

Tired of PowerPoint? Want interactive maps in a presentation? Head to ArcGIS Explorer Online, a web application that uses the free Microsoft Silverlight plug-in for web browsers on either Windows or Macintosh.

Building an interactive presentation is a pretty simple process, but more easily shown in a movie than written out step-by-step. Head to the Esri EdTeam YouTube Channel and see the short movie “Fun with GIS #80.” (Note the other useful videos to explore there as well.)

These interactive presentations can engage both professionally produced data or personally generated content. ArcGIS Explorer Online also has capacity to do SQL queries, even against large data sets (see blog and movie for “Fun With GIS #78“).

With titles, notes, bookmarks, and queries, ArcGIS Explorer Online is a powerful tool for presenting information or letting viewers interact with content to understand it more deeply. Terrific for STEM content (including Social Studies), for sure, but consider also the endless opportunities in the English/ Language Arts arena.



Video: GIS to the Rescue by The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Article source: NAPSG Foundation

Want to learn what GIS can do for local and county public safety agencies? This is the latest of NAPSG’s videos to help you understand how you can leverage geospatial technology as a key asset in mitigating risk and enhancing community resilience.


The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2005 to overcome the challenges faced by Federal, tribal, state, and local public safety agencies.

Our mission is to support the public safety and homeland security communities in the advancement of data interoperability and connectivity, through Geographic Information Systems, in support of local and national preparedness goals.

Video: BIM & CAD to GIS Workflow by CDV Systems

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Check out this video by CDV Systems about their BIM Workflow.  It unifies building BIM & CAD data linking it to FM and GIS programs allowing Full BIM Lifecycle Management of a building from cradle to grave.



Video: Data Extraction Services in ArcGIS Server 10

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Esri Product Manager Ismael Chivite describes how to serve your maps in a way that your users can select and download map data for their own use. You can do this by using one of the sample data extraction models provided with ArcGIS Server 10. These models are written in Python, so you can customize them or use as-is. Ismael demonstrates how to create both a map service for the layers of your map, and a geoprocessing service which provides the select, extract, and download operations. If you add in the optional Data Interoperability Extension, you can provide your users over 100 different GIS and spatial data formats to choose from.

Learn more at

Video: Internet Editing in Desktop by Esri

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Esri Product Manager Ismael Chivite describes how ArcGIS Desktop can be used to edit map data stored over the web in feature services. He demonstrates how the standard editing tools in ArcMap can be used, also how to enable the feature service capability for editing over the web. Learn more at


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