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Panel Discussion from Intergeo – Aggregating Geospatial, Social media, and Authoritative Source Information

Friday, October 21st, 2011

GIS and Geospatial information is rapidly growing with the addition of social media and authoritative source information. The web, the cloud and the move towards making GIS ubiquitous so that more people can have access to information, has created more bandwidth to be able to view and interact with more different data types. But how do you get all those types of information into a usable format for the intended audience? What tools do we have at our disposal?


 

 

Here are some of the questions discussed in the panel.

  • What process is in place with various companies to create “authoritative source information?”
  • How is social media used to provide an accurate picture of an event or place, and integrated into a whole geospatial fabric? Give examples.
  • As data is growing in volume, what kinds of challenges do new data sources like crowdsourcing create for organizations?
  • New technologies include virtualize computing environments, the cloud and SaaS, social networks, more quantitative science and more integrative, analytic, predictive real time efforts. As GIS becomes more able to manage larger datasets, does it also become easier to use and allow more people to use it
  • How are multiple services integrated and shared so users can put data in a blog, with new web maps that support visualization, popups, and intelligence? Can this type of of technology used everywhere on any device, and integrated into social media and how is this accomplished?
  • Community Analyst, an easy application that was announced last year, allows “anyone” to create maps. Are there comparable products on the market that allow you to map data coming from various sources?

 

Panel Discussion from Intergeo – Integrating Geospatial and Architectural Design Data for Future Cities & Communities

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

It is important for engineering and facilities management data to be accessible in GIS databases. There are several possible reasons for this. Today, there is a greater need for accurate facilities management data, and for extending mapping to the indoor environment. The prevalence of BIM makes it possible to have detailed structural models of buildings, bridges and roads, which enhance the GIS database that may be used in 3D city planning. The availability of greater computing power, the cloud and ability to display 3D even down to a small mobile device open up extraordinary possibilities for design in a geo context. And finally, the need for sustainable design.

This is a panel discussion between Sanjay Gangal of GISCafe.Com & Andreas Ulmer of Esri Procedural.

Here are some of the questions discussed in the panel.

 

  • How important is it for engineering and facilities management data to be accessible in GIS databases?
  • How do the availability of greater computing power, the cloud and ability to display 3D even down to a small mobile device offer greater possibilities for the marriage of design and geospatial?
  • How can 3D visualization and satellite imagery data from geospatial be maximized in architectural and 3D cities design?
  • How should geography be changed, what are consequences of change, what are the alternatives scenarios?
  • How do we drive better performance out of faciities at all levels?
  • What can be pulled out of BIM to put in GIS and vice versa? Can you describe use cases?

 

TEDxOilSpill – Jim Geringer – Mapping the Oil Spill Damage

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Jim Geringer was elected as Wyoming’s 30th governor in 1994 and completed his second term in January 2003. His advocacy for technology in government has centered on the end result of using technology to enhance citizen services. That advocacy has led Jim to join in a full-time capacity with Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) the top provider of geographic information systems software.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

In this video, Jim talks about use of GIS for oil spills:


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Making Cities Smarter with IBM and Esri

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Article source: IBM

Just as you can look at a newspaper photograph and see both the image and the tiny individual dots that give it its shapes and shadings, city leaders look at their municipalities in terms of both the big picture and the individual citizens that comprise it.

The majority of us live in cities, and the percentage is growing. Municipal leaders who run the complex network of diverse people, expected services and aging infrastructure are on a constant search for more efficient ways to analyze data, anticipate problems and coordinate resources in their cities.

As centers of business, culture and life, cities are logical places to integrate many of the Smarter Planet principles and innovations in public safety, transportation, water, building, social services and agencies. A new kind of solution, the IBM Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities, (also available for cloud), synchronizes and analyzes efforts among sectors and agencies as they happen, giving decision makers consolidated information that helps them anticipate—rather than just react to—problems. By using these tested approaches, cities can manage growth and development in a sustainable way that minimizes disruptions and helps increase prosperity for everyone.

Watch this video to learn how IBM and Esri are working together to make cities smarter:


Mapping Hurricane Irene in Depiction

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Mapping Software shows how they have been putting together a couple of depictions of Hurricane Irene and its projected track up on Twitter recently. The video shows the process of creating the depiction.


The Heart and Soul of GIS by esritv

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Lauren Rosenshein demonstrates how new spatial analytics and statistical tools in ArcGIS 10.1 can turn data into understanding.


Using GIS to Peel Away Tunnel-Vision in the Utility Industry

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Bill Meehan, Esri utilities solutions manager, talks about the use of spatial analysis and decision making processes for utility applications. He gives an example of the layout of keys on a keyboard to illustrate how tunnel-vision hampers proper use of GIS and maps in the utility industry. It is always fun to watch Bill give presentations because he is so passionate.


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.


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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

http://help.arcgis.com/en/webapps/flexviewer/samples/index.html


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

http://help.arcgis.com/en/arcgisserver/10.0/help/arcgis_server_dotnet_help/in.


 

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