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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Short Takes from Monday’s ESRI Plenary Session

July 13th, 2009 by Susan Smith


GIS and design or “GeoDesign” were themes that ESRI president and CEO Jack Dangermond talked about at this morning’s Plenary Session. He views geography as the “science of our world” with design being another field that looks toward the future. GIS integrates these two worlds.

GeoDesign is a “systematic methodology,” for which we might want feedback and want to know outcomes and impacts, which seems to translate to the ability to do “what if” scenarios. It also appears clearly influenced by the social networking media such as Facebook, Twitter and other options that seek feedback on various topics and issues. This is not something that GIS has done before, but Dangermond said that ESRI is extending its GIS tools to do this.

This year the ESRI UC website also offers Twitter feeds, Facebook and other forms of media to connect with others at the conference, and to generate topic discussions.

One user I spoke to said that he posts on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter at the same time and then sees which one generates the most information. Another said that good ideas can sometimes come from the fleeting blip across the radar that is a Twitter post.

According to Dangermond, maps and GIS are changing and growing richer and smarter. “Mashups and new media will lead us to have geographic knowledge that is pervasive in our society.”

Further evidence of new ways of delivering content: next to the Map Gallery, Lightning Talks were offered — informal presentations promising to be “brief, brilliant and then gone.” Topics included mashups, mobile GIS and Web 2.0 applications.

On another note, 3D GIS will also be integrated into ArcGIS 9.4 Desktop and Server.

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