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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 »

Esri UC 2014 Plenary Session

July 16th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Tasks let you share and model your workflows. Users can generate streams using Lidar. Tasks encapsulates the geoprocessing tools, and raster functions, and anything needed for your workflows.

Desktop includes ArcGIS Online, unlimited web mapping, data hosting, The Living Atlas, and many apps. Desktop makes possible sharing on the cloud, and take apps into the field. ArcGIS Online is cloud based Web GIS, to take advantage of all cloud aspects, and scalability. New additions to Desktop include custom roles, certification, self-service mapping. Now a novice can make these maps using templates quickly.

Server is enterprise GIS in your own infrastructure. Now ArcGIS Server is a Web GIS. New features include portal as part of the server, so that web map capability becomes part of the server license.

Solution Templates are platform configurations for organizations, consisting of ready to use apps and maps that are easily configured, open source, fully supported and free.

Solution Products provide focused apps, support production mapping, linear reference models for roads, and other specific areas.

Developers enable app development for the enterprise and beyond. These professionals expose the content and web services of ArcGIS to develop amazing apps., founding member of the band Black Eyed Peas, whom attendees might remember as a keynote speaker from last year’s UC, has developed a GIS watch. It has maps, GPS, gives directions, run time and web services. It is not tethered to anything, and according to, “will alter our viewpoint of what a wearable is.”

Road Map advances the platform, and Esri will release 10.3 in fall. There will be incremental software releases, including more crowdsourcing, massive 3D, vector, web mapping, web raster analysis, advanced navigation and ArcGIS Pro,

GeoNet is a new social network so users can keep the conversation going all year starting here at the conference.

Partners, Relationships, Conservation (SCGIS), Education are also part of the fabric of offerings at ESRI.

Afternoon Keynotes

Penny Pritzker, U.S. Department of Commerce

Penny Pritzker, U.S. Department of Commerce

Penny Pritzker, US Secretary of Department of Commerce which also houses the U.S. Census, spoke on the department’s role providing more data to more sectors of economy than any other agency.

“25 years ago the Commerce Department initiated Tiger Data,” said Pritzker. “This formed the foundation for the modern GIS industry, Esri and partners devised more ways to capture and present it.”

Pritzker said, “We cannot be satisfied with current data infrastructure. The data economic opportunity is $3 Trillion in open data to add to the global economy.”

This open data could provide costs savings and mean improved health outcomes, better job training, improved energy efficiency, and transportation systems, and made in America goods.

The U.S. economic data administration in partnership with Harvard rolled out a Cluster Mapping database to understand and shape the competitive landscape.

Pritzker talked about “Building a Common Platform,” for example, partnering with the private sector to make our data more valuable, to gain greater technical capacity to liberate data. “We’re a startup within a state agency,” she said.

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2 Responses to “Esri UC 2014 Plenary Session”

  1. Ali Al-Ghamdi says:

    I wish that Mr Dangermond, stops talking about such heart-attracting speeches regarding how earth is dying, etc.. It is time for ESRI to have look into the homeless people scattered all over San Diego and probably start some human projects.
    I have said that to them (ESRI) and of course they did not reply.

  2. Susan Smith says:

    I think the messages about global warming and climate change are valuable, however, it would be good to also mention some of the more human projects that are taking place in GIS, around the globe. To their credit Esri did have keynote speaker last year who really seemed to represent the inner city poverty mindset (Los Angeles), and how to rise out of it. He also did a video clip at this year’s. Thanks for writing!

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