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Esri UC 2014 Plenary Session
July 16th, 2014 by Susan Smith
Monday morning’s Plenary session at Esri User Conference 2014 kicked off with ESRI CEO and president Jack Dangermond’s familiar talk about the importance of GIS in our lives, this year entitled “GIS – Creating our Future.” 130 countries are represented at the conference, hailing from various industries including utilities and communications, water and wastewater, disaster and emergency response, government, as well human health.
Mr. Dangermond said that “something is changing in GIS, it is reaching its potential,” with more breadth that it has experienced in the past. He spoke about Geodesign as an area he wanted everyone to think about… Geodesign is a formal process that takes geographic information and links it to design, decision making and planning.
The idea of Geodesign was introduced by Carl Steinitz in the 1970’s. Many think this is for architects, but Mr. Dangermond says it’s about designing the landscape.
Web GIS leverages measurement, computing, network, a cyber infrastructure or the internet of things, which Dangermond calls the “nervous system of the planet.” On top of that Web GIS integrates all types of information through web maps and services. What was once called analytics have now become “services.”
ArcGIS Online is now making between 1-2 million maps per day and served through portals.
ArcGIS an integrated Web GIS platform, and services are organized in a portal that provides apps on the server, desktop or mobile devices.
The word of the day appeared to be “apps,” with much support in the next 10.3 release for app development and many apps for those who are non-GIS professionals, as well as those who are.
The heart and soul of GIS is the data. During 80s and 90s the data was described as “files,”explained Mr. Dangermond. Then in the late ‘90s it was in the geodatabase, and now we’re moving into the “geoinformation” model with web maps, services and data. Data travels with the model and points back to databases behind the scenes.
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