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Just in time for Thanksgiving: Metro Wine Map from UC Santa Barbara Geography Dept.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Dr. Map from the UC Santa Barbara Geography Department recently came across the extraordinary Metro Wine Map, designed by architectural historian and wine buff, Dr. David Gissen.” This map covers the French wine districts, and the “appellations.”

“The twist is that the map uses the technique pioneered by Harry Beck in the 1930s for the London underground map. Wine districts are colored “lines,” with branches showing the different appellations. One can clearly see, for example the link between Pouilly-Fumé and Vouvray, both from the Loire Valley, but with the former made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety and the latter Chenin Blanc.”

Esri’s new release of the Infrastructure Editing Template (IET)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

According to Esri “the Infrastructure Network Editing template is an ArcGIS 10 editing map and toolbar for managing water, sewer and storm water utility data.  (

It is an editor that can be used by mapping technicians in a water utility, sewer authority or public works department. You can configure the Infrastructure Network Editing Template in your environment and in doing so, you’ll learn how to update and maintain water, sewer, and storm water data using ArcGIS Desktop and your organization’s data. To complete the configuration, you will need experience with editing workflows in ArcMap.

This template includes the following:

  • An editing toolbar, reporting toolbar, a set of constructions tools, and an editor extension that is added to your ArcInfo or ArcEditor installation
  • A multi-scale ArcMap document designed for editing
  • The Local Government geodatabase with sample data from the City of Naperville, Illinois

The Infrastructure Editing toolbars contain a series of custom editing and reporting tools that improve the editing experience for ArcGIS users working with infrastructure data. For example, there are tools that:

  • Automatically connect service connections to laterals and their mains
  • Report tracing results along the utility network
  • Graph the profile of a sewer main”

According to Esri, these tools require an ArcEditor or an ArcInfo ArcGIS Desktop License. A multi-user GDB is required if there is more than one editor. If you want to publish services of your water utility data, then an ArcGIS Server Standard or Advance is required.

Occupy Wall Street inspires more than protests: mapping tweets and Facebook pages

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

One month into the Occupy Wall Street protest, the internet is populated with maps depicting activity around the event, not only in the U.S. but in other countries as well. The movement has inspired map makers who may have been headed in another direction, such as Humphrey Flowerdew, who along with his partner, Trung Huynh, both based in London, were originally in business to use their Crafivy to aggregate and map real estate listings.

The Cravify Occupy Wall Street map shows tweets from throughout the world with the hashtags such as #occupywallst, #occupylsx, #occupyrome, #occupytokyo that are frequently updated.


Esri interactive wildfire map

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Esri interactive wildland fire map


GeoEye/Esri contract to license high resolution imagery

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

According to a press announcement today, GeoEye has signed a strategic contract with Esri to license a large amount of high-resolution imagery to produce a global, static cache map layer. The imagery will be available to Esri users via, a system that allows for work with GIS desktops, Web browsers and mobile devices.

Libya Unrest interactive maps available

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

In response to the Libyan unrest, geospatial and GIS companies as well as newspapers are providing interactive map applications and maps to show areas of occupation and battle zones with various layers available.

Libya Unrest Map

Esri is serving a Libya Unrest map application that disseminates information being sent via Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. The social media layers allow for custom keyword searches. Streetmap, OpenStreetMap, satellite imagery, and topographic maps are part of the map overlay. The public Ushadihi layer shows mapped reports. Additional map layers added as data becomes available. This map can be embedded in online articles. For more information contact Jesse Theodore, .

Interactive Map of How the Protests Unfolded in Libya March 21, 2011, Government forces maintain their hold on the strategic town of Ajdabiya. The New York Times

Libya: interactive map of the key battle zones March 21, 2011, Interactive map of the key Libyan strongholds and battle zones with yellow points to indicate rebel-held towns and cities. The Telegraph

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami map

Friday, March 11th, 2011

This from Esri today:

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Map

Esri is serving a Japan earthquake map which disseminates information being sent via Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. The social media layers allow for custom keyword searches. Streetmap, OpenStreetMap, satellite imagery, and topographic maps are part of the map overlay. The Ushadihi layer can be turned on to see messages related to locating trapped individuals. Additional map layers added as data becomes available. This map can be embedded in online articles. To request the embeddable code contact Jesse Theodore,

Esri’s Egyptian Unrest Map

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Esri offers a free social media app so that users can see what is happening on the ground in Egypt. You can also follow in near real time the developments in Tweets, YouTube videos, Flickr photos as the digital media pulls in information relevant to the protests.

Egyptian Unrest Map

Esri’s Community Analyst now available

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Esri’s web based Community Analyst offers large amounts of data, along with instant reports and online maps.

Esri ZIP Code Lookup tool lets you learn about local population

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Not exactly new, but notable is Esri’s ZIP Code Lookup tool that allows anyone to enter a ZIP Code in the U.S. and learn about those who live in that area.

Demographic and market information such as income, employment, vehicle preferences, and leisure activities are among the data the tool will display.

To use the tool, the user enters a ZIP Code, then the browser-based Silverlight application instantly generates three of what is known as Tapestry segments for the area in question. Esri’s Tapestry Segmentation system classifies U.S. residential neighborhoods into unique market segments that are based on socioeconomic and demographic data.

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