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MapSAR website gives Search and Rescue GIS tools and more

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Today’s launch of a new web portal called MapSAR from Esri supplies “search and rescue (SAR) personnel with GIS tools, educational materials, and a virtual community for learning and sharing.”

The website is designed to help Search and Rescue operations find lost people. GIS and SAR professionals from Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, Esri, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Mountaineer Rescue Group worked together to develop the MapSAR application. MapSar gives all SAR personnel the tools and knowledge needed to effectively use GIS in their operations, no matter what their technical background. Mapping and planning functions will be able to be carried out within the incident command structure (ICS). GIS skills will be used to track search teams and assets for greater efficiency and safety.

According to press materials, the MapSAR site includes the following:

  • MapSAR Tool: This free tool runs with Esri ArcGIS 10 software and enables maps to be generated, stored, and printed quickly so that search teams can deploy faster to look for missing people.
  • SAR E-books: Two newly published e-books give personnel a rich array of information. Using GIS for Wildland Search and Rescue is a core instruction manual for developing a working knowledge of all things GIS for every team member. MapSAR User’s Manual is for more advanced GIS users and provides an introduction to and a detailed tutorial for MapSAR.
  • Search and Rescue Forum: This peer-to-peer network provides a place to discuss technical challenges.


London Olympic medals mapped by Esri story map

Monday, August 6th, 2012

According to an Esri story map, which maps the distribution of London Olympics medals worldwide, the most medals have been won by China, U.S., UK and Russia. Check it out:

Story Map of the London Olympic Medals

Alliance between Esri and Microsoft announced

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

At the Esri International User Conference held in San Diego today, Esri announced a strategic alliance with Microsoft to assist public and private agencies and communities around the world during disasters. As part of this agreement, Microsoft will display Esri public information maps on its cloud-based Disaster Response Incident Portal, as well as point citizens to the maps via its online outlets, such as MSN and Bing.


GeoIQ joins Esri

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Today, GeoIQ announced that they have joined Esri. It is not clear whether this is an acquisition or a merger, or what the nature of this arrangement is, other than the press release says Esri approached GeoIQ about joining their team and “merging technologies.” GeoIQ is a company dedicated to providing “GIS for everyone,” a popular position today, but the company’s goal is to create new mapping interfaces and change the geospatial market by doing so. The relationship with Esri enables GeoIQ to work within the ArcGIS platform and to reach their millions of users.

GeoIQ will be a presence in Esri’s efforts to create the next generation of GeoWeb technologies. Part of that effort will include a new research and development center in the Washington DC area. GeoIQ’s task at the development will focus on engineering core technologies for Esri, clearly utilizing GeoIQ’s experience working with open data and technology communities and real time and large data analytics. An ongoing project is “Twitch” which handles dynamic aggregation and visualitons of millions of points from social media streams with in-browser HTML5 support.


Esri’s U.S. Wildfires Map online

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Check out Esri’s new U.S. Wildfires Map here:


The Vast Reach of the European Environment Agency (Reprint)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Since Eye on Earth just won an award at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero, it seemed fitting to reprint this article about the EEA and the role of Eye on Earth.

Article Reprinted from GISWeekly, June 20, 2011

The Vast Reach of the European Environment Agency
By Susan Smith

While in Copenhagen in late March of this year GISWeekly met with Stefan Jensen, head of information services group, SEIS support program that supports the implementation of INSPIRE and develops and maintains the EEA SDI related to user needs, metadata and data licensing and Jan Bliki, project officer, GIS system development for the European Environment Agency (EEA), an agency of the European Union.

European Environment Agency main building, Copenhagen


Rio+20 Earth Summit tackles broad sweep of sustainability challenges

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

At Rio+20 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil last week, was originally titled the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development. Varying reports have emerged from that conference, with many seeking to find answers to the problems surrounding sustainable development and environmental challenges.

In the beginning the conference’s aim was to set of Sustainable Development Goals that would replace the U.N. Millennium Development Goals—which were agreed to in New York in 2000 and are set to expire in 2015—to address global poverty.

Concerns were more broadbased than that at this Summit as parties recognized and pressed forward with votes to support the need for many progressive changes in the development and environment agenda, such as broad approval for addressing an array of ocean sustainability and agricultural issues and the creation of a new high-level forum that will draft new Sustainable Development Goals by 2014.


World’s average annual evapotranspiration web map from Esri

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Most of us understand the hydrologic cycle in terms of the visible paths that water can take: rainstorms, rivers, waterfalls, swamps, etc.  Hydrology takes a different path through a larger volume of water that flows through the air through evaporation and transpiration.  This is very different from hydrology as we think of it traveling through visible paths such as waterfalls, streams, rivers, rainstorms, and swamps,etc. Evaporation and transpiration claim 61% of all terrestrial precipitation, and together are referred to as evapotranpsiration.  Esri’s Mapping Center has produced a web map showing the world’s average annual evapotranspiration to understand how this process works.


Jack Dangermond talks about ArcGIS Online, the cloud, and map wars

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Esri President and CEO Jack Dangermond talked to Computerworld magazine about the importance of mobile and cloud, the role of GIS in organizations, big data and consumer vs. enterprise mapping.

Q&A Esri’s Jack Dangermond on cloud, big data and Apple vs. Google map wars Computerworld

In Explorer Online map tips are enabled

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Esri’s Bernie Szukalski says map tips are enabled when you use Explorer Online, and are currently not supported in the map viewer (though with just a click you can display what you see in the map tip and more). Map tips work with feature layers, including “map notes” and other feature layers you create, derive, or connect to.

Better map tips using explorer online

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