GISCafe Weekly Review March 1st, 2012

Notes from the Esri Federal GIS Conference 2012
March 1, 2012  by Susan Smith

This past week, 3500 people attended the Esri Federal GIS Conference held in Washington, D.C.  Attendees came from virtually every federal agency, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), GIS companies and other agencies that support federal and state agencies.

Esri president Jack Dangermond kicked off the plenary with a reminder that the world is rapidly changing and we are confronted with new issues such as loss of biodiversity. GIS helps to build intelligence about these issues.

“If we take raw data we can turn it into information by mapping it, that’s why it’s so exciting to look at maps,” said Dangermond. “And now with the dawning of the cloud web world pattern for GIS we’re seeing how we can share this knowledge and create better understanding. GIS drives understanding.”

Some user work was showcased such as the first global dataset of biomass – in Woods Hole, and the relationship between hydrology and biofuels.

Presenters focused on topics such as integration, collaboration and breaking down government silos.

Today, stakeholders across your organization know the value of geographic information, but often lack the expertise to run a traditional desktop GIS.  Online maps delivered by a web GIS are helpful, but these implementations often do not support the technical geospatial functions or flavored workflows required. Today, users need the power of GIS, not as a horizontal technology, but delivered in vertical market focused workflows.

Article source: Intergraph

Dynamically Jumpstart Your GIS with Configurable Workflows

Huntsville, Ala., February 29, 2011 – Intergraph® proudly announces the launch of GeoMedia® Smart Client, providing a means for organizations to geospatially accelerate their business workflows with the power of GIS. As an enterprisewide solution, GeoMedia Smart Client obliterates the growing disparity between antiquated GIS products and the needs of today’s geospatial contributors.

Between those working with a rigid and technically demanding desktop GIS and a static, lightweight browser-based GIS, there exists a large potential user base. GeoMedia Smart Client equips this broader audience of users, providing a means for them to access and use rich geospatial data in their business processes.


This 5-minute video below demonstrates GeoMedia Smart Client basics, including simple navigation, spatial and attribute query, data editing and snapping. Workflow creation is highlighted using a sample workflow and demonstrating form validation, file upload, redlining and printing.

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This is the first in Contour Education‘s  series of videos showing educators some of the applications of Google Maps in the classroom. This video covers the basics of the Google Maps interface and some navigation tools.

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Maps have a colorful past with authority. They have been use to mark the edge of reality, the boundaries of kingdoms, the domain of empires and the riches of nations. Neogeography rose in discourse with this authority. Once solely the domain of government agencies and large corporations, the mapping of our ability to map the world is being liberated. This talk explores examples of neogeography relative to authority.

 

Esri Applications in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud
February 27, 2012  by Sanjay Gangal

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Esri is a global leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and geo-database management applications. For decades Esri has been providing powerful mapping solutions to Governments, industry leaders, academics and NGOs. With the advent of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, Esri saw an opportunity to better serve its GIS customers by enabling them to process jobs faster, launch applications in minutes, and lower their overall operating costs. Customers like the USDA FNS launched their SNAP Retailing application in three weeks and saved 90% versus hosting their application on-premises.

Using cartograms as an alternative mapping solution
February 27, 2012  by Susan Smith

Benjamin D. Hennig at the University of Sheffield will be doing a plenary session at the Population Specialty Group Session at the AAG Annual Meeting in New York this year. He is including a new map of New York City.

New York City: Mapping the melting pot

Custom Mobile ArcGIS – Web Maps & ArcGIS.com
February 25, 2012  by Matt Sheehan


We launched GeoMobile for ArcGIS to both demonstrate a custom cross platform (one code base which runs on multiple platforms) mobile ArcGIS app, and experiment with porting widgets from the Flex viewer for ArcGIS. The results have been met with enthusiasm by the user community. By adding a configuration file which the mobile app reads at startup, the app allows users to load their own ArcGIS server layers; so those from their own ArcGIS server instance or cloud based. Our work now mostly revolves around building custom tools for use in the mobile viewer.

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