GISCafe Weekly Review July 26th, 2012

Interviews from the 2012 Esri User Conference
July 26, 2012  by Sanjay Gangal

We have recorded 18 video interviews at the Esri User Conference in San Diego this week. The conference was extremely well attended with more than 15,000 attendees, more than 200 exhibitors, and 100’s of great presentations. The weather was perfect in San Diego making the conference even more enjoyable.

The following video interviews will be published in the coming weeks as we complete the editing process:

Chad St. Amand, GIS Manager of  Tembec, Timmins, Forest Resource Management presents how using lidar can improve operational planning for forestry managers at the Esri Forestry GIS Conference in May, 2012. This was the most popular presentation at this conference.

GeoEye and DigitalGlobe plan to merge
July 25, 2012  by Susan Smith

In a move that the geospatial industry had been expecting, on Monday, GeoEye announced plans to combine with competitor DigitalGlobe in a deal worth $900 million. This move is in response to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency informing both companies that it plans to curtail funding for its $7.3 billion EnhancedView contract, pieces of which were awarded to both firms in 2010.

The two former competitors provide photos and satellite imagery from satellites that are contracted by the NGA, the products of which are generally sold to federal agencies, the military and other government institutions.

Taking ArcGIS Online …. Offline
July 25, 2012  by Matt Sheehan

ArcGIS Online is a major step forward for mobile ArcGIS. True its not just targeted at mobile, but it has and will make the lives of mobile developers and their clients considerably easier. Why? Let’s make a list:

1) Single endpoint, or webmap to load, in a mobile viewer

2) Easy for users to prepare and publish their data.

3) Shapefiles published to ArcGIS online are converted to Feature layers and pushed to the mobile ArcGIS viewer within the webmap itself.

4) Other data sources can be easily published in ArcGIS online, then rendered in a mobile map viewer.

Those are just some of the advantages.

We’ve just released ‘GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online’ a free mobile app which allows users to load on a mobile tablet, their own published ArcGIS Online webmaps. We designed it to be extensible. So it goes beyond the excellent ESRI mobile widget, in that we can add functionality based on user requirements.

We are approached regularly about offline ArcGIS. Thus the somewhat confusing title of this blog post ArcGIS Online Offline! Here, we will discuss using GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online to access your webmap in an offline mode. The approach we demonstrate could easily be used in our other free mobile app GeoMobile for ArcGIS Server.

Before we describe the offline widget in more detail, here is a demo:

GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online is a free mobile app we launched in July 2012 to the Android Market. In August it will be released in the Apple market. The app allows users to access their ArcGIS Online maps on their iPad and Android tablets. Multiple maps can be accessed, when users set up and host their own configuration file. The mobile ArcGIS app goes beyond what is available in the excellent ESRI mobile app. We are actively extending the functionality of GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online for our clients.

Working with GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online

There are a number of simple steps needed to use GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online:

Step 1 – Setup an ArcGIS Online standard map service

Enhancing Crop Management with Geospatial Technologies
July 24, 2012  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

As we all know, the right geospatial solutions can be used for virtually any industry sector that needs spatial data for enhanced decision making. However, many of us in the geospatial industry often focus on only a few core markets.

Recently, Intergraph hosted a webinar about the use of geospatial technologies for better crop management.  The response was overwhelming.  Clearly, there is a significant demand for spatial data in the agriculture sector.

Using remotely-sensed data in agriculture analysis enables organizations to make critical decisions to correct issues with the seasonal crop.  Crop analysis such as characteristic definition, health and stress detection, change detection and understanding the effects of environmental factors can all be used to make efficient and valuable decisions in a timely manner.

Alliance between Esri and Microsoft announced
July 23, 2012  by Susan Smith

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.

Japanese website maps post box locations
July 20, 2012  by Susan Smith

While post offices in the U.S. are closing, in Japan a website called Post Map is mapping the locations of post boxes and addressing issues like post office closures and the privatisation of postal services.

Google Maps is used to provide a crowd-sourced map of post box locations. Citizens can find their nearest post boxes by submitting locations and photographs to the map. If you select a post box then the map sidebar shows you how far it is to the nearest alternative post boxes. This would be good for people new to a neighborhood and for getting up-to-date locations of post boxes as there become fewer of them available.

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