GISCafe Weekly Review April 3rd, 2014

The 2014 GIS Revolution Video Series: Introduction
April 3, 2014  by Matt Sheehan

We are in the midst of a GIS revolution. Mobile and cloud technology have widened the access, appeal and scope of location technologies like GIS. In this video series we will discuss this revolution. Look individually and collectively at new Web, mobile and desktop GIS technologies. Provide context and demystify this rapidly changing world. Show how now it is possible to integrate and collaborate over location data across organizations: field staff, analysts, managers and executives. We’ll also look at how the technology is now being used by non-GIS folks for commerce and by citizens.

In this first video we introduce the series.

See the next video in this series on Web GIS.

Feel free to send us your questions and comments.

Designed by Julie Waldman, and developed and maintained by DATA Inc., Digital Footsteps is a mobile app and re-usable framework for the travel and hospitality industry. The mobile app is designed to act as a “digital concierge” to drive traffic to local businesses and tourist attractions in the area of a hotel or other facility.

DATA Inc.’s Ashis Bhisey accepts the award for ‘Best of the World’ app from NJTC’s Rich Napoli.

Nice to see Esri has a sense of humor with it’s Happy April Fool’s Day offering – the world’s first “scratch-and-sniff” interactive story map. The map allows you to navigate through a list of scents from around the world. These Datastory ScentMaps are built on Esri’s ArcGIS Online technology.

Scents may be valuable in determining which apartment to rent, or where you might decide to put your next office. I don’t think we need a map to determine which restaurant to eat at, if we get close enough to the location.

Retail and the ArcGIS Platform
March 31, 2014  by Matt Sheehan


We are over-users of the word exciting. But truly these are great times to be working in the location services and GIS fields. Not only is location technology being used more widely and by ever more diverse groups of users, but new sectors and vertical are emerging. Retail in particular presents a fascinating world of opportunity.

Esri have put considerable focus on retail GIS.


Many of our clients use desktop GIS applications such as ArcMap. Some have developed Web GIS applications. One common theme across all clients with whom we work, is an increasing need to integrate their GIS data and applications.


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