Conference Season!

Most years, I usually watch the conference season from afar.

But this year I get to join in the fun. Below are the two I shall be attending. How about you?

CalGIS/LocationCon 2017

  • May 22 – 24, 2017
  • Oakland, California

This year’s theme is “Building Bridges” and is co-hosted by CalGIS (URISA) and LocationTech. This year’s conference will host a diverse schedule and attendees. The CalGIS community tend to represent GIS best practices in government, non-profit, education and consulting in California. The LocationTech community represents folk who develop advanced location aware technologies via collaboration with commercially-friendly open source software.

This conference will meld the “old” with the “new”. I’m excited about learning more. The three-days are packed with lots of talks, sessions, and trainings.

ESRI’s UC in San Diego

  • July 10 – 14, 2017
  • San Diego, California

ESRI’s User Conference (UC) is probably the largest gathering of GIS professionals anywhere in the United States. The last one I went to was over 10 years ago.

This year’s UC boasts over 300 hours of moderated sessions and over 450 hours of training.

Yikes!

I won’t be able to attend all five days of the conference, but I do intend to be there for the bulk of the week and learn as much as I can from my peers and industry professionals.

I’ll report back on each. Until then, enjoy all the opportunities to travel.

Getting Out There

No, I don’t mean stop reading this post and get outside to enjoy the great California weather (is it raining yet?). You can do that later.

What I meant was: let’s get OUT THERE. Beyond our moon and over 34 million miles away to the surface of MARS.

Click on the image for an interactive experience.
Click on the image for an interactive experience.

Click on the image above to visit Mars via ESRI’s interactive map of Mars, the fourth planet in our solar system. Who knows where we’ll end up next? Fancy a ride on a comet?

This concludes my posts on Geography Awareness Week. I hope I’ve sparked an interest in geography and the world around you.

Historic Landmarks Web Map

Hello,

GIS Day 2014 is coming up, and in preparation, I set out for myself to create three web maps.

The first is a map showing the twenty-seven historic landmarks in Sonoma County. Below is a screen shot of the web map as viewed in Google Chrome. It has some nifty functionality such as the bookmarked Zoom locations, a nice grid display of the features on the left-hand side of the screen, and when you click on a point, you can drill down for more information on each locale.

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I utilized ESRI’s Shortlist story map template which can be downloaded here. It was quite simple to make and didn’t require any specialized software what-so-ever. You do need an ArcGIS Online account. Go here to create one.

My next two projects utilizing ESRI’s templates will be more complicated and feature derived data products. Those should be fun and I’ll keep you posted once they are completed.

On a separate, but related note, did you notice I mentioned GIS Day? It’s coming up. Like, in about two months! For those of you in the north San Francisco Bay area, mark your calendars (November 19, 2014) and get ready for a fun and educational day at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa, CA.

 

CityEngine by ESRI

While watching an ESRI CityEngine webinar, the presenters included Overwatch, whom featured their ESRI extension called Feature Analyst.

Feature Analyst automates the collection of vector data from rasters or images. I know, that sounds simple, but it really is an amazing thing.

Check out the entire webinar here and learn about some of the amazing things capable with CityEngine.

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