Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ESRI UC Day 2--not an auspicious start

Not an auspicious start to the second day at all. My suspicions about the weak showing of the conservation GIS community was confirmed at the first session I had planned on attending:

And at the second:

Hopefully the rest of the day will be better...?


The first day of the UC was informative, fun, and at times a little overwhelming. Jack and his colleagues were doing their thing at the plenary, and made a few announcements about 10.1 and ArcGIS Online that I found particularly noteworthy:

  • Dynamic legneds will be supported (finally!!)
  • Automatic image enhancement
  • Dynamic viewing of LAS files (LiDAR)
  • Right-click within an MXD to package and/or convert map into a service
  • ArcGIS online now supports a wide range of data import options, including drag-and-drop of CSV for point data (that was one of the coolest demos of the plenary)
  • ESRI is in the process of building a global, multi-resolution topographic mosaic that will also include user-contributed hi-res LiDAR. Not clear about when that will launch, but the data will be accessible as WMS *and* as points and rasters.

BEST NEWS OF ALL: ESRI is releasing 'ArcGIS Home' desktop + extensions for $100. The idea is to enable neophytes to get started, veterans to develop new skills, and anyone to use their software for volunteer projects.

Unfortunately, I felt like the message from ESRI at the plenary was WEB WEB WEB WEB and there was very little emphasis on any of the cool new analytical tools they are developing in the desktop, much less on how they're dealing with the huge list of bugs at 10.0 (for example, I still can't get dissolve to work, which is why I'm still about 90% in 9.3.1). I understand where they're coming from, but it would sure be great if they'd get the core functionality of their software working before they push us all into the bright shiny cloud-computing future.

Jack doing his thing at the plenary

After the morning plenary we had a two hour break, and after a great lunch with my former colleague (and current Cascade Land Conservancy GIS Manage)r Christopher Walter, I took in some of the sights of the waterfront, including the San Diego Maritime Museum. It was really great to finally explore the Surprise, a ship I've read so much about in Patrick O'Brian's novels.

The HMS Surprise!
The map gallery reception that afternoon was superb as usual, but it sure seems like there is far, far less representation of the non-profit world in general and the conservation GIS community in particular.

One of the many cool maps on display in the Map Gallery. How the heck did they create that symbology?!

Monday, July 11, 2011

At the 2011 ESRI International User Conference

I'm here in sunny San Diego attending the 2011 ESRI International User Conference. After arriving and registering, I posted four CORE GIS maps in the Map Gallery: Lopez Island Potential Trail Corridors (created for San Juan County and the Trust for Public Land), California Coast Reslient Habitats, Greater Everglades Resilient Habitats, and Pacific Northwest Resilient Habitats (all created for the Sierra Club's Resilient Habitats Campaign).

I'm presenting on Thursday morning at 10:15 in Room 30E on the work CORE GIS did for San Juan County. My co-presenter is Breece Roberts of the Trust for Public Land. If you're here at the conference, please stop by and check it out.

I'll be posting throughout the conference and will include many more photos. I'll also post the occasional tweet, you can follow me at http://twitter.com/COREGIS.

CORE GIS posters all mounted in the Map Gallery

My ride during the conference