As if viewing more than 900 online and paper maps in the Esri UC Map Gallery from attendees just like yourself isn’t enough, there are several special displays available for you to explore. These displays provide in-depth information on how GIS is used within these organizations. Don’t miss your opportunity to stroll through the displays, meet representatives and learn more about the amazing things GIS can do for the world. The Map Gallery is located in the Sail Area on the second floor of the San Diego Convention Center and is open Monday 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Here’s the quick low-down on the special displays:
Abu Dhabi SDI
The AD-SDI was activated in 2007 in recognition that more accurate and up to date information is needed to keep up with the rapid pace of development in Abu Dhabi Emirate. Originally involving 8 government organizations, the AD-SDI now comprises over 60 members involving nearly every sector of Abu Dhabi society. Over the past few years the AD-SDI focused on the development of a solid technical, legal and institutional foundation for the coordination and sharing of geospatial information, technology and services across the stakeholder community. This foundation has provided an environment that has allowed many organizations that were previously constrained by the lack of data and other infrastructure to now implement GIS to meet their own special needs. The leadership of Abu Dhabi has recognized the fundamental significance of GIS and SDI and the “Human Geo-intelligence” required to effectively respond to today’s modern challenges, and is now supporting the development of a comprehensive GeoMaturity program that will ensure that every government organization has the direction and resources needed to optimize the use of GIS and the SDI to improve their own operations.
Alliance for Public Gardens GIS
The Alliance for Public Gardens GIS is a consortium of biological collection managers and GIS professionals who are dedicated to making geographic information systems more accessible to arboreta, botanical gardens, zoos, and other managed landscapes for use in asset management, biodiversity conservation, education, and scientific research.. This year’s display will educate attendees about the important conservation and education activities that public gardens participate in, and showcases the innovative geospatial work of Alliance partners at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Chicago Botanical Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Huntington Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, Montgomery Botanical Center, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the UC Davis Arboretum. The display will also provide tables and seating for collaborating with colleagues or just taking a break. Please stop by during the Monday night Map Gallery Opening and Evening Reception to speak with members of the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS team about their new GIS Training for Museum Professionals program and Esri’s exciting new solutions for public gardens.
Ebola Response and Recovery
International Medical Corps Ebola Response and GIS Activities
International Medical Corps was one of the ﬁrst international NGOs treating Ebola patients in West Africa, the source of the largest-ever outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Today, it remains one of only a handful of international NGOs in the world with the capacity to treat Ebola patients. The organization’s staff of more than 1,400 (roughly 90% of them African nationals) operates in all three nations with high infection rates—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—plus Mali, and Guinea-Bissau, a nation that has reported no Ebola cases, but is considered vulnerable to the recent outbreaks. International Medical Corps administers a training cooperative that draws on its expertise and experience as well as that of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to provide both national and expatriate health care workers from all organizations involved in the ﬁght to contain Ebola with the essential skills and tools to ﬁght the virus. GIS is used to bring information to decisions makers using Esri’s Operations Dashboard and ArcGIS Online for Organizations (AGOL) in the areas of epidemiology, logistics, human resources, finance, and grants & proposals. The GIS is integrated with third-party tools for the use of Business Intelligence visualization, for query and display of patient in-line information. During the early onset of the epidemic GIS maps were used to track the spread of the disease with data from various agencies to help decision makers determine where to operate ETUs. During the less-acute months of the crisis, we operated a helicopter to carry Ebola-related materials and patients, in order to consolidate resources and modify or scale down ETUs. We were able to track the flight of the helicopter using GPS devices, whose information was brought to the GIS for analysis. International Medical Corps is an Esri NGO grant recipient and uses ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS for Server and SDE, as well as connections to our own SQL server database.
Field Notes – Earth
All of us understand something about the people, land or the oceans of the Earth. After all, it is where we live. Many of us study something about the earth in the course of our professions. Until recently, only a few semantically consistent datasets existed that describe information about the entire Earth. Land cover is what we in the GIS community know best: an informed interpretation that moves beyond raw data like imagery or elevation. For other global topics, the state of information and knowledge is evolving. The Field Notes – Earth display shares three new maps about our world: eco-physiographic definitions of the land, geomorphology categories of the seafloor, and detailed global counts of human population. These maps represent groundbreaking efforts to make objective, comparable sense of the complexity of humanity’s relationships and interactions with the natural systems of the Earth
National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society will be on hand to continue celebrating the organization’s 100 year anniversary of making maps. A display chronicling the history of maps and the presidency, from President Eisenhower carrying maps into battle during World War II to President Obama receiving official presidential maps in the White House, will present the art and science of where. Gary Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society will also speak at the Plenary Session about the importance of geography in STEM education. Don’t miss Knell’s book signing from in 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Books available include National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, Third Edition, and National Geographic Kids Beginner’s World Atlas.
San Diego Regional Showcase
The San Diego Regional showcase is a joint effort of the San Diego Regional GIS Council and the Southern California Chapter of URISA. The showcase is a GIS poster competition open to the region's public and private agencies and educational institutions. The area of interest for the competition covers the San Diego and Imperial counties and northern Baja California region. The competition is open to our regional GIS user community. During the Map Gallery opening reception, local GIS professionals will be available to provide GIS-related information as well as insider tips on what to do and see in San Diego.
The Trust for Public Land – Climate
The Conservation Vision and GIS program at the Trust for Public Land (TPL) uses Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to help partners and communities develop plans that meet multiple conservation goals such as creating parks, protecting water quality and helping cities become "climate-smart". TPL uses Esri's state-of-the-art GIS software to integrate natural resource interests and human values such as health, equity and access for children. TPL's GIS team provides many services, among the notable are: The ParkScore® index - a ranking of the country's largest city park systems based on access, acreage and service and investment metrics. Climate-Smart Cities program - This program is helping America's cities meet the challenge to create more livable communities with a carbon-efficient lifestyle. Greenprinting - TPL provides a framework for communities to make informed decisions and create park plans with broad public support. In addition to these services, The Trust for Public Land's GIS program supports may functions across the organization spanning daily mapping requests to supporting LandVote, NCED and the Conservation Almanac. Come visit our special display to learn more!
Where in the World
Come take a look at the DigitalGlobe satellite scenes located in the Ballroom Foyer. Guess the location of these satellite scenes and prove your geographic knowledge. Complete the entry form with the location (city or place) of each of the 12 scenes displayed. The winner will be the person with the most correct answers. In the event of a tie, one winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those with the most correct answers.
Young Scholar Awards
The Annual Young Scholar Award recognizes the exemplary GIS work of current undergraduate and graduate students internationally. These Young Scholars GIS projects have been selected above their peers by a university panel formed by Esri's distributor in the recipient's respective country.
Youth Community GIS
Youth and students engaged in citizen science and service-learning projects that integrate Esri's ArcGIS technology are making a positive difference in their communities. Young people become participating citizens as they identify and evaluate community needs while working side by side with community professionals to plan, develop, and implement community projects. They in turn are empowered to be involved in community change as they engage GIS technology in their learning; develop leadership skills; and take their places as valuable, decision-making members of their communities. Youth in school and after-school programs are learning to do more than become technology consumers; they are learning to be robust technology creators and developers for contributing to the sustainability and continued growth of technology in the world. Visit the Youth Community GIS display to meet with tomorrow's leaders, learn how they are using Esri's technology in their community today, and see how youth in your community can get started.