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Today is full of exciting user sessions and workshops. We have picked a variety of topics to provide a live update on. Check back often as we add updates from the events we attend.


Education (Education) - Self Organized Sessions (Un-Conference)

The session began by opening the floor to topics from attendees. Discussion tables were formed based upon the topics.



I am sitting in on a citizen science discussion. What is citizen science you say? It ok I had a general idea but looked it up on Google.

Citizen science (CS) (also known as crowd science, crowd-sourced science, civic science, volunteer monitoring or networked science) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists.  - Wikipedia


At the end of the time allotment, we shared a few take aways from each group:


ArcGIS Online with LMS/CMS Integration

Learn with story maps

Workflow for sharing maps beyond the project

Process for evaluating student work

Next Step: Surveying Educators


Helping Students Learn Resources

GeoMentors - Bridging the gap between educators and mentors. Setting the expectations to help get the GIS knowledge on the student's level.

GeoMentor/Teacher Workshops

Next Step: Sharing Resource


Resources for Citizen Science

Connecting with agencies/organization to identify real-world problems

Individual project vs mass participant projects

Problem Solving vs Project Based

Making an action from results of the project.

Identifying problem templates to create reusable lessons

Next Step - Collaborating with others. Possibly using GeoNet for collaboration and as a repository of information.



GIS Managers' Open Summit

by Christopher Catania




I'm excited to kick off day two of User Conference 2016 with updates from the morning session of the GIS Managers Open Summit. It was fun to be a "fly on the wall" to see what hot topics and trends are top of mind for GIS managers.


I walked into Ballroom 20A to the welcomed buzz of conversations as the event started with an engaging speed-networking session. GIS managers formed a big circle around the room and rotated every 5 minutes. What a great start to the day attendees made new connections, share stories and expanded their professional GIS network.


Keith Cooke took the stage first as he dove right in to share the vision and purpose for the day.


Keith encouraged GIS managers to rethink their role and how they approach sharing GIS within their organizations. "A lot of time I don’t bring up GIS directly. I encourage you to talk differently about GIS too; incorporate and share GIS workflows that make sense to your audience and explain how GIS fits into the natural flow of business."




Keith wrapped up by encouraging managers to set aside time for ongoing education and to keep growing their practical GIS knowledge and challenge themselves to create to new creative ways to explain how to use the platform. "You need to use your GIS knowledge and continue to understand how it fits into the broader picture. Your job is not to be the gatekeeper. Your job is to empower your business partners. You should be like a doctor and know how to assess, diagnose and apply a GIS solution into the mix to solve the problem."


Keith handed the floor to Adam Carnow who took the stage to give a preview of the summit's case studies.


Adam shared how Walgreens is using GIS to power the Flu Index Indicator and identify competitor locations. Adam was excited about the impact of the GIS platform in the Walgreens case study but he also stressed underlying message, which was the evolution of the GIS manager title. He pointed out that Jillian's title doesn't even mention "GIS" and her title is more aligned with the trends of business intelligence (BI) within organizations.


Adam explained that Jillian's title represents an important shift that is happening in the industry and needs to happen on larger scale for other GIS Managers. He explained that the Walgreens business can't run with GIS and that one of the reasons GIS has begun to be adopted into Walgreens so successfully is because of how GIS has been reframed more as "location intelligence" instead of just a geographicly-based technology.


Adam closed by asking key questions and sharing these thoughts:

  • Do we need to rebrand GIS to "location intelligence?"
  • How do we embrace new business trends and evolve the role of the GIS manager?


Big thanks to Adam and Keith for letting me experience the meeting. It was a pleasure to soak up the GIS info and I had a chance to better understand how the GIS manager role is evolving and where the industry is going. I look forward to seeing how the rest of the GIS Summit discussions develop during the day.


If you attended the GIS Managers Open Summit, we invite you to share your thoughts and experiences in the comment below!


GeoNet Community Meet-up

by Chris Catania

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We hosted our first of three GeoNet Community meet-ups today. It was great to see and meet with community member Adrian Welsh as he shared what he enjoys the most about GeoNet and contributed to the collaborative discussion we had about the Esri rebranding project.


During the meet-up we shared stats and GeoNet community success stories such as this one from Robert Scheitlin, GISP:


"For me it has been a way to get feedback/input on widget design and functionality for the widgets I have made. Speaking for other members it allows them a centralized place to ask questions and provide input/suggestions on widgets and the WAB product in general."


"We as a community have seen changes in the software based on threads in the Web AppBuilder Custom Widgets group and the development staff participation in this group. I have seen and been involved in several collaborations for widget development that would probably not have occurred if it not had been for the connections to other members in the group."


To see the other stories and stats from the meet-up, you can download a copy of our meet-up presentation deck here.


We're looking forward to the next meet-ups tomorrow and Thursday.


UC Expo: Platform Enablement lightning talks

Editor's note: This update comes from the Platform enablement team. Thanks for sharing the update with us on the UC live blog!


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The new ArcGIS Platform Enablement area at the UC Expo was greeted by overflow crowds today from the moment the Expo opened, through the first 9 lightning talks.


Topics covered the gamut, everything from writing successful RFPs to building security into your GIS, users took advantage of the venue to get a close-up perspective and some hands-on guidance from Esri professionals.


The Platform Enablement area pulls together experts from Esri services to provide a one-stop venue to help users with their ArcGIS platforms. The area is divided into kiosks, with the lightning talk area adjacent. The six kiosks:

  • Strategy & Planning
  • Architecture & Security
  • Geodata Engineering
  • Configuration & Integration
  • Training & Certification
  • Premium Support


Agile Project Management, presented from Lana Tylka(photo above), was one of today's platform enablement lightning talks. Tomorrow’s talks kick off at 9:30 with a reprise of the popular “Tips for Writing a Successful GIS RFP.”


Did you stop by the Platform Enablement area today? What did you think of the area and lightning talks? Thanks for sharing your experiences and we invite you to stop by tomorrow.


That's it for today! Thanks for following along on the UC updates and stay tuned for tomorrow's updates and Day 3 conversation.

We are back in session at the Esri User Conference Plenary. Check out the morning session: Live Blog: 2016 Esri UC Plenary (Morning Session)


GIS Enabling a Smarter World


2:00 - Andrea Wulf - The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World


Andrea is taking us back 200 years to look at scientist Alexander von Humboldt. Many things were named after Humboldt:

    • Humbodlt Current
    • Humboldt Penguin
    • Humboldt, CA
    • Humboldt, Squid
    • Humboldt Isotherms (weather maps)


In writing her book, Andrea focused on brining Humboldt back to his rightful place. She studied his notes, passport, and Darwin's copies of Humboldt's Books. She visited locations that were significant to Humboldt's life such as Antisana, Ecuador - Humboldt's Hut, Orinoco, Venezuela, and Chimborazo, Ecuador.


From his exploration he created complex plant information on a map. This is one of the first examples of GIS.

His map of the Orinoco showed techniques of shading map to show detail of mountain ranges. He employed artists to turn his fields sketches into magnificent maps.


The work that you do is a living atlas. Humboldt would have dreamt of this.


Jack - We are moved by the story that you tell, but we are moved by you.



2:48 - Observing & Analyzing America’s Forests – USDA Forest Service

CharlesHobie Perry , Ph.D., Project Manager – Forest Atlas

Christopher Oswalt , Ph.D., Research Forester


How do we see forests?


They are logging forestry data in ArcGIS Online and The Living Atlas so the GIS professional have access.


They are collecting staggering amounts of data and building applications for our use, our partner's user, and your use.


3:00 - Kaitlin Yarnall, National Geographic Society


National Geographic is creating mapping tools for looking at greens spaces in the US. These tools are for everyone. This is the next generation of parks and protecting wildlife. Placing the environment at the heart of planning.


Esri has partnered with National Geographic for Education and Conservation, but now we are not just focused on national parks but green infrastructure everywhere.


3:06 - Designing and Creating a Green Infrastructure

Arancha Muñoz Criado, City and Strategic Planner


Green infrastructure is about transparency; everyone knows, everyone benefits.


This project will be release in ArcGIS Online and shared for everyone.


3:15 - Designing and Creating Green Infrastructure - Hugh Keegan

We took the national land cover dataset from 2000. Get rid of anything developed and agriculture. Looking mainly for intact natural areas.


Tools and Apps to Model and Map Green Infrastructure

This project is all open data.


3:29 - Making a Difference Award

AmazonGISnet - Richard Resl, Domingo Ankuash


Statements from Domingo

  • We do not live in the forest, we are part of the forest.
  • We do not think in disciplines, we naturally wish to understand the whole.


  • We need your attention and concern before be become poor.
  • Becoming poor for us means we have to leave our lands.


  • We can turn history around now.
  • We can learn for the signs in the sky.


  • We can start saving our own little forest everywhere.
  • We need you to be equally mindful toward us protecting the rainforests.


  • We want to keep up recors for the next generations to come.


GIS and Maps have given us a new language for under


Domingo passed the spear to Jack.


3:38 - GIS in Schools

Charlie Fitzpatrick, Joseph Kerski


San Andreas High School - Highland, CA

  • Teens and Alcohol Abuse - Story Map
  • 2016 Presidential Election - Story Map


  • City of Highland Data Collection - Story MapIMG_0189.JPG

Charlie and Joseph call for GeoMentors to partner with school to help with GIS instruction and data.


3:52 - Understanding Understanding

Jack Dangermond & Richard Saul Wurman (TED founder)


Richard joins Jack on stage joke around a bit (they are clearly close friends).


Richard says that he has made changes in Jack's life, and Jack has made enormous changes in my life.


Richard tells story of bringing Billy Graham to do a TED talk because of his influence on people. Grapham told about how he wished he had come to more of these conferences because he realized that there must be more. The same can be said of GIS technology, there must be more.


4:06 - Jack closes out the plenary and invite us to join him in the map gallery.

Welcome to the 2016 Esri International User Conference Plenary. We (Christopher Catania & Timothy Hales) will be sharing the latest news from the plenary.


Note: You can follow the Plenary afternoon session live blog here.




7:55 - The excitement is building as we wait for the plenary doors to open.


8:30 - Intro video talking about the power of GIS in a variety of industries from business development to environmental studies. The audio was created from previous keynote speaker. GIS Enabling a Smarter World.


8:33 - Jack Dangermond welcomes everyone to the 37th Annual User Conference. The audience has come from 130 different countries. Jack is inviting us to meet those around us. This type of networking is what this conference is all about.


Nice to meet Kenny from Texas during the intros! He uses the Esri platform to support the city of Keller. It's his first UC too. Thanks for coming and hope you enjoy your UC, Kenny!


8:36 - Jack is highlighting your work.

  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Energy Development and Managing Natural Resources
  • Managing Land Information, Urban, Regional and Conservation
  • Transportation Planning and Management
  • Engineering and Public Works
  • Utilities and Telecommunication
  • Buildings and Campus Management
  • Business Analysis and Management
  • Health, Education and Demographics
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Preparing for and Responding to Disasters
  • Citizen Engagement, Open Data and Collaboration
  • Cartography
  • Story Maps




8:47 - This year there is a Storytelling with Maps Contest and they are sharing several of the entries in a video. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is this year's winner.



8:48 - Recognizing the 2016 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners.

  • Enterprise GIS Award - Pinellas County, Florida
  • President's Award - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Craig Fugate telling about the partnership with Esri to use social media to help emergency responders.

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8:56 - UC Vision: GIS - Enabling a Smarter World

  • GIS Provides the Framework and Process for Enabling a Smarter World
  • GIS is Getting Smarter - Integrating and leveraging many mnnovations
  • Smart GIS Integrates Real-Time Data - Providing dynamic information and everything
  • Smart GIS Connects Everyone - Creating a system of insight; Connecting people, processes, things and data about them
  • Smart GIS Applications - Are already changing how we think and act
  • Smart GIS Engages Communities - "Community of GIS" is a new pattern


9:08 - Jack introducing Mayor Eric Garcetti from the City of Los Angeles. Video of Mayor Garcetti describing their Esri Partnership and their GeoHub Portal.



Lilian Coral, LA Chief Data Officer - Describing GeoHub and how is provides better access to real-time data. Lilian  introducing Vision Zero which is a citywide effort brings together transportation engineers, police officers, advocates, and policymakers to work together towards creating safer streets.



9:22 - Our Work (Esri technology and supporting our users)


  • A complete web GIS platform
  • Enables multiple types of systems


ArcGIS is Evolving - Moving from simply supporting client server to


ArcGIS Capabilities are Advancing

  • Data Management and Editing
  • Field GIS  - Taking GIS Beyond the Office
  • Living Atlas - Ready-to-use Maps and Data
    • Esri has a new partnership with Digital Globe to get their best imagery for the entire planet.
  • Mapping and Visualization
  • Isights - Transforming understanding with exploratory Analysis


9:32 - Linda Beale showing the all new Insights application. Spatial Analysis plays a big role in this app.


During the analysis, everything is automatically recorded so that processes can be rerun.

Insights is being licenses as premium ArcGIS service.

ELA Users will receive on prem version without cost.


  • Spatial Analysis - Introducing new technologies and methods
  • Big Data - GeoAnalytics and visualization of massive data

Suzanne Foss - Demoing GeoAnalytic capabilities with a great example of fraud analysis and processing billions of records.

  • 3D - New and improved capabilities across the platform

9:52 - Smart 3D Cities - Brooks PatrickSmart3DCities.jpg

  • Imagery - Improved capabilities for ortho mapping, image management and analysis
    • Drone2Map for ArcGIS being release this week.
  • Apps - Extending ArcGIS capabilities everywhere
  • Open-Source Maps and Apps
  • App Builder - Easy-to-configure and Create pps
  • Development and Scripting Tools- For extending, customizing, and embedding
  • ArcGIS is Open and Interoperable
    • Open Standards and Formats
    • Product Integration
    • Open Software


ArcGIS Platform Components

  • ArcGIS Desktop - Professional GIS
    • ArcMap - Continues to be supported
    • ArcGIS Pro - Investing in the development of pro to work alongside of ArcMap
  • ArcGIS Online - Host Web GIS
    • 3.2 Million Users
    • 94 Billions Map Views
    • 6.2 Million items
    • 15.3 open data downloads


  • ArcGIS Server - Web GIS in your own infrastructure
  • ArcGIS Portal Replication
  • Specialized Products - Providing Focus Applications
    • Geodesign
    • Decision Support
    • Domain-Specific


10:06 - Road Map - Incremental and Groundbreaking Advancements


  • Esri - Serving our users
  • Advancing GIS and Spatial Science
  • Professional Development - Lifelong Learning
  • Esri Young Professionals Network
    • Esri Young Professionals Network
    • Self-Paced Learning is now free to all users
  • Partner Ecosystem - Committed to Your Success
  • Special Relationships - Enriching our user community making a difference
  • Education (Education) - Building the Next Generation




10:15 - BREAK


10:30 - Lauren Bennett - Welcomes up back and invites us to take a look at how GIS is enabling a smarter world


The Living Atlas of the Works  - Deane Kensok

  • Content
    • Imagery
    • Landscape
    • Earth observations
    • Boundaries and Places
  • Vector Basemaps


A Symphony of Apps - Jean Gea

  • Apps for the Field
  • Apps for the Office
  • Apps for the Community
  • AppBuilders - No Coding Required
  • Open Source Apps for Industries




10:48 - Auckland Council - Creating the worlds most livable city

Ian Smith and Lauren McAarthy

Five Steps to Maximizing Web GIS

  • Create Destinations
  • Integrate Systems
  • Configure First
  • Apps for Efficiency
  • Maps for Communications


11:00 - ArcGIS Pro  (ArcGIS Pro) - Flora Vale

  • Smart mapping help us to visualize and integrate more data at once
  • Charting visualizations
  • Explore new relationships between data
  • Integrates with Living Atlas
  • Flora used ArcGIS Pro for finding favorite music venues in downtown and how to find the best place to hold a music festival to demonstrate the new tools.


11:05 - Guy Carpenter

Shannon Peterson & Brian Adam

  • Exposure Assessment
  • Multiple Exposures
  • Seismic Modeling
  • Building Accumulations
  • Growing the Business


11:15 - Remote Sensing (Imagery and Remote Sensing) - Peter Becker

  • ArcGIS Online (ArcGIS Online) imagery analysis
  • ArcGIS Pro - Classification Tools that works with data from ArcGIS Online
  • Drone2Map for ArcGIS provides a way to collect imagery and LIDAR


11:21 - City of New Orleans

Lamar Gardere, Greg Hymel  & James Raasch

  • Where Y'At
  • NoticeMe  - Land use changes
  • RoadWorks - Communicating road work project information
  • 311 Street Flooding
  • Adopt a Catch Basin
  • Water Management Projects in New Orleans



11:34 - Real-Time GIS - Suzanne Foss & Adam Mollenkopf

  • City of Auckland: Real-Time Transit
  • Real-Time as a Managed Service



11:39 - 3D and Global Visualization - Jo Fraley

  • Taking 2D data and making a 3D map
  • Visualizing data analysis in 3D (Water modeling)
    • Can Publish 3D packages to ArcGIS
  • ArcGIS Earth
    • Visualize KML data in a simple application
    • Support for 3D meshes



11:46 - Frozen in Time - A History of Life and the Moments of Death at Sandby Borg

Kalmar County Museum - Nicholas Nilsson & Fredrik Gunnarsson



Use of archeology dog and Collector for ArcGIS (Collector for ArcGIS)



11:57 - Runtime Applications -  Adrien Meriaux

Virtual Archeology Android App




12:04 - BREAK for lunch - Return at 2:00pm


Check out 2016 Plenary Part 2: the live blog for the afternoon plenary session.

It didn't take long for the Esri YPN to get the User Conference started. Sunday evening was their first event of the week with the Welcome Social. 160+ YPN members participated in the event which has held out on the Marriott Marque Coronado Terrace. The beautiful San Diego Bay presented a relaxing backdrop for networking with others.   









For a list of other EsrI YPN events at the UC, please see Esri YPN 2016 UC Schedule.

Continue the conversation on GeoNet by visiting that Esri Young Professionals Network group.

As you may know, Jack features many of our users' work during the Esri User Conference Plenary. We are looking for some additional screenshot images of your work for the upcoming User Conference. Here are a few example industries that could be used:


  • Business Analysis and Management
  • Citizen Engagement and Crowdsourcing
  • Portals and Story Maps
  • Preparing for and Responding to Disasters
  • Understanding Human Health
  • Developing Natural Resources
  • Buildings and Campus Management
  • Managing Natural Resources
  • Cartography
  • Public Safety and Security


The conference is only a few weeks away, so submissions need to be done ASAP.


Submitting screenshots are simple through the Image Submission Portal with these basic requirements:


SubjectScreen shots, maps, and non–people photos.

Screen shots—72 dpi or 96 dpi. Set your computer display to the highest resolution.
See Making Screenshots.pdf. [PDF]

Maps—300 dpi when exporting maps from ArcGIS.

Non–people photos—300 dpi preferred.

DimensionsTIFF, JPEG, and PNG files also accepted.
Please avoid images embedded in PowerPoint and Word files.

Note: More information can be found on the Image Submission Portal.