In addition to supporting the science community, we seek to do good science at Esri ourselves, as it underpins much of what we stand for as an organization. This is helping us to evolve ArcGIS into a comprehensive geospatial platform FOR science; a platform that supports research project management and collaboration, spatial analysis, visualization, open data, and communication of science, and all at multiple scales (i.e., from individual researcher to lab workgroup, to multi-department, multi-university, university-to-agency collaboration, to citizen engagement). This an exciting time at Esri as things are moving so quickly that it is hard to keep up with all the many pathways of our science initiative.
For instance, DID YOU KNOW, that you could run ArcGIS for free on a supercomputer? Indeed, if you want run something really big (e.g., vector-based geoanalytics, raster analytics, geoevent processing), there IS now a place where you can do this at no cost, and you can run as many ArcGIS processes as you want for free. The place is XSEDE (eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment), the NSF-funded collection of research supercomputer centers in the US. Their hardware includes supercomputers running special OS and middleware, as well as large windows clusters for cloud configuration, including JetStream, which has over 15,000 cores and 80Tb of RAM. Esri and XSEDE have recently collaborated to set up ArcGIS Enterprise with big data extensions within a Jupyter sandbox where XSEDE users can easily play and get started. For those wanting to run more specific or larger projects, they will also be able to configure and manage their own cluster. For more information about this opportunity, contact Eric Shook at the University of Minnesota, email@example.com Professor Shook is GIS domain lead for XSEDE and can help you better understand XSEDE qualification requirements and how to apply for an allocation.
DID YOU KNOW that ArcGIS now supports planetary science? We now provide support the Planetary Data System Version 3 Format and the ISIS Data Cube format. We also support the coordinate systems for all planets, known named satellites, and dwarf planets in our solar system. This includes the Mars 2000 Sphere, which is critical for the Mars Rovers. Both ArcGIS Desktop and Server tier tools work for these other bodies, just as they do for Earth.
There is now a publicly-shared Planetary Sciences Group with example web maps and story maps within the new Sciences Portal on ArcGIS . See also To Infinity and Beyond: ArcGIS Now Supports Extraterrestrial Mapping.
DID YOU KNOW that Esri is getting better all the time at fully supporting data in 3D, including LiDAR data? This includes our improved support for vertical aerial LiDAR curtain data in KML. We are also working toward supporting multidimensional data in vertical curtain form, aka L2 or 3d fence or Swath. See our 3D fences tool in action in this video and this story map, with a full write up and examples in this ArcUser article, and with code that is also available on ArcGIS Code Sharing. In fact, DID YOU KNOW that there IS such a site as ArcGIS Code Sharing now?!
DID YOU KNOW that Esri has a new initiative in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning? We now have "GeoAI" resources and demos on GitHub, and a recent blog post on possible machine learning implementations in ArcGIS. See also The Science of Where Seagrasses Grow: ArcGIS and Machine Learning.
DID YOU KNOW about Esri's new partnership with Microsoft in the realm of Artificial Intelligence and about the Esri technology now within Microsoft's Data Science Virtual Machine (i.e., ArcGIS Pro and the R-ArcGIS Bridge)? DID YOU KNOW that you can apply for cloud computing grants under this initiative? The next deadline is fast approaching at 15 December, but will be additional grant cycles in 2018. This is part of Microsoft's exciting new AI for Earth Initiative which may become "a game-changer for our planet." DID YOU ALSO KNOW about the Research AI for Earth European Union Oceans Award? Submit by 15 February 2018.
DID YOU KNOW about the Image Analyst Extension for ArcGIS Pro 2.1 Beta1 Release? The Image Analyst Extension is now available in ArcGIS Pro 2.1 Beta1. This is a controlled Beta which is not part of the ArcGIS Pro 2.1 Early Adopter Program. However, it can be accessed through a separate Early Adopter Program focused on the Image Analyst extension. Try it out, review the resources and provide feedback for the functional areas of interest to you within the extension, including stereo and image space visualization, mensuration, feature extraction/interpretation and image classification. Please direct any questions or concerns to Vinay Viswambharan firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IT'S GOOD TO BE IN-THE-KNOW!
Thanks to Tripp Corbett, Steve Kopp, and Peter Eredics for providing much of the information for this post.
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