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Esri Contributor

How can Geospatial Collaboratives maximize the return on investment in your Spatial Data Infrastructure? Consider an ecosystem approach… learn more in the 3min video


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Esri Contributor

The GeoNet Community platform was updated on November 12th. The new community provides several ways to stay in touch with content regarding topics that interest you most. To follow this space, click the Subscribe button.


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Esri Contributor

At the 2020 Esri User Conference, the Regional Municipality of York (York Region) was honored for its pioneering work in creating a shared geospatial infrastructure that connects partners, breaks down silos, and puts their collective data to work. York Region is the first Canadian organization to win the President’s Award.

For the York Region Data Co-op, sharing is an especially important aspect that collectively supports smaller partner entities that individually lack the resources to adopt spatial technologies. The Co-Op’s common infrastructure represents a modern approach to spatial data infrastructure (SDI) that underpins a truly federated model, a system of systems that interconnect organizations across borders, jurisdictions, and organizations to address regional issues and manage operations collaboratively.

Read Geospatial Infrastructure at Its Best in the Summer 2020 issue of ArcUser magazine to learn more about how York Region shares data, scripts, code, apps, workflows, and training among its constituent organizations.

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Esri Contributor

Geospatial leaders from Minnesota, Utah, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Kansas, Vermont, and New York share best practices for successful integrated Addresses in their statewide geospatial infrastructure. These states received top marks for their Address theme in NSGIC's 2019 Geospatial Maturity Assessment…


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Esri Contributor

Geospatial SDI Collaboratives interconnect organizations across borders, jurisdictions, and sectors, to address our most significant social and environmental challenges, including natural and human-made disasters. These Collaboratives are alliances of organizations whose role is to lay the rules of engagement to cooperatively build integrated geospatial infrastructure, or spatial data infrastructure (SDI), and to engage with and grow the capacity of their communities. Esri supports your success across all parts of the SDI ecosystem, including your vital organizational ingredients, community engagement, capacity building, and of course, data and technology.

The ArcGIS platform provides the fundamental architecture to support SDI by being an open platform that enables secure, scalable, and frictionless data management, sharing, and use across a broad range of integrated applications. For example, Collaborative partners use ArcGIS software and SaaS products to create, analyze, and manage authoritative data. They leverage shared resources and ArcGIS Solutions to build and maintain common core foundational data cooperatively. Coordinating bodies use ArcGIS tools to integrate and aggregate data from multiple heterogeneous sources in a distributed environment. Data and services from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World supplement this work.

ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Hub provide the essential engagement and delivery solution to help make your SDI data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable). Geospatial Collaboratives use Groups in Online and Hub to create shared data spaces where partners can share open data, maps, and applications. Partners document their data to maintain their investment, to automatically generate machine-readable metadata that powers search and discovery, and to facilitate data sharing and federation. A host of easy-to-use applications such as ArcGIS Dashboard, Survey123, and StoryMaps help amplify strategic initiatives and community engagement.

We seek to be a catalyst for effective Geospatial Collaboratives. Our support of evolving international open standards enables the use of open data and APIs and facilitates data interoperability and system interoperability. Esri Geoportal Server augments ArcGIS with a set of capabilities such as harvesting, OGC interfaces, and metadata profiles. Beyond technology, we help you develop your geospatial strategy, learn new skills, share experience, and stay abreast of good practices. Ultimately, the combination of Esri's products, solutions, support and services, education, and training resources, alongside a robust global community of users, helps Geospatial Collaboratives build SDI, grow capacity, and have the tools you need to develop and execute your geospatial strategies.

In our increasingly interconnected world, interconnected data and location intelligence are crucial to seeing what others can't. Using shared resources, Geospatial Collaboratives and their partners tackle challenges as varied as growing green economies, achieving sustainable development goals, improving equity and quality of life, and protecting people during public health emergencies like COVID-19.

For more answers to this and related questions, see the Esri UC 2020 Q&A

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Esri Contributor

Esri delivers a platform that encompasses and addresses all of the components of geospatial infrastructure—the people, data, technology, and science that allows organizations to visualize, analyze, plan, and act. The ArcGIS platform is engineered to tackle workflows and create solutions that integrate geographic knowledge for a greater understanding that underpins evidence-based decision making.

Learn more about geospatial infrastructure in the UC 2020 Plenary session: "GIS – Interconnecting Our World, Jack Dangermond" (16m:21s)

In the areas of geospatial infrastructure that Esri doesn’t own—such as constellations of earth observing satellites or data collection devices—we work directly with partners to ensure that our platform can ingest and manage data and work well on any device.

Esri’s geospatial infrastructure supports organizations and industries at many scales, uniting distributed information and making GIS accessible to everyone.

For more answers to this and related questions, see the Esri UC 2020 Q&A.

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Esri Contributor

Many frameworks have been used to describe the combination of geospatial data, science, hardware, and software that all contribute to this industry. Yet, a new term has been needed to provide a more holistic perspective. Geospatial infrastructure is a “system of systems” that interconnects people, processes, data, and technology. It has emerged as a contemporary vision to frame the increasingly integrated components of the geospatial industry.


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Esri Contributor

Many sessions and events at the UC are related to your Geospatial Collaborative’s organization, engagement, capacity building, and data & technology initiatives. Listed below are some favorites to help you find sessions organized by the topics that interest you most:

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Esri UC 2020: SDI and Geospatial Collaboratives Sessions Flier.pdf

SDI and Geospatial Collaboratives Session

UC Expo – Technical Workshop
Implementing Next Generation SDI with ArcGIS*

Audience: Executive Sponsors, GIOs, GIS Managers, GIS Council Members and Stakeholders in government, industry, NGOs, higher education

Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) are rapidly evolving. Together, the internet and cloud computing are transforming the way organizations manage data and collaborate. Web GIS is significantly easier to use, deploy, and integrate into an SDI ecosystem than traditional system. Whether you call it an NSDI, OneMap, Regional Information System, Geoportal, or otherwise, SDI are pervasive at all levels of government and across many sectors. In this session you will learn how to leverage the ArcGIS platform to create new value for your SDI. Use ArcGIS Online and Hub with Open Data to set up a standards-compliant multi-organizational data sharing portal that will delight your partners and end-users.

*Join the Open Platform team virtually July 13-16, 2020 in the UC Expo for this and related on-demand Workshops and Demo Theater Presentations.

See the full post on SDI-related sessions here

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Esri Contributor

Here are some good practices for partners of data sharing portals built on ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Hub. These guides focus on data management, stewardship, and sharing open data – with a purpose and audience distinctively different from the Help resources you may provide to end-users of your Hub site.

NC OneMap 2.0:  Best Practices for Supplying Data Within the Esri ArcGIS Online Environment guides contributing partners to prepare their data for successful discovery. Includes recommendations for preparing data and metadata and instructions on how to participate and share open data.

Open Data DC: Open Data Handbook a comprehensive guide to policies and guidelines for District data curation and publication. Documents dataset rules, metadata requirements, and policies to make data consistent and standardized, along with the data submission process.

Waikato Data Portal (New Zealand) is a cross-government regional programme. The page offers information about the programme and links to the NZ open data guide.


Do you provide a guidance document for your ArcGIS Hub Open Data contributing partners? Get inspired by and inspire others! Share your partner guide in the comments below:

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