Thinking is shifting on Web GIS

Last night saw the July 2014 release of ArcGIS Online roll out and with it, some great new features and capabilities across the board. There’s something for everybody with enhancements to the Map Viewer, ready to use apps and application templates, and administration.
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ArcGIS Marketplace, tech hub for ArcGIS Online

Late last year Esri launched a place for our partners to host their hard work – the ArcGIS Marketplace.

When I talk about partners, I’m talking about organisations which are part of the Esri Partner Network – an ecosystem of innovative GIS and IT professionals who are pushing the boundaries of the technology and extending the ArcGIS platform.

ArcGIS Marketplace is a one-stop shop for our partners to showcase their apps and data to the global Esri community.  It is an easy way for any ArcGIS user to access partner solutions via their ArcGIS Online Organisational Plan.

This month, Full Extent launched the first locally developed ArcGIS Marketplace App – Geo-Publisher.

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New ArcGIS Online courses – hot off the press

We are excited to announce two new Esri Australia Training Courses: ArcGIS Online Subscriptions for Organisations: Publisher Workflows and ArcGIS Online Subscriptions for Organisations: User Workflows. These one day courses represent the first tailored ArcGIS Online training offerings from Esri Australia. As many of you will know, ArcGIS Desktop Users on maintenance are eligible for a free ArcGIS Online account.

At Directions 2014, we learnt that only about 20 percent of Esri users in Australia have activated their free account. With this in mind, these new training courses provide Australian users with an opportunity to kick start their ArcGIS Online account and pick up some useful tips, resources and best practice guidelines along the way.

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Highlights of Hobart Directions 2014

Last Friday took us to the final stop in the Directions Tour: Hobart! It was a great way to wrap things up as we had our biggest ever turn out in the city.

Throughout the tour we have been trying to get GIS users to develop their skills; make better use of the software they have; and to increase awareness of the time-saving configurable apps that are available.

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Directions 2014 – Highlights and insights from Melbourne

Directions 2014 stopped in Melbourne last week at the Langham. More than 200 users attended the event to network, learn and sharpen their GIS skills – as well as hear about what is in store for the future of the ArcGIS Platform.

Attendees were welcomed by Lisa Dykes, Photo 10-04-2014 9 06 29 amEsri Australia’s new Business Development Manager for Victoria and Tasmania. It was great to see so many new people with a show of hands revealing more than half of the users in the crowd were attending Directions for the first time. Lisa discussed the importance of the ArcGIS Platform for Victorian users and I was surprised to learn that only 20 percent of organisations have activated their free ArcGIS Online Subscription Accounts offered as part of ArcGIS Desktop entitlements at 10.2. If you believe your organisation may be entitled to a free ArcGIS Online Subscription Account make sure you check out our recent blog post that outlines how to request your free user credentials here.

I spent the rest of the day as a roving reporter and the remainder of this post is dedicated to highlights from the Melbourne stop on Esri Australia’s Tour de Force, Directions 2014.

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Recap of Sydney Directions 2014: real-time, 3D, mobile, spatial analysis and more!

With the last of our clients heading home after Sydney Directions, I thought it would be a great time to reflect on Directions 2014.

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The morning started with how ArcGIS is a platform for your organisation. I know this is something that you have been hearing from us for a while now, but with the addition of new data formats, such as real-time, and the coming addition of 3D being available to us anywhere, anytime and on any device, and an ability to be offline – this statement is more true than ever before.

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Recap of Brisbane Directions 2014

Six weeks ago, I took up the PR & Communications Coordinator role with Esri Australia.

When it comes to working in the GIS industry, you don’t get much greener than me – well, maybe apart from the guy who started on Monday!

The learning curve has been huge, but it’s a challenge I’m relishing.

The Esri Australia Directions 2014 roadshow has been touring the country over the past week and on Monday it stopped in Brisbane – the home of EA’s head office – giving me a fantastic opportunity to immerse myself in the world of GIS.

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Why is it so difficult to find MH370 debris using satellite imagery?

Since the moment Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 was determined by authorities to have crashed into the Southern Ocean some 2000km south west of Perth, I’ve been asked the same question repeatedly: How can satellites help find the crash site?

The purpose of this blog is to acquaint the readers with some facts about the strengths and limitations of satellite imagery.

Several governments have come together to form a massive search operation using satellite imagery, search aircraft and naval vessels.

Satellites have a large footprint and they can cover large amounts of area in short amounts of time. If they do find some interesting objects in this imagery, the next task will be to deploy air and sea resources to confirm the sightings.

Satellite imagery provides the starting point – a useful place to gather compelling evidence.

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