Maps are everywhere. We have them in our cars and our phones and on websites from AirBnB to Woolworths to our health insurer.
I love maps. They’re beautiful. They can help reveal new patterns and relationships in data that couldn’t be discovered in any other way and they help us find the way to that elusive new secret whiskey bar.
But the map isn’t always the right tool to help you understand what’s around you.
Sometimes we’re too map-centric. Sometimes we need to switch to a more location-centric view of the world.
As we begin a new year, are you thinking of how to communicate the benefits of using location information to get GIS to really take off in your organisation? Have you got your ArcGIS Organisational account ready to go? If so, a series of new publications are now available to help you get the most from your ArcGIS platform.
The Launch Guide shows you how to prepare for and begin using location information. It provides the steps to help launch a location platform for your organisation and a strategy for successfully adopting location technology within your organisation. It contains:
A series of new hands-on workshops have just been made available. Originally debuted at Ozri 2015, the workshops cover a range of topics including ArcGIS Pro, web apps and Python and vary in length from half-day to full day.
Featuring practical content delivered by Esri Australia’s certified technical specialists, these workshops offer GIS professionals the chance to get better acquainted with ArcGIS Pro, AppStudio for ArcGIS and customer analytics, while programmers can sharpen their Python skills with an ArcPy session.
Jack Bowrey – Senior Consultant, Esri Australia
Meet Jack Bowrey – one of Esri Australia’s senior consultants, and a specialist in developing strategic training and workforce capability plans. To give you a little more insight into Jack, the spatial enthusiast spent five minutes in the hot seat answering our questions.
EA: Tell us about the responsibilities of
your role as an Esri Australia Professional Services senior consultant?
JB: In my role within the training leadership group, I work closely with clients –
particularly within the national security sector – to develop and implement strategic workforce capability and training plans based on organisational roles and responsibilities. I also develop new training methods and materials and provide training services to our broad range of clients.
Esri Maps for Office is a great example of how a little thing (an app) can make such a difference to a large number of people across an organisation.
Wow – what a huge couple of days! The conference started with Gary Johnson breaking the news this will be the last Ozri in its current format, and it seems people made the most of their last Ozri experience here in Melbourne.
It was a jam-packed conference with over 70 presentations, two plenaries, 17 ArcLab sessions, five focused streams and three social functions, including the farewell function, which has closed the event for another year.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts on how you envisage Ozri to play out in the future. Until then – ‘keep calm and map on’!
Wow, Thursday morning’s plenary was jam-packed with great speakers and demos, complete whirlwind of information. I took enough bullet-point notes on my iPhone to write a 15-page essay but I’ll try to distill it down…
The show was kicked off by recorded video from Jack, welcoming everyone to the event and addressing this year’s theme – “GIS Generations”. Our industry has gone through a few “generations” now – from the Arc/Info and AML days, to ArcView 3.x, to ArcGIS Desktop and Server, and we’re rapidly entering the new era of Web GIS. We’re hitting new industries, new users, and Jack’s prediction is of an upcoming “geoenlightenment” where GIS will be ubiquitous.
Following a jam-packed first day at Ozri, topped off by an amazing night of wining, dining and live performances from Ross ‘Daddy Cool’ Wilson and X Factor favourite Jason Heerah, many delegates were in need of a little pick-me-up.
Thankfully, MapData Services came prepared, giving everyone chilled Powerade to kick start the morning.
Re-energised and ready for what was in store for Ozri day-two, Esri Australia Professional Services Executive Manager Jeff Robinson officially opened the plenary and welcomed 2015 Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award recipient, the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to the stage.
Well, I am exhausted – in a good way though…
Beyond the basics of Collector for ArcGIS in 40 minutes. We covered a lot of ground and hopefully didn’t lose too many people along the way.
The session was not meant to cover any one aspect in great detail, but rather, share some of the potential available through Collector for ArcGIS to do more for your field data collection solutions. Every aspect that we went through has been captured in Esri blog posts or tutorials and a full list of further reading is included in this post.
To recap: We explored how far Collector for ArcGIS has come in the few short years it has been around. Available as a free app from the iTunes App Store (for iOS devices) and the Google Play Store (for Android devices), the triumvirate is soon to be completed with the launch of the Windows 10 version of Collector for ArcGIS scheduled for later in 2015.
As soon as we started walking down the narrow lane-way we knew we were in for a classic Melbourne night. When we reached the Luminare rooftop we weren’t disappointed – what a view! We really were on top of the world and with the Melbourne skyline as our backdrop, the stage was set for another great Ozri Gala Dinner.