Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

So long Ozri – it’s been a blast!

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’!

Katie  K


Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

Ozri 2015 day one plenary:

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.

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Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

Ozri 2015 day two plenary:

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.

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Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

Collector for ArcGIS: Beyond the basics

CollectorWell, 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.

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Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

City Lights – Ozri , on top of the world

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.

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Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

Ozri 2015 is underway in Melbourne!

The countdown is finally over for Ozri 2015 as the conference kicked-off last night at the lively welcome function.

A chance for the GIS community to catch-up with old friends as well as meet new geospatial professionals – conference delegates, special guests and Esri Australia staff enjoyed a casual drink, delicious food and a sneak peak of the new innovation zone.

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Gary Knell - Esri UC plenary

Top tech takeaways from the Esri UC

Fresh back from the Esri UC in San Diego, I would like to take this opportunity to share my findings:

The platform

Despite the fact GIS is rapidly evolving – driven by a prevalence of Big, 3D and real-time data, amongst other things – the Web GIS story still holds true. However, there have been some tweaks to the way it’s being told.

The traditional siloed system configurations of ArcGIS for Desktop and geodatabases have been labelled as ‘systems of record’ – i.e. they are used to create and update data which is vital to organisations making better decisions. Web GIS sits on top of these potentially distributed systems of record and makes authoritative data available to everyone who needs it – anywhere, any time and on any device. Continue reading

Extend your training budget into the next financial year

It’s that time of year again, and with the end of financial year (EOFY) in sight, I thought I would share a tip on how to get the most out of your training budget this year – but for next year’s gain.

Common feedback we receive from users says by the time EOFY rolls around, many have surplus training funds to spend, however, no time to use them by the 30 June deadline.

In response to this feedback, we have developed a simple solution which gives you flexibility and greater control over your training for the next financial year – Learning and Services Units.

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Five minutes with an Esri Australia trainer – Andrew White


Andrew White – Consultant, Esri Australia

Meet Andrew White – one of Esri Australia’s Consultants and a specialist in ArcGIS for Desktop and Server. We spent five minutes with Andrew to find out what inspires him to help clients reach their full GIS potential.

EA: Tell us about your role as a Consultant for Professional Services at Esri Australia – what are you responsible for?

AW: In my support role, I assist clients with any ArcGIS Desktop and Server queries they may have. As a trainer, I teach the ArcGIS foundation courses, including: Introduction to GIS, Essential Workflows and Performing Analysis.

EA: What do you love most about your job?

AW: The diversity of my role, working in a team, and the opportunity to share my GIS knowledge with others – whether it be through teaching a course or providing technical support to clients.

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