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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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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

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Driving GIS adoption across your organisation – the road to a better ROI

People will surprise you. That’s the message I hope delegates took away from my Ozri presentation this year.

The appetite for ‘big bang’ projects has diminished, and organisations are increasingly looking for small measurable wins rather than large scale transformation. Management is much more open and receptive to thinking outside the square and taking risks when we deal with digestible bite-size pieces.

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Ozri 2014

Spatial analysis on the fly: working with the ArcGIS Online

Spatial analysis using ArcGIS Online

The process of spatial analysis has taken on a new twist with ArcGIS Online’s constantly evolving capabilities in geoprocessing. By enabling an easy interface for spatial analysis through web maps, it’s now possible to empower non-technical people to do their own analysis without having to learn ArcMap. In addition to that, with the web-based options, users are no longer limited by the requirements for high-spec desktop installations.

In terms of administration, it was briefly covered that a user will need to be allowed particular privileges by the site administrator to carry out spatial analysis, which may consume credits.

During my talk, we discovered the different types of analysis and geoprocessing available within ArcGIS Online as well as how to carry out a workflow using those tools.

ArcGIS Online

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Solutions for Streamlining your Production Workflows

Ready, set, go! It’s time to streamline your production workflows

As we sprint towards the end of Ozri, Kellie and I just completed our presentation highlighting fast and quick ways to solve your production workflows.

I kicked off the presentation with various efficient editing techniques, focusing on some of the key takeaways with Esri Production Mapping’s Feature Manager, which shares similar characteristics with the ArcGIS for Desktop Create Features and Attributes windows. However, there is additional functionality that Feature Manager brings to the table that helps you implement more efficient editing workflows, including the ability to create custom feature templates and on-the-fly validation. Kellie then presented to the audience the ability to implement much of your editing workflows with ArcGIS Task Assistant Manager. Task Assistant Manager allows you to create step-by-step instructions for performing various GIS tasks or workflow processes and standardise the completion of a task.

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