In geography, the way we map our results (using colours, class breaks, symbology etc.) can change the message that our map communicates. Consumers also interpret maps subjectively; perceiving patterns in maps that may or may not exist. Inappropriate decisions can sometimes be made as a result. At Ozri 2013, Ebony and I presented several techniques to minimise subjectivity in the presentation of spatial information.
Geospatial imagery – more than a backdrop. Traditionally imagery has been seen by GIS users as a background to provide context to the vector data.
However, as imagery is becoming more accessible and cheaper, GIS professional are realising the value imagery can bring into their GIS projects. The ArcGIS platform includes different levels of technology , from ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS for Server, through to ArcGIS Online, they provide GIS professionals with a range of powerful geoprocessing and image analysis tools, complemented with state of the art on-the-fly image processing technologies and powerful data dissemination tools.
After hearing so many great insights from Susan Powell and Francisco Urbina in this morning’s plenary, I was looking forward to hearing more about Locational Analytics. Susan and Cisco detailed the simple steps that an organisation can take to develop a Location Analytics strategy by leveraging the Esri platform. It was a fascinating presentation which really opened my eyes to the power of Location Analytics.
What an action-packed afternoon in the Geospatial Galaxy! After a delicious lunch, our own Christopher Brown and Walter Simonazzi gave the database administrators among us some handy tips on how to support their workflows by configuring ArcGIS for Server’s unique Geodatabase technology.
Next up was Lacuna Resolve’s Kerrie Purcell who touched on how GIS technology is transforming how we prepare and respond to natural disasters. Kerrie’s presentation was a timely reminder of the role GIS will play as we look for better ways to manage the devastating impacts of these events.
Boring maps begone! Keera Pullman and I joined forces to cover different and innovative techniques that can be used for 2D and 3D cartography. There are always new and interesting ways to convey information in a spatial context, and when used effectively, help mapmakers tell a more powerful story.
Simon and I have just delivered our presentation on ‘real-time GIS’, in ‘real-time.’
With a growing number of sensors continuously streaming data; we are essentially swamped in real-time data. To help us make sense of it and pick out key events of interest to us, Esri have released GeoEvent Processor for ArcGIS.
Aided by a number of key demos, our session provided an overview of the ArcGIS for Server extension’s architecture and functionality. Simon showed us how to harvest Twitter feeds, monitor vehicles, and send out alerts. While I took you all through the process of pulling in weather data from BOM web pages, and enriching data feeds on the fly using data from external textiles.
The main message to come out of this, is that ArcGIS now supports real-time GIS. The potential of this technology is immense and it will be exciting to see how it will be adopted in the future. The possibilities really are endless.
The 21st is a data rich century. Many authorities across Australia and the world are publishing their data as services.
At today’s “Adding Value to your Desktop” session, we tried to show how you can use the powerful mapping tools and Python automation in ArcGIS for Desktop to turn these data streams into clear, visual presentations.
First of all, we would like thank you very much your participation in the session “Best Practices – Geodatabase Efficiencies” and sharing with us your passion for the geodatabases. We know that forty minutes isn’t enough time to cover all the topics that surrounds geodatabases, but at least, we hope that the session gave you new ideas to make your work more easy and productive.
We kicked off day two of Ozri 2013 with an incredible plenary session. There was an undeniable buzz and energy about the place, creating a uniqueness of an excitement.
To set the scene, our MC – ABC’s Beverley O’Connor – welcomed us to this year’s Ozri with the theme “A Spatial Odyssey”. She then introduced Managing Director of Esri Australia, Brett Bundock – who gave the audience one of his customary warm welcomes. Brett took us through what this year’s conference theme means to him – a GIS journey through WebGIS, which has opened up many new opportunities and capabilities with regards to data, analysis, management, and consumption – revolutionising the way we see GIS today.
And so, the journey begins…
With only one more sleep to go, the Ozri 2013 program is looking jam-packed with some incredible headliners!
Never before have we had such a technically diverse line-up of presenters. Some of our most anticipated Esri superstars include:
Bern Szukalski – Product Strategist and Technical Evangelist:
Bern will walk you through the steps for success with ArcGIS Online. He will also discuss his latest project – the Living Atlas, and show you how to use Story Maps as an effective communication medium.
Ishmael Chivite – ArcGIS for Server Senior Product Manager:
Ismael will tell you what’s new in ArcGIS 10.2, introduce you Portal for ArcGIS, and show you how to web enable databases using ArcGIS.
Gert van Maren – Product Management Lead for 3D:
Gert will provide an insight into all things 3D and the GeoDesign story. He will also discuss working with 3D Analyst and CityEngine and show you how to do feature and volumetric analysis with 3D Analyst.
We will also have a touch of Hollywood in our midst, with intrepid deep-sea adventurer Ron Allum taking us to a journey to the bottom of the ocean floor as he describes his latest underwater mapping project. Ron will also relive his record-breaking collaboration with Hollywood heavy-weight, Director James Cameron on the Deepsea Challenger.
And if that’s not enough, we’ll be following Alex Moss from ShipShapeSearchers around the Australian coastline as they look to uncover shipwrecks.