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ESRI User Conference 2018 – Day 2

Have you ever wished you had your own geoportal like ArcGIS Online within your own ArcGIS Online Organization,  now you can with Esri Arcgis Hub.  ArcGIS Hub and the Sites it can create will allow you to do just that.  Now within UCANR we can create sub sites within our organization account.  We have the ability to create sub sites for other groups in UCANR like Integrated Pest Management (IPM), 4H, Master Gardeners, to name but a few.  I look forward to rolling out these Sites to other groups and team within UCANR.

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 8:43 PM
Tags: California (2), ESRI UC 2008 (2), IGIS (13), San Diego (2), UCANR (13)
Focus Area Tags: Innovation

ESRI User Conference 2018 – Day 1

Day 1 at the User Conference was dominated by the Plenary talks of ESRI Owner Jack Dangermond and others. The morning plenary by Mr. Dangermond and other ESRI Staff is where they highlight the newest technology that we now have access to from ESRI.  In the past I have heard of the User Conference as the “Show” and it continues to live up to that name.  This year they highlighted the new machine learning and AI tools that have been integrated into ArcGIS and the new capabilities of ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Portal, and ArcGIS Pro.  Over the coming days I hope to highlight these technologies and more in greater detail.

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 8:41 PM
Tags: California (2), ESRI UC 2008 (2), IGIS (13), San Diego (2), UCANR (13)
Focus Area Tags: Innovation

ESRI Storymaps – A tool for extending our work to California

With the ever-changing world of technology and knowledge we have a need to get this information out to the public in a timely manner.  One of the new tools that we can use are Storymaps from ESRI.  These web based application combine text and maps into an intuitive and interactive experience.  For more information about storymaps please go to the esri storymap website.

We at IGIS have helped build several storymaps for different groups within University of California – Agriculture and Natural Resources Division (UCANR).  These story maps have covered topics ranging from the issue of conifer encroachment in the oak woodlands of northern California to information about the UCANR Research and Extension Centers (RECS).  These different sites can be viewed at the following sites:

Title

URL

California Naturalist Program Partners

http://geoportal.ucanr.edu/sandbox/calnattest/

Did you know! REC Tour

http://geodata.ucanr.edu/RECTour/

Oregon white oak and California black oak loss due to conifer encroachment

http://ucanr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=b85e44975bac4992b5260981007dad51

Our Partners - Master Gardener Program

https://ucanr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=4291b2dc4125425b99446f9e05994993

UC Hopland Research & Extension Center Call for Proposals

http://ucanr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=d166ef4d97c849a79bd2620e10f0623d

Wildfire

https://ucanr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=a6ea0024822b4eb7a96a72138d694f9d

In the coming months we will be offering training opportunities that will highlight these tools and how to build storymaps that can highlight your work.  To build storymaps you will need an ArcGIS Online account.  If you are part of the UCANR network please fill out the following form and we will help you get an account so that you can start building these storymaps yourself.

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:33 PM
Tags: ESRI Storymaps (1), IGIS (13), UCANR (13)

Esri User Conference 2017 – Day 3

Today was a great day at the ESRI User conference. I attended several sessions covering the use of raster and vector data in big data analyses, the use of python and r for data science, and the use of arcpy to create and modify maps in ArcGIS Pro.

Speaking of big data and arcgis, over the past 5 years I have watched ESRI develop their software from a desktop environment to a distributed computer platform capable of analyzing millions of spatial features in minutes and hours instead of days or weeks. These tools are now accessible to the average users of arcgis without the need to understand the underlying big data frameworks and software. We now have the ability to install tools such as GeoAnalytics Server, the Spatial Temporal Datastore, and ArcGIS Pro and take advantage of big data analytics within ArcGIS Pro. By using these tools we do not have to know how to setup and manage tools like apache spark, elasticsearch, or other tools.

The above tools are used to store and analyze vector data. To analyze multidimensional rasters, we have the ability to use mosaic datasets to store and analyze multiple raster datasets and multiple raster formats. Over the past years I underestimated the capability and the utility of mosaic datasets. These datasets have the ability to calculate custom raster functions on the fly. These datasets can also be shared via ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online. I look forward to utilizing the datasets in the future.

One thing to note at the ESRI User Conference is that like last year all of the presentations that I have seen by ESRI staff this year have been on ArcGIS Pro. The ArcGIS Pro software is getting more powerful and ESRI is building more functionality into this new software platform.

I cannot wait to see what day 4 brings tomorrow.

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 9:55 PM

Esri User Conference 2017 – Day 2, the first days of talks and technical sessions

Of all the technical session and talks I went to today the topic that was the most exciting was the “ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud”.  The plugin for Adobe Creative Cloud is a bridge between ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.  This plugin allows cartographers and graphics designers to import vector and raster data directly from ArcGIS Online and from shapefiles into Illustrator and Photoshop.  Once these data are in Illustrator and Photoshop the data can be manipulated and styled using the native tools in Illustrator and Photoshop.

This tool fills a need that cartographers have wanted filled for many years.  I foresee these tools as being very important to allow graphics designers within our organization to extend the spatial data that we have created to publications and other materials that UCANR produce.

To download and start using these tools you will need access to Adobe Creative Cloud https://exchange.adobe.com/addons/products/16913 and an ArcGIS for Organizations account http://www.arcgis.com.  If you are a member of the UCANR network and do not have access to ArcGIS Online fill out the following form and we will help you gain access to the ArcGIS Online http://igis.ucanr.edu/resources/esri_software/

Notes and stray thoughts:

More to Come Tomorrow

Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 9:44 PM

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