Esri conference 2017
Maps are powerful tools for displaying and sharing data. Increasingly, they are also being used to collect information.
I had the opportunity to attend the Esri User Conference in San Diego in July. With approximately 18,000 GIS professionals from over 130 countries attending, the conference was enormous. There were moderated paper sessions, technical workshops, demo theaters, a hands-on learning center, a gigantic map gallery and an even larger showcase and expo center. I returned to Baltimore reenergized about the mapping we do at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) and excited to bring back new ideas for enhancing our work. Read More >
About two months ago a Washington Post article about South Mountain Creamery in Middletown, Maryland, caught my attention. I was curious to learn how their doorstep delivery service works. They currently deliver their dairy products, as well as meat, eggs, and bread to approximately 8,500 customers across Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. I was also really excited to learn about the new technology they have adopted Read More >
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People and organizations are doing amazing things with ArcGIS, and I recently got to hear about some of them at this week’s Esri User Conference. For the uninitiated, ArcGIS is a system that creates maps, compiles geographic data, shares data, and a lot more, and we use it at CLF for our Maryland Food System Map project. The projects I heard about at the conference have inspired me to think about how I can incorporate elements from them into our Food System Map.
One presenter, Eduardo Dias, discussed a mapping project he developed called Earth Watchers, which empowers school children from around the world to monitor and communicate about changes to critical forest habitat in Indonesia. Another incredible project was introduced by the keynote speaker for the plenary session, Dr. Julia Marton-Lefevre, the Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She showed us a map application that her organization released recently called the IUCN Red List Map Browser. The application allows users to search for and explore the distribution and habitat of endangered species. Read More >