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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Update 7/2: Esri requested I not use an acronym for ArcGIS Online for Organizations, so I've replaced the one I used with its full name.

Esri’s Answers

Here are just some of the ways Esri describes ArcGIS Online for Organizations, all quoted from Esri provided content.

(1) ArcGIS Online gives you an easy-to-use and intuitive workspace for collaborating with others in your organization.

(2)  With a subscription to ArcGIS Online, you can quickly create interactive maps and custom apps, then publish and share them in Esri's secure cloud.

(3) ArcGIS Online for organizations now available—Organizations can manage all of their geographic content in Esri's secure, cloud-based environment. Organizations can publish their hosted services to ArcGIS Online, manage maps, apps, and data, and customize their ArcGIS Online homepage.

(4) Now, with Esri's new ArcGIS Online subscription, organizations will have the ability to store, manage and host their mapping services in Esri's cloud and easily publish their geographic content using cloud services. 

(5) Esri, the global leader in geographic information systems (GIS), today officially released ArcGIS Online for organizations, a groundbreaking service that offers expanded collaboration tools for cataloging, visualizing, and sharing geospatial information.

"ArcGIS Online is a new cloud-based mapping system for organizations that is essentially changing how GIS managers, as well as IT managers, think about mapping and GIS," said Jack Dangermond, president, Esri. "ArcGIS Online works with all types of data and is built on a powerful enterprise mapping platform that lets users simply manage their geospatial content, such as data, maps, images, applications, and other geographic information."

It’s no wonder there’s some confusion about whether it’s a service or a platform or a content management system or a collaboration tool or a combination of these things! After spending some weeks pondering how to think about ArcGIS Online for Organizations I found a model that works for me.

Adena’s Answer: ArcGIS Online for Organizations is Your Company’s Intranet for GIS Professionals

Back in the mid 1990s I attended A/E/C Systems, the big CAD trade show. It was the year of the Internet for that industry and Keith Bentley of Bentley Systems gave some specific advice about how CAD-using companies should jump right in. The first thing companies should do, he suggested, is put the employee handbook online. He was thinking of the value of a company intranet.

That’s what ArcGIS Online for Organizations is really about! It’s a cloud hosted platform for a GIS intranet for an organization. While some employees need access to the entire company intranet, others do not. My sense is that the ArcGIS Online for Organizations part would be accessible to just the GIS professionals in an organization.

What would they do there? GIS work: uploading data, making maps, making apps, publishing and consuming services... Some would tap into the internal portal to tap services hosted their via ArcGIS Desktop or other Esri clients. In short, they’d do things that require a solid familiarity with both GIS and the organization. 

So ArcGIS Online for Organizations is not for the C-level executives or the citizens of a county? No, not directly. Still, end-users of maps and apps will benefit from the organization’s implementation. Here’s how: Some proportion (or maybe all) of the people who have a login to ArcGIS Online for Organizations would develop the maps, apps and other tools the CIO or citizen might need. Those maps, apps and tools would appear not just on the password protected ArcGIS Online for Organizations, but also be embedded in websites (internal or external) to serve the more “viewer-y” type of GIS consumer. (I’m thinking of that old “do-er, user, viewer” pyramid of GIS users.)

Thought of another way, ArcGIS Online for Organizations is the new modern version of the organization’s "GIS backroom" where all the technical people did their work between the 1990s and 2011s. Back then they were hidden away in a basement or off a long corridor. Today, the much larger group is hidden away (and protected by) a log in and password to ArcGIS Online for Organizations.

ArcGIS Online for Organizations Links

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/28 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A new study by Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs researchers shows that lack of education has deep impact on the health and crime rate of a community.

In collaboration with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute and the Virginia Network for Geospatial Health Research, the VCU Center on Human Needs is releasing the second of eight studies assessing population health inequities and related social and economic conditions in urban and rural communities across the United States. Working alongside the project partners are eight “Place Matters” teams consisting of individuals who work and live in each of the communities studied.

- VCU News

A mathematical model that has been used for more than 80 years to determine the hunting range of animals in the wild holds promise for mapping the territories of street gangs, a UCLA-led team of social scientists reports in a new study.

Turns out a model built on these ideas does a good job predicted gang crime. Where is it? Not in the heart of a gang's territory but on the boundaries between gangs. The team included criminologies, anthropologists and mathematicians.

- UCLA News

Heard of PatientsLikeMe?

PatientsLikeMe, the leading health data-sharing website, announces the appointment of three new executives to its leadership team. The company, which recently expanded its website to invite patients with any disease, makes this move to focus on expanding the collection and use of real-world disease knowledge to improve patients' personal experiences and health outcomes.

One of the new leaders is a geo-person.

Michael Evers, Executive Vice President of Marketing

A consumer and technology marketing expert, Evers joins the company to spearhead business to business marketing and member acquisition. Before joining PatientsLikeMe, Evers was Global Vice President of Marketing for Artfact, the world's leading live auction software and services provider, and earlier President of BroadMap, a provider of industry-leading geographic data products. Evers' geospatial industry experience started at TomTom in 2005, where he was the Global Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the company's Tele Atlas business unit. Evers has also held senior positions at Motorola and AOL Time Warner.

I'm not sure that means they'll be implementing any geofiltering or use of their data...

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 05:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A tornado hit Calhoun County, AL on April 27, 2011 and in just two weeks, Calhoun County geographic information systems manager Robert Scheitlin put up a Web map showing the damage. It was widely used in the recovery efforts.

In May, Scheitlin received statewide recognition for his work when Auburn University Montgomery honored him with a Digital Government Innovation award. Scheitlin’s work beat three other contenders, including the Piedmont city school system, which was nominated for dispensing MacBooks to each child in grades four through 12.

Tech: ArcGIS API for Flex plus some new $27k costing imagery.

Anniston Star

Roanoke County, VA has some tax issues:

County Administrator Clay Goodman said officials know some of the sale prices are incorrect. That happened because the GIS system uses the value listed with recordation tax. That tax is based on either a property's sale price or its assessed value, whichever is higher. The sale price was usually higher until the housing bubble burst and caused a situation in which property might be purchased for lower than the assessed price. So in some cases the GIS system lists a sale price as higher than what was paid.

What's interesting to me is that all the calculation seem to be done in the GIS, not in the assessing software. That led to this headline: "Roanoke County GIS system posts incorrect housing prices." The other interesting point on this? One of the supervisors could not believe the problem was found so quickly. "He questioned how the taxation department could evaluate the system after spending just two days looking into the situation."

- Roanoke Times

Three years ago, MAGIC began a project with the Office of Long Island Sound Programs to provide a better way to distribute more than 6,000 color infrared aerial photographs of the Connecticut shoreline taken from 1974 through 2000. By creating digital indexes that represent the location and extent of what the photos show on the ground and associating them with scanned images of the original photos, the indexes can leverage several ways to allow users access from their homes or offices at their convenience.

And, now they are available!

The digital indexes are available to the public from the MAGIC GIS data page, and users can view individual aerial images through downloadable GIS datasets as well as with Google Earth-friendly KML files and a custom interactive map interface.

- UConn Today Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 04:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A team of UI [Iowa] master’s program students created an interactive, Web-based map that can be used by residents and businesses to pinpoint their property’s renewable energy potential, including solar, wind and geothermal power. The tool is the first of its kind in the U.S., according to the researchers. ...

UI partnered with the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation for the $80,000, two-year project. UI is footing the bill for what [ director of the school of urban and regional planning Charles] Connerly characterizes as a prototype project, which UI hopes will lead to future partnerships in other cities.

It's not yet online.

- Press Cititzen

Micheal Byrne discusses what he does as GIO of the FCC.

- GovLoop

GeoVISTA Center Director Alan MacEachren, as part of a multi-department team of Penn State researchers, has been awarded an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant from the National Science Foundation. The project, Big Data Social Science - An Integrative Education and Research Program in Social Data Analytics, brings together a diverse interdisciplinary team of researchers to create a new training program in Social Data Analytics. The award totals $2,999,713 over five years.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 04:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Austin - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has launched a new online map application, Drive Texas, that provides travelers with real-time traffic conditions, traffic and weather feeds, as well as links to other useful travel information.

Base map? Bing.

- CBS 7

On Tuesday, [County GIS Director Andrew] Hartwick presented his 2011 annual report to St. Joseph County [MI] commissioners. He said the GIS Department experienced a slight increase in expenditures and about a 25 percent increase in revenues.

Is your government GIS department making money?

- Sturgis Journal

This from Lewis County, WV which is working to finish up its GIS map:

Unlike other counties, Lewis officials said they do not plan to make the maps available online.

Hard to imagine that'll be the case for long!


by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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