Thanks to Esri for making the Esri Federal User Conference plenary from Esri President Jack Dangermond immediately available to all of us via the conference website – See HERE – Indeed a timely and important event, particularly given the Federal Government proposed cutbacks being officially announced later this week (Feb 29, 2013)
Observations from the Keynote address:
Apps are becoming the language, more sensors resulting in Big Data – not just a hardware thing, GIS is creating loads of big data, and most important, real time big data – enter open issues, privacy matters, open computing issues and the like. The whole new world of apps is changing science, changing policy planning and more. The outcome is pervasive GIS knowledge everywhere. We have the technology that can make is pervasive on all devices – allowing new user experiences.Take the app with you and view data that are changing in real time. Apps integrate with imagery, big data, tabular data, real time sensors, social media, and more. Web maps are expressing these data in a new medium – driven via the power of the language of the web. What are webmaps? They are a graphic expression pointing back to distributed services that can be visualized and analyzed. The webmap points back to the original data, mashes it up, and allows us to integrate the data with live feeds, and output it in a variety of environments. Lightweight, interoperable, open… This is now being adopted by orgs all over the World for a variety of purposes – GIS as a platform
Extensible, interoperable, open.. this is going to help government and make things much easier. Shared, providing access, driving efficiencies.. most important though (to Jack) driving collaboration. Bringing information together, not through an act of Congress, rather, users collaborating, mashing things up, seeing and visualizing change.. allowing us to drive value and make things easier.
Roadmap… "We’re increasing content and helping to organize these data". Servers are driving the back office, apps are driving the front office… all driven by content – yep, content is still king! Enter this week’s partnership with DigitalGlobe wheer users can have near real time access to imagery. There’s also Global, seamless elevation data. Finally, a national landscape set of layers for supporting land and conservation planning – a dream of Jack’s and the data (30+ layers with 100’s of variables) will be released in several months and available to the public via web services.
Demo, Esri landscape analysis data via Landscape Analyst
Physical data – soil, geology, ecosystems
Economic data layers, infrastructure data
Cultural data layers including parks, historic sites.
Data available for use and analysis and made available to user as feature and image services. Imagine visualizing features with symbology of choice, view source information and theme and analyze based on attribute data. Imagine mashing up the entire US blueline atlas and water features along with flood data scenarios – all within the ArcGIS Online environment, using them as if they were local and use them in your models, export, import data etc… Imagine analysis via on-the-fly geo processing – coming in a couple of months from Esri.
For more about landscape analysis, see also this article – On Scale and Complexity and the Need for Spatial Analysis
Keywords – Share, open, interoperable, cloud, big data, transformation, webmap, real-time, mashup, WMS, opengov, WebScene
"ArcGIS is also a platform for developers… "
See more including recorded keynotes and more HERE – Follow on Twitter @@EsriFederalGovt and hashtag #FedGIS
Coming later this year
- City Engine with tighter integration with the ArcGIS family of products.
- Imagine a 3D web scene – 3D web scene came with City Engine 2012 – think webmaps are the medium, Web scenes are the 3D medium!
- Also coming, ArcGIS native device apps supporting all popular devices
- More Integration with BI Cognos and Sharepoint