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Top 10 Takeaways from the Opening Plenary of Esri’s Federal GIS Conference

Tuesday, February 11th 2014
By Joe Francica

The theme of this year's Esri Federal GIS conference held in Washington, D.C. is "Integrating Our Government." To that end, Esri president, Jack Dangermond, rhetorically asked whether we could scale GIS to involve everyone to see the context as well as the content of our work. Putting this in perspective, Dangermond listed many federal government applications from defense to agriculture. More specifically, Dangermond focused on the benefits of a web portal environment capable of ingesting web services to create a "dynamically" integrated platform. 
 
"This conference is about a new pattern; not replacement technology but integrated technology," said Dangermond.
 
Several announcements were made during the plenary session including these "top 10" items:
  1. National Landscape data now available in ArcGIS data catalog: 30 layers and 500 variables
  2. Landsat 8 imagery will be added to Esri's data catalog through ArcGIS.com and updated daily
  3. Three new apps are being released
  4. ArcGIS Pro, a new desktop client, sports a Window-compliant ribbon bar that exposes functionality in a more organized way. Pro is a 64-bit multi-threaded application that embeds functionality to quickly export analysis. It will be released sometime around the July Esri International User Conference (UC) - See image below
  5. ArcGIS will receive Federal Information Security Management Act accreditation. The announcement is imminent according to Esri.
  6. Open Data: Esri is championing a policy of sharing data among all government agencies at all levels: federal, state and local. It's clear that Esri wants users to tap ArcGIS.com to facilitate the publishing of curated and/or authoritative data. Watch the video from the Environmental Protection Agency's GIO Harvey Simon.
  7. NOAA received the "Making a Difference" award. Tony LaVoi, GIO and Joe Klimavicz, CIO were present to received the award.
  8. Esri's "Living Atlas" demo showed some pretty impressive applications that made it easy to combine different satellite imagery spectral bands to perform a modest image classification. See image below
  9. 3D in a browser - impressive demo (see image from demo)
  10. In ArcGIS 10.2 work has been done to improve the quality and administrative tools including integration with databases such as Hadoop and IBM Netezza.

 

ArcGIS Pro with New Ribbon Bar

"Living Atlas"

3D in a Browser

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