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Jack and Laura Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 as a small research group focused on land-use planning. The company's early mission was to organize and analyze geographic information to help land planners and land resource managers make well-informed environmental decisions. Esri inspires and enables people to positively impact their future through a deeper, geographic understanding of the changing world around them. Esri has cultivated collaborative relationships with partners who share our commitment to solving Earth’s most pressing challenges with geographic expertise and rational resolve. Esri pursues mapping and spatial analysis for understanding our world with visionary products and services that define the science of GIS. ArcGIS is a complete system for designing and managing solutions through the application of geographic knowledge. Esri helps you build and manage great information products by providing the ultimate platform for geospatial integration and application.    Creative Map Solutions has over 15 years of experience in Esri GIS software solutions.

Chasing Fire - Mapping wildfire devastation in California

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California wildfires have killed at least 11 people

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New map options available for ATV riders in St. Louis County

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Portland's Popular Bike Map Goes Digital

Planning a bike trip across Portland, Ore., just got easier with an online interactive map that shows where the steep hills are, “problem” intersections, and even has a rundown on the city’s dozens of bike shops.

 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has been publishing and distributing its famous bike maps since the 1970s. However, the free map is now digital and accessible online, which means it can be opened on the go via a smartphone. The map is also searchable and allows for zooming in on a neighborhood or intersection.

 

“You can search for locations in the map, by address or by intersection,” said Kirk McEwen, GIS technician in the Business Technology Services Group at the Bureau of Transportation. “You can quickly bike to an area of the city you want to explore. You can also use the My Location button to quickly pan the map to wherever you have to be in the city, so it can be easy to find routes.”

 

The Portland Bike Map goes further than say Google Maps, which includes bike routes. Portland’s map distinguishes among the various bike travel infrastructure such as multi-use paths, protected bike lanes with a buffer and even what officials refer to as “Neighborhood greenways,” those calm low-traffic neighborhood streets are often favored by cyclists for their safety and stress-free riding.

 

“I’m a parent and I bike with my 4-year-old daughter,” said Hannah Schafer, communications specialists with the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “And I look for routes that are not on the big streets, and where we’ll feel comfortable and safe.”

 

The city has a licensing agreement with Esri, the Southern California-based mapping and GIS firm, which provided the technology to develop the bike map.

 

“It was a simple process thanks to the tools that Esri delivers,” said McEwen. “They’re a big and important partner for the city, and that’s helped us build a pretty robust GIS infrastructure.”

 

The map also includes indicators for steep uphill climbing, “difficult intersection” and bike shops. If the map seems too busy for some riders, there's a feature to turn off particular layers. Users can also zoom in to particular areas and link to bike shops for hours and other vital information.

 

“For instance, on our paper maps we have bike shops — we show where they are and we have the name — but you can’t tell exactly where it is because of the scale, so you’re left with a lot of questions about it,” said Jeff Smith, a transportation management demand specialist at the Bureau of Transportation. “This solves a lot of those problems by being able to drill down, get the information, get the link to their website and all of that.”

 

In 2010 Portland approved its updated “Bike Plan,” which sets the vision for cycling in the city through 2030. As part of that vision the city aims to have 25 percent of trips in the city made by travelers on bicycles. Today, roughly 6.3 percent of workers commute by bicycle, according to 2016 U.S. Census data. This is down from 7 percent in 2015 and 7.2 percent in 2014. Nationwide, only 0.6 percent of workers commuted by bike in 2016. Cities increasingly view bike infrastructure as essential components to creating the kinds of smart and sustainable communities that workers and residents increasingly want.   

 

Boosting bike ridership means improving the infrastructure, say officials, and a map is as much a part of infrastructure as a bike lane. Roughly 4,000 riders downloaded the map in the first month, without any communication or marketing, since the project is still in a “semi-beta phase,” said Schafer. Portland prints about 80,000 paper maps a year.

 

The map is “a pretty essential piece” of the city’s cycling infrastructure, said Smith. “If you’re going to spend money building bike facilities, then you better take care of directing people to them.”

 

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Riverside County Works to Land Amazon's New Headquarters

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Meet GovLoop's Featured Bloggers!

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Last month, we put out a call for our Fall round of GovLoop Featured Bloggers – and you responded with amazing enthusiasm. We’re now pleased to announce our 14th Cohort of Featured Bloggers!

Read on to meet these contributors for GovLoop who will be posting once a week for the next three months. They come from all walks of life and areas of government with experience ranging from risk management to technology even to comedy and improv!

You can follow along with all Featured Blogger posts here. (You’ll know what you’re reading is a Featured Blogger post by the yellow banner at the top).

Our new cohort’s posts start going up October 23rd– so get ready!

Jeff Meisel
Jeff is a data and communications geek that brings executive experience as the first Chief Marketing

Officer for the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s authoritative source on demographic and economic data.
The bureau’s data is used as a basis for congressional apportionment, and informs $600B+ in federal spending annually.

In 2014, Jeff left the private sector after being selected as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow. In 2017, he launched the Civic Digital Fellowship at Census in collaboration with Harvard.  He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Kansas State, and a M.S. in Technology Commercialization from UT Austin.

Nicole Napuunoa
Nicole Napuunoa has worked in the federal government for ten years, all within the same agency—Transportation Security Administration at the Honolulu International Airport. During those ten years, she has assisted in many departments and has written for the TSA Blog. She has engaged in her local federal community by participating in networking events; volunteering with the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board; and recruiting members to found the Honolulu Chapter of Young Government Leaders as well as serving as the Founding President. It is her intention to be a career fed, seeing the opportunity as a privilege and challenge, especially during these quarrelsome times.

Neil Levine
Neil A. Levine retired from federal service in 2017 after 30 years in the Executive Branch and on Capitol Hill. He taught Strategic Leadership at the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Policy.  He is now a certified executive coach with over 20 years of experience in advising individuals and groups on setting the conditions for success.  Neil has a M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College (2008), a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University (1986) and a B.A. from Earlham College (1983). In 2017, he received his Executive Coaching certification from the College of Executive Coaching.

Dana Skelly
Dana received her bachelor’s in History from Rutgers College, and prior to working in natural resources

was an editor and graphic designer at an art magazine in New York.  She was introduced to wildland fire through AmeriCorps*NCCC in 1996. She has worked for three federal agencies in eastern and western fire programs since then. Dana has cross-trained with the US Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force for all risk incident management. Her published fire-related works, both in her maiden name of Cohen as well as her married name Skelly, focus on promoting progressive and accountable fire management.

Tim Dendy
Timothy ‘Tim’ Dendy is married with two grown daughters. He lives with his wife in Phoenix while his daughters are finishing college on the East Coast. Tim holds an MBA and has worked for the US Postal Service for 27 years taking advantage of an early retirement opportunity several years ago. Tim has worked with several companies as a consultant for finance and management and currently works in local government as an operations manager. He enjoys writing, the outdoors, and spending time with family and is also working on a doctorate of business administration.

Jeffrey Page
Jeffrey Page has served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service since June of 2014. Before that, Jeff worked from 2005 to 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer for the Library of Congress. Jeff spent the first 12 years of his career working with the Peace Corps, beginning in 1985 as a volunteer in Congo, Central Africa, and later serving as Country Director in Guinea, West Africa. For the past eight years, Jeff has written a blog (http://weeklyreminder.tumblr.com/archive) on topics of leadership, work relations, attitude, communications, work ethic and customer service.

Jennifer Logan-Porter
As a third-generation Floridian from Tampa, Jennifer considers herself almost as rare as the Hope
Diamond whiperedabout through the generations. Like many others in government, she decided to answer the call to serve. She is currently the Program Coordinator with Hillsborough County Risk Management and volunteers with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

  

Jon Haverly
Jon Haverly helps government organizations to attract and retain top talent so that they can provide better public services. He is a Multipliers Master Practitioner with The Wiseman Group focused on conducting leadership research and developing government leaders. He has worked with numerous government agencies for the past 20 years in the areas of leadership development, project management and portfolio management. Jon has been a PMI certified Project Management Professional since 2001 and lives in Upstate New York with his amazing wife and two wonderful and energetic children.

Stacie Rivera
Stacie M. Rivera, MPH, APR, is a public affairs specialist in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She is also a storyteller, focusing on the human side of titles and technology. Accredited in Public Relations (APR) with expertise in health outreach and communication, Stacie excels in researching, planning, and deploying national communications campaigns. She is a life-long learner, working on her dissertation in Public Policy and Administration with a focus on Health Policy. She is a 2012 graduate of the competitive Excellence in Government Leadership program, a public affairs mentor, an expert guest lecturer. Follow Stacie @PierceRivera.

Richard Leadbeater
Richard Leadbeather has worked for Esri since 1997 and is currently the Global Manager; State Government Industry Solutions.  Richard leads development of the strategy that guides Esri’s approach to the State and Provincial marketing team to drive growth in existing and new areas of this level of government. Prior to Esri, he worked as the Geographic Information Project Manager at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, the 7th largest public Water and Wastewater utility. At the WSSC, Richard was charged with the development and implementing GIS, CADD, and Document Imaging technologies.

Paul Leegard
Paul has over 30 years of experience in a county and four different ones in Minnesota state agencies. He spent the past 14 years as a business analyst working on various teams developing large government systems. Prior to that he was a GIS Coordinator, IT systems manager and Human Resources Assistant Director. Currently, Paul is helping develop a communications and outreach plan with a medium size group within a state agency. He is within a year of his planned retirement and just enrolled at the University of MN to add a Communications Studies major to improve his blogging skills.

Emily Arnold
Emily has worked in local and federal government for over fifteen years. Her passion for government work is deeply rooted in being a change agent for the public and to provide and connect the public to much needed resources. She has expertise in crisis communication, interpersonal communication, strategic/target messaging, graphic design, event planning, community outreach and social media content management and engagement. Emily received her Master of Science in Strategic Communication from Troy University and her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from Louisiana Tech University. She is known by all her friends as the real life “Leslie Knope.”

Brian K. Schooley
Brian Schooley is a Project Manager and an Instructor/Curriculum Developer at the Air Force Personnel Professional Development School, Eaker Center of Professional Development, at Maxwell AFB, AL. He oversees nineteen contractors responsible for the delivery of nine supervisory/managerial leadership development courses, educating over ten thousand students across the Air Force annually. He is the lead instructor of the Emerging Leader Course, and instructs in the Civilian Personnel Management Course, the Military Personnel Management Course, the Supervisory Refresher Course, and oversees the USAF Supervisors Course, the Advanced USAF Supervisors Course, and managerial courses currently in development.

Matt Polega
Matt Polega is the Co-Founder and VP of Operations at Mark43, where he currently works to scale internal processes and teams alongside explosive client growth. Matt developed the earliest iteration of Mark43 RMS, and remains deeply connected to the mission and what it takes to build effective public safety technology. In 2015, Matt was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Enterprise Technology. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Computer Science from Harvard University, where he was also captain of the Division I Track and Field team. 

Joseph Novick
From 1995 to 2006, and 2012-15, Joey was as an elected Councilman in Flemington, NJ, and is licensed to practice law. He was trained by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, completing their Advanced Mediation Techniques course. He is a graduate of the Leadership New Jersey Fellowship Program. As a stand-up comedian and improv actor, he’s appeared on MTV, Rascal’s Comedy Hour, and Comedy Central. He’s been featured regularly at Catch A Rising Star, The Comedy Zone and Dangerfield’s and at scores of comedy venues across the country. He is an award-winning speaker, having been presented with the Leadership New Jersey Program Development Award for founding their United Nations Conference Program.

Want to be a Featured Blogger but didn’t make it this time or didn’t apply by the deadline? Don’t worry—we open up this opportunity every few months. Make sure to check back January 2018. 

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FEMA integrates GIS tech into hurricane response and recovery

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The Northern California Wildfire Map

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How Interior, NGA, DHS provided a common picture for hurricane first responders

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With three major hurricanes wreaking havoc on the U.S., first responders and many others have a new tool to more clearly understand and visualize critical data.

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an interagency team launched the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Data (HIFLD), a single authoritative source of relevant data for use by local, state, federal, tribal, private-sector and community partners. The open data platform serves as a hub to aggregate and disseminate open data to support the mapping activities for hurricane response and recovery.

Tod Dabolt, the geospatial information officer in the Office of the CIO for the Department of the Interior, said this geospatial effort is making information sharing easier, better and faster than ever before.

“We stood up a site for them in a matter of hours and are continuing to support their mission through a cross-agency partnership that includes DHS, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Interior,” Dabolt said in an interview with Federal News Radio. “One of the things during an event is making sure everyone has a common operating picture. To do that, it’s really essential we all start with the same data and information because within the event, you keep getting more and more information, and you want to keep people on the same page. We were delivering information like search-and-rescue grids that could be used by the local national guard, the state and other first responders who may not have immediate access to FEMA credentials. But they could go to the open data site, pull the resources down, either directly into their mapping application where they are at, or as geo-PDFs that they can put on a handheld to help them navigate when they are in the field.”

This is not the first time the geospatial community has come to the aid of first responders. But where once they provided DVDs to first responders, this was the first time Interior helped develop an open-data platform to provide real-time multi-layered information that can be easily viewed, no matter the device.

Dabolt said Interior used technology from Esri and web services to connect the disparate databases, which pulled information together.

“The data stayed in its normal resting place, but was packaged in a way that could open it up and free it to a wider variety of audiences,” he said. “In some cases, those [web] services were set up. For instance, NOAA for years now has been publishing the predictive path a hurricane may take. FEMA and the other agencies have access to that service endpoint. In that case, all we had to do was basically point users to the right service endpoint. It was helping users navigate the volume of data coming in from different sources and becoming a curation point for it, so that they were getting the most current, authoritative information at that point in time.”

In other cases, Dabolt said agencies or contractors had to develop the web services or application programming interface (API) and the platform would point to those service endpoints.

“One exciting thing that came out of this disaster that I can’t remember in any others was a private company stood up a web service to show which stores were open and not open in the affected areas. We were able to publish that data feed out or amplify that data feed out to the rest of the community,” he said.

First responders and other stakeholders can find an assortment of data on the platform, including critical infrastructure, hospitals, transportation and other sectors in the emergency response framework.

“We spent a lot of effort on the curation step, trying to de-conflict differing information sources and highlighting those that were the best available,” he said. “We sent messages out to federal agencies and state and local partners to send the service’s endpoints and any other data that they wanted to see on the open data site and we had ‘operators standing by’ to feed the site with that information.”

Dabolt said the initial platform was for first responders and others familiar with geospatial information, but as HIFLD matures, Interior and its agency partners want to see how they can use search and other forms of technology to improve the navigation for non-GIS users.

Dabolt said within the first 24 hours of the hurricane, the number of users spiked to over 1,000 and then trailed off.

The use of HIFLD for Hurricane Harvey as of Sept. 11:

Total hits: 8,663 Total users: 6,422 Total downloads: 1,157

“What we are thinking about, and it’s a work in progress with FEMA and the rest of the partners, [is] how do we set up diasters.geoplatform.gov as a way to be more sustainable, so if it’s a flooding event, here is where users will go, and so we are not creating a separate site for each flood, or tornado or earthquake,” Dabolt said. “That is some design work we will be doing iteratively with FEMA after things slow down a little bit.”

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6 Lessons From Working Alongside a Successful Entrepreneur

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It’s hard to believe it, but I am celebrating my twentieth work anniversary at Esri, the company where I work, the world’s leading mapping and spatial analytics firm. I will be joining in a celebration with 97 of my colleagues who started at the company the same year I did. The group ranges from software architects, programmers, scientists, marketing and sales professionals and fellow subject matter experts from so many different walks of life.

I must admit I sometimes feel like a bit of an anomaly in the tech industry. I hear so many stories about a millennial generation that is more interested in moving from one company to another every few years to stay relevant. But the excitement and energy of the technology and the people I work with at Esri is so motivating and stimulating, I never realized how fast twenty years had flown by.

When I first arrived, the company was going through a major revolution, migrating our software from mainframes and Unix operating systems to the PC. And there was an explosion of new users in government as Bill Gates’s vision of a world “with a PC on every desk and in every home” was rapidly becoming a reality. There was fierce competition, rapidly evolving technological advances, the thrill of friendly rivalry to keep outpacing your colleagues and the excitement of seeing what amazing things our customers did with GIS technology.

Reflecting back, it’s easy to recognize that it was our founder, Jack Dangermond, from which all the energy emanated from. I imagine our company has a similar vibe to what it felt like for employees who worked in the early days with Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg or even Walt Disney.

Each of these entrepreneurs captivated their teams and left such a lasting impression on their employees and customers, and ultimately the world. Even when they had passed on or simply moved to other ventures, their names are mentioned as if they are still walking the hallways. They are individuals who left an indelible mark on their industry, their peers, their colleagues and their customers. This is the type of impression Esri founder Jack Dangermond has had on his employees and the GIS community.

For decades, my fellow employees and I lived by a bit of a secret code, “WWJD.” What Would Jack Do? This question was easy to live by. Jack regularly made clear his personal and business philosophies to which he always wanted his teams to adhere. And we were all on board with the vision he set. He stood for one simple ideology we follow: we should all aim to do work that makes the world a better place.

It really did not matter what job you had; we all believed that was the mission we were carrying out. And the message translated to the people and organizations that purchased our technology. What was always intriguing is that no matter what hurdles were thrown our way: recessions, slipping product release dates, shifts in trends, changes in political administrations, or even competition, you could feel the whole company move towards the threat together. And all because we were living this vision and we wanted nothing to stand in our way.

There are so many lessons I have learned over these last two decades. In fact, I started compiling a list. I have realized the education I have received working alongside a successful entrepreneur is priceless. The following are six lessons that I will never lose sight of and that I will always pass on to my teams:

Set the Pace. For the longest time I thought I worked in a company of dedicated workaholics. The reality is, Jack set a pace we all sought to mimic. Still to this day ,his car is often the first one in and the last one out of the parking lot. And no job is too menial: if something needs to be done he rolls up his sleeves and gets it done. Give Employees Ownership. Jack has never seen people as titles. He’s always viewed people as assets. When an important project comes along, he will always ask the question of who is going to own this? And to this day, ownership of a project is still viewed as the most prized responsibility one could have. Competition Keeps Us Humble. For most, competition is viewed as the enemy. However, this entrepreneur always reminds us that competition keeps us focused, challenges us to build bigger and better technology, pushes us to hire the best people and helps us to never lose sight of our true mission. Be More Interested Than Interesting. This is a philosophy I have come to better appreciate. When you sit across from colleagues and customers, it’s always more productive to focus on the person across from you than to focus on yourself. It creates a different connection between two individuals that you might have otherwise missed out on. Keep Your Promises. This phrase speaks for itself. Deliver on what you committed to, even if it results in taking a loss, and you will see returns in spades. Create a Community. Don’t focus on creating customers. Instead, look to build an ecosystem of communities that extend to academic institutions, NGOs, governments, commerce, business partners, strategic alliances, trade groups, standards boards, employees and of course, people who love your products.

When some look at Jack Dangermond they see a man who through hard work landed on the Forbes list. For those who have had the opportunity to experience the way in which this man works, we have found a life teacher. I hope to be like him one day. Or at least to keep trying to emulate the practices of good business I have come to know.

 

 

Christopher Thomas is part of the GovLoop Featured Blogger program, where we feature blog posts by government voices from all across the country (and world!). To see more Featured Blogger posts, click here

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Gulf Publishing Company Launches LNG Intelligence Service for Energy Industry

HOUSTON, Oct. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Gulf Publishing Company, a leading media company and provider of market data for the international energy industry, launches today the Energy Web Atlas to provide the downstream energy sector with easy access to information about the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry.

A real-time project information platform, the ESRI-based Energy Web Atlas (EWA) is a compilation of geospatial datasets covering the energy industry with maps and data dedicated to the LNG industry. It delivers actionable market intelligence within one easy-to-use, web-based resource.

"Data is always changing and searching for statistics and analysis related to LNG—such as project details and status, shipping routes and vessel data—can be time consuming and cumbersome," said Scott Allgood, Director of Data for Gulf Publishing Company. "The Energy Web Atlas provides professionals in the industry with a much needed, quick and easy way to access real-time data that is required for daily decision-making."

Allgood says EWA is a one-stop source for comprehensive industry intelligence. Tracking close to 500 LNG facilities and projects, EWA allows users to interrogate and export real-time project data, including details such as owner/operator, project status, storage and capacity.

The system, which can visualize the datasets against a variety of base maps including satellite imagery, allows users to search by company/project status, access up-to-date project contact details, search global pipeline data, view gas/gas-condensate fields, statistics, LNG shipping routes, and vessel data.

Another benefit to users is the ability to assess projects on a regional or national scale and to zoom in for a more detailed analysis of a particular area. The LNG datasets are updated in real time by a dedicated support team of researchers and cartographers, and subscribers can use the platform to create customized, export-ready production-quality charts, graphs and maps.

In addition, a geospatial map tracking U.S. gas processing plants is also available on the Energy Web Atlas. This platform gives users access to detailed data and direct contacts for more than 500 gas processing plants in the U.S. The dataset also includes information on more than 400 natural gas underground storage locations and 58 natural gas storage hubs.

In addition to the direct contact information, the gas processing geospatial dataset includes plant details (plant type/flow, BTU content, infrastructure), owner/operator information, plant status and more.

In 2018, additional geospatial maps and datasets covering diverse businesses such as renewable energy, downstream construction projects, petrochemicals, and oil and gas pipeline infrastructure will be added to the Energy Web Atlas.

For more information about EWA visit EnergyWebAtlas.com.

About Gulf Publishing Company
For more than 100 years, Gulf Publishing Company has been the leading provider of business and technical knowledge for the global oil and gas industry. Since its formation in 1916, the company has evolved from a single publication—The Oil Weekly, which was dedicated to upstream activity in the Gulf Coast area of the United States—to a diversified information company, with coverage spanning the upstream, midstream and downstream. Headquartered in Houston, Gulf Publishing Company produces seven trade journals for the oil and gas industry: World Oil, Hydrocarbon Processing, Gas Processing, Petroleum Economist, Pipeline & Gas Journal, Pipeline News and Underground Construction.

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We are moving!!

Well, my friends, the time has come! We’ve had quite a good time with you all from this little corner of the internet, but in just a few weeks, the Esri Support Services Blog will be moving to a new home.

This blog and several other Esri blogs will move from the blogs.esri.com domain to their new home on the Esri Community (GeoNet) website. This move is great for everyone–here in Support, we’ll have more opportunities to engage with you and help you further your GIS goals with the ArcGIS Platform. As blog readers, not only can you join a plethora of forum discussion topics, ideas, and community groups involving Esri, GIS, and The Science of Where, but you will have a much deeper level of engagement with blog authors and content in a single place.

So, if you are not familiar with our blog site, then perhaps this isn’t a big deal. However, if you have been a regular reader, you will want to know what this means (i.e. accessing your go-to blog posts and the like). This thread on GeoNet goes into more detail, but here are some highlights:

The “official” move date period is early to mid-October 2017. The home page URL for our new site will be https://geonet.esri.com/groups/technical-support/. Most blogs on our website will automatically redirect to their new homes on GeoNet. No need to update your bookmarks or edit your posts–we have you covered. If a blog has not been migrated (e.g., Happy Halloween 2009), you will be redirected to the Technical Support home page on GeoNet. You do *not* need a GeoNet account to access our blog content, but you will need one to post comments, like posts, and so forth.

As administrators, we have thoroughly enjoyed developing and growing our blog site over the years, and we hope you will join us on our next voyage with the Esri Community.

Greg L. and Megan S. – Esri Support Blog Admins

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The 'Where' is the Disruption

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Nearmap Aerial Imagery Shows Before and After of Hurricane Irma Damage

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US (TX): New web app expedites NRCS response to Harvey

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'Lack of data limits power reach'

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Sports on course to become 'geo-tech' with GIS, GPS, and Drones

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#ThisWeekInData

Register for the Harvard Summit on Data-Smart Government! On November 7-8, the Civic Analytics Network (CAN)—a peer group of leading Chief Data Officers (CDOs) from America’s largest cities—will invite participants to take part in training and workshops about how to transform city services through data. The summit will also include sessions on how cities can leverage data for public safety, mobility, inspections, and more. 

 

On Data-Smart, Chris Bousquet introduced Map Monday, a new weekly series highlighting data visualizations that help resolve critical civic issues. The first installation showcased Is the American Dream Still Affordable, a story map seeking to reveal the effect of underlying demographic change on local affordability or vice-versa. The map shows that between 2012 and 2017, housing has become less affordable in the United States, especially in major metropolitan areas. This trend should remind policymakers that in times of rapid population growth, they must facilitate the development of new, affordable housing

 

Wired examined Indiana’s use of interdepartmental data to tackle the opioid crisis. Earlier this year, Indiana launched an online opioid data center, where police departments, hospitals, pharmacies, mental-health agencies, and others contribute data with the hopes of facilitating a more comprehensive understanding of opioid abuse. The database includes information on drug arrests, drug seizures, death records, pharmacy robberies, overdose-related ambulance calls, and the use of naloxone, and allows agencies to log and observe trends via data-visualization tools. These tools have allowed the state to make more informed decisions, for instance where to locate five new opioid-treatment facilities.

 

By analyzing text descriptions of open datasets from 141 cities and state governments across the country, the Sunlight Foundation scored and ranked open datasets on their popularity. Topping the list is police and crime data, followed by transportation data, and then emergency call information.  

 

The University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business created a new chatbot called MarHub that helps asylum seekers through the complicated process of applying to become an official refugee. Much information on the asylum process is either missing or out of date, so MarHub walks the user through what to expect and how to present their case. MarHub is also expandable, so that new information or regulations can be quickly added. Read more at Springwise.

 

On Data-Smart, Sean Thornton discussed Chicago’s Clear Water Project, an effort to ensure clean beach water through a combination of new water testing technologies, predictive modeling, and volunteer engagement. While no one of these tools was particularly effective in isolation, integrating the three into a broader initiative has produced promising results. Based on its pilot run in 2017, the Clear Water Project method was able to issue water quality advisories with three times more accuracy than Chicago’s previous method.

On Governing, Stephen Goldsmith profiled Indianapolis’s new my.indy.gov website, which not only sports a slick new UX, but also moved many manual application processes online. The site has greatly reduced the time required to apply for services—for instance, a mortgage deduction application process that once took five to ten days now takes 20 minutes. Moreover, the city aspires to never ask a resident for the same information twice, using the same data to meet a number resident needs.

 

Governing also published an article emphasizing the need to leverage data in the Hurricane Harvey and Irma recovery. According to the article, leaders and the public need a shared understanding of the scale and extent of the damage and which households, businesses and neighborhoods have been affected. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, this kind of data led to informed action, with federal and state agencies understanding those areas requiring the most attention.

 

Also on the topic of hurricane response, first responders relied on data-driven applications throughout both emergencies in order to identify residents in need, locate shelters, and assess damage. Responders collaborated with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and ESRI to fine-tune these apps, adding functionality like the ability to track response teams’ location and status. As a result, going forward, these applications will be even better suited for such emergency situations. Read more at GCN.

 

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, nonprofit SkyTruth launched a tool for citizens to report pollution caused by flooding, Civicist reported. Called the Harvey Spill Tracker, the application maps reports of oil, chemical, or hazardous waste spills and other incidents based on satellite images, eyewitness accounts, and National Response Center alerts. Like many other tools used in the Harvey relief effort, the map was repurposed to aid with Hurricane Irma. 

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