- Author: Shane Feirer
Normally at this time of Year, I am getting ready to travel to San Diego for the ESRI User Conference. At the user conference 20,000 people from all over the world gather to hear about what new GIS tools and functionality ESRI is building into their GIS products. The participants also attend hundreds of technical sessions and workshops to improve their GIS Skills and they also network and discuss how they are using GIS in their fields of interests.
This year with COVID-19 the in-person user conference is not occurring, and the User Conference is going to be presented as a virtual conference (see agenda) with plenary sessions, technical sessions, and technical support. This is unfortunate, but it provides for a broader community to attend the plenary and learn about how GIS is currently being used and what GIS can be used for.
The plenary session is always an eye-opener! It typically has examples of impactful ways in which GIS is changing the world - examples from education, environment, planning, health, and so much more! It is really a great experience, and I recommend it.
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- Author: Shane Feirer
The last day of the ESRI User Conference was as informative as the first. I attended several different sessions covering several different topics. The first session I attended was about smart mapping. Smart Mapping is a new set of tools that are being integrated into ArcGIS server and ArcGIS online. These tools are intended to take the make the creation of beautiful maps easier and allow the GIS professional more flexibility and creativity.. From what I have seen smart mapping does what ESRI intended. The next session that I followed was a session about advanced regression and spatial regression analysis using ArcGIS. They have improved on the previous set of existing spatial statistics functions available in ArcGIS and I look forward comparing these new tools to those available in R. The last session that I attended was about 3d cartography. This session highlight the principles of creating impactful 3d scenes with ArcGIS Pro, Scene, and ArcGIS Online. I look forward to using these techniques and tools at IGIS.
In summary the 2015 ESRI User Conference was a great event as always. ESRI is rolling out many innovative applications and tools that are making sharing data and information easier. These tools will allow UCANR and IGIS to work with our constituents and provide our research in an interactive and fun manner. As I have stated numerous times over the last week, I look forward to implementing many of these new tools in the coming weeks and months. I hope that I have the opportunity to attend this conference again next year.