Colleagues, friends, map superheroes, and map geeks; in just a few weeks we will gather in sunny San Diego to be inspired and to ignite our spatial thinking minds!
It’s hard for me to believe I have ventured this path, this Esri pilgrimage to sunny San Diego, 13 times over my career. In preparation, I usually scan through the agenda researching the many pre-conference seminars, tech keynotes, lightening talks, paper sessions, technical workshops and special interest group meetings.
As I plan my week, I realize this routine to prepare for attending the Esri UC is similar to how I plan my vacations. I investigate, research and open my mind to discover and immerse myself in my trip.
So what’s on my list for this year?
Explore the ArcGIS platform
My itinerary includes continued exploration of the ArcGIS Platform, discovering how local governments can best manage the distribution of their valuable data, information products and extend the use of GIS throughout their organizations. Attendees have made an investment, an investment in the platform, their teams, and their agency’s data and applications.
Are you aligned with the ArcGIS Platform? Are you getting the most out of your Esri investment?
Open Data Initiative
Data, data everywhere. To provide publically for free or for fee? This is one question many local governments across the nation continue to ponder.
Without question GIS is a valuable investment. We are always asking our clients if they are better served by providing data to partners, stakeholders, and the public. The answer is always “yes”.
Because we want to better serve our clients, I am looking forward to hearing more about Esri’s Open Data initiative. While still in beta, I am eager to learn about the advancements that have been made since April and how it can help our clients open their data to the public.
SIG (Special Interest Group) Meetings
You will find me during lunch attending the various SIG meetings throughout the week. These forums provide technical and user demos of work aligning with your industry. Consider attending the ArcGIS for Local Government SIG on Wednesday at noon. Also, a good tip: some of the SIG meetings provide a box lunch!
ArcGIS Online is still improving since its launch a few years ago. If you haven’t checked out ArcGIS Online just yet, check out: ArcGIS Online: Steps for Success and ArcGIS Online: An Introduction and Overview.
I am excited to see what integrations AGOL has into 3D, Desktop Publishing, and of course any new AG4LG apps. Don’t forget if you have an ArcGIS for Desktop license you have an Entitlement where you are eligible to receive one Named User Account for ArcGIS Online!
Fish tacos and other goodies
Just like a well-planned vacation, this trip includes some good food and drinks. I always look forward to grabbing some fish tacos with the hot sauce of course at Tin Fish Gaslamp, a chocolate martini while I take in the view at the Top of the Hyatt, and a stroll through Seaport Village.
I feel honored to join you, privileged to attend and each year I am humbled by what you share with me. My days fill up quickly and my thirst to learn more is hardly quenched! I hope our paths will cross but until then, United We Map!