Jack and John share the stage at Where 2.0

So the morning keynote and speakers are done now, and while there were a couple of announcements, like Google’s GeoSearch API going live, and demos of EveryBlock and FortiusOne’s Finder!, the surprise of the morning was Jack Dangermond joining Google’s John Hanke onstage to talk about GIS coming to the Geoweb. The upcoming release of ArcGIS 9.3 will include functionality that will allow users to integrate their GIS data and functions more effectively with geospatial web apps and vice versa. Jack showed a couple of demos from Portland, Oregon and LA area wildfires to demonstrate the integration of user generated content, GIS processing, and web mapping and virtual globe platforms like Google Maps and Google Earth. Nothing earth-shattering, but for those of us GIS old timers, it was kinda symbolic to see the old and new guard coming together.