Esri UC 2011 Live Blog
We’re about to get underway at the 2011 ESRI UC. We’re getting the opening Rocky-esque montage of GIS in action. Jack takes the stage and here we go!
Jack starts with a big thank you and appreciation to us all and why we’re all here. Jack’s a big fan of the f2f interaction, clearly. He’s saying it’s the largest meeting they’ve ever had – around 15,000 people by the end of the week. There’s around 14,000 in here right now. Around 1/3 are here for the first time – great on them! I’m a little surprised given governmental budgets that many people are here. That’s a really good sign. We’re now having our request meet and greet of the people around you. Met a nice lady from ESRI just now. Jack started a new process called the Deep Dive process. Sounds like MBA speak, but I think he’s just saying he’s gone and fully explored a few select projects. Hope it’s a representative sample
Today’s sample – urban planning, well, really any planning; managing land (land information systems); environmental purposes; managing transportation; utilities and communications; building planning – basically he’s covering the normal big hits. Oh, a mention of visualizations, which is cool. Jack mentions geobusiness intelligence is an emerging field. Not sure how that’s much different from geodemographics exactly, but I guess it adds more modeling and analysis. Have to look into that later. Given the unfortunate events in Japan in the spring, he’s naturally talking about emergency management and response. I expect when they have people come up and talk about what they’ve done in the field, we’ll get at least one example from the Tsunami. Crowd sourcing and engaging citizens (yay!) is getting bigger and bigger. I still have issues with looking at this as primarily a top down endeavor, but I’m glad they’re talking about it more and more. Regional and national GIS infrastructures. Being in a state GIS data infrastructure, this area interests me, particularly the regional. I wonder how they get around all the politics of interaction?