The bandwidth is just too sketchy at the ESRI User Conference (happens when you have 1000’s with wifi devices), but it means we will not be streaming the live show this afternoon. We did want to share a cupcake with you since we will be having some at the show.
Our second Tweet4Trees sponsor is our friends over at ESRI. Our Tweet4Trees campaign is part of our fourth anniversary celebration and is a pledge to recognize our listeners and readers by donating to tree planting charities based on the number of twitter followers we have as of our 4th anniversary episode on July 15. It is also a pledge to support the environment where we can. ESRI has clearly shown their support for environmental change over the years in numerous ways including support for the Society for Conservation GIS, recognition of the Green Belt Movement, this year’s ESRI International User Conference keynote by Willie Smits entitled “Designs for the Environment: Rebuilding Forests”. These are just a few of the ways ESRI has supported awareness of the environment.
Since 1969, ESRI® has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com.
While we most often focus on ESRI’s software on the podcast and blog, they offer a wealth of options including training, professional services, enterprise support, customization, and others to support end-user needs. These services are conducted and supported by a group of great folks as we have found out over the last few years in interviews and conversations with ESRI employees.
We would like to thank ESRI for supporting our Tweet4Trees campaign and for helping us to make it to four years.
Question 3 of our 4th Anniversary is up on the website. Just a reminder that all entries must be submitted by July 6 at 23:59 PDT. Also, only entrants with a valid US address are eligible for the Grand Prize of a netbook, but everyone is eligible for one of the two the runner up prizes.
With just three weeks until the ESRI User Conference(s) we have firmed up our plans for the 4th Anniversary AVSP: Live! show that will take place on Wednesday, July 15 at 5:00PDT in Room 30E of the SDCC. We are excited to be joined by ArcPad team members to talk about ArcPad 8 and mobile GIS and members of the Geoweb3d team to talk about their upcoming release and 3D GIS and geovisualization. These great conversations will take place with our weekly highlights on geospatial news along with interesting websites, tips, and events.
Besides the podcast itself there are plenty of other reasons to come see us including:
To top it all off, Frank has pledged to donate $2 per person in attendance at the live show [up to 125 people] to our Tweet4Trees drive. We will be announcing the total of the tree planting campaign at the show.
So if you are in San Diego on July 15 at 5:00 come join us. If not, check the blog and twitter just before the live show to see if we have figured out how to stream the show *fingers crossed*. See you there!
As part of our Tweet4Trees campaign to celebrate our fourth anniversary we put out a call to companies to help us plant trees. The first company to respond was Landmark Information Group which supplies environmental services, land and property search information, and geospatial data with offices in the UK and the Netherlands. We hope to interview them in the near future, until then we asked them to supply a short description of their company offerings.
Landmark is Britain’s leading supplier of land and property search information. Providing digital mapping, planning and environmental risk information, Landmark also delivers comprehensive geographic solutions. Landmark’s success has been founded on creating new and innovative information services by combining and consolidating a variety of environmental and geographical datasets. All property related investment decisions are affected by potential environmental and planning risks and liabilities. Landmark’s skill and expertise serves the market need for accurate and timely information – information which makes for informed decision making – managing risk and opportunity.
Two of their discreet products are ProMap, a UK web mapping portal targeted towards professional with a wealth of base layers, and GoView, a straightforward mapping service for estate agents. These stand alone products along with their wealth of environmental and planning data and professional services help Landmark Information Group address a range of geospatial needs.
Now that we are starting to make progress on followers and sponsors for the Tweet4Trees drive we have made it a page of its own. Things are just getting started so check back occasionally as we add a couple of bells and whistles and more sponsors.
I am in presentation mode for the ESRI UC and EdUC already and reminders of other ways to contribute to the conferences keep popping up on my radar. You can submit up to three images by June 15 to be considered for presentation during the conference plenary. You can also submit to the Map Gallery and the new Virtual Map Gallery.
This year the number of concurrent conferences has increased as well. If you are going to be in town for the UC you may want to look into the long standing EdUC and Survey & Engineering Summit, the 2nd Remote Sensing Summit, and the newly moved Business GIS and Homeland Security Summits.
For more information about the concurrent conferences and submission guidelines head over to http://www.esri.com/uc.
As you may have heard, we are returning to the ESRI UC this year and will be recording our 4th Anniversary Episode (epi 209) live on Wednesday, 15 July at 5:00 pm. We are happy to announce that our friends from the ArcPad team will be joining us on stage to talk about ArcPad 8 and mobile GIS applications. At the show we will also be announcing the winner of our 4th anniversary contest and the final numbers of our Tweet4Trees drive. Frank will also be donating $2 for each audience member at the Live! show to the Tweet4Trees drive (check out recent podcasts for details and caps).
Did I mention there will be cake? Of course, the cake supply will be limited, but we will spread the goodness as far as possible.
See you San Diego!
We are all bouncing around between social media these days to keep up with friends, make new connections, and generally expand our personal network. VerySpatial has become a Twitter and Facebook house (office?), but we want to know what sites you prefer. As always, we are asking you for your favorite, and since some of you flit between sites or apps like dragonflies I am sure it will be a tough decision, but you can do it.
Your choices are Facebook, Twitter, TheGISForum, Linked In, Ning, MySpace (admit it, some of you still use it), and other. If you choose other please email us the other social networking site.
As for the old poll, we are sticking with the featured content on the front page since there was a pretty wide margin (65% vs 35%) to stick with the current interface.
This year for our 4th anniversary we have decided to continue to practice what we preach on the green front. Since the traditional gift for the 4th anniversary (of marriage, but we are using it anyway) is fruit and flowers we are going to go with a general flora theme. We are going to donate $1 per person following VerySpatial on Twitter at the time of our 4th anniversary episode to one (or more) of the ‘plant a tree’ initiatives out there (eg the Green Belt Movement, American Forests, Hike for KaTREEna). Every dollar seems to be a tree for most of these initiatives. Our 4th anniversary episode will be recorded live at the ESRI International User Conference on Wednesday July 15 at 5:00 PDT and Frank has said that he will also chip in $2 per person who attends the live show (I am saying that there will be a cap on that just in case an unexpected number of people show up, you know, to save Frank’s wallet).
What does this mean to you? Well in addition to your following us creating $1 for charity you will also be entered to win our 4th anniversary contest. Did I mention that the grand prize is going to be a shiny new netbook (Frank is shopping around now, check episode 200 for more contest details). If you are following us on Twitter you are already entered in the contest and worth $1 to a charity!
If you aren’t on Twitter, not to worry, you will have other options to enter the contest, but you won’t count toward our charity donation. A heads-up that we will be limiting the donation to $500 at most (we’re still grad students after all).
We would also like to offer some incentives to companies to match our donation. Please contact Jesse to discuss how your company can support our effort.