For our fourth anniversary we decided to recognize our listeners and winners while also supporting the environment. On that note we announced our Tweet4Trees drive a while back suggesting that we would donate $1 per person following us at http://twitter.com/veryspatial as of our recent AVSP: Live! show, with the stipulation of up to 500 people. We are happy to announce that as of the live show we had 286 followers, but since we had already set aside $500 we are going with the full donation to be split between the Green Belt Movement and American Forests.
We are excited that our campaign sponsors Landmark Information Group and ESRI will be matching a portion of our donation to environmental organizations of their choice. We want to thank them for supporting the environment and recognizing our 4th anniversary.
Finally, Frank pledged $2 per person at the live show as well. Since we had about 25 people at the live show that is another $50 dollars bringing the VerySpatial donation to $550 total or $275 to each organization. We would like to thank all of you, our readers and listeners, for supporting us over the last four years and we look forward to next year’s fifth anniversary.
The ESRI Education and International User Conferences are behind us. Once again we talked to a great group of folks from authors to presenters to companies. We will be starting things off on Sunday when we release our live show and then over the next 4-6 weeks we will be rolling out the interviews and presentations. On that note however we are going relatively quiet blog wise for the next month or so.
First, the AVSP crew is taking a vacation collectively to attend the San Diego Comic-con this coming week
Second, Sue and Jesse are moving to North Carolina where Jesse will be starting a new job and Sue will be on a writing fellowship
Third, it is quickly approaching the beginning of the school year and we are all trying to wrap-up projects.
This isn’t to say we are going dark, but we aren’t going to try to keep our post a day pattern going.
We will be finalizing the count on our Tweet4Trees drive at 5PM PDT. The number of followers we have over at http://twitter.com/veryspatial at that time will be the amount we will be donating to a tree planting organization ($1/person). We would like to thank our sponsors Landmark Information Group and ESRI for supporting the drive!
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.
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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:
Frank’s infamous edits
We will be announcing our 4th Anniversary contest winners
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.
We would like to thank Landmark in supporting our Tweet4Trees drive and recognizing VerySpatial on our 4th anniversary.
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.