Library of Congress GIS Day Conference

The Library of Congress is having a conference tomorrow, and since it will be virtual for GIS Day, anyone can attend! The Geography and Map Division is bringing together a panel of experts, on Wednesday Nov 18th, who are at the forefront of using GIS to track and fight the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
 
Mapping a Pandemic: Cases, Traces and Mutations, will take place tomorrow in honor of GIS Day 2020 and National Geography Week.

Experts from Johns Hopkins University and ESRI will be joining to discuss the geospatial and genomic data being used to understand the pandemic and examine how mapping and GIS technologies are helping public health officials, emergency rooms, epidemiologists and the public grasp the spread of the disease and decide on allocation and distribution of precious resources, like vaccines.

For epidemiologists, studying the virus and its evolution and mutations, not to mention thinking about the distribution of potential vaccines, the pandemic has inspired widespread use of GIS, and new geospatial machine and deep learning technologies. Scientists and public health officials are relying on these new mapping and computational methods to understand the viruses spread and on new visualization techniques developed by cartographers to track the geospatial dynamics of its mutations.

Speakers are:

Keynote:
Dr. Este Geraghty, Chief Medical Officer at ESRI
The Role of GIS in Fighting the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic

Technical Papers:
Ensheng Dong, Center for System Science & Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Historic First: Mapping the Pandemic in Real Time

Mike Schoelen, ESRI Health and Human Services
Driven by GIS: A Resilient Supply Chain for COVID-19

John Hessler, Library of Congress & Johns Hopkins University
More Than Just Cases: Mapping the Mutations of SARS-CoV-2

These presentations will premiere on Nov 18, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST), with closed captions on both the Library’s YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/loc/ and on the Library of Congress website at https://www.loc.gov/collections/event-videos/. The presentation will be available for viewing afterwards at those sites.

For more information see the Library of Congress Events Calendar or Press Release below:

https://www.loc.gov/item/event-400264/gis-day-2020-mapping-the-pandemic/2020-11-18/

https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-20-073/library-to-host-experts-on-mapping-covid-19-pandemic-for-gis-day-2020/2020-11-10/

CA/HI/NV ESRI Water User Group Meeting

Update 12/7/2020: The conference recordings can be found here.

Join the ESRI water team for a few hours of GIS-focused conversation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from like-minded peers facing common challenges in the water industry. Learn how GIS is being used in the following organizations:

  • Padre Dam Municipal Water District 
  • Jurupa Community Services District 
  • Honolulu Board of Water Supply

The agenda will also include a presentation from the ESRI water team. Find out what’s new with ESRI technology.

Don’t miss your chance to participate in this virtual user group meeting on November 19th. Click below to register.

Webinar: Six Elements Required for Effective Civic Engagement

Now more than ever, state and local governments need to communicate and engage with the public in effective ways. But what makes a civic engagement strategy successful? This webinar will explore the proven technologies and methods that your peers are using to drive effective engagement with their communities. Join the ESRI state and local government team to

  • Understand the six elements that must be included in your civic engagement strategy.
  • Explore how your peers are finding success with core ArcGIS capabilities.
  • Get tips and tricks to engage the public.

Click here to register. Webinar November 18, 2020, 10am.

Outside Demo of Wingtra Drone

Looking to get outside for a few hours? Join us at a large area to social distance and watch Wingtra demonstrate the fixed wing vertical takeoff mapping drone starting at 10am Thursday October 15th above the San Antonio Dam, just 5 minutes from the Baseline offramp to the 210 freeway. Masks required.

Here is the 3 meter square location: https://what3words.com/unplanned.kings.nationals

And also let us know here so we can give any last minute updates if necessary: https://tinyurl.com/y48assbf

Hope to see you there!

Prof Warren Roberts
Rio Hondo College

ESRI IMGIS Conference

The ESRI Infrastructure Management & GIS Conference will be held virtually October 27-30, 2020. The conference will welcome GIS leaders, managers, and professionals across critical infrastructure industries including electric, gas and pipeline, water, telecom, transportation, and architecture/engineering/construction (AEC).

The conference is complimentary for all ESRI users who are current on their maintenance or subscription. For more info and to register, click below!

2020 ESRI UC All Done

Well, the 2020 ESRI UC has come and gone … actually there are a few more online events and special interest group meetings today.  My impression of this online conference?  Let’s just say parts were informative.  However, I bet it was a monumental task to pull it all together.

The plenary and workshop videos are still online when you login to esri.com/uc .  Not sure how long they will stay up.  I did notice they have some recorded content on YouTube here and also on the ESRI video site here.

Add a comment below about your impressions of the conference.  Let’s hope we are back in San Diego next year!

SCAG/ESRI Special Interest Group Meeting Today

Hello everyone,

This is a reminder of the SCAG/ESRI Special Interest Group meeting, Thursday July 16th from 1 pm to 3 pm.  It is a free event and open to all government agencies.  It will introduce you to an exciting new initiative: the SCAG Regional Data Platform (RDP).  Your involvement in this project is essential to shaping the future of planning and sustainable development in the SCAG region, locally and regionally. To kick-start a meaningful collaboration, we would like to gather local jurisdictions to introduce the project and what it means to you, showcase initial ideas, ask for feedback, and explain what’s coming in the next year. This meeting will also highlight progress on a number of other SCAG initiatives, such as the SoCal Greenprint, and High Injury Network (HIN).

*Please note that this Special Interest Group Meeting is a private event, and is therefore not listed in the official EsriUser Conference schedule

We hope you will join us for this special event!

Join us via Zoom
https://esri.zoom.us/j/98165518627

Please RSVP to the SCAG Special Interest Group Meeting

https://arcg.is/1iGvKK

The RDP Core Team, Tom Vo at vo@scag.ca.gov or Javier Aguilar at aguilar@scag.ca.gov can answers any questions and provide further information on this event.

Best Regards,

SCAG RDP Core Team

Virtual URISA GIS Leadership Academy

URISA just announced their Inaugural Virtual GIS Leadership Academy, to be held August 3-7, limited to 30 individuals.

The curriculum emphasizes best practices and skills-based training taught by GIS experts committed to preparing others for leadership in managing challenges and figuring ways to help groups and organizations achieve their goals.  The cost to attend will be $600 for URISA members and $800 for non-members.

For more info and to register, click here.