2021 NGS Geospatial Summit

Registration is open for the next National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Geospatial Summit, taking place online on May 4-5, 2021, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, ET. NGS strongly encourages attendees to participate on both days.

The NGS plans to replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) as part of modernizing the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS).

Attend this year’s Geospatial Summit to: 

  • Learn the benefits of NSRS modernization, 
  • Hear about NSRS modernization progress, 
  • Prepare for how the transition will affect you, 
  • Ask questions of NGS experts, and 
  • Share your feedback about the planned changes.

The summit is free for everyone to attend. Click below for more info and to register.

Mapping Grand Canyon National Park

UPDATE 4/15/2021: The recorded webinar can be watched here.

For those of you that like historical cartography and the Grand Canyon, you might find this online lecture very interesting.

2021 “Maps & America” Arthur Holzheimer Lecture: “Mapping Grand Canyon National Park”
April 8 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Tom Patterson, US National Park Service Cartographer (Ret.)
Mapping Grand Canyon National Park 

Tom Patterson, US National Park Service Cartographer (Ret.), will present a virtual talk, “Mapping Grand Canyon National Park,” on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4 pm PDT.

Patterson’s presentation will focus on four recently published maps of Grand Canyon National Park that owe their design inspiration to renowned mapmakers of the twentieth century.

This will be the 31st annual Maps & America lecture, supported by an endowment created by Arthur and Janet Holzheimer.

The lecture series was inaugurated by the noted cartographic historian, Brian Harley, in 1990. Over the years, the series has featured many of the leading figures in the field of map history and provided a multifaceted survey of this rapidly developing field. A list of previous speakers can be viewed here.

Click below to register for the webinar.

Webinar – ArcGIS Platform

Earlier this year, ESRI launched a new product called ArcGIS Platform, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that makes it easier to integrate ESRI location services into apps, solutions, and business systems. As a GIS professional, you already realize the benefits of GIS. However, it can be a challenge when developers in your organization need location services but are not familiar with the ArcGIS system or require the additional functionality provided by it. With ArcGIS Platform, developers and IT professionals can take advantage of location services—including basemaps, routing, geocoding, data, and geoenrichment—within their development environment through an industry-standard development experience, instead of needing a stand-alone set of services. This month, the ESRI state and local government team will present the following:

  • How this new product will make it easier for developers to integrate our location services into their apps and business systems
  • The immediate benefits of adopting these new capabilities including easily accessible services and a metered transaction business model
  • How GIS professionals can communicate the benefits and capabilities of ArcGIS Platform to the developers they work with

The webinar is March 17 at 10am. For more info and to register, click here.

ArcGIS Earth Technical Session

Join the ArcGIS Earth team on February 24 for a technical session at the ESRI Federal GIS Conference to introduce the newest capabilities available in ArcGIS Earth. Whether you’re a first-time user or a seasoned professional, this session is designed to bring value to all ArcGIS Earth users by delivering a product overview as well as a demonstration of some of the newest, most exciting capabilities currently available, and a sneak peek into what’s on the roadmap. The session will be followed by a live Q&A with the product team to field all your questions related to ArcGIS Earth. Click here for more info and to register.

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.