A collection of various GIS related links, information and other GIS blogs.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Yule to one and all! All the best for a happy holiday season and a great New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2005

ArcScripts - Rejecto 1.0 (ArcGIS 9): "Rejecto allows you to troubleshoot problems you may experience while loading data into ArcSDE. Rejecto will allow you to convert a vector data source (e.g. shapefiles, coverages, pGDB featureclasses) into an ArcSDE featureclass (in a featuredataset or not). Features that are rejected by ArcSDE do not cause Rejecto to fail. Rather, Rejecto writes these features to output files of your choosing. You can then examine the output to determine what the problems were. Includes installation program, instructions, and source code."
ArcScripts - PIG 1.0 (ArcGIS 9): "PIG allows you to push selectionsets across relationshipclasses. Unlike the native functionality in ArcMap, PIG pushes selections through all relationshipclass chains to their end points. In other words, the selections will traverse nested relationshipclasses. Includes setup program, source code, instructions, and a sample project."
ArcScripts - Next'em: "Next'em allows you to select some features in the target edit layer and assign sequential values in a range of your choosing. It works inside an edit session in ArcMap. The zip file contains the source code, instructions, and an installer program."
ArcScripts - Fence Select 9+: "Adds a tool to ArcMap that allows spatial selection based on a user-drawn polygon, rather than a box. Improvement from the earlier Fence Select tool: hold down shift to add to the selection, hold down control to subtract from the selection. Zip file contains setup, documentation, and source code."
ArcScripts - EditorID 1.4: "EditorID allows you to track who edits the features in your geodatabase, and at what time they were last edited. As you edit, a field called 'EditorName' will be updated with the current editor name. And a field called 'LastUpdate' will be updated with the current date and time. Optionally, with ArcSDE, EditorID can populate a 'VersionName' field, if you wish to track the version in which the edits occur."
ArcScripts - Draw Tyme 1.0 (for ArcGIS 9.1): "Draw Tyme allows you to quantify the draw time of feature layers in ArcMap. It is not designed to work with rasters or other non-feature layers. The zip file includes (1) an install program, (2) instructions, and (3) source code."
ArcScripts - Coveragesque 2.0: "Coveragesque 2.0 works inside an edit session in ArcMap, ArcGIS 9. It lets you specify a list of editable layers to be split by linework that you draw with any 'create feature' type of operation. It will allow you to split lines and polygons that are intersected by the line features that you create. Coveragesque is not a sketch tool; you can use an sketch tool with it. Coveragesque is not an edit task; you can use it with any edit task that creates a feature. The name of this program is meant to signify that your line work is placed in a way that is reminiscent of linework in coverages. In that format, all lines where split at intersections, and all line work created 'atomic' polygons. This program should work with any editable layers (shapefile, personal geodatabase, multi-user geodatabase) in ArcMap. The download includes a set-up program, the source code, and instructions. "
ArcScripts - ArcGIS (FLEXlm) License Manager Log Analyzer v1.1: "ESRI License Manager can be set to write log files about the usage of different products. The log file can be analyzed using this software for licenses that have been checked out and in. This program can be used to analyze: peak usage times, pattern of software usage, hanging licenses, listing of individual users, listing of users denied licenses etc. New features at 1.1: - append or overwrite output file. - automatically archive output after a certain size threshold. - list users categorized by software product. - list users who were denied a license. - list users, who were denied a license, categorized by product used. At this time only Arc/Info, ArcEditor, ArcView, StreetMap, Publisher, ArcPress, BusinessAnalyst, Grid, and TIN licenses are analyzed. ArcGIS 8x and 9x license logs have been tested."
ArcScripts - Add Date stamp to layout: "ArcGIS 9 New and improved. Now added the ability to turn on/off various automatically generated spatial information parameters. A slightly different take on the normal layout stamp tool. This one will create or update a text box with the following information: Prepared by: (optional) Printing Date: April 7, 2005 Projection: (optional) Spatial informaiton can be provided manually Datum: (optional) or spatial information can be provided automatically File: (optional) Company name (optional)"
ArcScripts - Add Acreage: "Adds and populates ACREAGE and/or AREA field to the attribute table of a dataset. Will properly calculate acreage for projected data, regardless of the linear units (meters, feet) used in that projection. Some other scripts I've seen DO NOT account for the projection and will give you wrong results. Tested on ArcGIS 8.1 thru 9.0."
ArcScripts - ArcGIS 9.1 Idle TimeOut Utility: "This utility detects ArcGIS idling and close it. If ArcGIS is idled for more than 30 minutes then this utility will automatically shut down ArcGIS Desktop Applications (ArcMap and ArcCatalog). Before it shuts down ArcMap it will save the current edits and current MXD. The saved mxd location is at c:\IdleBackup.mxd. This is a utility to automatically close idled ArcGIS therefore free up ArcGIS license for organizations with only limited ArcGIS licenses. "

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Patches and Service Packs - ESRI Support: "ArcGIS 9.1 Service Pack 1 We recommend that all ArcGIS 9.1 customers download and install this Service Pack, at their earliest convenience, to ensure the highest quality experience when working with ArcGIS 9.1."

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

ArcNews Fall 2005 Issue -- ArcGIS Enterprise Security Controls White Paper Available: "ArcGIS Enterprise Security Controls White Paper Available ESRI is providing a white paper describing enterprise security controls for ArcGIS client/server, Web application, and Web services architectures entitled ArcGIS Enterprise Security: Delivering Secure Solutions. It can be downloaded from the ESRI Web site (www.esri.com/enterprisesecurity). Effective enterprise security can be a challenge for the IT architects and security specialists who design, deploy, and support mission-critical solutions. Until the last few years, entire IT systems were frequently designed around a single mission objective and 'community of interest.' The result was physically isolated systems, each maintaining its own data stores and applications. Integration was accomplished through complicated interfaces that replicated and synchronized data among the various systems. Security was generally enforced at the perimeter; any authorized user, once granted entry to a system, could access all data and applications, including GIS applications, resident in the system. Maintaining such 'islands of automation' is expensive and inefficient and does not offer the flexibility or, in many cases, the in-depth security that organizations are seeking."
ArcUser article - Making More Information Available in Emergencies: "Making More Information Available in Emergencies GIS Aids Communication, Collaboration, and Coordination In an increasingly urbanized world, the effects of disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis are more acutely felt. As coastal areas, in particular, become more densely settled, more people and property are threatened by these events. GIS benefits all aspects of the emergency management cycle from planning, mitigation, and preparedness through response and recovery by integrating complex data in a geographic framework that produces actionable information."

Monday, December 19, 2005

ArcGIS Explorer: "ArcGIS Explorer is a geospatial information viewer that offers a free, fast, fun, and easy-to-use way to view geographic information in both 2D and 3D while performing queries and analysis on the underlying data. ArcGIS Explorer integrates the rich world of GIS datasets and server-based geoprocessing applications. It does this by accessing the full GIS capabilities of ArcGIS Server including geoprocessing and 3D services. ArcGIS Explorer can also use data layers and services from ArcIMS and ArcWeb Services. It supports Open Geospatial Consortium WMS and Google KML data, making it open and interoperable. With ArcGIS Explorer, you can - Explore data for the entire world in 2D and 3D seamlessly. - Fuse your local data with data and services from ArcGIS Server, ArcIMS, Open Geospatial Consortium WMS, and ESRI-hosted ArcWeb Services. - Perform GIS analysis using tasks (e.g., visibility, modeling, proximity search). - Answer geographic questions about the maps you generate and share the results with others. - Use maps and data from your own secure servers. "

Friday, November 04, 2005

It doesn't get much better than this. Yosemite - midday, Halloween 2005. How is this GIS related? We had a booth at the CA Chapter of the APA annual conference. I know - tough gig. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Homeland Security GIS Summit Conference Report 1st Annual ESRI Homeland Security GIS Summit - Articles: "GIS for intelligent collaboration across boundaries, at all levels and integrated, to help create a common picture for everyone involved in planning for or mitigating the effects of a catastrophic event. This boils down to a data issue putting the right data, processed in the right way, and delivered in the right format, into the hands of the right people (all of the right people), at the right time."

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

What Is GIS?: "What is GIS? Geography is information about the earth's surface and the objects found on it, as well as a framework for organizing knowledge. GIS is a technology that manages, analyzes, and disseminates geographic knowledge. "

Monday, August 08, 2005

Abstract Final: "Abstract Final - Rendezvous with Keyur Shah"
Rosso World :: Thoughts about GIS, Computers, Wine and more: "Andrea Rosso's GIS blog"
Richie's Space: Richie's GIS blog
GIS Matters: David Maguire's Blog
Art's Place: Art Haddad's Blog
Spatially Enabled: Brian Goldin's Blog
My Own Little World: "Steve Citron-Pousty's particular take on his world"
Rise and Shout: Blog by Rob Elkins
Spatially Adjusted - Blog about ESRI and GIS: I don't have any pholosophy in reguards to what the site is about other than GIS and ESRI in general. There will be more focus on developing on GIS rather than analysis on GIS as that is my passion.
Jack Dangermond interview - All Points Blog: "Discussing Google with Dangermond - We've had numerous discussions about the role of Google, Microsoft and Yahoo's latest end-user and developer Web mapping options at Directions. This past week, we continued that conversation with Jack Dangermond at the ESRI Conference. In the past Dangermond had warned that we (and others) best "not over-hype" what's going on. Interestingly, when Joe Francica and I met with him, he wanted talk about Google."

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Monday, August 01, 2005

GISCafe Special Report: ESRI User Conference Plenary Session: "ArcGIS 9.2 The technical foundation for ESRI's strategies is ArcGIS 9. What it includes basically are the following: an enterprise GIS server, embeddable component libraries, and a developer's framework. With the upcoming release of ArcGIS 9.2, ESRI's software strategies include: -Enhanced ArcGIS desktop -Strengthen and simplifying geodata management -Extend ArcGIS server -More mobile GIS"

Friday, July 29, 2005

AvantGo is Now on BlackBerry - MobileEnterprisemag.com: "AvantGo, a popular Internet portal that provides access to specially formatted mobile Web sites for users of mobile devices, is now available on BlackBerry. The service offers news, weather, sports, stock quotes, maps and more to its subscribers and includes Web sites like AccuWeather, Bloomberg, Forbes, Reuters and Wired News."

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

ESRI User Conference at 25: Not Your Grandfather's GIS Conference: "Opening Session: Not the Same Old Same Old..... Things were different as we walked into the convention center's huge hall for the opening session."

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The ESRI UC Blog: Your place to find notes on and about the 25th Annual ESRI User Conference in San Diego. To learn about conference activities, visit the UC web site at http://www.esri.com/uc. Welcome to San Diego and have a great week! UC 2005 logo

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

ESRI San Diego ArcGIS User Group website: "Thank you for visiting the San Diego ArcGIS User Group web site! This site is designed to help keep you up-to-date on the upcoming User Group meeting, as well as provide information from past meetings, links of interest, and info on other groups in the San Diego area."
ESRI RUG CA/HI/NV/Guam: "This page provides contact information about the Regional and links to local users groups in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam , Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, and Palau for users of ArcGIS, ARC/INFO, ArcView, and other ESRI software products."
Bringing It Together: The National Biological Information Infrastructure - Articles: "The US Geological Survey is spearheading an effort to make biological data widely available to anyone with an Internet connection. This effort, the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is the sister component to the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and is now home to a wide variety of biological information - from fish to coral reefs."

Monday, July 11, 2005

Darwin - Top Annoyances at Work: "In a survey over a base of about 2,000 senior executives and managers nationwide, the majority ranked office politics, loud cell phone usage, being put on hold and excessive e-mail as the top annoyances to them while conducting business, whether in the office or on the road."
San Diego CityWorks: "CityWorks uses ArcIMS Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to create online, interactive maps that display hundreds of City of San Diego construction projects in the planning, design, or construction phases. Many of the projects are pipelines or other work affecting the public right-of-way. "
San Diego City Street Division Services - Service Request Form: "GIS-Based method for reporting potholes or burned out street lights - anything road related that needs city attention. This application makes use of ArcIMS and SAP."

Thursday, July 07, 2005

spatiallink_org:: Blog: "Volunteer based non commercial website supporting the spatial needs of the US"

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

ArcNews Summer 2005 Issue: Top 10 Benefits of Migrating to ArcGIS 9: "The version 9 platform of ArcGIS offers many benefits to the ArcGIS user. This article outlines several top benefits that users can expect from a migration. The fundamental architecture of ArcGIS 9 enables users to deploy GIS functionality and business logic wherever it is needed in desktops, in servers, over the Web, in the field, or in custom clients."