A collection of various GIS related links, information and other GIS blogs.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
- Cook County Housing - increased the number of inspections by 33% to 25,000 inspections per year
- Nashville Electric - with 100 calls per day, demonstrated a 23% increase in service calls
- San Diego Paratransit - provided 20% more trips per hour
- Monarch Beverage - with 300,000 deliveries per year, recognized large savings in operations that were mission critical to the business
"GIS at the macro level, and the many organizations that are using it, is starting to guide human action and the evolution of the planet itself," said Dangermond. "GIS is becoming more real-time. It is giving a common operational picture. Where are my field workers when I need them?"
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
ArcGIS ArcGIS 9.3 is being incrementally released in a series of service packs with emphasis on refining and improving workflows; the bulk of the product is to be released next year. These packs will include ways to improve "geographic science" such as using Gaussian geostatistical simulation and rich error messaging, and improving mapping and labeling, scripting, modeling, and WYSIWYG graphic editing. Below are some of the additions shared during the ESRI User Conference. ArcMap Label placement for contour maps will better match what users of USGS quad sheets expect. In particular, the contour elevation labels appear on the major contour intervals and do not overprint the line work. The new release introduces WYSIWYG editing for line work and improvements will be made to street number placement, support for Asian language characters, multiple view windows, labeling on 3D services, the speed of import of Web services, tracking in 3D, textured COLLADA and schematic diagramming. ArcGIS Server ESRI believes that CIOs are increasingly dealing with GIS and that server-based GIS is used in most major cities around the world. Key priorities focus on the high bar set by IT departments, including systems that are:
- reliable and recoverable
- interoperable and scalable
- highly secure
- deployable to the non-GIS specialist
- printing updates to enhance graphic output, also known as "pretty maps"
- map tips that provide "mouse over" access to attributes
- support for Web Feature Service (WFS), Web Coverage Service (WCS) for raster, Simple Feature KML and GML
- spatial data management and cartographic capabilities for AutoCAD users with the new product "ArcGIS for AutoCAD" which is available now in ArcGIS 9.2
- REST API and Java Script API support
- caching to enhance Web application performance
- security for Web applications and services, allowing users access based on Windows authentication
- support for PostgreSQL, Oracle Express and DB2 (z/OS)
- a mobile client built on the Windows Mobile platform
“This effort is part of ESRI’s strategic vision for bringing geographic analysis and data interpretation to any device, anywhere within the GeoWeb with unprecedented immediacy and ease of use” says Jack Dangermond, President ESRI. “These are three great companies that share a common view of the importance of sharing critical information using its geographic context and enabling geo-enhanced decision-making.”
“We are excited to see Universal Mind embrace Adobe Flex and ESRI’s GIS platform in the creation and delivery of its new Web-enabled GIS application,” said Michele Turner, vice president, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “Through the combined solution, Universal Mind is making geographic analysis data more accessible and easy to use, allowing business professionals and government decision makers to quickly and efficiently utilize geographic information to help solve critical issues.”