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ArcGIS Online: Leveraging the Mapping Platform in Your Organization

Date: Thursday, 12 November
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based, collaborative content management system for maps, applications, data, and other geographic information. With ArcGIS Online, organizations of all sizes can manage their geospatial content and publish their maps, applications, data, and hosted services online. Topics will include the value of ArcGIS Online to an organization, types of data that ArcGIS Online can use, publishing capabilities, configuration of ArcGIS Online for your organization, open data, administration of content and users, and crafting great information products.

Level: Intermediate

Presenter: Jo Fraley

Imagery in ArcGIS - Data Management and Analysis

Date: Thursday, 12 November
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

This workshop is targeted at users that are new to ArcGIS and are interested in its imagery capabilities or those users that currently are using the product for imagery but wish to expand its use. The workshop will address common questions about terminology and explore the information model that provides the backbone for imagery management. The different sources of imagery and analysis that can be performed will be reviewed, followed by an overview of how to publish image services..

Level: Beginner

Presenter: Peter Becker

Appstudio for ArcGIS: The Basics

Date: Thursday, 12 November
Time: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Build native GIS apps faster. That’s what AppStudio for ArcGIS is about. Why would you build a native app anyway? Well, because native apps give the best user experience and that matters quite a bit, particularly in small phones and tablets. Native apps can also run beautifully even while disconnected from the network, and that is important when you are on the run. Finally, native apps can be published into the Google Play and Apple app stores and that is not only cool but actually a big deal if you want to reach out to the general public. Can you image your own branded mapping app in the app stores? In this session we will introduce you to the AppStudio for ArcGIS. You will be amazed how easily, and quickly you can assemble fully functional mapping apps and run them pretty much anywhere…in a smartphone, in a tablet and even on your own Windows or Mac. We will explore how to distribute your own apps within the enterprise as well as in the public app stores. Finally, we will briefly touch on how to use QML and JavaScript to start developing your own apps from scratch.

Level: Beginner

Presenter: Chris Lesueur

ArcGIS Online: Story Maps and Web Apps

Date: Thursday, 12 November
Time: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Learn how to use Esri’s highly popular storytelling apps to tell your own story. This session will outline some basic principles of storytelling and show you how to choose a format and build, edit, and publish your story.

Level: Beginner

Presenter: Jo Fraley

ArcGIS Pro - An Introduction

Date: Thursday, 12 November
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

ArcGIS Pro is a new application for all ArcGIS for Desktop users. It supports both 2D and 3D visualization, editing and analysis. This session will introduce the capabilities and help you get started.

Level: Intermediate

Presenter: Lebogang Mashishi

Collector for ArcGIS and Operations Dashboard - An Overview

Date: Thursday, 12 November
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Collector for ArcGIS provides a focused map-centric data collection experience for field crews that need to capture and report spatial and tabular information directly from their smartphone devices and sync this data back to their organization’s GIS. The Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS targets decision makers that need to monitor, track and report on daily operations and gain situational awareness..

Level: Beginner

Presenter: Chris Lesueur

ArcGIS Apps - An Overview

Date: Thursday, 12 November
Time: 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

ArcGIS apps are available across many platforms and can extend the reach of GIS throughout an office and into the field. During this session, you will learn how to leverage Esri’s ArcGIS platform to provide GIS solutions that target the needs of your field workforce, others in your organization and your customers. Topics will include an overview of mobile technologies (ArcPad, ArcGIS for Windows Mobile) and configuring ready-to-deploy apps including Collector for ArcGIS and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS.

Presenter: Chris Lesueur

Portal for ArcGIS - An Introduction

Date: Thursday, 12 November
Time: 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The ArcGIS Platform revolves around the concept of a collaborative hub that contains all of your geospatial assets. This portal enables users to easily search, discover, create and collaborate, and use maps and apps. It is designed to manage an organization’s geospatial content and knowledge in a secure manner. ArcGIS Online is the Software as a Service (SaaS) offering of this portal, while Portal for ArcGIS enables you to deploy this portal in your own infrastructure. This presentation will introduce Portal for ArcGIS and its role within the ArcGIS landscape as well as provide a general overview of its capabilities, its relationship with ArcGIS for Server, and typical deployment patterns.

Presenter: Philip Heede

Open Spatial Data for Africa

Date: Friday, 13 November
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Every nation needs robust data for development and growth. Young entrepreneurs need data for innovation and for developing new types of applications. Inaccessible data or data of poor quality that cannot be turned into information to gain knowledge is a serious challenge and may become a major obstacle for development.

“There is no data” a statement often heard in Africa does not bear up to reality. It cannot be stressed enough how much money, effort, and time have already been invested by governments, international organizations, donors, nongovernmental orginazations and the private sector in projects creating data. The challenge is not that there is no data, but that there is not enough open and easily accessible data. This workshop will discuss availability and sharing of spatial data, open data initiatives as well as endeavors to establish National Spatial Data Infrastructure in African countries, with a special focus on case studies from Rwanda.

Presenter: Kaspar Kundert

Web GIS Deployment Scenarios

Date: Friday, 13 November
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

The ArcGIS platform revolves around the concept of Web GIS. In this presentation we will discuss the various patterns for implementing Web GIS including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS for with Portal for ArcGIS, as well as hybrid scenarios where both types of deployments are combined in order to gain the advantages of both. You will get an understanding of what features and tradeoffs to keep in mind as you design modern Web GIS deployments and requirements might drive you towards specific patterns.

Presenter: Philip Heede

ArcGIS Pro Mapping and Visualization

Date: Friday, 13 November
Time: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Come learn how to build maps, scenes, and layouts in ArcGIS Pro. This session will provide an overview of how to author content in 2D and 3D using ArcGIS Pro. Learn how to set map properties and display layers. Search, access, and create symbols, and even tie them to your data for a customized display. Learn how to configure labels for your layers and specify text symbols. Generate effective layouts to display and distribute your work.

Presenter: Liezel Botha

Proprietary or Open-Source Software

Date: Friday, 13 November
Time: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Several governments, including Germany, have introduced an “open by default” policy, compelling public sector organizations to select open-source solutions unless it can be shown they do not meet the requirements. The presenter will argue that selecting open-source or proprietary solutions is not as simple as is often suggested. He will try and cut through some of the ideology and look objectively at some key issues:

  • What defines an open-source solution
  • What are the differences in business model between those supplying proprietary as opposed to open-source solution
  • The technical architecture of GIS solutions and the role of open source and proprietary software within them
  • The components of the cost of ownership of the complete solution
  • Economic appraisal of the benefits
  • What can we learn from the wider information communication and technology industry

Presenter: Andy Coote

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