Learn to Use Image Analysis Functions to Display Layer Tints on Hillshades
Using transparency to overlay colored rasters on hillshades or other grayscale rasters results in a washed-out, less detailed image. Read this tip to learn how to use the No Alteration of Grayscale or Intensity (NAGI) fusion method to create an image that instead retains the original colors and details.
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Where's the best place in the world to celebrate the power of where? San Diego, California, home to the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC). More than 15,000 people from all corners of the GIS world will converge here for one week this July to celebrate geographic understanding and hear about the latest geospatial tools and solutions. Read this article to find out what's in store at the largest GIS conference of the year.
Given that cloud is now one of the most used technology buzzwords of the decade, it's no surprise that the upcoming Esri International User Conference will offer an impressive number of cloud sessions. Esri's technical staff will equip you with the know-how to successfully implement cloud solutions. Read the article.
To make sure you continue to receive the industry's best data, Esri commissioned a blind study to test the accuracy of its demographic projections. The study was conducted by four independent researchers, experts in small-area forecasts and forecast accuracy measures. They benchmarked variables from Esri and each of the four other major data vendors against results from Census 2010. The study encompassed the entire United States at four geography levels. The findings? Esri ranked No. 1 overall. Read the study and call 1-800-447-9778 for more information.
With game-changing advances in cloud computing and mobile technologies, more access to authoritative data, and the release of Esri's ArcGIS 10.1, this is the year to definitely book your trip to the Esri Education GIS Conference. Find out what the organizers have planned for you. Read the article.
US Ambassador Betty King spoke in Geneva, Switzerland, about the importance of using technologies such as GIS to address global problems. "Through the use of science and technology, including innovative uses of GIS applications, we can become more effective and efficient in this endeavor and stretch the power of limited resources," she said. Read the full transcript of her remarks.
Using ArcGIS Runtime, a new developer technology from Esri, developers can create powerful, lightweight GIS applications that display quickly, deploy easily, and work with the entire ArcGIS system. Read the article.
This year's Esri Business Summit will bring together business leaders to talk about how location-based decision making helps them compete in today's global economy. Keynote speakers will include representatives from General Motors, 3M, and Kohler. Read the article.
Dr. Terance L. Winemiller, an associate professor of anthropology and geography at Auburn University, used his remote-sensing expertise and ArcGIS software to produce maps for the first responders sent to assist after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Read the article.
Sangamon County, Illinois, used Esri's election results viewer template to create an interactive mapping application that provides a real-time, spatial view of election results from the web or a mobile device. How did officials there do it? Read the article.
Follow the route of the Olympic torch as it crisscrosses the United Kingdom over the next few weeks using this map created using Esri ArcGIS. The torch's 8,000-mile trek will end when it arrives at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27, 2012.
New from Esri Press, The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data gives GIS users relevant information about the sources and quality of available public domain spatial data. Students, researchers, and professionals will find this book useful as they find, evaluate, and analyze data to solve location-based problems. Buy the book.
Test Esri Geoportal Server on your own computer using this LiveDVD. Geoportal Server helps organizations manage and publish metadata for their geospatial resources and lets users discover and connect to those resources. The geoportal on the LiveDVD's self-contained operating system is preinstalled and preconfigured. Just boot up and go.
A heads-up to developers: The Esri International User Conference in San Diego, California, will host four new activities geared specifically for you. Go Speed Geeking and then head to the Hackers' Sandbox, a Dev Meet Up, and the User Interface Design Showcase. Get the details.
Have you ever added a raster to an MXD and noticed that it looked different? Or created a mosaic dataset or raster catalog and suddenly, the rasters become so bright, you think, "What did ArcMap do to my raster?!" Learn to solve the problem.
Esri developed a way for you to easily add GIS mapping functionality onto SharePoint pages, giving your employees the power to use geographic information. Read this article.
A Python Primer for ArcGIS is one of three new books worth adding to your bookshelf.
Better web editing, for one thing. Read the article.
What's the Cost of a Power Failure?
Most utilities know how much it costs them to restore customers' power after a disaster like a blizzard, hurricane, or tornado knocks the electricity out. Bill Meehan, director of utility solutions for Esri, wonders if geospatial technology can be used to determine just how much a power outage actually costs a community in spoiled food and lost business and opportunities. Join the discussion at the Spatial Roundtable.
Emergency managers have only minutes to respond to critical situations and coordinate across jurisdictions. That's why the City of Laurel, Maryland, developed the Tandem Emergency Response Platform (TERP), a real-time situational awareness solution built on the ArcGIS system. Watch the video. TERP was made possible through a Small Public Safety Agencies enterprise license agreement (ELA) from Esri.
From a maritime museum to a hip French bistro, the San Diego Shortlist map guides you to some of the coolest places for you to visit in your free time during the week of the Esri International User Conference. "This kind of map is easy to make," says Rupert Essinger, the Esri employee who created it. "It is simply a small set of shapefiles uploaded into a web map and shared using one of the built-in ArcGIS Online templates." The map can also be viewed as a full-screen presentation in ArcGIS Explorer Online. (This requires Silverlight.)
Esri public works industry manager David Totman examines the implementation issues and consequences of using GIS as the common platform to bridge information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) services. Join the discussion at the Spatial Roundtable.
Are you a hospital executive, planner, clinician, researcher, or social worker interested in attending this year's Esri International User Conference? Browse the agenda for the dozens of sessions devoted to health and human services, including paper presentations, technical workshops, and Special Interest Group meetings. Esri will also host the Esri Health GIS Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, August 20–22, 2012.
Reserve a spot in one of Esri's instructor-led foundational courses. You will master critical GIS skills, learn to apply recommended workflows, and immediately be productive using ArcGIS 10.1. The courses are available online and at Esri Learning Centers nationwide.
Missed the Esri Maps for Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and IBM Cognos live training seminar when it aired? The recording is now available.
These templates will give you an easy way to publish your own story map. No coding is required! Choose from among several templates such as basic storytelling, side panel, and swipe.
Two new map templates available in ArcGIS Online support creating services and web maps designed to feature historic preservation and conservation content. You can find these templates in Historic Conservation and Preservation ArcGIS Resources in ArcGIS Online.
Esri offers US customers the Data Appliance for ArcGIS for Windows and Linux, manufactured by Cutting Edge for Esri. Data Appliance for ArcGIS provides terabytes of prerendered and precached maps for the world, including imagery, street maps, topographic maps, shaded relief, elevation maps, and much more, so you can set up and serve your own map and task services in the secure environment behind your firewall. Learn more about all the Esri and Cutting Edge offers.
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