Carla Wheeler

Carla Wheeler is a technology writer and editor at Esri and a former journalist. She currently edits ArcWatch and works with Esri Story Maps apps. Follow @gisjourno.

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Where Geospatial Apps Go Next

Location is paramount in the geospatial world.

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The Geodesign Movement Steams Ahead

Conservation photographer Carlton Ward Jr., says geodesign and storytelling will play a critical role in conserving land for Florida wildlife.

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Inspirational and Tranformational

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Her Years of Living Dangerously

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Not Just Plane Art

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What Could Be

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Geoempowering Design

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10 Takeaways from the 2015 Esri User Conference

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Mapping the News in the Netherlands

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Small Town, Big Dreams

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Youth Mappers Unite for a Good Cause

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Sharing Her Love of Geography

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Having Fun While meeting a serious need

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol Saves Lives, Time, and Money with Workforce for ArcGIS

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Mastering Geodesign Online

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Hooked on Mapping

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Story Map Journal App Tells Penny Tax Story

Rather than rely solely on pamphlets and PDFs to inform the citizens of Leon County, Florida, about the projects a proposed penny sales tax...

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A Larger Tent for Geodesign

"Geodesign is both an ancient idea and a new idea supported by new and advancing technology," said Esri president Jack Dangermond, as he welcomed

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Designing Resilient Cities

Hear stories of how geodesign is being used around the world at the Geodesign Summit, January 29–30, 2014, in Redlands, California.

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Scouting Out Geospatial Technology

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are embracing geospatial technology in a big way at Summit Bechtel Reserve (The Summit) in West Virginia.

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Geodesigning Summit Bechtel Reserve, Home of the Boy Scouts

Summit Bechtel Reserve (The Summit) in West Virginia serves as what the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) calls an "adventure center" for millions.

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Boy Scouts Go Exploring with Digital Maps and Apps

Thousands of Boy Scouts also used the mobile ArcGIS app on their smartphones to navigate the sprawling, 10,600-acre site and locate...

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Green 360 Web Site for Students Features Geospatial Technology

Esri education manager Joseph Kerski blogs for Green 360, a careers website for high school and college students.

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The Years of Living Dangerously

Though Nadika Senadheera sometimes ventures to dangerous places, her passion for GIS and feeding the hungry keeps her on the front lines...

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A Map App Odyssey

Space. It’s a new frontier for scientific research and social media.

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Teachable Moments

How did you celebrate GIS Day? Your peers report how the projects they pursued.

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A Transformational Esri UC

Recording artist will.i.am is into much more than music: the founder of the Black Eyed Peas calls himself a “tech enthusiast” .

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Syncing with a Fast-Changing World

In the new frontier of real-time GIS, Esri's ArcGIS GeoEvent Processor for Server ingests data streaming in from sources such as...

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See the Big Picture

Collecting and reporting information and monitoring operations and systems in real time just became a lot easier...

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Geodesign in Motion

Architects, urban and transportation planners, GIS professionals, conservationists, and many others are building a strong case for geodesign.

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Why They Came to DevSummit

Attendees of the 2018 Esri Developer Summit share why they came and what they learned.

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Keen Observations

Urban Observatory at urbanobservatory.org is getting bigger and better.

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Geodesign for a Complex World

Spatial statistics expert Noel Cressie will give the keynote address at the 2015 Geodesign Summit...

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Storytelling with Maps

Get tips on how to make a winning Esri Story Map app from the experts: The winners of the 2014 Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest.

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Penny Wise

Leon County, Florida, decided to tap the Esri Story Map Journal app to tell how money generated by a penny sales tax will be spent in the future.

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Signs of Change

The city of Thornton , Colorado, switched from paper forms to ArcGIS to document, manage, and analyze data on sign violations and other issues.

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Going Big with GIS

Read how some major organizations, that presented at the Esri User Conference, use GIS in a big way.

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Learning ArcGIS Gets Real

Whether you are new to GIS or use the technology daily, check out Learn ArcGIS, a new self-study website from Esri.

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Whetting an Appetite for Geospatial Apps

They came hungry, with an appetite for ArcGIS API for JavaScript, ArcGIS Runtime SDKs, Python, Ruby on Rails, Esri Geotrigger Service...

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Client Earth

Kongjian Yu is the son of a Chinese farmer. He grew up on a commune and worked in the rice, wheat, and sugarcane fields with his father...

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A GIS Day to Remember

You celebrated GIS Day in the United States, Brazil, Canada, India, Afghanistan, Australia, and everywhere in between.

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Adopt a Fire Hydrant App Makes a Splash in Land of 10,000 Lakes

Thi app was created by the City of Brooklyn Park to encourage people to volunteer to keep hydrants free of snow and ice during the winter months,

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Wyoming Calling

Central Wyoming College (CWC) wants you to earn a degree, credential, or certificate in geospatial information science and technology (GIST)...

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It’s Elemental: Organizations Apply Geography to Fire, Water, Earth, and Air

How do firefighters in Australia use web maps to prevent and fight bushfires? How does a seed company use the analytical power of web GIS...

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Measuring and Mapping Sources, Sinks of CO2 in the Atmosphere

Noel Cressie, an expert in spatial and spatiotemporal statistics, describes his work analyzing climate models and assisting a team at the...

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Ten Esri UC Takeaways

News from the Esri User Conference includes upcoming support in ArcGIS for working with drone imagery and new capabilities to analyze...

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Experience ArcGIS

The ArcGIS Book presents 10 ideas on how to apply geography to your work using web GIS. The book—available on the web, as a PDF, and in print.

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Top 25 Stops to Make at the Esri UC

Whether you are attending your first Esri User Conference (Esri UC) or your thirty-fifth, you know this month's geogathering is one big event...

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Media Tell Data-Driven Stories with Maps

Esri Netherlands produces maps for the Dutch media to illustrate political, economic, technology, sports, and other stories...

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Put Smart Planning into Practice

Planners and community developers are using 3D GIS and other geodesign technologies to evaluate planning proposals.

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Geodesign Education Goes Global

Online education programs like Penn State University's Master of Professional Studies in Geodesign gives busy working professionals...

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Click Refresh on Web GIS

Want to build Web GIS applications without doing complicated programming? Developer Pinde Fu shows you how in his new workbook.

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Keepers of the Rain Forest

Austrian native Richard Resl has carved out a life helping indigenous people in Ecuador protect their land and way of life.

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Smart GIS Gives Rise to a Smarter, Safer World

The theme of this year's Esri User Conference was GIS—Enabling a Smarter World. From Lilian P. Coral with the City of Los Angeles...

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Witness to the Web of Life

In 1799, the Prussian naturalist, geographer, and explorer Alexander von Humboldt left Europe for the expedition of a lifetime.

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Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Wins Grand Prize in the Esri Storytelling

Meet the winners of the 2016 Esri Storytelling with Maps competition.

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The ArcWatch Guide to the Esri UC

The Esri User Conference (Esri UC) is your oyster. Cool geospatial technology comes together in one place...

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A New Reality

Drones. Imagery. Video. Sensors. Real-time data. Focused mobile 3D applications. Big data. The cloud. The Internet of Things (IoT).

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A Force for Good

Esri president Jack Dangermond called geospatial app developers "one of the great, bright lights" for positive change.

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Youth Mappers Unite for a Good Cause

Maps that will be used to help fight disease, lift people out of poverty, and provide humanitarian aid after natural disasters...

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What Will Drones Do For You? Find Out at the Esri Imaging & Mapping Forum

Esri will host an indoor drone demonstration at the Esri Imaging & Mapping Forum this summer.

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Design a Greener Future

What does it take to build a green infrastructure that improves everything from air quality to economic vitality?

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It’s a Wonderful Life as a Cartographer

Geography is so much a part of the day-to-day life of cartographer Shane C. Matthews that he’s already teaching his two-year-old son, Miller.

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The Formula for Developing Great Geosolutions

Working together to build powerful geospatial technology and develop the skills of young geodevelopers were two main messages...

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The New Era of Web GIS

The workbook Getting to Know Web GIS from Esri will teach you how to use the ArcGIS platform to build web mapping apps quickly.

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Carving Out a Career in Web GIS

Pinde Fu parlayed an early interest in web GIS into a career developing web mapping apps for Esri.

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Geodesign Takes Off

Presenters at the 2015 Geodesign Summit showed how geodesign technologies are moving into areas such as transportation, economic planning, and...

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The Renaissance Geographer

Jennifer D. Bell, 26, pursues mapmaking with a passion. As a cartographic product engineer at Esri, she tests newly developed ArcGIS software...

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Small Town, Big Dreams

The Town of South Windsor, Connecticut (pop. 26,000) is dreaming big with GIS, thanks to its Esri enterprise license agreement.

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Looking for Customers in All the Right Places

Miele, Inc., which sells high-end appliances such as smart ovens and sleekly designed vacuum cleaners, finds niche markets using Esri Tapestry...

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Relive Outdoor Adventures with a New App and Esri Maps

The Relive app, created by a group of developers from the Netherlands, lets runners and cyclists create 3D video virtual tours of their treks.

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Magnificent Maps

Maps about hurricane damage, climate change, the Arctic, emojis, the Alamo, and sea turtles and sharks were among the winners...

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Esri Apps Go on the Road with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) uses Esri technology, including Workforce for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online, to provide a real-time view...

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The Science of Where Comes to Life at the Esri User Conference

Taylor Shellfish Farms of Shelton, Washington, takes The Science of Where to the tidal flats of Puget Sound to sustainably produce...

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Winners That Put The Science of Where to Work

Esri president Jack Dangermond lauded several organizations, including United Parcel Service (UPS), for technological creativity...

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Top 25 Things to Experience When You Visit the Esri User Conference

The Esri User Conference in San Diego, California, is always chock-full of educational, interesting, and fun experiences.

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The Building Blocks of a Smart City

Where and how should a community grow? Where should a city build sidewalks and trails to lower the risk of accidents and encourage walking?

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Six Easy Ways App Developers Can Get Acquainted with Esri Technology

Why wait until the next Esri Developer Summit to learn how to use Esri technology to build geospatial apps? Here are six easy ways to fast-track.

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Hooked on Mapping

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A Geospatial Technology Feast

Developers and partners play an important role in the ecosystem of geospatial app development for Esri.

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Five Books That Will Broaden Your Mind

Authored by Dr. Tom Koch, this book traces the long history of how maps have been used to help unlock the mysteries behind the cause

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Rooting for Our Planet

One trillion trees. That's how many trees Felix Finkbeiner and the Plant-for-the-Planet initiative he leads hope will be planted...

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Whetting an Appetite for Geospatial Apps

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A Passion for Geography Leads to the Rain Forest

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Looking at Nature through the Eyes of Alexander von Humboldt

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Be a GIS Day Champion

Celebrate GIS Day this November by hosting or attending a program that showcases GIS technology.

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Signs of Life

New trail markers and an Esri app speeds the response to emergency calls from hikers on a state park trail in Long Island, New York.

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Good Geospatial Reads

Want to hone your GIS skills and knowledge? Read these six books from Esri.

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A Force for Good

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Put The Science of Where into Practice with The ArcGIS Book, Second Edition

The ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas about Applying The Science of Where, a new book from Esri, gives you the know-how and hands-on experience...

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Does Danger Lie Up the Road?

Accidents happen, with more than six million crashes occurring annually on roads in the United States.

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For a Minnesota City, an Adopt a Park App Is a Thing of Beauty

Residents of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, can use a mapping app to locate a park they want to adopt and submit an application form.

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Learn to Build Your First Story Map Cascade App

If you are a story map novice who wants to use an immersive storytelling style and design, this tip on how to build an Esri Story Map Cascade app

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Students Win Global Content Challenge

Thirteen students won a total of $51,000 and other prizes in the Esri-sponsored Global Content Challenge. The students used Living Atlas

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A More Informed View of City Business

Oak Hill, West Virginia, uses an Esri Story Maps app to present the city council agenda in context.

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Systems that Serve

Former director of software development Scott Morehouse is now leading small research teams focused on civic engagement and urban design.

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Coming Together to Design Resilient Communities

The Geodesign Summit held January 23–25, 2018 focused on creating more resilient, livable communities using geodesign.

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