Top 10 Esri Insider Blog Posts of 2014

Content, Open, and Managing GIS make Big Splashes
Esri Insider provides a platform for Esri’s thought leaders and visionaries to share with you the new ideas and trends that they see in GIS. As 2015 kicks into high gear, we’d like to take a moment to stop and take a look back at the stories that struck a chord with you. These are the ten most popular posts of the Esri Insider blog for 2014.
10. Strengthening the Link between GIS and Science, by Matt Artz, November 5, 2014

This interview with Kevin Butler, Product Engineer with the Geoprocessing and Analysis team, details the integration of ArcGIS with SciPy, a Python-based ecosystem of open source software for mathematics, science, and engineering.

9. Attention GIS Managers: New Strategies for New Times, by Adam Carnow, September 22, 2014

This post, from our Managing GIS series, outlines the skills and strategies required to be a successful manager of today’s modern GIS department.

8. Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis via Story Maps, by Dawn Wright, September 15, 2014

This post teaches how to tell better stories with your Story Maps. You get to show your work and step through your GIS analysis to tell better stories and increase understanding.

7. Engaging with Executives: A How-To for GIS Professionals, by Keith Cooke, September 29, 2014

This post, also from our Managing GIS series, gives you a simple three-step guide for discussing GIS and your GIS department with the executives and decision makers at your organization who may not know GIS.

6. When Open Data Isn’t Useful Data, by Richard Kachelriess, September 19, 2014

Open data is much more than following government mandates. This post show how your open data isn’t living up to its full potential unless it’s discoverable, accessible, explorable, and collaborative.

5. 7 Open Source Projects You Should Know About from Esri R&D Center Portland, by Amber Case, March 6, 2014

Esri’s R&D Center in Portland, Oregon builds and maintains some of the open source tools found in Esri’s repositories on Github. This post provides an overview of some of these tools that you may not know about but should.

4. Credential Creep in the GIS Field—For Good or for Ill?, by David DiBiase, November 14, 2014

The number of GIS credentials out there has exploded. This post explains where all these programs came from and if they’re even worth your time or money.

3. Building the Most Detailed Population Map in the World, by Matt Artz, September 10, 2014

This post details the work Esri is doing to compile a human geography databases of demographics and statistics about all countries in the world for better mapping and analysis.

2. Roger Tomlinson, Geographer, by Jack Dangermond, February 14, 2014

This touching tribute by Jack Dangermond professes how GIS would not be the same, or might not even exist, without the visionary geographer, Roger Tomlinson, who sadly passed away in 2014.

1. The First Ecological Land Units Map of the World, by Matt Artz, December 9, 2014

The US Geological Survey (USGS) and Esri worked together to publish the most detailed global ecological land units map in the world. This blog post describes how this new global data set provides a science platform for better understanding and accounting of the world’s resources.

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