ArcWatch: GIS News, Views, and Insights

September 2016

Smart GIS Gives Rise to a Smarter, Safer World

By Citabria Stevens
ArcNews Editor and
Carla Wheeler
ArcWatch Editor

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 to Lamar Gardere with the City of New Orleans, speakers at the Plenary Session showed how their organizations creatively use Esri ArcGIS to shape smarter—and safer—communities. Read the article.

At the Esri User Conference, Lilian P. Coral from the City of Los Angeles demonstrated how the Los Angeles GeoHub works.
At the Esri User Conference, Lilian P. Coral from the City of Los Angeles demonstrated how the Los Angeles GeoHub works.

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The Tip

Configure a Story Map Journal Legend and Overview Map

Learn how to configure a legend or overview map when building an Esri Story Map Journal. Esri technology evangelist Bern Szukalski gives you the step-by-step instructions. Read the tip.

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    The Headlines

    Crowdsourced Cleanup
  • Crowdsourced Cleanup

    New Jersey residents can use a new GIS-based crowdsourcing web app to report and map cases of illegal dumping. The state's Department of Environmental Protection hosts the app, which is accessed through web browsers on mobile devices. Read the article.

    Saving the Water in New Zealand
  • Saving the Water in New Zealand

    Fonterra, a farmer-owned dairy company based in New Zealand, hired GPS-it to create an app to help farmers identify waterways and protect water quality on their land. GPS-it used Esri's AppStudio for ArcGIS to create the app. Read the article.

    A Gallery of Winners
  • A Gallery of Winners

    More than 700 maps were submitted to the Map Gallery competition at the Esri User Conference this year. Mark Harrower from Esri profiles the best maps as chosen by the judges. Read the article.


    The Geospatial Report

  • How Los Angeles Uses GeoHub

    Esri's Crista Crum interviews Lilian P. Coral about how the City of Los Angeles uses data and apps in its GeoHub to address issues such as pedestrian safety, public transportation, and homelessness. Watch the video.

  • Open Data Supports Economic Development

    Nick O'Day from the City of Johns Creek, Georgia, gives Esri's Bern Szukalski insight into why the city launched an open data portal. Watch the video.

  • Pacific Gas and Electric Values GIS

    Paul Caffery from Pacific Gas and Electric tells Esri's Helen Thompson why the utility considers GIS so valuable, especially during emergencies. Watch the video.

  • Challenge Yourself, Win Prizes

    Students are invited to enter Esri's Global Content Challenge. Tell a compelling scientific story using the Esri Story Map Journal app and data from the Living Atlas of the World. The winners will receive cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,000 or the equivalent value in software. Enter today.