One of the most rewarding parts of our work is seeing how the tools we build are used in new and unexpected ways. While we frequently work with customers and users to solve particular problems, we always look at the broader potential for these features to be used by a different type of user.
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This weekend the Inter-American Development Bank is launching their new MapAmericas platform at their annual meetings in Montevideo. The new platform features interactive maps of the region’s countries that provide detailed information on active IDB projects, ranging from data showing where and how money is being invested, [...]Continue Reading →
The current administration of the US Government has been increasingly looking at ways to both reduce costs as well as leverage more appropriate technology in order to provide services. The “Federal Cloud” is an initiative to adopt more cost-effective solutions that don’t require huge infrastructure [...]Continue Reading →
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As newspapers look to cut costs more is being asked of reporters. Newspapers with large online presence have teams of interaction designers, data analysts and cartographers. Smaller organizations can’t compete with this type of staffing, but still want to use data to enhance stories. Being that GeoCommons’ goal is to make mapping and analysis easy for everyone it is perfect for journalists looking to do research for a story or to add a map to enhance a story. Let’s see how this might work.Continue Reading →
One of the great parts of working GeoCommons is seeing all the interesting datasets people upload. We have everything from Afghanistan Polling Stations to Collegiate Quidditch Teams in Texas. Daily I look through for interesting information to post on either our Facebook Group or on the GeoCommons Twitter account.
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If you’ve traveled to GeoCommons in the past day you may have noticed two old friends strangely missing. I’m referring to Finder! and Maker! specifically. This superficial change is indicative of more substantial changes that happened under the hood. For starters we have refactored our Ruby on Rails codebase, previously there were three Rails [...]Continue Reading →
Today I was on a panel at the InterAction Forum, which is a conference for member organizations within InterAction. InterAction is an coalition of NGOs with over 180 member organizations. In the past few months at FortiusOne we’ve been assisting them in tracking their projects and sharing their geographic data. The panel [...]Continue Reading →
Welcome to the Esri DC Development Center blog. We write about features of our work on big data analytics, open platforms, and open data, what is new and exciting in the Esri and community, and general industry thought leadership and discussions of geospatial data visualization and analysis.
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