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News Roundup — April 2020

What GIS resources are available to help organizations communicate their pandemic response with stakeholders? How are businesses already using GIS to navigate the COVID-19 crisis? Why is it critical for organizations to have a geospatial strategy to leverage the massive amounts of data coming their way? Find out in this latest issue of News Roundup.

Feature Stories

New: Business Continuity Solutions from Esri

To help businesses gain a holistic view of their operating status and risk, Esri has released business continuity solutions to support businesses, utilities and government agencies with their COVID-19 response. Learn more about the Coronavirus Business Continuity ArcGIS Solution and the Coronavirus Business Continuity Hub.

For a more advanced walkthrough of these new solutions, register for Esri’s technical meetup on April 2, 2020 at 1:00 PM PDT / 4:00 PM EST.

April’s App of the Month: Dodge The Bullet

Gun violence in Toronto is rising, but countless shootings go unnoticed until they hit too close to home. April 2020’s App of the Month, Dodge The Bullet, provides Torontonians with a visual and measurable way to see just how close they were to dodging a bullet.

FAQ: Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis with Free ArcGIS Hub Resources

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve around the world, it’s becoming increasingly clear that GIS professionals can play a powerful role in mobilizing organizations’ data into full-fledged pandemic responses. This blog post details free resources that you can use with ArcGIS Hub to help communicate with your stakeholders about what you’re doing to mitigate the crisis.

Train in the comfort of your own home or office

Did you know that Esri Canada is fully prepared to deliver 100% of our instructor-led courses in a home environment? We’ve delivered hundreds of online courses each year for the last 10 years and are planning to continue in the coming months. Find out more about learning virtually with us with this blog post.

How better location intelligence can help businesses cope with COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic will change—and is already changing—the ways in which business is done across the globe. In this blog post, Matthew Lewin discusses the ways that location technology can improve business resiliency and help businesses cope with the uncertainties of this ongoing crisis.

What do SDI users need to know about map projections?

In a spatial data infrastructure (SDI), when users combine disparate geospatial data that has been collected and stored in different coordinate systems, there is a risk of additional distortion being introduced. This blog post demonstrates why users, when combining data layers from an SDI, should take the time to check the layers’ geometric registrations.

Story Map: Digitally Transform Your Water Department 

Many water departments still carry out operations using traditional paper-based documents. Unfortunately, paper-based processes lead to issues such as lack of data access, multiple and competing systems of record, delays in communication and increased risk of error—resulting in inefficient workflows. View our story map Digitally Transform your Water Department to learn how organizations can take advantage of digital workflows to make faster and better decisions.

Esri News

Esri to Provide Mapping Resources to WHO Member States

April 1, 2020

Esri Offers Free Access to Software for Continued Education through Coronavirus Closures

March 30, 2020

Esri Provides Free Mapping Software for Organizations Fighting COVID-19

March 19, 2020

Esri Recognizes Partners for Exceptional Achievement

March 10, 2020

Esri Releases ArcGIS Analytics for IoT

March 10, 2020

Esri to Enhance Its Platform Capabilities with Infogroup Data

March 5, 2020


Mapping the novel coronavirus outbreak

Esri’s StoryMaps team, with support from Johns Hopkins, has put together a series of maps and data that puts the coronavirus in perspective, including animated maps showing the early spread of the virus and how it progressed. The data is updated daily. Also, visit Esri's COVID-19 GIS Hub.

WhereNext Magazine: How Businesses Are Bringing Clarity to Coronavirus Response

WhereNext is Esri’s digital magazine for business leaders. This article discusses how businesses in both the public and private sectors are using GIS technology to help them understand the spread of the novel coronavirus, navigate this unprecedented pandemic and make decisions quickly. We’ve linked key resources—like the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 hub—throughout the article.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: AI and Location Intelligence: Understanding their Predictive Power

Hear Omar Maher, director of artificial intelligence at Esri, explain how businesses and governments use artificial intelligence, machine learning and location intelligence for prediction.

Video: Crowd Sourcing for Public Health Emergencies

The next evolution of app builder from Esri is called ArcGIS Experience Builder. When you want to build a customized web application for your end-users, it can often be more useful to build them an experience. Something that's more than simply a map-centric app. An experience is a web app that integrates maps along with stories, images, video, and other components for telling a bigger story.

About the Author

Dani Pacey is a Marketing Specialist for Esri Canada. She digitized her first map at the tender age of 10 and has been fascinated by the relationships between people and places ever since. An avid technical communicator with degrees in Science & Technology Studies from York University and History of Science & Technology from the University of King's College, Dani has always blended science, social science and the humanities and loves bringing them all together to tell great stories about human life.

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