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News Roundup — January 2018

What is the first App of the Month this year? How can you turn big data analytics into big data answers? Find out these and more in the January News Roundup.

Feature Stories

January’s App of the Month: GeoDASH
Throughout the year, we will feature 12 interesting and diverse customer-developed apps in our blog and on our website home page. January’s App of the Month is Vancouver Police Department’s GeoDASH. Explore how geographic information systems (GIS) can enhance citizens’ awareness of policing activities in their community, as well as keep them engaged in reducing crime.

Halifax Explosion: Preventing history from repeating itself
A hundred years have passed since the Halifax Explosion happened at the Halifax harbour in Nova Scotia. Are we better-equipped to avert a disaster of such consequence? Dave Hamilton, public safety industry manager for Esri Canada, explains how technology is being used today to make maritime transportation safer.

New must-have winter map: City of Guelph’s Plow Tracker
Have you ever wondered how long it would take for your street to be plowed in the middle of a heavy snowfall? Imagine having the ability to see where the next plow will be and in which order of priority streets will be cleaned. Find out how the City of Guelph in Ontario keeps its residents informed of snow removal operations through its new web mapping app.

Four easy steps to creating engaging and informative story maps
Story maps are a simple and effective way of communicating information. There are a lot of tools, templates and technology available to make and publish your own story maps. Read this blog post to find out more about these easy-to-create and effective-to-communicate story maps.

Esri Canada News

Community Map of Canada Now Available
November 15, 2017

Halifax Regional Municipality Recognized for Improving Operations Using GIS
November 14, 2017

Esri News

Jack and Laura Dangermond Give Major Gift to Enable Preservation of Iconic California Coastline
December 21, 2017

Unlock Information from Imagery for Use in Maps and Analysis
December 20, 2017

Esri Technology Will Help Power the United Nations’ New Global Data Hub
December 11, 2017

Esri Publishes a Textbook on How to Use ArcGIS Pro
December 6, 2017


ArcNorth News: Choreographing Digital Transformation
ArcNorth News is Esri Canada’s digital magazine covering Canadian GIS successes using Esri technology.   Discover how Utilities Kingston, a leading multi-utility provider leveraged GIS solutions to achieve operational excellence – seamlessly moving from rolls of paper and map drawings to mobile apps – and engaging its customers on the way.

WhereNext Magazine: Flying Taxis Take Flight
WhereNext is Esri’s new digital magazine for business leaders. Autonomous cars may score most of the attention these days, but a small group of entrepreneurs is betting that autonomous planes will be here faster than most people realize.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: Turning Big Data Analytics into Big Data Answers
The goal of the series is to help executives and leaders in industry and government understand how modern GIS technology enables digital transformation and drives growth. In this featured podcast, Keith Nichols, managing director of government at Thomson Reuters, explains how location intelligence unlocks riches in big data.

Image Submission Portals for EPC and FedGIS Now Open
Submit images for either the Esri Partner Conference (EPC) or Esri Federal GIS Conference (FedGIS), and you might have your work selected to be showed by Jack Dangermond at events. In 2018, both conferences will take place in March – EPC is March 3-5, and FedGIS is March 20-21. Submit your images via the portals below.

2018 EPC Image Submissions
2018 FedGIS Image Submissions


Ryan Prox, Vancouver Police
The Vancouver Police is the first police department in Canada to use machine learning to create predictive policing technology using an application that uses Esri mapping technology called GeoDash. With this innovation in crime forecasting, they saw a decrease in residential break and enters each month.