ESRI 2007 User Conference Open Thread

I’ve gotten a couple people emailing me complaining about the lack of info coming out of the 2007 UC. I’m not sure what I can do about it as I’m not there. Thus if you’ve seen something interesting at the UC and think the folks back in the home office should know about it, post it here.


Getting excited about ArcGIS

Great IM conversation:

gretch: afternoon james
James Fee: how are you doing?
gretch: great, im at the uc
James Fee: having a good time?
gretch: sure, people here are a little excited
James Fee: yea, people enjoy hanging around with fellow geo-geeks
gretch: esri guys excited too
gretch: howard dean excited
James Fee: lmao, really?
gretch: i swear he looked like his head would explode
gretch: was really into it
James Fee: mind if I blog that?
gretch: sure im having a great time though
gretch: would have been great to meetup
James Fee: The UC is a treat, no matter what Sean Gillies says


Want to see the ArcGIS REST API?

Looks like Microsoft is going to demo the REST API and Virtual Earth. Someone needs to stop by and get the details.

ESRI Announces new REST API for Interoperability at 2007 User Conference

With the release of 9.3, ESRI will provide an ArcGIS JavaScript library that extends the Microsoft Virtual Earth Software Development Kit. You can use the extended SDK to mashup content from any ArcGIS 9.3 Server via the REST API for ArcGIS Server with Virtual Earth maps and imagery. In the Microsoft booth #2101 on the ESRI UC exhibition floor this week, the Virtual Earth team will be demonstrating this capability through 3 simple demos provided by the ESRI team.


ArcGIS 9.3 in 2008

Not that it is news, but 9.3 will not be out in this calendar year. You’ll need to make 9.2 work for almost 1 more year. Should be good for developers, at least you know that your clients won’t be installing 9.3 anytime soon.


Best ESRI UC Day One Summary

By far the best thing I have read on Planet Geospatial in months.

Welcome to ESRI User Conference 2007: Amateurs Go Home!

…the plenary was quite disappointing. While some of the usual suspects have round-ups that make it look like a lot is being added, I find little to be energized about. They are integrating Image Server with ArcGIS server. Wonderful, I can’t wait to see how badly hacked together that API will be. They are enabling “mash ups”. Welcome to 2005.

I’m pretty sure I would have written that after reading what was being said in the IRC back channel. I’m glad to see that what was being said there matches up with what actually went down at the UC. (of course I’m not there so take my opinion as you wish)

Oh and Sebastian…. They are enabling “mash ups” in 2008 so we even have to wait for that.


ESRI User Conference IRC

If you want to talk live about what you’ve seen, drop by the Planet Geospatial IRC channel.

Planet Geospatial IRC
Channel: #planetgeospatial

The convention center blocks IRC, but you can use the web based client here:


RSS Feeds available at ESRI Support

What do you know, RSS is now available at ESRI Support.

Now you can keep up to date on the latest support articles and downloads without having to manually look through the site. Very welcome!


ArcGIS Online Content Sharing Program

ESRI has introduced their new ArcGIS Online Content Sharing Program.

The ArcGIS Online Content Sharing Program enables your organization to contribute geographic data content to be published and hosted by ESRI. By participating in the program, ESRI will integrate your content with that from other providers for publication in ArcGIS Online services. Once your data is published, the data can be accessed by users throughout your organization and by other users with access to the Internet. This program is available to any ESRI user and other geographic data providers interested in making their data content broadly available.

Interesting, I’ve always wondered why ESRI never offered up such a service before. I’ll be interested to see who starts offering their data through the service.

Anyone wonder when they’ll offer ArcGIS Online via KML?

ESRI customer handing keys to their data over to ESRI


Nothing but a Wikicracker

I got an email from a fan:

date Jun 15, 2007 6:04 AM
subject re: James Fee GIS Blog

You are such a wikicracker. Grow up.

I had not heard of the term wikicracker before, but Urban Dictionary is my friend.


QGIS 0.8.1 has been released

Tim Sutton just announced on the QGIS blog that 0.8.1 has been released.

It is our great pleasure to announce the immediate availability of Quantum GIS (QGIS) Version 0.8.1. Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows. QGIS supports vector, raster, and database formats. QGIS is licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS lets you browse and create map data on your computer. It supports many common spatial data formats (e.g. ESRI ShapeFile, geotiff). QGIS supports plugins to do things like display tracks from your GPS. QGIS is Open Source software and its free of cost (download here).

The release notes are here.

BTW, what is up with the new icon? Seems a little retro to me…