Jo Fraley demonstrates best practices for sharing maps and analysis on mobile devices.
00:01 Journal entry. November 7. Next stop USAID.
00:07 When a disaster or crisis occurs, USAID is prepared to answer the hard questions, when and where should the US provide assistance?
00:15 What and how much is needed?
00:16 And how do we coordinate with multiple organizations on the ground?
00:20 At USAID, we saw GIS making a difference in many different humanitarian assistance efforts, analyzing the recent floods in Thailand…
00:29 …tracking internally displaced persons in Uganda, and a really interesting story from Haiti.
00:36 Analysts mapped the density of destroyed buildings.
00:40 Calculated, there was more than 10 million cubic meters of rubble which clearly demonstrated…
00:45 …the lack of enough available open space in the right places for temporary shelters.
00:51 So in a key innervation, they created a new two-story shelter.
00:56 Now they can shelter twice as many people in the same space as before.
01:01 But GIS is a relatively new tool in the development community, and we saw the evidence during our visit…
01:06 …represented by an incredible team of young, inspirational GIS champions, that are spread across multiple divisions…
01:13 …yet all banding together informally to help each other and to empower the best decisions.
01:19 USAID is in the early stages of their enterprise GIS potential as an organization.
01:25 They have the staff and the champions.
01:27 They're building great maps and analysis, and just last November, they formalized a new geocenter to increase their capabilities.
01:35 Even in times of budget cuts in many organizations, the GIS team is seen as mission critical.
01:42 At some point during our visit, the subject of the news media came up.
01:46 I often personally disagree with how some news reports sensationalize events.
01:52 And I realized a valuable lesson here.
01:55 Media can often drive decision making in the absence of authoritative information.
02:01 This was an a-ha moment for me.
02:03 I understood that as GIS professionals, we must share our results quickly so decision makers can act with the best authoritative information…
02:13 …not let the absence inadvertently drive decisions.
02:21 Now let's take the USAID lesson a step further.
02:24 Where do most people in the world get information they use to drive their own decisions?
02:29 The answer today I would suggest is their mobile device. No big surprise, right?
02:34 Our new challenge as the GIS community is to realize that for many situations we must be able to deploy our work to the mobile platforms…
02:43 …because that's where many decision makers are getting their information first.
02:48 This new trend is Mobile First.
02:51 To help deepen our understanding of what Mobile First means, please welcome Jo Fraley.
02:59 Thanks, John.
03:02 When John gave me the assignment, Mobile First, my initial reaction was, there's so many devices, where do I begin?
03:10 If mobile is where people are getting their information, then Mobile First means their content must fit on a small screen.
03:18 It should be intuitive.
03:19 And it should work when you send an e-mail with a link.
03:24 When you need to share maps and analysis to your organization, to your manager, or to the public, the first question is, do you need to write code?
03:37 No or yes?
03:49 Now let's take a look at these three options.
03:53 The first option is you need to share to many devices without writing any code.
03:59 You've seen how ArcGIS Online allows you to share content easily.
04:04 If we go to the full site for ArcGIS Online on my iPhone, what is wrong with this picture?
04:11 It breaks all the Mobile First rules.
04:14 It doesn't fit on the screen. It's hard to use and navigate.
04:18 But what else is wrong with this picture?
04:21 It's not 11 p.m. at night.
04:24 This is actually a picture.
04:27 Let's open up a browser and navigate to ArcGIS Online.
04:33 Mobile First means you get a streamlined application that is built to fit and work on your mobile device.
04:41 If I'm signed in to ArcGIS Online, I'll get my content, but I can also get to additional content.
04:48 And those intelligent web maps that have been authored and saved on ArcGIS Online are easily accessible…
04:55 …and I can open them in my map view.
04:58 I can get to a description about that map, and I can quickly zoom in to my current location using the GPS of the device.
05:06 Also, pop-ups that are authored within the map are also accessible.
05:16 And if you really like a map, you can share it via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.
05:24 Another out-of-the-box option for users of Android, iOS, and Windows Phone is to download ArcGIS for those specific devices.
05:35 Opening ArcGIS on my Windows Phone, I have access to that same content from ArcGIS Online.
05:42 So using ArcGIS Online, you can share to many devices, whether they're using a browser…
05:49 …or using the native ArcGIS applications for their specific device.
05:53 There's no programming required.
06:08 Well I wanted to see what it would take to write a simple application focused on a hot topic of 2012, the presidential election.
06:27 I shared an e-mail with my colleagues asking for their help in testing the application…
06:31 …explaining to them that the application collects public opinion on election issues.
06:36 It's designed to work on multiple devices, and if they click on the link, they could try the application out and give me some feedback.
06:46 Now the application does take advantage of the GPS of the device.
06:58 Using my location, I can grab the ZIP Code and summarize the results for this particular region.
07:05 I can click on a map to see where the results have been collected from, and as we zoom in…
07:10 …we can see the blue dots represent that the biggest issue in this area is budget and economy.
07:16 Going back to the chart, the chart will update based on that region or map extent.
07:23 Now since the application is designed to work on multiple devices, let's go back to my iPhone, open that same e-mail, and click on the link.
07:48 …and visualize information on multiple devices.
07:58 The last example that I'm going to show you today is creating native applications.
08:04 Some organizations are standardizing on a specific device.
08:08 The ArcGIS Runtime SDKs for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone allow you to build these native applications.
08:16 And these SDKs allow you to take full advantage of your device's capabilities like the camera, the contact list, and online storage.
08:26 Coming at 10.1 with the Runtime SDKs is the ability to go offline.
08:33 So let's open up an application, and this application is built specifically for the iPad…
08:39 …that allows me to do inspections on tanks in a gas and oil field.
08:45 But we want to take advantage of that offline capability.
08:48 So let's switch and actually turn, go into airplane mode on my device, and I see that I'm offline.
08:58 I can continue to pan and zoom around the map as well as get to information about my tanks.
09:06 We can collect information while disconnected…
09:10 …and this capability is available because this application takes advantage of the local storage of the device.
09:19 We can also add a photo, either from the camera or the library, and save that information all while disconnected from the network.
09:30 And I see that I have one inspection ready to sync.
09:34 Now let's go back online, and once connected to the network, I can sync my changes and the data will update on the server.
09:48 So using the ArcGIS Runtime SDKs, you can build these native applications that take full advantage of your device's capabilities.
09:59 To wrap up, the three options when thinking Mobile First are no programming required using ArcGIS Online…
10:15 …or creating native applications for a specific device.
10:19 So my challenge to you is, the next time you need to share your maps and analysis, think Mobile First. Back to you, John.
10:32 Thanks, Jo. This gives us a better understanding of what Mobile First means for pushing information back to the world…
10:40 …as well as collecting information back, because in many situations, the best information comes from those that are walking in the geography.
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