Our Work on ArcGIS 10.1

Jack Dangermond talks about the ArcGIS system and summarizes the major updates and enhancements in the ArcGIS 10.1 release.  He also talks about Esri's acquisition of Swiss 3D software company Procedural and introduces the ArcGIS for Home Use program.


Video Transcription

00:01 I'd like to next move on and change subjects there for a moment, and we'll come back to this idea in about 10 minutes...

00:10 ...and talk a bit about our work.

00:12 Our work is actually in service to you and, by the way, I want to thank you for the privilege...

00:19 ...that we have on behalf of my colleagues to work for you.

00:22 This is, our work is about supporting your work, and the relationship that we have together is very important...

00:28 ...being able to be critical of our steps and directions is part of what this conference is about.

00:36 Fundamentally, our work is about ArcGIS; that's where we focus most of our attention...

00:42 ...which we define as a complete system for geographic information.

00:46 It has clients. Web clients; mobile clients; desktop clients; servers; enterprise servers; and increasingly...

00:53 ...clients in the cloud and a new dimension called ArcGIS Online.

00:59 ArcGIS supports multiple patterns for implementation. The desktop, which clearly is the largest pattern of over a million users...

01:08 ...and the server pattern, which is coming along rather rapidly with at least a hundred thousand of these implemented...

01:14 ...with thin-client access to shared infrastructure.

01:18 The third pattern, the web cloud pattern, is also beginning to emerge strongly.

01:25 These three patterns can be deployed independently, or they can be deployed as an integrated system...

01:32 ...and it is both of those missions that we work on.

01:39 [ArcGIS] 10.1, which will be coming out first quarter next year, is advancing our basic platform a lot.

01:48 It's introducing a lot of new capabilities.

01:51 Most of them are ones that you specifically asked for, and then there's some other ones that are going to be new...

01:57 ...and a few of them are what I would call game changers.

02:01 They're really very exciting.

02:03 We're going to release the beta for this in about two or three weeks.

02:07 We had hoped to do it for this conference, but you know software.

02:11 It's not quite, it's hard to do, to predict a time, but we'll get there by the end of the month, we think.

02:19 In addition to all this new feature functionality, we're also very diligent on improving quality and...

02:26 ...performance and making the product more usable.

02:32 At 10.1, we're growing rather radically the amount of basemap and content information that's part of this system.

02:41 New Landsat services for the planet for the last 40 years are there.

02:45 We're adding about 50 million square kilometers of GeoEye imagery.

02:50 We're adding a new basemap for the oceans.

02:52 In collaboration with you, we now have over a thousand partners building this topographic map for the world...

02:58 ...a kind of authoritative source way of building, crowdsourcing maps; and some other ones...

03:06 ...like the National Geographic and NAVTEQ's street and geocoding service for the world.

03:13 In the tools area, 10.1 will introduce some what I would call game changers in geographic science.

03:21 These are new tools that will help us predict or describe things, things like space-time clustering or group analysis...

03:29 ...statistical tools that allow us to do, for example, multiscale autocorrelation so we can understand...

03:35 ...what scale we ought to do autocorrelation analysis with.

03:40 My favorite is exploratory regression, which is not something that's so visual, but it basically takes one variable...

03:48 ...and allows us to explore multiple other variables' relationships to it.

03:53 Take, for example, disease, what are the explanatory variables that correlate with it, or crime or soil erosion?

04:00 This will unlock some of the secrets of our field.

04:04 And then there's other things like empirical Bayesian kriging, which is sophisticated contouring done simply.

04:13 Another great one is very fast time analysis, location-allocation tools...

04:18 ...so you can see by this how very fast those computations are becoming.

04:23 Areal interpolation allows us to take one areal unit like blocks, the data in them, and interpolate them...

04:32 ...or allocate them into another areal unit, like ZIP Codes, that doesn't have a geometric relationship, accurately.

04:40 And then there's geodetic buffering, something that many of you asked for, for years.

04:45 All of these are little instruments that will unlock some of the mysteries of geography in a more effective way.

04:54 We're making advancing in mapping and editing workflows.

04:58 One of the highest-ranked, voted-for tools was dynamic legends, so as I scale a map, the legends change.

05:07 You're supposed to say "Yay! Yay!" Okay, all right.

05:12 Or feature edit tracking, that means, if somebody edits a feature, I remember their name, a kind of feature-level metadata.

05:24 Yay! That's another one, right?

05:27 And then, a new suite of generalization tools, rule-based generalization, so that I can generalize lines and thematic areas very beautifully.

05:38 And then other things like better labeling, improved template editing, and better temporal support.

05:46 At 10.1, we are improving database management.

05:50 Again, one of those that you've asked for, for years is to have direct SQL access to all the popular databases.

05:57 This is not just for tabular data but also for spatial data, so simple features stored. Yeah, you like that, too.

06:06 And we're adding support for IBM's new Netezza database management system in that same suite.

06:14 We're adding administration tools for the geodatabase at 10.1 and dynamic schema updates.

06:23 And a few months ago, we opened up the geodatabase at the file level with open APIs.

06:28 All these make data management and access simpler, and then there's more coming in a moment.

06:36 [ArcGIS] 10.1 improves image integration and provides new exploitation tools by having very fast, very scalable, dynamic mosaicking.

06:47 This means, from a laptop I can view 1 image nicely or 10 images nicely without preprocessing them...

06:55 ...or a hundred images nicely in a dynamic mosaic or a thousand images or a hundred thousand images...

07:02 ...or a million images, and pan and zoom with dynamic visualization.

07:07 We're also adding automatic enhancement, so I put an image in, it reads the image parameters, and it just is a beautiful image.

07:15 We're also adding three-dimensional measurement.

07:19 So I can look at shadows and it looks at the parameters of the image file and gives us mensuration in your standard desktop.

07:29 Also we're integrating, for persistent surveillance fans, video, so I can take video from drones or from blimps...

07:38 ...or from aircraft and associate it with the other parts of GIS.

07:43 All of these simplify and integrate working with imagery.

07:54 At 10.1, we're adding huge support to lidar, being able to read dynamically using the same image mosaicking tools, LAS files.

08:06 That means, I mean, LAS is, lidar is expensive to take, and it's done at many different resolutions.

08:12 We've basically taken the same technology that we used for dynamic imagery; integrated it so that we can do dynamic...

08:19 ...on-the-fly viewing of LAS files as rasters and as TINs and as point clouds. 00:08:27

08:31 This is big, actually.

08:33 A lot of you have lidar data laying around.

08:35 You don't know how to integrate it and put it together.

08:38 This is just going to open it up and make it useful information products.

08:49 At 10.1, we're expanding ArcGIS as a 3D platform, adding performance for 3D, 3D geometric buffering...

09:00 ...things like shade analysis, shadow analysis, 3D viewsheds, and 3D editing. 00:09:06

09:12 ...facility management things, landscape planning. It's superb.

09:18 Okay. This year, we're doing something dramatic, and I'm about to make an announcement.

09:25 We're acquiring a company, a world-renowned company in Switzerland who does content creation.

09:32 It's a company called Procedural.

09:34 These are a really great group of Swiss software engineers, and they do all of those beautiful little pictures that you see on the right.

09:43 They were contributors for the cityscapes in Cars 2. I know all of you have seen that movie already.

09:52 But they also just create beautiful VisSim environments.

09:58 This is something, again, you've asked us to develop ourselves.

10:01 We're doing it through this development of a relationship.

10:05 Initially, that product's going to be sold independently for people who want to build these 3D contents...

10:10 ...and then we'll integrate it over time, like we have other technologies into the core...

10:15 ...so that content creation using rules tools can build this content and then integrate it back into the geodatabase.

10:24 We want to do the same thing here that we did with imagery.

10:27 We want to make visualization part of GIS, content creation part of GIS, not a separate technology.

10:36 And this will take us a year or so as we step into it, and it's going to change the game for integration of GIS...

10:44 ...and design and these advanced visualization tools.

10:56 ArcGIS supports popular mobile devices, ruggedized devices, smartphones, tablets.

11:03 We've done our best to try to cover the whole space here with all the popular operating systems, like Windows...

11:09 ...the Windows Phone, and the Windows Mobile; the Apple stuff with iOS; the Android platform...

11:15 ...and also ArcPad for high-end data capture.

11:18 The notion here is connecting field-workers and citizens...

11:22 ...for sure with downloadable little mobile devices, applications, or APIs.

11:29 But what we're seeing is something rather profound, and that is that users, GIS users...

11:34 ...are simply taking their little tablet device out in the field with them so that they can access their data directly.

11:44 In other words, it's not them versus us, it's becoming us as we become more of a mobile-oriented society.

11:52 This is an important trend, and one that I just want to call your attention to that's happening.

11:58 At 10.1, we're introducing something entirely new, which is ArcGIS Runtime. 00:12:04

12:14 You'll be able to deploy this easily, like on a thumb drive.

12:17 It's very fast; it has a small footprint kind of like MapObjects was.

12:22 It's Windows and Linux.

12:25 It supports native 64-bit but also runs in 32-bit emulation mode and has dev environments for WPF and Java and Qt.

12:34 This is going to be a game changer also in terms of embedding GIS both in connected environments and...

12:42 ...nonconnected environments into all kinds of applications.

12:47 ArcGIS Server is improving at 10.1.

12:50 We've enhanced the architecture, and we've added some new capabilities.

12:54 The architecture has really been rearchitected.

12:57 It has faster performance, and it's easier to install.

13:01 It's very simple to make services in it.

13:03 It's also resting in the full 64-bit environment, which means it's cloud ready, highly scalable...

13:12 ...and it also will be the first time that we've supported well the Linux operating environment. That's a good one.

13:24 On the user side, 10.1 will support web printing directly on demand.

13:30 It'll support on-the-fly symbology.

13:33 If I create one service, I can view it in different symbology renditions.

13:40 It'll continue to improve our standard support for OGC standards, of course...

13:46 ...also the web standards of REST, JSON, and HTML...

13:49 ...and it'll introduce two new standards, the tile standard from OGC and the processing standard from OGC.

13:58 These will continue our trend to keep our platform strongly open and interoperable with other technologies.

14:06 We're also improving the APIs and the web apps at 10[.1].

14:10 The web applications are becoming increasingly important, as some of you know, and we have a family of them.

14:17 The Flex and Silverlight and JavaScript environments and Explorer environments have resulted in...

14:25 ...millions of maps being made as these little examples here show on the right.

14:29 At 10.1, we're rather dramatically enhancing our support for SharePoint, an enterprise system in many of your organizations.

14:40 It'll mean that SharePoint users can actually make a map inside the SharePoint environment very easily...

14:45 ...and we'll see that later this morning.

14:48 All of these apps are really easy to configure, and they'll get even easier, as you'll see also later.

14:57 Okay, this is my favorite for this morning.

15:00 This is about sharing your work, maps, data, tools, and models.

15:08 If I'm in a desktop at 10.1, I can right-click; my map will be automatically turned into a map package.

15:17 You'll say, Oh, we can do that at 10. Okay.

15:21 If I'm in ArcMap and I have a model, analytics, tradecraft, I can right-click and automatically turn it into a model package...

15:31 ...and I can send these over to the server and other people can find them, download them, use them themselves.

15:39 That's nice, isn't it? That's nice.

15:45 But also I can right-click, and I can send it over to a server and it'll turn it into a service, a map service, a model service, a tool service.

15:57 That's nice, isn't it?

16:03 I can also right-click and send it over to the cloud and have it turned into a service automatically if I don't have my own server...

16:12 ...and it'll be administered there.

16:14 That's supposed to be, Yes! That's what we wanted!

16:20 Well, at least it gets me excited. All right.

16:25 I've covered a lot of 10.1.

16:27 We'll look [at] a lot of it after the break this morning.

16:30 It's going to fundamentally improve the 10.0 platform.

16:34 It has, as I mentioned, lots of things.

16:36 We'll have it as beta in a few weeks and I invite, once again, all of you to take advantage of this.

16:43 This summer, we also announced ArcGIS for Home Use.

16:47 This is a program for you being able to get the full desktop and extensions for your own personal use...

16:54 ...for your own personal development, and also your own volunteerism.

17:08 That's, I think it's going be very exciting, it's going to be a way for us to spread what we do.

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