00:01Journal entry. November 7. Next stop USAID.
00:07When a disaster or crisis occurs, USAID is prepared to answer the hard questions, when and where should the US provide assistance?
00:15What and how much is needed?
00:16And how do we coordinate with multiple organizations on the ground?
00:20At 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.
00:36Analysts mapped the density of destroyed buildings.
00:40Calculated, 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.
00:51So in a key innervation, they created a new two-story shelter.
00:56Now they can shelter twice as many people in the same space as before.
01:01But 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.
01:19USAID is in the early stages of their enterprise GIS potential as an organization.
01:25They have the staff and the champions.
01:27They're building great maps and analysis, and just last November, they formalized a new geocenter to increase their capabilities.
01:35Even in times of budget cuts in many organizations, the GIS team is seen as mission critical.
01:42At some point during our visit, the subject of the news media came up.
01:46I often personally disagree with how some news reports sensationalize events.
01:52And I realized a valuable lesson here.
01:55Media can often drive decision making in the absence of authoritative information.
02:01This was an a-ha moment for me.
02:03I 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.
02:21Now let's take the USAID lesson a step further.
02:24Where do most people in the world get information they use to drive their own decisions?
02:29The answer today I would suggest is their mobile device. No big surprise, right?
02:34Our 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.
02:48This new trend is Mobile First.
02:51To help deepen our understanding of what Mobile First means, please welcome Jo Fraley.
03:02When John gave me the assignment, Mobile First, my initial reaction was, there's so many devices, where do I begin?
03:10If mobile is where people are getting their information, then Mobile First means their content must fit on a small screen.
03:18It should be intuitive.
03:19And it should work when you send an e-mail with a link.
03:24When 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?
03:37No or yes?
03:49Now let's take a look at these three options.
03:53The first option is you need to share to many devices without writing any code.
03:59You've seen how ArcGIS Online allows you to share content easily.
04:04If we go to the full site for ArcGIS Online on my iPhone, what is wrong with this picture?
04:11It breaks all the Mobile First rules.
04:14It doesn't fit on the screen. It's hard to use and navigate.
04:18But what else is wrong with this picture?
04:21It's not 11 p.m. at night.
04:24This is actually a picture.
04:27Let's open up a browser and navigate to ArcGIS Online.
04:33Mobile First means you get a streamlined application that is built to fit and work on your mobile device.
04:41If I'm signed in to ArcGIS Online, I'll get my content, but I can also get to additional content.
04:48And 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.
04:58I can get to a description about that map, and I can quickly zoom in to my current location using the GPS of the device.
05:06Also, pop-ups that are authored within the map are also accessible.
05:16And if you really like a map, you can share it via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.
05:24Another out-of-the-box option for users of Android, iOS, and Windows Phone is to download ArcGIS for those specific devices.
05:35Opening ArcGIS on my Windows Phone, I have access to that same content from ArcGIS Online.
05:42So 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.
05:53There's no programming required.
06:08Well I wanted to see what it would take to write a simple application focused on a hot topic of 2012, the presidential election.
06:27I 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.
06:36It'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.
06:46Now the application does take advantage of the GPS of the device.
06:58Using my location, I can grab the ZIP Code and summarize the results for this particular region.
07:05I 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.
07:16Going back to the chart, the chart will update based on that region or map extent.
07:23Now 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.
07:58The last example that I'm going to show you today is creating native applications.
08:04Some organizations are standardizing on a specific device.
08:08The ArcGIS Runtime SDKs for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone allow you to build these native applications.
08:16And these SDKs allow you to take full advantage of your device's capabilities like the camera, the contact list, and online storage.
08:26Coming at 10.1 with the Runtime SDKs is the ability to go offline.
08:33So 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.
08:45But we want to take advantage of that offline capability.
08:48So let's switch and actually turn, go into airplane mode on my device, and I see that I'm offline.
08:58I can continue to pan and zoom around the map as well as get to information about my tanks.
09:06We can collect information while disconnected…
09:10…and this capability is available because this application takes advantage of the local storage of the device.
09:19We can also add a photo, either from the camera or the library, and save that information all while disconnected from the network.
09:30And I see that I have one inspection ready to sync.
09:34Now let's go back online, and once connected to the network, I can sync my changes and the data will update on the server.
09:48So using the ArcGIS Runtime SDKs, you can build these native applications that take full advantage of your device's capabilities.
09:59To 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.
10:19So my challenge to you is, the next time you need to share your maps and analysis, think Mobile First. Back to you, John.
10:32Thanks, 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.
Deploying Geospatial Information to Mobile Platforms
Jo Fraley demonstrates best practices for sharing maps and analysis on mobile devices.
- Recorded: Feb 22nd, 2012
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- Published: Mar 27th, 2012
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