00:01October 2011. It was a dark and stormy night.
00:04A winter snowstorm hits Connecticut, leaving 700,000 homes without power.
00:09What unexpected federal agency is already in high gear, mapping, preparing for the worst, and working with FEMA?
00:18The US Department of Health and Human Services.
00:21Why do they care? Because lost electrical power puts hospitals, nursing homes, and medical services all at risk.
00:28Hospitals are scary enough. Imagine a hospital totally in the dark when the emergency generators run out of fuel.
00:35So if a power problem persists, HHS may be requested to help.
00:41Enter the Secretary's Operations Center, the SOC.
00:45The director's chair sits on a raised platform at the back and is flanked on both sides by GIS analysts.
00:51When it comes to understanding and communicating information, HHS has the staff in place to deliver the answers.
00:59This is their job, and this is their workplace.
01:02Staffed 24 by 7, the SOC provides situational awareness for planned events as well as natural and man-made disasters.
01:10And one of the key technologies is their MedMap web application.
01:15Everything from hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, warehouses filled with medical supplies, and deployed staff are all tracked.
01:23More than 200 map services are immediately available with role-based security for more than 500 users.
01:31During the Connecticut snowstorm, the GIS team was analyzing the reported outage areas…
01:38…and analyzing which medical resources were affected and the implications if a mass evacuation was needed.
01:46How did HHS get the outage map from the local power company? This is the sad part of the story.
01:53The local power company had a static map on their website, not a map service…
01:59…so HHS had to retype the outage areas to create their own data.
02:05While this process works, it's not the most efficient.
02:08Would you want to be the analyst retyping data in an emergency?
02:12Why did the Connecticut power company not publish a live feature service to make it easier for everyone to respond and help?
02:21There is hope in other states.
02:22Consumers Energy, which is Michigan's premier utility company, does have their outage maps registered…
02:29…and shared through ArcGIS Online, ahead of the storms and accessible to HHS.
02:36The moral of this story is you never know who's going to need your data in an emergency.
02:41I never would've thought or imagined that an agency like HHS would be looking at power outages.
02:48I think this is a message for everyone.
02:51We all need to be prepared to quickly share our data, our maps, and our analysis so others can help us.
03:00Now, our next technology update considers other ways we can help you reach out and leverage available resources…
03:08…and how you can quickly respond to the unexpected.
03:10Without saying any more, please welcome Sheila Steffenson and Craig Cleveland.
03:15Thanks, John. All of John's stories remind us how hard all of you work every day building geographic data…
03:25…and then turning that data into maps and applications to convey the information in meaningful ways.
03:32Like Jack said, turning it into knowledge.
03:35And over the years, Esri has focused on providing the capabilities to help you do this work…
03:40…which has resulted in thousands of valuable tools.
03:44But what if, in addition to that vast array of tools, you were provided with combinations of those tools in the form of templates…
03:52…that would enable you to implement much more quickly?
03:56And what if some of those templates were focused on the non-GIS user…
04:00…simple but compelling and enabling you to get your messages out to a much broader audience?
04:07Well, for the last several months, we've focused dozens of our staff on an initiative that we call ArcGIS for national government…
04:16…focused on doing just that.
04:19We've looked closely at your missions to determine the maps and applications needed to accomplish those missions…
04:25…and we've discovered numerous areas of efforts and hundreds of maps that can help.
04:30And as we build those maps into configurable templates, we'll make them freely available to you on the Esri resources website…
04:39…along with other valuable content, such as videos and messaging centers and, in time, offerings from our business partners.
04:47And we've organized those resources around the communities of the national government to make it easier for you…
04:53…to locate the specific tools and templates that you need to get your job done…
04:58…as well as to connect up with others doing similar work.
05:02So whether you're focused on oceans management, our nation's defense, imagery, or health research…
05:09…ArcGIS for national government will provide the resources specific to your community.
05:15Now, tomorrow morning we're going to have breakout sessions where we'll dive in deeper…
05:20…so that you can get a better understanding about this initiative, but for now, my colleague Craig Cleveland…
05:26…will give you a glimpse into the templates so you can begin to understand how they might be of benefit. Craig?
05:33Thanks, Sheila. A lot of us work on campuses.
05:36Wouldn't you like to have a web application to help you locate someone's office?
05:40Well, on the resource center, you'll find the Campus Place Finder template to help you do just that.
05:45You could type the name of a colleague, select their name from a list…
05:50…and now you know where to find them and how to contact them.
05:53You can also move through the floors of a building if you need to locate an office on a different floor.
05:59To help you prepare your data for use with the Campus Place Finder, we've provided multiple desktop templates.
06:04The first is an editing template to help you build out features for interior spaces and exterior places.
06:12The second is a basemap template to help you publish off your data with rich cartography.
06:19If you're interested in reporting, we're going to have a Reporting template as well.
06:24The Reporting template allows you to summarize statistics based off of a particular geography.
06:30Once you've chosen your geography of interest, you're then presented with summary statistics for that particular geography.
06:39In this example, I can see where grant monies are going as well as compare state funding to national averages.
06:49If you're working on projects all across the country or even all across the world…
06:53…it can be very difficult to keep track of where they are.
06:56To help you with that, we're working on a Data Collection template.
07:00Using this template, you can search for a location, capture it as a project, and then enter in information about that project.
07:15Now we're all familiar with an atlas of maps, the rich cartography and wealth of information…
07:21…but have you ever wanted to access an atlas of dynamic maps at any time or anywhere?
07:27Well, on the resource center, you'll soon find the Atlas Viewer template to help you build out that atlas of dynamic maps.
07:34Using the Atlas Viewer, you can move through a series of maps based on different categories…
07:40…as well as access pop-ups to help you see a further detailed breakdown of the information being displayed.
07:48Templates can also provide for more sophisticated analysis, such as determining a viewshed.
07:54This is an environmental impact application to help you determine whether or not you can see potential wind turbines from the shore.
08:02First, you specify the average height of the wind turbines, then draw in their potential location…
08:10…and what's returned to you is the area on land that those turbines can be seen from.
08:18Templates can also provide for more sophisticated workflows. Here is one to help me discover imagery.
08:24I'd like to see what imagery we have available for Tehran.
08:30Specifically, I'm interested in eight-band, multispectral, high-resolution imagery…
08:35…which I know is provided by the WorldView-2 sensor.
08:39I'd also like to specify a maximum cloud cover of 30 percent on the date of capture…
08:44…and narrow my search to the area just around the city.
08:49I can then see the details of all the imagery that's been returned to me, as well as that of an individual image.
08:56I can also preview that image to make sure it's what I need.
09:01Lastly, I can queue all this imagery in preparation for publishing it off as an imagery service.
09:08I can then share off that imagery service with colleagues for use in more detailed analysis.
09:14I hope this quick glimpse of the map and app templates excites you…
09:17…and you're already thinking about ways that you and your organization can utilize them. Sheila?
09:22Thanks, Craig. Last year, I attended a presentation by an NIH scientist, and she stated, "I don't do GIS.
09:31"I do cancer research, and GIS helps me do it better."
09:35That's what ArcGIS for national government is all about--helping you do it better…
09:40…helping you more rapidly implement and more widely disseminate your good work…
09:45…enabling you to focus more on your missions and less on the details of technology.
09:52Finally, this initiative is in its initial stages, and we really need your help.
09:57So please, attend the sessions tomorrow and learn more about ArcGIS for national government, but then give us your feedback.
10:04Tell us what we've done right, but more importantly, tell us where should we go next.
10:10Bring your business cards and write your ideas on the back of them, and then give those to the presenters.
10:15Because we want to partner with you on the future for ArcGIS for national government.
ArcGIS for National Government
Sheila Steffenson and Craig Cleveland give a overview of the tools and templates available in the ArcGIS Resource Center for the national government community.
- Recorded: Feb 22nd, 2012
- Runtime: 10:22
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- Published: Mar 27th, 2012
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