00:01Well, I want to now move on to the vision of this conference, the theme of this conference, GIS Opening Our World.
00:11And let's start with this. You and I live on a little planet.
00:19We breathe the same air. We're also increasingly concerned about our future.
00:26Your own personal future, the future of your families, the future of your communities, the future of your countries...
00:34...even the future of life itself on the planet.
00:40The evidence suggests that all of these concerns are going to be challenging for you and me for the rest of our lives...
00:48...and for our organizations.
00:50We're also living in a time, however, when scientific discovery and technological advancements are accelerating.
01:01They're like no other time, and we read about this, but when you begin to sit back and think about the huge discoveries...
01:09...that are happening, we're creating data about just about everything, and tons of data, big data.
01:18But data actually is not enough.
01:20Clearly we need more integrated knowledge and ways to be able to create better outcomes.
01:30Do something in the way of footprints, like the Trust for Public Land has done, which creates a future...
01:37...different than the so-called trends that are so disturbing to us and will be challenging to us.
01:45Geography is our platform for understanding the world.
01:49Roger Tomlinson taught me this many years ago.
01:52By the way, this is the 50th-year anniversary of GIS and we have a lot to thank Roger for, let's just do it right now.
02:10And GIS makes it come alive.
02:13It makes geography come alive.
02:17GIS condenses down all the data and our information and our knowledge and our science into a kind of language...
02:26...that we can easily understand.
02:29Maps. Maps help us integrate our knowledge, but they also help us apply our knowledge...
02:35...the very work that I just showed of yours a few minutes ago, represent it.
02:40Maps also tell stories about, just about everything.
02:45We need to learn how to make these maps your kinds of maps.
02:50Maps about decisions, and more efficiency, more pervasive, opening up our world.
03:01We also need to learn how to make maps that create better outcomes.
03:06Geodesign maps, maps about creating a better future.
03:11These are the two big challenges that you as professionals can help today work on.
03:19Now I'm pretty, I'm pretty confident that we can actually do this.
03:24One of the reasons I'm confident is that GIS itself is advancing, it's getting more powerful, it's getting easier to use.
03:34It's evolving with lots of new capabilities, and it's also moving to a new platform, cloud. I like to call this cloud GIS.
03:43It's many things, but that's how I'll call it and refer [to] it in this presentation.
03:49The notion of this platform is that it allows geography to be pervasive, to create pervasive understanding.
03:58Not just simple, simple maps, but the deep kinds of knowledge that you have.
04:03GIS is evolving and advancing a kind of leveraging many other trends that are occurring that are interesting...
04:10...more measurement, more data, more computing, faster computing, cloud computing, SaaS computing, personal computing...
04:20...device computing, apps.
04:23And also GIS is coevolving with science itself, again, leveraging all of the big stuff, the big science trends that are occurring.
04:35The convergence of all of this is enabling us and will enable us to reimagine our world, not only the real world...
04:45...but also the world of GIS or your field.
04:49It's going to allow us to integrate geographic knowledge into everything we do, meaning everything everyone does.
04:58Today we have two and a half billion people connected with devices.
05:04Imagine the implication of this over time.
05:08This cloud GIS enables pervasive access; it integrates our traditional GIS, your work, desktop servers...
05:17...with a whole new pervasive world of apps.
05:22It makes what has been scarce, not that you haven't shared your stuff enough, but it makes that relatively scarce commodity...
05:31...your knowledge, abundant; it provides geography as a platform.
05:39Cloud GIS integrates all types of geospatial information.
05:44Maps, of course, and data, imagery, the new dimensions of social media, and crowdsourced information, and sensor networks.
05:53As we wire up the world, we can bring this together in a platform which is accessible. 00:05:59
06:09This model changes the discussion; it breaks down the barriers between different workflows and disciplines...
06:17...and it brings them together.
06:20Web maps provide this medium for integration and understanding.
06:26This will enable us to better collaborate and share and approach problem solving more holistically.
06:34You've seen probably this diagram before; well not exactly this diagram, but something like it, in the '80s and in the '90s.
06:45We would've looked at a database cam in the center, but database cams didn't make it because they were too rigid...
06:53...we couldn't get everybody to collaborate around common data models.
06:56This is different; this is a new agile and flexible environment, and we are already starting to see organizations adopt this pattern.
07:08Organizations are adopting this pattern rapidly.
07:12One of our partners, the Eye on Earth network in Europe, Jacqueline McGlade, who runs the European Environment Agency...
07:23...was an early adopter of this and used it saying, I'd like to put my data in the cloud. 00:07:28
07:36But then when she put it in there she began to share it, and other people started to do the same thing, the UN, the World Bank...
07:43...US government agencies.
07:45And what they discovered was not only can they get these advantages, they also can start to share information...
07:53...through this new medium of web maps.
07:56They began to create a new kind of infrastructure.
08:01By the way, I'd like to recognize Eye on Earth not only for their great partnership, but also a couple weeks ago they were in Rio...
08:08...and the whole Rio delegation embraced this as a foundation for organizing environmental data for the entire planet.
08:18It's quite an achievement.
08:20This is about creating geography in a pervasive environment as a platform.
08:27Geography as a platform, the theme of the conference, will open our world, the theme of the conference.
08:34And we're going to spend a lot of this morning talking about the enabling technology that is now here to do it.
08:43And also what it takes to embrace these sorts of patterns, and also we'll talk about the culture of collaboration and sharing...
08:53...and this isn't about we have to do something; it's actually just quite naturally emerging.
08:59This whole thought is going to help us reimagine the role of GIS in our organizations.
09:08It's of course going to help us better accomplish our work, your work, and so it's very exciting to me at this particular moment.
Vision: GIS—Opening Our World
Jack Dangermond discusses the vision and theme of the 2012 Esri International User Conference.
- Recorded: Jul 23rd, 2012
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- Published: Aug 29th, 2012
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