Welcome to the Esri International User Conference and Your Work with Jack Dangermond

Esri president and founder Jack Dangermond gives his opening remarks for the 2013 Esri International User Conference.

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00:02Good morning.

00:06Good morning, everybody.

00:07My name is Jack Dangermond, and I'm very pleased to welcome all of you here to this...let's see...

00:15...thirty-third Users Conference.

00:19Pretty interesting, huh?

00:20Do you like San Diego?

00:22Yes, it's pretty good.

00:24I think so.

00:26Look, we have a lot of special people here in the audience, about 12,000 of you.

00:33Pretty good.

00:34And my job is not only to welcome you but also give you a little bit of an introduction to the reason why we are here.

00:41This slide suggests that we are going to learn together, and that means we're going to learn from each other.

00:48We're going to teach each other, we're going to pick up some ideas, make some new friends, have some fun.

00:54That's kind of what the whole purpose of the conference is.

00:57And to begin that, I always like to have you meet somebody else near you.

01:02And before you do that, I'll simply say you are from 130 different countries, all over the planet...

01:09...some developed, some undeveloped, some big cities, some small cities, some big organizations...

01:14...some small organizations, some - well, just about every different discipline that you can imagine.

01:19So, alright, with that introduction, why don't you take a minute and turn to your side, introduce yourself...

01:25...to a neighbor, tell 'em who you are!

01:46Okay, good. Thank you!

01:48Great. Thank you.

01:52Perfect.

01:56I want you to do that all the time during this next week.

02:00Every time you start a session, meet somebody new.

02:03That's what this whole meeting is about, reinforcing this global community of GIS professionals and what you do.

02:11As I mentioned, you're from almost every background, and for the last three weeks, I've been going through...

02:17...materials that you've sent me, thousands and thousands of maps.

02:21And they are pretty impressive.

02:24I've collected just a few of them to share with you, but they're humbling in terms of the work...

02:31...that you are doing on the planet.

02:34You're working in almost every field.

02:36I'll just mention a few of them - monitoring environmental change, looking at climate change, and...

02:44...the impact of that on just about everything else; permafrost reduction, species change, sea level rise.

02:54On the other hand, some of you are managing natural resources - forests, agriculture, aquaculture, water.

03:02These two maps on the right I really like because they show similar kinds of activities...

03:07...but one in Texas, one in South Sudan.

03:11The purpose of this meeting is also for you guys to not only become friends but share best practices on what you're doing.

03:19Interesting.

03:22Some of you are measuring and remediating environmental contamination.

03:27This little red map shows the huge Superfund site in Florida that's been remediated.

03:34It's the largest in the United States, ongoing for about 11 years.

03:40Some of you are developing energy resources, the traditional ones, extractive industries like oil and gas...

03:46...and now shale; and other working on renewables - wind, solar, everything.

03:55Managing land records is essential for us on the planet.

03:59It's a foundation for our civil society.

04:03And lots of you are doing that, but also using that same parcel information to do lots of other things...

04:10...from real estate in Russia to environmental studies in the Philippines, and on and on.

04:18Many of you are planning for designing the future, looking at urban gardens and urban design and...

04:25...urban redevelopment and regional planning, and putting that into zoning administrations.

04:32In Antarctica, some of you are doing marine spatial planning and coastal zone management in India.

04:40Transportation planning and modeling is essential for us, and you're doing it in air and ships and - I say, from buses to bikes.

04:54The map in the center from Prague showing the ridership of transit usage is interesting.

05:02But the little map in the lower right, by the post office here in San Diego, is my favorite...

05:07...showing mail delivery optimization.

05:10Very cool.

05:12Utilities - telecommunications, public works.

05:16Here, my favorite map is the City of Los Angeles's waste shed modeling.

05:22They're doing this so that they can allocate waste sheds to different private-sector trash haulers or...

05:29...pickers-up or whatever you call them.

05:31And the other one that I like is that pole inspection application that's now running at PG&E...

05:38...and every worker's thing, they're using mobile device apps to observe things and fix things.

05:49GIS is moving into buildings, into campuses, into interiors - bringing in the whole BIM model environment.

05:57And thanks to our friends at GIS, Inc., we even have an indoor GIS for the Convention Center.

06:02So if you're lost here and you want to get from room to room, you can get this app and do it.

06:10GIS is definitely affecting business, retail.

06:15This beautiful map from Harley Davidson here shows dealer management or dealership location optimization.

06:22But in marketing and insurance and real estate, all of these fields are supported.

06:31GIS is making a huge difference in understanding human health, understanding how we do it...

06:37...like this Medicare map of costs in the United States.

06:42The Gates Foundation is helping eradicate polio, using GIS in Nigeria.

06:48And at the micro scale, we're unraveling the mysteries of DNA using the same spatial analytic tools...

06:54...that we do for larger geographies.

06:59Your work in law enforcement and public safety, making our communities safer, be more responsive...

07:08...being able to do analytics of crime and other sorts of patterns.

07:12And I was particularly attracted to this map showing space debris, where it might possibly fall out of the sky.

07:21Responding to natural disasters is a serious thing, and there's a whole bunch of things right now...

07:27...people up in Alberta that wanted to be here, they sent this morning their e-mail.

07:32Please tell them we're out here, doing it with the floods in Calgary.

07:37But flood risks, flood effects, earthquakes, fires, ice storm, the superstorm that happened on the East Coast...

07:47...of the United States was an effort by many of you working at different levels of geography...

07:52...sharing information and responding - just great work.

07:57I noticed in the materials that you sent me that there's more citizen engagement - 311, information...

08:04...coming into government, making government more responsive.

08:07And also, government is sharing what they're doing not only with the open data movements but also...

08:13...with services, like showing budget transparency or even where best to vote.

08:22Cartography is improving, and right after lunch, we're going to show you a video that shows the last 30 years...

08:27of maps in the map books from when it used to be black and white and with color and then larger and more...

08:36It's going to be very interesting, so make sure you come back from lunch on time.

08:41But these maps show just some excellent work, especially in the Czech Republic.

08:46But the map here I want to call your attention to is the one on automatic generalization.

08:51This is done by the Dutch Kadaster.

08:53They've saved millions of euros in the manufacturing of their 1 to 50,000 maps by taking their 1 to 10,000s...

09:00...and doing automatic generalization.

09:04They've now got a timely delivered map, and I mean, it's just incredible what they did.

09:11Story maps are a new kind of medium, and many of you have embraced these app patterns...

09:17...pouring maps and narrative and other multimedia into these and making them available.

09:23Right now, this week, you know, the Tour de France is going, so people are using their little iPhones or...

09:33...let's see...smart devices, taking pictures.

09:37So check it out at lunch.

09:39It's very cool.

09:42Organizational portals are also a pattern that we're seeing a lot of, to provide citizen access...

09:48...making government again more responsive or engaged with citizens.

09:54But also, government infrastructure, shared information between different government entities.

10:02And then there's the whole open data movement.

10:05I'm very excited about this one in Peru, which has opened up all of their geologic and mineral information...

10:11...for download by industry there.

10:13And then internally, lots and lots and lots of organizations like Shell, Verizon - they're getting all...

10:20...their own information together and sharing it and making their organizations more efficient.

10:26Well, listen, these are all good pieces of work, and I'd like to acknowledge all of you...

10:31...and particularly thank you for sending me these maps.

10:36Very, very exciting work, so thank you.

10:41Each year, we recognize a series of users with something we call Special Achievements in GIS Awards...

10:48...and this year, these are the ones that have received that award domestically, and these, internationally.

10:55And if I could, I'd like to have all of you who received a SAG Award, please stand up at this time.

11:02Let's acknowledge them the right way.

11:17It's nice to get acknowledgment.

11:18Doesn't it feel good?

11:20I always like it, once in a while.

11:24But the purpose of acknowledgment like this is not simply to make us feel good but it's to show...

11:30...put a spotlight on good practices.

11:32And so those people that were standing up - take notice of them, because they've got good footprints.

11:38They represent one-tenth of 1 percent of our several hundred thousand organizations...

11:44...around the world, and their work is just stellar.

11:48So thank you.

11:49We're going to have a celebration on Wednesday afternoon.

11:52You're all invited if you'd like to come and help acknowledge these people further.

11:58This year, we're giving several special awards.

12:01The first one is Making a Difference Award, and this is for Jack Wennburg.

12:08Jack Wennburg developed something that some of you know about, called the Dartmouth Atlas.

12:13And this is a very special piece of research.

12:17Jack himself is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

12:22He's a member of the Institute of Medicine.

12:25He's a special guy.

12:27But he invented this notion of looking at health care practices, and he determined, he proved that cost...

12:36...and quality and the outcomes of your health care vary, based on what?

12:43Based on location.

12:45This is a stunning thing.

12:46Jack, could you come up and receive this award for us please?

12:54Thank you.

12:56Thank you. A great pleasure.

12:59We've got to take a photo here.

13:03Good. Thank you, thank you.

13:05Want to say anything?

13:06Just let me say that tracking medicine has been a great career, and maps have helped a lot.

13:13Well, that's good! Yeah, that's short and sweet.

13:14Thank you very much.

13:15Thank you, Jack.

13:16I'd also like to thank my colleagues at Dartmouth who made this all work.

13:18It's a group process; it's not just one person.

13:22Well, you had a lot to do with it.

13:23Thank you so much.

13:24Thank you, thank you, thank you.

13:25Thanks.

13:34Our second award this year is the Enterprise GIS Award, and this is being given this year...

13:40...to the Hong Kong Lands Department.

13:43This is absolutely the most successful - from my perspective - large city urban GIS infrastructure development...

13:53...that I've ever seen.

13:55Well, Dominic Siu, could you come up with perhaps yourself or anybody else you want to bring along?

14:01Ah, yes, okay, here we go.

14:03Let's acknowledge them.

14:09Thank you.

14:10Thank you very much.

14:12Hello. I guess we'll take a photo.

14:15Should we put this in here?

14:20Good, thank you.

14:21Thank you.

14:22I need to tell you that this is - some of you know Hong Kong.

14:26It's 3D.

14:28They have a lot of people living there.

14:30They have transactions going on there constantly with respect to ownership and leases and zoning and everything.

14:36Anybody visiting Hong Kong, you should definitely go to see Dominic.

14:38And from my perspective, really, Dominic, this has been just an amazing thing to watch you guys grow, and it's a showcase.

14:49But anyway, Dominic, thank you.

14:51Did you want to say something?

14:52Okay, yeah.

14:54Thank you, Jack.

14:56I'm very pleased to be here to receive the award from Jack on behalf of the Lands Department...

15:03...of the Hong Kong government.

15:10We started off with LIS project back in the '90s.

15:17And a few years ago, we implemented a second generation main information system.

15:25And I take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues who were involved in the project, although they are not here.

15:35But I'm sure we will take some video back and [UNINTELLIGIBLE].

15:41Okay.

15:42Thanks, Dominic. Thank you.

15:44By the way, congratulations.

15:45Yeah.

15:46Yeah, thank you.

15:48I'll meet you later.

15:49Good. Thanks.

15:52Very good.

15:56The final prize and award is my award, and this year, it's being given to an organization called Direct Relief.

16:08I doubt that many of you've heard of this organization, but this is an organization who is set up...

16:13...it's up in Santa Barbara - redistributes hundreds of millions of dollars every year of medicines...

16:21...and equipments to populations in need.

16:25They're working in 70 countries.

16:28Perhaps you've heard about the mission, getting from all the medical companies very cheap or donations...

16:37...of products and then distribute it to people - social targeting.

16:41So this year, I'd like to invite Dorothy Largay - are you here?

16:45...and also Andrew Schroeder, the GIS genius of all time behind this organization.

16:50Oh! When they're coming, I'm just going to say that this organization, according to Forbes...

16:56...is the most efficient NGO, with over 99 percent efficiency, and I'm very proud to say that...

17:03...they're using GIS for well, targeting, transparency, logistics - it's just amazing.

17:12So congratulations to you guys.

17:13Thank you very much. We really appreciate it.

17:14Yeah, yeah, it's great.

17:16You guys deserve this.

17:18These people...

17:23These people are doing - what I would say - God's work.

17:26I mean, literally taking the best that we have and distributing it to the people that really need it, so...

17:32I don't know - Dorothy, are you going to talk or give a speech or...?

17:35Just a few words.

17:36Okay.

17:39When we invested in GIS four years ago, we didn't realize how it would literally transform the way...

17:47...we're now able to reach millions of people.

17:50Okay. That's neat.

17:51So on behalf of those millions of people, thank you.

17:54Okay.

17:55And for the millions of people who also need help, keep those apps, tools, and services coming.

18:04Okay, we'll do our best!

18:08Thank you, Dorothy, thank you.

18:09I really appreciate it.

18:10Alright.

18:11Thanks.

18:12You're my hero.

18:14You're mine.

18:15Thanks.

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