00:01Welcome, everybody. My name is Jack Dangermond, and on behalf of all of my colleagues, welcome to San Diego.

00:06It's very good to be with you again, and I appreciate you...well, I appreciate you, first off.

00:12I appreciate you being here; I appreciate all the good work that you do.

00:18I especially know what it takes to get here, so thank you. Thank you for all of that.

00:25The purpose of this meeting, as most of you know, is...well, you all have your own purposes, but for me, it's being together...

00:33...getting together not just virtually or once in a while but actually being together and learning from each other...

00:41...and teaching each other and sharing ideas and growing together. Well, lots of stories about that.

00:51First, I guess I want to tell you a little bit about who you are. This is the largest meeting that we've ever had.

00:59I think by the end of the week, we'll have over 15,000 people that come, about 14,000 now. Isn't that amazing?

01:09You come, you come from a hundred and twenty-six countries.

01:14You represent almost every discipline, almost every kind of human endeavor that's taking place in the world today.

01:21You're diverse. You speak many languages. About a third of you are from outside the US...

01:27...and for those of you who are, I want to take a moment and say welcome here to our meeting.

01:35About a third of you are here for the first time, which is really amazing, don't you think? Welcome to you also.

01:43During this meeting, there's a huge opportunity to make some new friends, to make new relationships that will matter.

01:50And it's my feeling that relationships are how it all works.

01:54They're certainly the secret for success in our lives, they're the things that glue us together.

02:00We can create things, we can have good ideas.

02:03All those sorts of wonderful, happiness, success in our comes from that.

02:11So I want you to look around, find somebody who's important, meet that person... a friendship, and do something important together.

02:22So do that for me now. Meet somebody and introduce yourself and tell them who you are.

02:38Okay, good. Enough of that. Thank you. Perfect.

02:51I want you to do that all week. Find some new friends. You'll learn from each other, I know.

03:00Well, in order to get to know each other, I'd like to start off this meeting by sharing a little bit of your work... that you get kind of a sense of the breadth of this common language that we are working with, geography and GIS.

03:16About a month ago, I began a's called the deep dive process; it involves all of the people in my organization...

03:25...but also engaging with you, getting lots of feedback, questionnaires, that sort of thing. It's a difficult time.

03:33But one of the light times of that for me is looking at your work, because you send me thousands of maps...

03:39...and I have to sort through them. And I select a few, and I throw a lot on the floor.

03:45Not that the ones on the floor are bad, but the ones that I'm going to show you are ones that for some reason or other I just picked them.

03:53And they represent kind of a cross section of your work.

03:57Some of you are monitoring environmental change...sea-level rise, deforestation, beach erosion, and droughts through time.

04:09And others of you are exploring GIS in a new field, GIS in the oceans.

04:16Building basemaps; bathymetry; studying species diversity...

04:21...and a new field of marine spatial planning, applying what we do on the land surface out into the oceans.

04:31Others of you are managing natural resources for us...biomass inventories; managing groundwater; and looking under the ground... geology, looking for exploration geology so we can see what's potential for mining or extraction; and also habitats.

04:49And these are in almost every country, reflecting the kind of audience that's here.

04:55Others are developing energy, both in traditional space like oil and gas exploration but also on new frontiers... geothermal and wind, biofuels, solar, at all kinds of scales.

05:11And many of you are planning for the future...economic development futures, land-use planning...

05:20...the assessment of the environment in land use, conservation planning, designing bike routes, doing urban redevelopment...

05:28...and even planning for the great Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Just profound work.

05:37Land information systems are a long GIS application, managing the civil society, who owns what.

05:45And it's not just about mapping, although we have some wonderful examples.

05:49It's also about analyzing this spatial data for things like assessing, digital assessment...

05:57...helping make decisions about issues of foreclosure and valuation changes.

06:04These maps show transportation applications. In Moscow, traffic monitoring; in Prague, noise assessment..., well, Pennsylvania, looking at regional transit planning.

06:18And we're beginning to track everything. Tracking ships, tracking aircraft, tracking trains, tracking people.

06:27This neat little example in the lower left is by Rand McNally...trip planning using GIS as a foundation.

06:37Managing utilities and telecommunications is a long and traditional system, but it's exploding with...

06:44...visualization showing us, for example, broadband coverage or speed.

06:49Many of you have seen the AT&T maps showing coverage. They're made with, I'm very proud to say, ArcGIS. Well, it's fun.

07:00Some of you are designing things like fiber networks, managing electrical utilities.

07:06And these examples in Hong Kong, again with handheld devices, show inspections of waterlines and networks and facilities.

07:16GIS is moving into building space, taking the power of spatial analysis into 3D buildings...

07:23...integrating building information models with the power of GIS.

07:28And we have some powerful visualizations here like the mosque in Mecca and the new World Cup facility in Moscow.

07:37But this isn't just about visualization; it's about analytics.

07:41The Green Building Council...looking at my old alma mater, looking at green buildings and analyzing them.

07:50We're seeing users take it and do emergency response, wind modeling, energy assessments; very powerful work.

08:00And providing defense and homeland security, making our world a secure place.

08:07These important maps give a little indication of what's going on in that space. We're providing situation are... local emergencies and regional emergencies and global conflicts that are under way.

08:24Improving business management. Businesses are getting more engaged in this technology.

08:29They're getting the Geographic Advantage. They're looking at competition, at market assessments, at trends, where best to locate.

08:39And a new field is emerging called geobusiness intelligence, using maps as an extension to the business intelligence world.

08:48And we're beginning to understand better, using GIS, the patterns of census in India, in Brazil, in Europe, in the US, and so on.

09:00And this same technology is being used to tell us, give us insights into disease tracking and patterns of disease, where it occurs.

09:09And also service delivery. The lower map on the right here is physician visits.

09:16It's part of the Dartmouth Atlas, showing how we engage with health care providers.

09:24GIS has a long history...and your work here in law enforcement and public safety shows how important it is...

09:32...for things like fire or crime analysis, providing executive dashboards and analytics for catching bad guys or...

09:41...also tracking emergency vehicles, managing traffic, crime mapping.

09:49These very important maps are about planning for and responding to natural disasters...fires, earthquakes, floods.

09:59This year, in a few minutes, we'll acknowledge somebody very important who was key in making maps in GIS...

10:07...about the tsunamis and earthquakes and subsequent radiation exposures in Japan.

10:14But I'm particularly also fond of this new little app that reads the USGS quake information and puts it into an iPad... that any citizen could look and check it out like they do the weather. Kind of fun.

10:29Engaging citizens with crowdsourcing information. Looking through these thousands of maps, this is a new trend.

10:37And you're learning how to do it, take feedback from citizens...

10:41...whether it's streetlight outage or storm damage or storm reporting or sharing video about the earthquake.

10:49These are all coming back to government and responders in an effective way.

10:54And government is learning how to be more transparent.

10:58They're showing where they're spending money and where they need to spend money.

11:02This is good, 'cause it's using the language that you create, GIS and geography.

11:12Actually, beyond maps, a lot of you sent me images of the kind of infrastructure designs that you're doing.

11:20This sort of a pink thing that's there is from the Canton of Zurich, a completely integrated enterprise system...

11:27...who's built infrastructure into every aspect of local government. And also similarly in Bogotá and Singapore, whole countries.

11:38And actually, whole countries like China have implemented complete spatial data infrastructure in every department...

11:45...and they're using it to do national planning.

11:48And this is going on in Russia; it's beginning in the US, it's going on in Europe, it's going on in...

11:57...well, beginning to go on in Indonesia, and the prime minister is behind it in India with a major commitment there.

12:06This year, the government of Abu Dhabi is sponsoring a special exhibit...tonight you'll probably want to go and see this.

12:13It's an exhibit of all these organizations and how they're building spatial data infrastructure...

12:21...or I like to call it national GIS; it's a little more appropriate. It's not just an infrastructure, but it's an information system.

12:32Each year, we honor about 140 organizations from around the world. These are a list of them.

12:40Beyond simply maps, these show great work. I'm always touched when I read through the portfolios of these award winners.

12:50This is 140 organizations out of 300,000. They've been peer reviewed and nominated and then...

12:58...well, I'd like them all to stand up if we can do that and acknowledge them together because this is good.

13:04Could I have the lights on and all the SAG Award winners stand up? Let's thank them.

13:23It's nice to be acknowledged, isn't it? It's a kind of wonderful thing in life to get acknowledged.

13:30But I like to acknowledge people because it shows good footprints of work.

13:35We'll be acknowledging these people on Wednesday afternoon in a special ceremony, and you're certainly welcome.

13:44Each year, we also give a couple of special awards, and this year, the first award is for an enterprise system of global stature.

13:55And this year, it's going to the government of Singapore. People have chosen this award because they've, in Singapore...

14:03...brought GIS into almost every government operation. And they've also made it transparent.

14:10These little screen saves here are showing citizen action activity...

14:16Well, the whole map, one map has gone live in Singapore; citizens are using it on their smartphones across the government.

14:25Well, Vincent Hoong is here. Vincent, could you come up? I'd like to give you this award.

14:31And, well, we should acknowledge him in the right way, don't you think? Congratulations. We need to get this on camera. Good.

14:48Thank you, Vincent. Did you want to say something? He's too scared, I think.

14:56Thank you, Jack. Thank you, Esri. This is a great honor for Singapore.

15:01I accept this on behalf of the 70 agencies and 50 ministries, some of whose representatives are here with me this morning...

15:11...from the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Health, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority...

15:17...all of whom have collaborated to make this happen. Thank you.

15:21Thank you, Vincent. Thank you very much. It's great.

15:32The second award that I'm going to give this morning is my award; it's the President's Award. I get to give this, I get to select it.

15:39It's very fun and a great honor. This award has been all over the world. You see the nice trophy. It's been to South Africa, Kentucky...

15:51That's supposed to be a joke, but it's real. City of New York. The Nature Conservancy.

15:59And this year, it's being given to the government of Russia; to, specifically...

16:04...the Federal Service for State Registration Cadastre and Mapping.

16:09It's kind of an integration of the tax organization, registration office, and their national mapping organization.

16:16I chose this because a couple of years ago, I went to Moscow and met with some of the people you'll meet in just a moment.

16:23And they had a vision of building a national cadastral system for all of Russia. And I thought, Oh, yeah, this'll take a decade.

16:33They'll have to get the technology; oh, the cooperation of all the states and local...oh, it's too much.

16:40But 18 months later, they came back and showed me their system implemented, wall to wall across Russia.

16:47They pulled together cadastral systems at all scales into a complete national fabric.

16:53And then they put it on the open web so that every Russian citizen can have access to this incredible system about property.

17:02This is a major event in Russia.

17:05Russia will change, I think, as a result of this. It's just spectacular work by a team of people who did it.

17:15Well, there's a special person who's the deputy director who had the leadership of this whole thing. Sergei, well...

17:27Sergei, come here. Sapelnekov. Sapelnekov. Sergei, congratulations. My great pleasure. Are you going to give a speech, Sergei?

17:46Yes, yes.

17:47Okay. Oh, he's going to give a speech. Go ahead, Sergei. Then I'll give you this.

17:50Like Stanley Cup. Yeah, for the cup.

17:53Where's my ring? Yes.

17:55Okay. Same, Jack, I'll tell some words about how we did it. I'm proud that our efforts are appreciated so high.

18:05And I consider this award like bigger ones, greater ones, because there are a lot of problems...

18:11...there are a lot of questions that we should solve it in the next maybe six months...

18:19...because we began only one year ago, and it's the result for this one year.

18:26I am grateful to Esri for excellent software, for your strategic views, for business cases. It's really helped us.

18:34I'm grateful to our employees. There are a lot of, 100,000 employees in Rosreestr, and it's their result as well.

18:46After my career is over, because I'm CIO, I become GIO I hope, and is over maybe.

18:55Game is over. Game changing, is what I would say.

19:00We also have a strategic view about federal United States cadastral system.

19:06When we finish ours, we are ready to do it again. Thanks a lot.

19:13Very good. I think you should go now. Sergei, thank you. It's good.

19:19Can I take it?

19:20Yes, you can, but you have to bring it back next year. Sergei, this is not about the technology.

19:28This is about excellent work by your team to put this system together, and you should be very proud.

19:35If you get a chance to meet with them, he can tell you a little bit of how they did it.

19:39Because it is the institutional and human dimension that make these systems come alive, and it's not...

19:44Particularly you in this audience know, this is not an easy thing.

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Jack Dangermond: Welcome

Esri President Jack Dangermond gives his welcome address to the 2011 Esri International User Conference.  He also recognizes users' work across a variety of industries and acknowledges Vincent Hoong Seng Lei, winner of the Enterrpise GIS Award, and Sergei Sapelnikov, winner of the President's Award.

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@bolsen  Unfortunately, we are unable to put that video up due to not having the rights to stream the music.
KarenJaffarian  (Staff Comment) 2 Years ago
Is the introduction part of the video still available, where it is just music playing over images of GIS professionals? Thank you.

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