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.
Jul 20th, 2011
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 things...love, happiness, success in our professions...it comes from that.
02:11So I want you to look around, find somebody who's important, meet that person...
02:18...build 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...
03:06...so 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 process...it'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...
04:40...at 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...
05:02...like 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...
06:13...in, 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, Harvard...is 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 awareness...you are...
08:15...to 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...
10:22...so 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?
17:47Okay. 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 I...new term...game 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.