5 Things on Friday #46 – Esri R&D Resources, Emergency Response Solutions, Halfway Meeting Tips!

Time for another, end of summer edition of 5 Things on Friday. We’ve shared a couple of really cool Esri R&D resources, a handy travel planning meetup map tool, some emergency response tips, and a few other gems – enjoy! Got a tip for a future edition? Please share with us in a comment below or on Twitter @geojobegis

Esri Application Prototype Lab

Are you wondering what kind of things are being developed in the Esri labs? The EPL is where projects that are in the R&D phase from Esri are shared and tested by the Esri crew and the user community. These are the latest demonstrations, prototypes, and proof of concepts from Esri and you are welcome to test them out, try to break them, look around and provide feedback. Some really cool things here!

esri apl

Esri Labs

Esri Labs is Esri’s innovation platform and a launch bed for new technologies and collaborative projects. Esri Labs projects are developed by Esri employees and shaped based on customer feedback and validation. Based on customer feedback, Esri Labs projects could become stand-alone products, a capability of ArcGIS, or be discontinued. Or sometimes just left alone as a one-off cool solution. Some recent apps to come from the Lab include Survey 123 and Snap2Map.

esri labs

Wildfire & Climate Resouce – View every wildfire in America

WXshift is a situational awareness solution that gives you information, maps, updates and more about current active wildfires. The maps provide real time data from feeds that share fire location, statistics, size etc… WXshift (pronounced “weather shift”) is a collection of independent journalists, climate scientists, and meteorologists working to bring you the latest in weather and climate information. Enter a Zip code to get started



Looking for somewhere to meet friends halfway for lunch? Hitting the road and need to find a place to stop for the night? Perhaps a spot of golf on the way? This cool site lets you and a colleague or friend find a half way meeting place. Find the exact halfway point by time or distance and then choose a venue to meet or stop at. Interesting, when I tested to find halfway between Victoria BC and Fort Collins Colorado, it suggested Glen’s Ferry – a place that I’ve stopped at before as a halfway rest place!


ArcGIS for Emergency Management & Response Solutions

ArcGIS for Emergency Management delivers maps and applications to support the mission of Emergency Management organizations which facilitate work in preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. Organizations can get up and running quickly with these solutions designed for emergency preparedness, response and recovery scenarios. Users will find downloads, documentation, help, FAQs, sample data and more to support their deployments. See for example this damage assessment solution

damage assessment

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