5Things on Friday 7 – 5 GIS, Mapping, and Geo Technology Tips and Innovations!

Time once again for us to share 5 more very cool things in Geo technology with our community, we hope you enjoy and find something here that may help you to be even more awesome in your role as a GeoGeek or Geo professional.

Esri Global Content Challenge

Esri is hoping that Students Will Unleash the Power of Maps for Scientific Storytelling in this awesome contest that challenges their minds and their Geo-savyness! With the power of Esri content at their disposal, students will tell their own compelling scientific stories using the Esri Story Map Journal app. Entrants will use personal geographic analyses, visualizations, predictive models, and more, to explore a variety of scientific themes. Winners will be announced on December 5, 2016.

global content challenge

Analytics for your maps – Maptiks

Something to help webmap authors and administrators manage their web services from the clever crew at Maptiks – You can start using web map analytics to track users visiting your ArcGIS Online maps, LeafletJS, OpenLayers and Google Maps with just a few clicks. Currently, you can even get a fully functional 2 week eval of the full blown solution! Maptiks is born out of another Esri small business startup and is proving to be a great success story.


Thinking Spatially Using GIS

A fabulous resource for the Geo ED community from Esri. Thinking Spatially Using GIS was developed to enhance spatial learning for upper elementary students and to provide teachers with comprehensive and easy-to-use resources for GIS instruction in the classroom. Updated teacher and student materials are available at no-cost to download at ArcGIS Online and use in classroom instruction.



Recently, Mapfolio V2.0 for ArcGIS Online was released with some fabulous updates. Simply put, Mapfolio enables users of ArcGIS Online to add some really nice customization to their accounts and create a custom, public facing home page that presents only what the user/administrator wants to make available. Custom features to share include select map data, favorites, and groups, all presented on a branded homepage and housed on ArcGIS Online. For the user they can get in, customize and get out very easily – oh, and Mapfolio is free! See Mapfolio in the ArcGIS Marketplace


GIS in the Rockies

Each year, usually in September, the annual GIS in the Rockies event takes place. This year was no different as we just got back from enjoying this 2 day event celebrating the fine GIS, mapping, and geo technology from the Colorado front range and surrounding areas. The event had about 600 attendees, mostly from private solution providers (local companies like DigitalGlobe, Merrick, Sanborn and others were there), State and locaal government, energy and utilities, and education and academia. Presentations were top notch and local faves Peter Batty, Matt Sheehan (Utah) and Brin Timoney delivered amazing talks to please the crowd. Bookmark this event for next year!

GEO Events - GIS in the Rockies
GEO Events – GIS in the Rockies


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