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Highlighting Jane Goodall’s Conservation Approach with a New Story Map

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Timed to coincide with Dr. Jane Goodall’s plenary speech at the 2019 Esri User Conference in San Diego, California, Blue Raster, Esri and the Jane Goodall Institute teamed up on an exciting new Story Map.

ENGAGE – LISTEN – UNDERSTAND – ACT, built with the brand new ArcGIS StoryMaps template, tells the story behind the ‘Tacare’ approach toward conservation. The story map outlines concerns over chimpanzee populations and the environment, the steps in the process of Tacare, and success stories with this conservation approach.

Beginning with an overview of how Jane Goodall first became involved with conservation through her work with chimpanzees, the story unfolds as Jane noticed that much of the forests in Western Tanzania, home to her beloved chimpanzees, had become barren hillsides after years of farming and other human related activities in the area. She realized that the only way to conserve chimpanzees and their habitat was to work directly with local people and communities. The story map we created titled, Engage - Listen - Understand - Act, explains this holistic approach and some of the successes the area has already seen through the work of Tacare.

Blue Raster is honored to have had the opportunity to help create the first dedicated web presence that details the Jane Goodall Institute's Tacare conservation approach and is especially thrilled to have been able to use the latest version of the next-gen StoryMaps builder.

An all-star team, including master storyteller Allen Carroll from Esri and Lilian Pintea, VP of Conservation Science at the Jane Goodall Institute, worked in collaboration with Blue Raster to produce ENGAGE – LISTEN – UNDERSTAND – ACT.

The new Story Map builder helps the reader flow seamlessly through the story of Tacare; the application intersperses captivating photos taken on the ground in Tanzania and interactive mapping elements that display chimpanzee ranges across Western Tanzania and the African continent. Success with Tacare can be seen in "before" and "after" aerial imagery, which helps readers to visualize the reforestation occurring in the area.

Jane Goodall photos

Not only does this story map detail the incredible conservation efforts led by the Jane Goodall Institute but it also serves as a call-to-action for other conservation efforts and organizations around the world. Conservation is in the hands of local people - by understanding the needs of local communities, we are then able to help create a sustainable future for our world.

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This story map will be displayed at the Esri UC Conference. If you're attending, make sure to check out Blue Raster's booth!

For more info about our work with the Jane Goodall Institute, read our blog post about our dashboard project in Tanzania.

Esri UC 2019: Visit the Blue Raster Team

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Esri UC Plenary speakers

Blue Raster is thrilled to announce our return to the Esri User Conference in July at the San Diego Convention Center. Members of our team will be making the trip out to sunny Southern California next month to present our work and to gain insights from other leaders in the geospatial industry. We look forward to hearing from keynote speakers Jane Goodall and E.O. Wilson, two of the world’s foremost conservation activists. We are excited to be collaborating with the Esri StoryMaps team and the Jane Goodall Institute on a Story Map that will be featured at Esri UC.

Exciting Technology at Esri UC

We are excited to announce that we are now a partner in the ArcGIS Indoors Specialty.

ArcGIS Indoors

Blue Raster is recognized for our expertise with indoor mapping and location analytics, and the implementation of solutions or services using ArcGIS Indoors. This rising IPS (Indoor Positioning System) based software will be at the center of several demos and training sessions at this year’s Esri UC.

Blue Raster Project Manager Megan Gottfried will be attending ArcGIS Urban pre-UC training on July 7th to learn more about this revolution in GIS for urban planning. We are looking forward to talking with colleagues and clients about these new initiatives. Make sure to visit our booth to see some of our application demos and videos.

We are also excited to announce that we are an official ArcGIS Marketplace Provider and have three new offerings in the ArcGIS Marketplace:

  • ArcGIS Online Accelerate
  • ArcGIS Hub Accelerate
  • Story Maps

Visit us at Esri UC to learn more about how Blue Raster can help you successfully set up, implement, and launch the latest Esri software tools.

Where to See Us at Esri UC

We look forward to engaging with other members of the GIS community, and we want to meet with you!  Stop by our booth in the Expo Hall near the Sustainable World Community or contact us at info@blueraster.com to set up a meeting.

Lightning Talk: My Life as a (Version) Control Freak: Versioning ArcGIS Online Items with Python

Monday, July 8th – 5:00 to 6:30pm PT in Ballroom 20-D

Blue Raster GIS Analyst Daniel Cassiday will share his experiences and thoughts on applications of Python in versioning ArcGIS Online items. This event is a single, five-minute presentation taking place as part of a larger series of lightning talks. Danny will be sticking around after the event to answer any individual questions.

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Visit us in the Map Gallery, where we will have three posters featured. Hang out with us during Map Gallery Opening and Evening Reception, Monday, July 8th – 4:00 to 7:00pm PT in the Sails Pavilion

Sustainable World Social

Tuesday, July 9th – 6:00 to 8:00pm PT                                                              Hilton San Diego Bayfront Sapphire Terrace

Blue Raster is a proud sponsor of this networking event, which focuses on the applications of GIS in the context of conservation and sustainability. There will be light refreshments and great opportunities to collaborate with other people and organizations that are looking to make a difference.

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Schedule a Meeting With Us

Interested in meeting with our team? Contact us now to schedule a time to meet with us during the Esri User Conference. We can't wait to see you!

The Magic of Maps: Presenting Esri StoryMap Beta

Blue Raster recently had the opportunity to create and present a StoryMap using the new ArcGIS StoryMaps (currently in Beta) for Esri’s “The Magic of Maps: How to Engage and Inspire Your Community” event. At this event, we were able to introduce our own thoughts on the new platform, as well as give advice on how organizations are able to utilize these tools successfully. The StoryMap itself, titled Measuring Success, goes into detail on how some of Blue Raster’s nonprofit partners are tracking progress of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. It addresses five of the seventeen SDGs and encompasses the work of The Demographic and Health Surveys Program, UNICEF, and The Nature Conservancy.

 

The Magic of Maps

The Magic of Maps

The presentation focused heavily on how organizations can be successful in the creation and utilization of their StoryMaps, including knowing the target audience, recognizing the potential of a successful StoryMap, and creating a concise and engaging design. Additionally we were able to showcase the features included in the new beta version of ArcGIS StoryMaps. With the new, modern platform users are able to pick and choose distinct elements to piece together, rather than having to select a set template. Uniform text and font size options also help to eliminate the complexity of styles and reduce design workload. Dynamic media types such as maps, videos, and images can be seamlessly integrated into a number of StoryMap features to further engage the audience. Most importantly, the new builder has a simplistic user interface that allows anyone regardless of prior experience (or lack thereof) to produce a professional-caliber StoryMap.

Special thanks to the members of the Blue Raster team who collaborated to create and present this StoryMap: Project Manager Christina Phang, UI/UX Designer Rachel Stock, GIS Intern Kelly Motzko, and GIS Intern Joe Nadonley.

You can view the slides and listen to the presentation here.

Sustainable World Conference in Geneva: Collaborating for a better world

The GIS for a Sustainable World conference in Geneva, Switzerland is an opportunity to develop long-term and collaborative relationships with global organizations interested in corporate sustainability and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). As a proud a sponsor of this Esri and UNOSAT event, we had the chance to share some of our GIS work that is making an impact on global sustainability efforts. This year’s conference theme focused on applying GIS to people, planet, prosperity, and peace, and how intelligent maps and apps can accelerate efforts to implement the SDGs.

GIS for a Sustainable World

Sustainable Business Panel Session

The Sustainable Business panel session provided an opportunity for participants to hear from experts in specific thematic areas and discuss issues pertaining to their use of GIS. During this session, Michael Lippmann presented our work with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) funded India Water Tool. This tool helps users understand their water risks and plan interventions for water management in India. Other presenters in the panel included Tijs Lips from Bunge, Adam Romo from ISEAL Alliance, and Michael Marus from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Interactive Breakout Sessions

In addition to hearing about sustainability challenges and successes from the many global organizations in attendance, Blue Raster Program Manager Phil Satlof had the opportunity to participate in a World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored Map-a-Thon. The “Map-A-Thon for Good” event gave participants a chance to learn important workflows for data validation, all while creating an open data set to share with the humanitarian community and beyond.Activity at the GIS for a Sustainable World ConferenceWe also participated in the interactive field GIS mobile data collection exercise. In this session, attendees got hands-on experience using the latest in Esri field mobility software. The Exploration Team collected data from around the conference venue, then viewed it on the Operations Dashboard.

Additionally, the Blue Raster team visited with clients at the World Health Organization (WHO) and enjoyed the sites around Geneva. Before heading home, the team visited Chamonix and Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps. GIS for a Sustainable World

Blue Raster sightseeing in Geneva

To read more about the conference, visit the information page.

 

Blue Raster Takes on Esri DevSummit 2019

The Blue Raster team had an action-packed week at the Esri Partner Conference (EPC) and Developer Summit in Palm Springs, California. Every year, we look forward to DevSummit as it offers our team the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from other developers about the latest technologies and enhancements available in the ArcGIS platform. DevSummit also allows us to explore the software and solutions that we can apply to our products and projects.

2019 DevSummit group photo

On Thursday, one of our team members, Christian Howard, brought his knowledge to sunny California to present on “Geek Perspectives: Lessons from Developing with Scene Layers in 2019.” Throughout the week, the team attended numerous technical sessions from Esri software experts and fellow developers from the user community.

Here are a few of the technologies that our team is excited about:

• ArcGIS Arcade: There were a few demonstrations that showed how to dynamically update map layers, popups, and symbology on the fly using Arcade’s straightforward, JavaScript-like expressions. It was also interesting seeing a scripting language that can manage geometric and feature data types!
• Virtual Reality: Early in its development, this tool will allow users to visualize spatial data inserted into the real world using a mobile device.
• Hosted Python Notebooks: Allows GIS analysts and data scientists to directly share and execute Python scripts from Portal for ArcGIS. Python script integration has become a crucial part of processing and organizing of spatial data.
• Machine Learning and Deep Learning: These tools will allow analysts to quickly and accurately explore data patterns and locate objects in remotely sensed imagery.
• 3D from 2D: We continue to see various sessions dedicated to 3D, including the ability to visualize scientific data using z values from attributes.

Our team closed out the conference week by participating as the Raster’s Nine in the dodgeball tournament followed by the Esri party that evening. The team also enjoyed a wonderful day of team bonding by the pool with a Blue Raster picnic full of food and fun.

Catch more of our favorite moments from the week below. See you next year at DevSummit 2020!DevSummit Collage

We are hiring! Visit https://blueraster.jobs/ today and join our team.

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