Southern Tier GIS Group Meet-up

Last Thursday I finally attended one of the Southern Tier GIS Users Group meetings. Our ESRI rep was coming to town to do a presentation on ArcGIS Online so I decided to skip lunch and drive down with two of my GIS colleagues from the Ithaca area.  It took a little while to get there (I wasn’t driving) but we found the County building, parked, and hiked up some stairs to the conference room.

My Apple watch was giving me the thumbs up on those stairs…

The main presentation was given by Mark Scott, Solutions Engineer at ESRI who did a really awesome demonstration on the workflow for authoring and publishing an app with ArcGIS Pro and integrating it with Workforce for ArcGIS, Collector for ArcGIS and Navigator for ArcGIS.  The presentation was inspiring and I’ll have to carve out some time to look at Workforce for ArcGIS in the near future . Following the demonstration, we saw got to see live examples of how some of the Counties in attendance were using ArcGIS Online.  Below are a few examples and links.

  • Broome County showed how they are using ArcGIS Online to support public safety reporting for the City of Binghampton, NY
  • Steuben County- showed some of the apps on their open data site
  • Tioga County- showed off their public map gallery and some internal ones
  • Tompkins County showed a couple of story maps from the public map galley 

I was excited to see that other counties were leveraging their ArcGIS Online entitlements and  some of the examples were simple and inspiring.

Many of the highlighted examples on the ESRI ArcGIS Online site can be so fantastical and more suited for large organizations with lots of money and staff so it was good to see what some of the smaller less endowed local governments are doing with the technology for a change.

I’m glad I took the trip up there for sure and got inspired to do more with ArcGIS Online.