“We have a choice to make about what kind of world we want to live in.”

– Jane Goodall


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Kyle Wikstrom
Kyle Wikstrom, GIS Solutions Specialist

The first day of the 2016 Esri User Conference began, as it does, with the plenary sessions, and I was at the front of the line to get into the presentation hall (one of my top tips!). Exemplary work done by GIS professionals from around the world was featured, including Racine County’s Land Information Gallery and apps produced by Pro-West.

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Racine County, WI Land Information Gallery featured (top left) during the Esri UC plenary

Racine County also received a SAG (Special Achievement in GIS) Award for its ArcGIS implementation projects. A piece of personal work I had done with Story Maps was also featured as a Storytelling with Maps Contest winner. Some very proud moments!

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My story map was featured as a contest winner!

Jack Dangermond, Esri founder, emphasized ArcGIS as a complete web GIS platform; a system for managing and applying geographic information to support individuals, organizations, and communities. ArcGIS enables systems of engagement, systems of record, and systems of insight. Web GIS empowers us to expand GIS capabilities to include creating web services and apps from client servers, incorporate real-time data versus static sources, distributed computing versus single servers, moving proprietary data into open data and shared services, and much more!


ArcGIS Insights is a new visual, intuitive, and responsive app. It can transform our understanding of the world around us with exploratory analysis. Dynamic spatial analytics and visualization can be done on the fly and gives users access to charts and other graphics that present an overview of their data.


ArcGIS Pro will see advancements in parcel and utility editing, 3D data generation, spatial relationship analysis, and simple task offerings.


ArcGIS Online has seen several new improvements, including:

  • Smart Mapping and 3D
  • Analysis Tools
  • Vector Tiles
  • Credit Allocation
  • Enhanced OGC Support
  • Better Administration
  • Social Logins

Coming to ArcGIS Online will be improved search and data management, organization-to-organization collaboration, raster analysis, and more content.

Getting a sense of the scale of ArcGIS Online was exciting. To date, ArcGIS Online has 3.2 million users, 6.2 million items, and 15.3 million open data downloads. Open source apps exist for industries such as state and local government, emergency management, gas and electric, telecommunications, water, and defense.


Road Map

2016 – ArcGIS 10.4 and Pro 1.2

2016-17 – ArcGIS 10.4.1 and Pro 1.3

2017 – ArcGIS 10.5 and Pro 1.4


In the Map Gallery Reception, hundreds of maps created by GIS professionals were on display. I even had the opportunity to discuss my map, “2012 Presidential Election Results”, with Jack Dangermond.

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I had the opportunity to discuss my map with Jack at the Map Gallery Reception

Additional highlights from Day 1…

  • All Esri self-paced online learning courses will be available FOR FREE!
  • Esri and Digital Globe are partnering to provide the best imagery for the entire planet
  • Insights for ArcGIS will be included with existing ELA agreements
  • Analyze big data with new ArcGIS Pro GeoAnalytics tools
  • Share valuable information with ArcGIS Code Sharing (codesharing.arcgis.com)

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