ESRI User Conference 2011

The big news this week in GIS is that the ESRI User Conference is taking place in San Diego, California (from 11-15 July). Unfortunately this year I can’t make it. I was there last year and it’s a fantastic event. I thought I’d try to keep up-to-date with what’s happening this year even though I can’t be there. So here’s a round of news from the event so far…..

Actually before the main event kicks off the ESRI Education User Conference started (it runs from 9-12 July). Adena at Directions Mag gives a great overview of the big ideas from the plenary session (something I didn’t know – Ken Field joined ESRI back in April!). I definitely agree that there is confusion between ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Explorer Online! ESRI (esri) please come up with some more straight-forward product names!

A look at the latest tweets from the ESRI UC reveals some interesting info. In terms of conference attendee stats, a tweet from @VKouyoumjian reveals there will be some 13,000 people at the event this year.  @MartenHogeweg links to an esri-made interactive map where you can suggest place to eat, drink, shop and sight-see. There are a whole host of other tweets from US geo-people who are going to be there. Let me know if you’re from the UK and are there! Meanwhile the latest Google News on ESRIUC reveals a number of press releases from companies/organisations attending the event including FME, Blue Marble, Abu Dhabi Government, etc.

A look at Flickr isn’t showing much so far (lots of photos of one of the SDCC staff for some reason!). I imagine the photos will fill up by the end of the week. 

Looking at the ESRI UC agenda I can see tomorrow will be a big day with the plenary. I imagine there will be lots of talk about ArcGIS 10.1. and more on new additions to ArcGIS Explorer Online and ArcGIS Online. Already mentioned is the new drag-and-drop functionality in ArcGIS Online. Perhaps too some clarification on spatial databases in 10.1. Do we need ArcSDE anymore?

Are you at the ESRI UC? Please tell me what you think of it. Is it your first time?

Also if you aren’t there but want to stay up-to-date with what’s going on, stay tuned to my site for more news on the event throughout this week.

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