August 09, 2006

Blog meetup reminder and random notes from Wednesday morning at ESRI UC including a look at ArcGIS Explorer

Most of the folks from the blogosphere taht are here in San Deigo already know about the geoblogger hook-up taking place tonight but I'll remind you once again about the Google sponsored event... I can't make it as I'm flying out at 7 PM (darn).. maybe next year I guess!
Mister Tiki Mai Tai Lounge801 5th Ave, San Diego, CA(619) 233-1183 - Time: 8pm, 9 August.
Just an FYI, I'm now in Room 6A here at teh coonvention center preparing to listen to a session on what's new in ArcGIS 9.2. Just left Dick's where we had a decent, fast lunch and a couple of 32 ounce cokes to keep me going! Prior to that I was on the exhibition hall floor for a few hours taking in the latest in GIS solutions and enabling technologies. Some of the things I got to see include:
- a nice presentation of ArcGIS explorer from Bernie Sekalski (sorry about the spelling!). Expect the free viwing client to be available in the near future, once 9.2 ships. The objective of this client is to further enable the consumption of web services. Very cool about this is the ability to run your models or other people's models as well as provisioning for alot more GIS functionality and analytical capabilities... it really is lots more than a simple, free viewer. The support for not only KML data but SHP files, geo rasters and local content make the client a huge step above using ArcView explorer. I didn't get a chance to see the session for developers on how to create and ready your data and apps for viewing in explorer but apparently its pretty slick and simple. The ability to download and even share your own Globes with others will no doubt make the online community resource quite popular down the road - you can get a glimpse of it by visiting
- pushpin LE from Placebase is very cool and will be a welcomed tool for developers looking for Google maps-like functionality - check out their API - more info at

OOPS, gotta go as the session is starting

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