IMAGINews: Digital Edition

Summer 2020

Leveraging GIS in the Fight against COVID-19

We wanted to address the coronavirus pandemic as our feature article for the first digital IMAGINews since 2013. GIS resources across the state have been created to describe the current state of COVID-19 by county. Click the map to the right to open a web map that shows the technology used to explain complex health data. We hope these resources will help you answer questions about the pandemic where you live, work or play!

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IMAGIN Bulletin Board

Each year, IMAGIN hosts a general membership meeting at the conference.  This year, the meeting will be on Wednesday, August 19 from 1 to 2:30 pm.  We hope you will join this virtual meeting to share your thoughts about the direction of IMAGIN during this difficult year and beyond!

ProDev Team

Watch for virtual seminar invitations coming soon to your inbox!

Board election results are in! New IMAGIN Board members will be announced at the annual meeting!

Communications Team

Share your feedback about this new digital newsletter!

ArcGIS Highlights

After the Esri User Conference 2020 took place virtually, attendees had access to a few recorded sessions and workshops. Those videos are still available to watch and learn from. Esri Blogs provide another great resource to answer many of our GIS questions. Two popular blog resources are included below to get you started.

The ArcGIS Blog homepage is a landing pad with links to a variety of software and topical blogs. You can browse by clicking the Topics menu on the right side or search through the blogs by entering terms into the search widget below the featured blog panel.

New features are now available in Map Viewer Beta! Along with sophisticated labeling, cluster labeling makes it easy to see the location of a concentration of point features in your data. Map Viewer Beta will become the default viewer this fall although Classic Map Viewer will be available for some time.

Focus on Open Source GIS

Curious about open source GIS, but don't know where to start?  You might consider one of the desktop software options reviewed in the Beginner's Guide to Open Source Desktop Mapping Software.  This blog features reviews of three top open source GIS software programs.

StoryMap Tales

The June ArcGIS StoryMaps update included many enhancements and new functionality.  Now, you can tell your story by embedding audio files, adding videos from the web to immersive panels, selecting new sizes for your sidecar panels, plus more!  And, you can review your story before publishing with an enhanced preview window to view your story on different devices.  Check out the amazing StoryMaps created by our fellow Michigan GIS colleagues:

In Memoriam

Randy Raymond, an active IMAGIN member and passionate supporter of GIS education in Michigan, passed away unexpectedly in early July.  As discussed in a Directions Magazine article, Randy was most recently involved with the GRACE project to bring students into the GIS field.  We share our sympathies with Randy's family, friends and colleagues.

Looking Ahead...

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