IMAGINews: Digital Edition

Winter 2021

"Snow" Many Weather Resources

Weather is a popular topic of conversation in Michigan. If it's hot, we wish for cold temperatures and in the middle of winter we hope for spring!  Our feature article looks at a few examples of data and maps that you can find online and some that can be added to your interactive maps.  The article also explores different methods for keeping the public informed about snow plowing activities after a major storm event. 

Esri's Living Atlas also provides weather data that can be added to an ArcGIS Online web map.  Check out How to Make a Weather Map in a Minute for instructions!

IMAGIN Bulletin Board

IMAGIN's 29th Annual Conference - Postponed

With restrictions slowly being lifted and vaccine distribution ramping up, we all are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. After months of consideration the IMAGIN Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone the 29th annual conference until June 5-7, 2022.

The health & safety of everyone is of utmost importance to the IMAGIN Board of Directors. The planning for our conference on Mackinac Island was always with the hopes of celebrating our 30th conference. Although it may not be the 30th conference, we want to provide the highest quality content, networking, and experiences for the largest GIS audience in Michigan. We are already planning and hope that you will join us on the island next year.

Thanks to your membership renewals, IMAGIN can continue to offer our Webinar Series, this quarterly newsletter, and provide other educational and networking opportunities! This is the only time the IMAGINews will be sent to everyone in the Michigan GIS community. If you are not currently a member, join us and continue to receive information intended to keep your GIS skills sharp! 

Thank you to our IMAGIN organizational sponsors! We appreciate your support!!

Be sure to check out these companies if you are looking for GIS services to improve your current practices or help with implementing new geospatial technologies!

If you are interested in supporting IMAGIN as a sponsor, please visit the IMAGIN website for more information and to register for an annual sponsorship!

Our Webinar Series is scheduled to end in April without additional presentations from our members!  Help us keep the GIS community in Michigan informed by sharing your successes and lessons learned. Submitting a presentation topic is easy by using our GeoForm. We look forward to learning from all of you!

IMAGIN Tech Talks

Back by popular demand! Join other IMAGIN members for a virtual roundtable discussion about a specific topic. Watch your inbox for information and to register for each event!

Discussion Topics

- Field data collection

- ArcGIS Hub

- Geodatabase Replication

- Open Source GIS

- Submit your idea for a Tech Talk topic to the ProDev Team

ArcGIS Highlights

If you are already using the Parcel Fabric in ArcGIS Pro or are interested in learning more, check out the Parcel Fabric Meetup!  This global community of over 2,000 passionate land records & cadastral professionals meets virtually about once a month.  The next event is a presentation titled "What's New - Parcel Fabric @ArcGIS Pro 2.8!!!" on May 12th.  The meetups are recorded and shared on Geonet. 

In December, the ArcGIS Online Mapping Team released new functionality to provide better representations for "above-and-below" data such as change in population per census block. Typically, a color ramp with neutral shades in the middle would be used to show the data trends on a map. Or, the symbol size would show small to large circles as an example.  

Now, new themes in the color and size renderers are available making it easier to show the high and low values on a map. Examples of when it is appropriate to use the new renderers and the steps to representing your data with them are detailed in an ArcGIS Online blog post.

Focus on Open Source GIS

Using QGIS with Post GIS: A Dynamic Duo

Learn more about QGIS desktop software and how to leverage a PostGIS database by reading this article full of helpful tips & tricks. You can also watch a video as some of the content was presented by Jessica Kane at the PostGIS Day event in 2020. PostGIS is a spatial extension for PostgreSQL database system that can be used in an enterprise environment with editing performed through QGIS. Eager to start trying QGIS or PostgresSQL?  Links are provided in the article to download the software at your convenience!

Story Map Tales

Sidecar block and theme builder got the most attention in the new Story Map features. Some of new capabilities and updates were wrapped up at the end of 2020.

  • Accessibility conformance report (VPAT)
  • Story navigation includes sidecar and credits headings
  • New sidecar slide browser
  • Link-style map actions
  • Color picker
  • Image separators
Check out the details and watch tutorials on how to build a very robust Story Map by visiting the ArcGIS StoryMaps blog.

Click one of the Story Maps below to learn more about Michigan!

And the Award Goes to...

Congratulations to Washtenaw County GIS as Michigan's only Esri Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) winner in 2020!!  Esri SAG awards are presented at the annual user conference to organizations that have been innovative in their approach to geospatial technologies.

IMAGIN's Annual Awards

Start thinking about the projects you completed in the past year no matter where you reported to work every day or if you wore pajama bottoms most of the time!  Nominations will open soon for IMAGIN's annual recognition of excellence within Michigan's GIS community.  Watch your inbox for the announcement!

Looking Ahead...

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