Data and Location Services
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I had the opportunity to meet with several members of Esri's data and location services team while attending Esri's 2019 user conference in San Diego.
Esri is an aggregator, curator, and developer of data. All of the data is aggregated on Ersi.com, and Esri has been recognized as having the most accurate data in a vendor accuracy study with rich datasets:
Demographics: Demographics include population, income, age, race, gender, households, housing, health, education, ethnicity, jobs, poverty, and marital status. Esri demographers curate and create current-year estimates and five-year projections of U.S. demographics, including population, households, income, age, and ethnicity. Data is kept current and updated regularly so users have the newest available data.
Business data: Tapestry segmentation uses sources like the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, double-base consumer survey from Gfk MRI, and Esri's proprietary updated demographics to generate 67 different segments and summary descriptions for consumer spending, market potential, updated demographics, business summaries, major shopping centers, traffic counts, and crime indexes. You can plug in your zip code right here to get the Tapestry description of your own neighborhood.
- Environmental data and live feeds: Esri's environmental data collection includes data concerning freshwater, oceans, land cover, elevation, weather, natural disasters, climate, air quality and pollution, and energy resources. They have live-feed data on weather conditions, watches, warnings, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, temperatures, droughts, and hydrology. You can click here for access to the feeds.
They also provide basemaps and imagery with eight different templates that can be customized. Additionally, they have a community maps program.
Lastly, the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World geospatial search engine is the world's largest collection of geospatial information. Esri likes to say, "you do the analyzing, we'll do the curating." They encourage developers to explore nearly 8,000 maps, apps, and data layers from Esri and thousands of other contributors. Developers can combine content with their own data to create new maps and applications. They can also see how others are visualizing data and solving problems.
Developers save time with GIS-ready material and Esri provides a developer ecosystem for web and native apps to integrate location data. Developers can get started for free and then join a builder program, or higher, once they go live and determine their need. Any data with a location attribute can be loaded.
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