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People’s Choice Voting Instructions

Once again a People’s Choice award will be given to a Map Gallery exhibitor and the recipient will be selected by you, the conference attendees. The voting will be done through paper ballet. Please submit a vote in the map gallery


  • The poster with the highest average vote will be the winner.
  • A tie will be decided by the distinguished panel of 2013 NW GIS User Group Map Gallery judges.
  • You may vote on as many of the exhibits as you like.
  • Vote only once for each exhibit.
  • Vote before noon on Thursday as voting will end at the discretion of the Map Gallery Coordinator some time on Thursday afternoon.

    Honor System

    The process of voting for the Map Gallery People’s Choice award will be administered by the Honor System. Please act honorably. Those found displaying dishonorable actions will be awakened in the middle of the night, haunted by daemons and hauled to the Deschutes River for a midnight swim.

    Please vote responsibly!

  • Session: Web Apps for GIS

    Charlie Schrader-Patton

    Climate change is expected to bring profound changes to our environment over the next 100 years and beyond. These changes are far from uniform across the globe. Researchers build models to help paint a picture of what is going to happen where. These models have many variables such as global atmospheric and oceanic circulation, greenhouse gas emission scenarios, and local climate and topography. Mapping these model results is an important analysis step in comparing predicted conditions and, for land managers charged with addressing the effects of climate change, and important documentation tool. For the GIS Analyst, the challenge is how to effectively build an application that presents these climate change data in a way that is understandable to non-climate scientists, yet is sophisticated and detailed enough to meet the needs of the science community. This presentation will look at the climate change web mapping applications developed by the USDA Forest Service Western Wildlands Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC) using ESRI ArcGIS for Server 10.1 and the ESRI Javascript API.

    Monday, September 23, 2013 - 8:01pm
    Web Apps for GIS
    Ryan R. Johnson, GISP

    TransGIS is the Oregon Department of Transportations primary web mapping application built using the JavaScript API for ArcGIS. TransGIS serves as the template for building more business specific applications for various areas of the department. The concept was to provide a simple user interface that can be replicated for other applications. TransGIS also includes ODOT basemaps that are created using the Oregon transportation framework layer as well as framework layers from other agencies such as administrative boundaries and hydrography. As new tools are built internally or by consultants on the TransGIS framework for more specific applications they are added back to the TransGIS application. When a new application is requested the customers can pick from the library of available functions so that there is not more tools than they need. This allows each single focus application to remain as simple and easy to use as possible. TransGIS basemaps and services are also being integrated with ArcGIS Online. ODOT uses the TransGIS services in ArcGIS Online to create new simple web maps as well as to share basemaps and data services with other agencies and external partners. A number of applications have already been built from TransGIS focused around planning, project tracking, locating crashes and more.

    Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 5:39pm
    Web Apps for GIS
    Lise Goss

    Community planning and outreach is paramount to a transit systems successful implementation of their system or new projects. WSDOT’s new Title VI and environmental justice mapping application has a bonus use – Community planning analysis. The same demographic information that describes title VI compliance and environmental justice can be used to understand and plan your outreach and community planning work. Using US Census data (ACS), this GIS web based tool allows the user to define a service area and view related socio-demographic data, including language, race and ethnicity, age, and poverty status. This presentation will walk through the ins and outs of developing and using this tool, the key decision points on data source and software choices, and the challenges along the way. See how the creation of this tool has turned out to meet more than just federal compliance.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 2:03pm
    Web Apps for GIS
    Ann Stark, GISP

    Some people don't pay their water bill on time. On the day that those folks get their water turned off, little did they know there was a mad scramble behind the scenes to track whose water was off, whose needed to be turned on, and whose didn't. GIS to the rescue! This presentation shows how the City of Bellingham used ArcGIS Server map services, ArcGIS Online web maps, iPads and mobile editing, a shared status map, and SQL reporting tools for live web-based reporting to coordinate efforts for a smooth day. Job effort hours were reduced 40%, Finance staff reported a 100% reduction in stress levels, and the finance supervisor reported going from juggling stressed employees schedules to no longer even noticing when shut off days happen! All work was done using existing licensing, free tools, and Esri web templates. No additional cost was incurred. We will demonstrate how easy it is to build a web application using standard Esri templates with small modifications and free SQL reporting tools for web reports.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 2:03pm
    Web Apps for GIS
    Shad Campbell

    Deschutes County recently replaced several property information applications with an integrated system. This new system centers on the non-GIS user, and uses mapping as an enhancement to the product instead of the primary feature. The power of the GIS is still there, however, but has been abstracted away from the user for a focused, simple and easy to use interface. How and why the County used the Agile software development methodology, Microsoft’s ASP.NET MVC/Web API framework and the Esri JavaScript API to build a custom web application and REST endpoints for its property information system will be presented.

    Monday, September 23, 2013 - 7:59pm
    Web Apps for GIS