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ESRI Conference Report

Deepak Patel
Sub-Editor, GIS Development
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The Second ESRI Asia-Pacific User Conference was successfully held on 18th and 19th of January, 2007 at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, India. It brought together both individual and organizational users of ESRI. GIS usage has expanded to various new areas, ESRI has been at the forefront in this arena. The Asia Pacific region itself, has emerged as a hub for a large number of GIS applications that are deployed world over. The Second ESRI Asia-Pacific User Conference offered participants a glimpse of the latest developments and technology trends spearheaded by ESRI.

Theme: GIS for Economic Development
Asia Pacific, one of the most distinct world regions in terms of geography, culture and economic development, is in the midst of a rapid change. This change, largely an effect of globalization, is supported by the rapid development, transmission and use of information and knowledge. Effective economic development strategies depend on answering a variety of questions such as the spatial patterns of households, businesses and proposed infrastructural facilities within a community, which are primarily geographic in nature. Through demand for services and inputs, economic development fosters job growth, strengthens local industries, spurs demographic changes, influences household spending patterns, and raises the volume of income circulating throughout the economy. The Second ESRI Asia Pacific User conference provided a platform to discuss the economic, social and environmental benefits of GIS.

The paper sessions at the conference provided a platform for ESRI users to share their valuable work on GIS with topics,

  • Infrastructure
  • Cadastre
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Defence
  • Education
  • Utilities like Gas, Electricity, Water, Wastewater
  • E-Government
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Agriculture.

The Conference hosted an exhibition in which ESRI solution partners displayed their solutions for the GIS market. The event was attended by hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees from ESRI user organisations across the globe.