The CloudCode was developed following calls from a number of significant Cloud providers for a framework of voluntary self-regulated disclosures and minimum standards for those offering cloud-based services in New Zealand. The CloudCode has been developed over the last six months.
The CloudCode has been developed as an industry initiative under the auspices of the New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS), the independent professional body of the IT sector. More than 250 individuals and companies have contributed to its development.
New Zealand is one of the first countries to develop such a code.
What does this mean for the EAGLE GIS Managed Services Cloud? At an infrastructure level our cloud provider IBM New Zealand conforms to CloudCode with many of their technical cloud engineers already contributing to the development of the code. At a platform and software level we are working alongside IBM New Zealand to ensure we also conform to and support the development of the code.
While CloudCode is a voluntary code of practice, it is exciting as it’s purpose is to enable professional cloud services providers to benchmark and demonstrate their practices, processes and ethics via a recognized third party to build trust with prospective customers.
The Light Grey Canvas basemap has now been updated with New Zealand coverage. This significant update provides nationwide coverage for a number of countries making it much more useful for thematic maps of subjects throughout the world.
The canvas basemap focuses attention on your thematic content by providing a neutral background containing minimal colors, labels and features. Its reference layer sits on top of your thematic layers, providing geographic context and allowing your data to come to the foreground.
The most significant change in this release is that the canvas basemap now contains additional, useful coverage worldwide, and detailed nationwide coverage in nearly 50 additional countries. This map was developed by Esri using NAVTEQ data for North America, DeLorme basemap layers, and Esri basemap data.
The canvas basemap also includes boundaries, city labels and outlines, and major roads worldwide from 1:591M scale to 1:72k scale. Thematic maps of country data, major administrative units (states, provinces, counties, etc.) and some smaller geographies benefit from this change.
Our first addition is the recent “ArcGIS for Home Use” webcast which was recorded last Friday 4 May 2012.
The upcoming “New Zealand Resources for ArcGIS” webcast which will be hosted this Friday 11 May will also be recorded and added to EAGLE Television so stay tuned for more content.
To access EAGLE Television go to: eagle.co.nz
Esri’s ArcGIS software is the preferred GIS for local governments around the world. This is especially true in New Zealand where ArcGIS in used in councils representing over 75% of our population. “It has been almost exactly 25 years since we made our first GIS sale to a local council,” says Greg Dillon-Price, who was brought on by Eagle 20 years ago fresh out of varsity. “Since that time we have seen GIS evolve from a leading edge technology to a pervasive solution. Today, for New Zealand local and regional councils, ArcGIS is the defacto standard.”
Indeed, New Zealand’s largest new local authority, Auckland Council, has standardised on Esri’s ArcGIS. Ian Smith, Geospatial Manager, Auckland Council, says ArcGIS will be at the forefront of service delivery. “GIS technology will provide truly integrated location aware planning and decision making with all property, asset and customer relations interacting in a geospatial window. It will be a key tool in the support and delivery of the Auckland Plan that will shape the future of the region over the next 30 years.”
Participation from GIS professionals like you makes the Esri Asia Pacific User Conference much more than just another regional technology event. It’s a place to collaborate, connect, and get inspired by the work of your colleagues. We encourage you to share what you know to help GIS professionals of all experience levels better leverage the power of geospatial technology.
Eagle Technology Group Ltd, Esri’s official distributor for New Zealand, is proud to host the Esri Asia Pacific User Conference 2012 (APUC), to be held November 5–7, 2012, at the SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.
Who Should Attend
All Esri technology users from the Asia-Pacific region are encouraged to join us. From new users to seasoned GIS professionals, from decision makers and business owners to GIS analysts, everyone will benefit from attending. Esri business and media partners are also welcome.
Esri Asia Pacific User Conference 2012