The 2012 Esri International User Conference opens on Monday, July 23. What will attendees find at this year’s event?

Keynote speaker Julia Marton-Lefèvre, director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's largest conservation/environment membership organization, will discuss the upcoming release of the map browser for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the world standard for measuring the extinction risk of plant and animal species. This online interactive map service is built on Esri's ArcGIS 10.1 for Server. Website visitors can easily explore the globe as they examine the abundance of scientific data available for threatened species and see the range of these species on a map.

During the plenary session, Esri chief scientist Dawn Wright will discuss ocean GIS, and the City and County of Honolulu will share information on 3D transit-oriented development and design. Stephen M. Ervin of the Harvard Graduate School of Design will talk about geodesign. Overviews of ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS 10.1 will also be presented.

Attendees will also be able to take advantage of expanded special interest group presentations like the one on ArcGIS and Vblock presented by Cisco or the talk on big data spatial analytics presented by IBM. A technical support area will include a map critique station where attendees can get tips from professional cartographers on how to make their maps more attractive and easier to use, as well as a hands-on learning lab that offers free training and exploration of software such as ArcGIS 10.1.

Watch the video above to find out how the Esri UC will help mapping organizations learn how to do more with less. For more information about the event, visit