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Are custom address locators right for you?

When it comes to geocoding, there are many options out there to quickly match addresses to a point on a map. Google Maps is the obvious choice but for GIS professionals, the ESRI Worldwide Geocode Service is the way to go. Unless ... you want to create your own address matching service. It's easier than you might think but there are pros and cons to both options. In our web-based app, SchoolSite Locator, we allow our [...]

Are custom address locators right for you?2020-09-23T15:01:58-07:00

When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Student Data?

It is inevitable. There is no escaping it. Sooner or later during our SchoolSite training it happens. Eventually I will say to you “you have some work to do cleaning your student data.” I have trained administrators across North America and no one has been able to avoid the reality that so often our student data is not as accurate as we believe. Is this really a surprise though? Most districts have dozens of [...]

When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Student Data?2020-09-23T15:02:35-07:00

We are Esri’s Newest Gold Partner!

Davis Demographics is celebrating a very big achievement this week. We have become Gold Business Partners with Esri! This is no small feat and we are incredibly proud to be so closely tied to our friends at Esri. If you have spent much time with anyone at Davis Demographics, you have probably heard us talk about our Esri customer number, which is 265. That low three-digit number comes from being among the first organizations [...]

We are Esri’s Newest Gold Partner!2020-09-01T06:50:22-07:00

Where Americans Are Moving During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Are you experiencing growth in your area? The article linked below paints an interesting picture of how families are moving during COVID. Davis Demographics represents K-12 districts in some of these areas. Clients in the Idaho and South Carolina have been seeing growth as people move in from other parts of the country. Nine states had a net positive in terms of people moving in. Idaho had almost three times as many people move [...]

Where Americans Are Moving During The COVID-19 Pandemic2020-08-31T15:16:33-07:00

Magic and Geography

Arthur C. Clarke said “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” A superintendent once exclaimed “this report is like magic!” when seeing his school district’s attendance matrix for the first time. I told him “No, sir. That’s geography married to enrollment.” Click here to see the this attendance matrix. At Davis Demographics, we believe that geography is essential to planning. This means that our forecasts are based on where a student [...]

Magic and Geography2020-08-27T14:54:50-07:00

ArcMap Tip – Background Processing

I have received three calls this week from planners who all tell me a similar story. I've been hearing the same story for five years from across North America. They are having an issue while performing various geoprocessing tasks where ArcMap says it is working but nothing ever happens. They are never getting that coveted green check mark telling them that their process is complete. The task never completes and they never get their [...]

ArcMap Tip – Background Processing2020-08-25T06:37:10-07:00

Update on SchoolSite Pro

ArcGIS Pro is quickly becoming the gold standard in desktop GIS software and SchoolSite Pro will the go-to extension of K-12 school districts looking for boundary planning and enrollment forecasting tools. The efforts to migrate SchoolSite from ArcGIS Desktop to ArcGIS Pro are moving along quite fast. We have a solid beta version of SchoolSite Pro available for testing. If you are a current SchoolSite user and are interested in getting your hands on [...]

Update on SchoolSite Pro2020-08-25T06:37:16-07:00

K-12 Planning in times of COVID-19

School Districts typically face many challenges when starting a new school year. In 2020, they face an additional one, corona virus and the uncertainty this brings to everyone, from the student body, to the parents, as well as instructors. School Districts across the US and the world are now debating whether or not they will be able to adequately plan and adjust to a hybrid model, online only or fully re-open. In a study [...]

K-12 Planning in times of COVID-192020-08-25T06:37:22-07:00

How Is Your District Opening?

How is your school district re-opening for this school year? Davis Demographics has created a three question survey using Esri ArcGIS Online Survey123 to help provide an open source dashboard. No personal information will be asked. The dashboard will be shared later this week. With clients across North America, we are privileged to be a part of the planning that is taking part to bring students safely back to school and care for them virtually in the [...]

How Is Your District Opening?2020-08-25T06:37:27-07:00

Not All Students Have Access to Internet

What internet access do you have for virtual learning? A study by Microsoft in 2018 estimated that about half of Americans – 163 million people – do not have high-speed internet at home. Students in rural areas often find it impossible to connect to internet service at speeds that would allow conferencing or video streaming because internet providers haven’t extended the lines. Elsewhere, especially in urban districts with high concentrations of poor students, subscribing [...]

Not All Students Have Access to Internet2020-08-25T06:37:38-07:00
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