If you are an existing developer who is just getting started
developing web mapping applications, or if you are new to web mapping, then
this blog post is for you. Additionally, if you are hacking for humanitarian events such as Random Hacks of Kindness, or participating in Crisis Camps or WhereCamps then read on. In fact, we have several free APIs, tools, online
mapping services and other resources that can help you quickly create an app. This post gives a quick overview of those and gives
you some ideas on where to jump in and try out our technology.
Our mapping APIs come in many flavors including web and
mobile. With them you can quickly create mashups that bring
together data from various geo-services that are publicly available or that you
publish yourself. Pick the API that best matches your team’s skill set since all
the APIs have very similar functionality. If you are new to web development,
the pre-built samples as well as the Code Galleries for ideas on how to use certain functionality:
Viewers, Apps, and Templates
We offer a number of customizable Viewers, starter apps,
and templates that give you a significant head start:
App Templates – Copy these files to your web server and with a few small
changes you can have a fully configured web mapping app.
for Flex This is a ready-to-deploy
mapping viewer application that provides an open framework that you can extend
by building custom widgets.
Editor for OpenStreetMap – This lets you download data from Open Street Map
(OSM) to create, edit or delete information using ArcGIS Desktop. When you are done you can publish your changes to
the public OSM servers.
Information Map app – This is a fully functional template for an incident response web page.
It’s focused on integrating social media such as Twitter and Facebook, as well
as allowing the community to provide updates.
And, here are a few examples of production apps that have
been built on these platforms:
News Map -continuously updated to include tornado reports, wind storm
reports, and weather warnings
Land Shift Map – shows how much the earth surface shifted over a period of
a several days
Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts – projects coastal level flooding
impacts for the southern United States
Online Resource for
ArcGIS.com is an
excellent resource for finding ready-to-use geo-services that you can connect
your applications to. Examples include:
Natural Hazards Events – includes floods, hurricanes and wildfires
Weather Warnings – features NOAA/National Weather Service warnings for the
Latest Earthquakes – Earthquake data for the world, updated every 10
Organization Program – Be sure to visit this webpage if you are a
non-profit organization that needs access to software.
Response – If there is a disaster and you need software, imagery, or
technical assistance, then check out this webpage.