Needles in a haystack – finding a plane in the Indian Ocean

plane spotted in near infrared

In the weeks following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 there has been a huge international effort to locate the plane. People keep talking about finding a needle in a haystack; somehow I think the needle is easier to … Continue reading

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The 2014 Community Maps Tour Dates Being Scheduled!

Community Maps Tour 2014

The Community Maps Team is taking a road trip across America. The 2014 Community Maps Tour is being scheduled. Members of our team will be making several stops this year to a town near you. We will be conducting Technical … Continue reading

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Using your own Basemap layers with Collector for ArcGIS

Basemap layers play an important role in the field work that you do – they provide a geographic reference when collecting or updating data in the field. You can choose from a number of Esri-provided basemap layers or you can use the landbase, aerial imagery or any other reference layers you create and manage within your GIS.

When you need to work offline – Esri basemaps can be downloaded directly to your smartphone or tablet using the Collector app and we provide quite a few of them for you to choose from. Continue reading

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What’s new with the Finder app for ArcGIS Online (formerly known as Parcel Viewer)


As part of the March release of ArcGIS Online, the ArcGIS for Local Government team updated the Parcel Viewer application. The most noticeable change is a new name, and we’re happy to (re-) introduce you to this app as Finder. … Continue reading

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ArcGIS for Telecommunications Solution Updates

Last week the ArcGIS for Telecommunications site was updated.  This new update included updated releases of existing solutions as well as two NEW solution templates.  ArcGIS for Telecommunications is a series of free and easy to deploy solution templates, web maps, and apps for adding telecom specific configurations to the ArcGIS platform.  Finding out how each solution can fit into your organization, and getting started deploying the downloadable solution templates is now easier than ever.  Below is a list of the updated solutions and more information on the two new solution templates, Backhaul Optimization and Project Planning Markup. Continue reading

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Fairfax County Virginia Community Maps Success Story

Fairfax County in the State of Virginia has been a contributor to Esri’s Community Maps since 2010.  Brendan Ford, the County’s GIS Applications Manager was drawn to the program by the prospect of using ArcGIS Online basemaps instead of building their own basemaps to support applications.  Before joining the Community Maps, Brendan and his team spent a considerable amount of time  developing basemap content with their first released web applications.  Due to the subjective nature of the basemap cartography, where they started from scratch on symbols and label fonts, they struggled to develop a consistent basemap usable by multiple applications.  Using the high-quality cartography of the World Topographic Map on ArcGIS Online was an easy choice for the new versions of their web mapping applications. Continue reading

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We Are All Winners at the Dev Summit ’14 Hackathon!

Hackathon Logo

The Dev Summit Hackathon 2014 was a blast, primarily because I hosted it, but also because amazing CoSponsors, an outstanding data partner in the County of Riverside, CA,  and hectic hackers brought their A games.  On Sunday March 9th and … Continue reading

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Damage Assessment Template Updated to Leverage Collector


We’re happy to announce that we’ve updated the Damage Assessment template for ArcGIS 10.2. In this release, we transitioned to using ArcGIS Online and the Collector application. Since Collector now supports offline capabilities, we believe it’s very important to leverage … Continue reading

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Welcome to Resampling!


You may have recently noticed some new behavior when zooming in to larger scales in the ArcGIS Online basemaps.  Previously, in areas that lacked content at large scales, you would get a gray box with a “Map data not yet available” label.  … Continue reading

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Collector and Operations Dashboard 10.2.2 Updates Released!

Today we completed the final phase of our 10.2.2 app updates by releasing Collector for ArcGIS into the iTunes App Store.

The 10.2.2 release of both Collector and the Operations Dashboard mark provide new opportunities to leverage Web GIS and the ArcGIS platform within your organization.

For more information, please see our Product Release Announcement located on

Apps Team


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