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Mapping Time – Kraak’s new book now available

By Aileen Buckley, Esri Professional Cartographer

Presentation - ThumbnailReknown cartographer, Menno-Jan Kraak, has published a new book! I’ve been waiting for this — and it was worth waiting for! With beautiful maps and graphics, Menno-Jan illustrates how to visualize temporal data in a compelling and informative way, as only he can.  Take the time to check this out! Continue reading

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New Flow Maps Group on ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online Flow Maps GroupThe new ArcGIS Online Flow Maps Group has maps, exercises, and presentations related to mapping flow data with ArcGIS. The contents currently include resources that were presented at the 2013 Esri International User Conference including the technical workshop presentations and the maps that were shown. It also includes the resources from the 2013 Esri Education User Conference including the exercises and presentations. Continue reading

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New Temporal Maps Group on ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online Temporal Maps GroupThe new ArcGIS Online Temporal Maps Group has maps, exercises, and presentations related to mapping temporal data with ArcGIS. The contents currently include resources that were presented at the 2013 Esri International User Conference including the technical workshop presentations and many of the maps that were shown. It also includes the resources from the 2013 Esri Education User Conference including the exercises and presentations. Continue reading

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Esri Map Book, Volume 27 now available

By Aileen Buckley, Esri Research Cartographer

Esri Map Book - ThumbnailThe Esri Map Book, Volume 27, shows how GIS enables change and provides innovative, spatially based solutions to wide-ranging issues, including those affecting business, the environment, utilities, transportation, and government.

More details are available on The Esri Press website. If you are not already on the list to receive this book and you would like a copy, please contact esripress@esri.com.

The Esri Map Book, Volume 27, PN: 126715, ISBN: 9781589483149, Price: $24.95 ($28.95 in Canada)

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Thematic Atlas sample app now available

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The Esri Thematic Atlas Sample App is a configurable web application that uses a collection of intelligent web maps with text, graphics, and images to talk about our world.  The sample application allows the author to organize maps into groups … Continue reading

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Using a mapmaking checklist for map design

By Kenneth Field, Research Cartographer, and Damien Demaj, Online Cartographic Product Engineer

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We all have favorite maps that we think are great, but rather than just saying a map looks great, how many of us are able to take a critical look at it, evaluate it, and explain why it looks great? Having the ability to reflect on and evaluate maps as information products is important to understanding effective cartographic design so you can optimize communication of the intended message in your own maps as well as be able to understand why other maps work. In this blog entry, we’ll briefly look at some static maps and a web map to see what we think makes them great and then show you how using a checklist gives you the tools to reflect on maps in the same way. Continue reading

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An intelligent map checklist

Figure 1: What you see in your MXD’s legend is what appears in your web map.  Avoid cryptic file names, field names and legend labels that report numbers but not context.  The legend in this example uses qualitative phrasing (e.g. “Great Increase”) as well as numeric (e.g. “More than 1.5%) because the audience likely has no idea what constitutes significant increases or decreases.

When you create an intelligent web map or map service, you are sharing something that you hope will stand on its own and be useful to others.  How can you deliver a map that is both attractive and useful for … Continue reading

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ArcGIS for Android 1.5 Released!

The Mobile Team is proud to announce the 1.5 release of the ArcGIS for Android application. It is available now on both the Google Play market and the Amazon App Store. ?

Key features for this release include:

  • Improved layer controls for managing dynamic map services, map notes and group layers
  • Support for secured services
  • Expanded device support (including the Kindle Fire)
  • Improved GPS auto-pan functionality
  • Stability improvements (sign in, mobile content server, more…) Continue reading
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Map orientation: When true north is NOT at the top

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

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We got an excellent comment from a reader this week about maps that are not drawn with true north at the top. Referring to the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) maps that are included in Esri User Conference agendas and other publications, Stephen wrote:

The map of the San Diego Convention Center is upside down, in my opinion. Flipping it and putting north toward the top would make the map much more intuitive to read and interpret. I always orient myself with north up on the map…

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Marker fill symbols add realism to your maps

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

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Another way to create polygon symbols that appear more realistic is to use marker fill symbols that mimic what you would see on the ground, but also to vary them so that they do not clip at the polygon edges (figures 1 and 2). Continue reading

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