ArcGIS for Desktop includes many productivity features to help you get your GIS work done faster. Here are some tips you can try out in ArcMap right away. The 10 shortcuts below can shave milliseconds off common tasks, and hey, milliseconds count when you’re trying to get stuff done. You just may be able to get to lunch five minutes earlier and beat the crowd. That alone is going to save you at least 10 minutes, more if you’re going to Old Ebbitt.
This is the first in a series of articles introducing the colorful group of professionals who work on the Esri Training Services team.
Alan, a native Oregonian, studied mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. After graduating, he went to work for the state of Oregon inspecting nuclear fallout shelters. Alas, mobile data collection apps had not been invented yet. Armed only with pen and paper, Alan validated shelter locations and documented whether each shelter met the wall-width requirement—12 inches of concrete was deemed necessary to protect against fallout. Continue reading
As the technical certification program continues to grow, we periodically make changes and improvements to ensure we offer the best possible program to the global ArcGIS community. In the time since ArcGIS 10.2 was released, we’ve gotten questions from the community about exam availability for that version. Many of you have asked for a certification exam release schedule so you can plan the time needed to prepare for and take a specific 10.2 exam.
Well, we love to make the community happy. You asked for a release schedule, and we’re sharing it here. But first, let’s cover the backstory—the strategy behind the schedule. Continue reading
When it comes to ArcGIS Online, there’s been a lot of buzz. The reality is that using and doing GIS on the web is only going to become easier and more pervasive going forward because the benefits are enormous.
Maybe you’ve been meaning to get up to speed but just haven’t found the time. Well, no more excuses. There are lots of quick (not to mention free and low-cost) options to build up your personal knowledge base. In fact, in less than one day, you can make amazing progress. Here are three ways to make that happen. Continue reading
One of the most common questions GIS professionals ask us about Esri technical certification is, “What resources are available to help me prepare for the exam? ” With that in mind, we’re excited to announce a brand-new resource.
Hot off the [Esri] Press is the Esri ArcGIS Desktop Associate Certification Study Guide. This new book is designed to help candidates prepare for either the ArcGIS 10.0 or 10.1 exam.
Authored by veteran Esri instructor and certified ArcGIS Desktop Professional Miriam Schmidts, the study guide covers concepts and skills measured by the exam and includes step-by-step exercises to practice and reinforce ArcGIS skills.
Miriam, whose work life was consumed for many months by this project, calls the study guide a “comprehensive review of the entire range of GIS skills measured in the exam” and gives this advice: “Study the chapters in sequence or pick and choose the ones you want to concentrate on. Hands-on exercises help you remember the tools and workflows needed for the test. This book will be your best friend!”
The study guide includes access to 180-day ArcGIS for Desktop trial software and an exercise data DVD.
More Sample Question Web Courses Coming
We published free sample question web courses for the ArcGIS Desktop Associate and Professional certifications about a year and a half ago, and they are hugely popular—so popular, in fact, that we’re developing more. Over the next month, we’ll be releasing sample question web courses to help candidates prepare for these version 10.1 exams:
- Enterprise Geodatabase Management Associate
- Enterprise Geodatabase Management Professional
- Enterprise System Design Associate
- Enterprise Administration Associate
- ArcGIS Desktop Developer Associate
- Web Application Developer Associate
Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the recent arrival of a certain baby boy across The Pond, we’ve quietly expanded our own family—the ArcGIS foundational course family, that is. Announcement: the trio has become a quartet. By design, the expansion of our foundational course family from three to four mirrors the expansion of the ArcGIS platform.
As the technology becomes more and more pervasive and accessible, our learning options need to keep pace. ArcGIS for Desktop is no longer the sole “foundational” piece of the ArcGIS pie. To be considered truly foundational, this course set needs to explicitly address Web GIS. Continue reading
If getting up to date on the latest innovations in GIS and the ArcGIS platform is a major reason to attend the Esri UC next week, those of you traveling to San Diego can double-down on learning with the activities below.
In my experience, the week flies by and before you know it, you’re back on the plane hauling a tote bag full of quirky souvenirs and vendor swag you hope will satisfy the inevitable question, “Did you bring me anything?” To help you plan your conference time, here’s a daily breakdown of resources related to Esri training and certification. Continue reading
Summer officially kicks off in approximately 54.5 hours here on the West Coast, not that I’m counting. The days are already warmer, the evenings longer. Seems like everyone wants to leave the office early to get in a bike ride, fire up the grill, or grab a drink at the local pub’s outdoor patio.
In celebration of the season, we’re rolling out a new training format. An instructor-led workshop is a four-hour event held in our Online Classroom. In a workshop, the instructor covers recommended workflows for a focused topic, demonstrates how to apply those workflows, and devotes lots of time to question and answer sessions (Q&A). There are no hands-on exercises in this shorter format, but attendees receive resource materials and a certificate of completion.
The first workshops are designed for content publishers and users of an ArcGIS Online organizational site. How do you know if one of these workshops is right for you? Take this short quiz to find out. Continue reading
We posed the What Is GIS challenge and some of you responded. Thanks to everyone who participated and also to anyone who took a few minutes to ponder what a GIS elevator pitch might sound like. One thing I’ve learned in life: words matter. Communicate effectively and you have a good chance of winning the contract, job, or customer. If you speak a language that’s foreign to your audience, you court rejection or, worse, setting unrealistic expectations that you can’t deliver on.
Now, imagine a drum roll please. The winner is…oh, that’s right, wait. Continue reading
May 21, 2013 update: We have selected a winning entry. Thanks to everyone who submitted a response.
Recently, while perusing a long thread of comments by GIS professionals discussing a lack of awareness about the technology and its value, I got to thinking about the perennial problem of describing GIS to people who have never heard of it or who have a vague idea (usually wrong) about what it might be (it’s GIS, not GPS). Family, friends, new acquaintances, teachers, customers, the occasional coworker.
When you’re trying to sell a product, borrow money, get a job, reassure Mom, or influence change in some way, They says you should prepare an elevator pitch—a short, simple description that captures the essence and leaves the listener interested enough to follow up. When you meet someone you want to connect with, you deliver your elevator pitch and ideally, the connection blooms.
Well, how do you explain GIS to Mom? Continue reading