Monthly Archives: June 2012

ArcGIS Online World Topographic Map June 2012 updates

The ArcGIS Online World Topographic Map (World_Topo_Map) was recently updated with several more contributions from the user community.

The World Topographic Map includes new and updated content for the following international areas:

  • Japan (1:577K to 1:1K)
  • Nigeria (1:577k to 1:18K)
  • The States of Nordrhein-Westfalen and Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (1:144K to 1:2K)
  • The cities of Maracaibo and San Francisco, Venezuela (1:72K to 1:1K)
  • Major Cities of Iceland (1:9K to 1:1K)
  • Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Warsaw and Rogow Campuses, Poland (1:9K to 1:1K)

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Using spatial analysis on the web – new Esri training seminar is now available

In recent years, the Internet and the advancement of technology have enabled a wider audience to get access to geospatial information which in turn creates a demand for accessing and using spatial analysis over the web. You can provide these types of applications using geoprocessing services authored using ArcGIS for Desktop and published with ArcGIS for Server. The new Esri training seminar “Sharing Analysis Workflows on the Web Using Geoprocessing Services” describes how to use ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop and Server to author and publish geoprocessing services and use them in web applications.

To access the course, click here


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New free online training seminar available on geoprocessing packages

In the ArcGIS 10.1 release, Esri is introducing the geoprocessing package, which will make it easier to share your analysis both within your organization and with a much broader audience. A new free online training seminar “Sharing Analysis Workflows Using Geoprocessing Packages” is now available at Esri’s training web site. This seminar will help you to understand what a geoprocessing package is, how to create a geoprocessing package, and how geoprocessing packages can be used to share analysis workflows and enhance collaboration.

To access the course, click here

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ArcGIS Runtime SDK 1.0 Now Available

The new ArcGIS Runtime SDK for WPF and Java on Windows is now available to all Esri Developer Network (EDN) subscribers. This new SDK provides the development tools and resources that allow you to create focused mapping applications. The SDK enables you to integrate both online and local maps, locators, and geoprocessing models to create rich, highly functional GIS applications that take full advantage of the Java platform for Desktop or Microsoft’s WPF technology.

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Explorer Desktop 2012 public beta released

The public beta version of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop 2012 is now available to install. This represents a significant release with many new capabilities.

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Agricultural capability of soils web maps now on ArcGIS Online

by Michael Dangermond, Senior Digital Cartographer, Esri

Agricultural capabilityTwo new web map applications showing agricultural capability for the soils of the United States are now on ArcGIS Online: Agricultural Capability of Soils and Agricultural Capability of Soils with Prime Farmland.  Find out where the best agricultural lands are, and if there are any soil limitations.  Find out where to find Prime Farmland, which takes into consideration soil quality, growing season, and moisture supply needed for the agricultural productivity to sustainably produce high yields of crops.
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The Vehicle Check Point Template is available for download

The Vehicle Check Point Template for ArcGIS 10.0 is available for download from

This Esri Defense template is designed to help you create a Vehicle Check Point (VCP) plan.  The template contains features typically used in developing a VCP plan, including:  point features that represent guards, vehicles, searchlights, bushes and trees, signs, and telephones; line features that represent such things as fences, gates, roads, special lanes, lane barriers, speed bumps, ditches, berms, and fighting positions; and polygon features that represent a command post, rest area, latrine, EPW holding area, and equipment storage area. You can add new features to represent other objects as needed.

The downloadable map package contains a finished example map, a map template, and feature templates.

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New GUI for Geodatabase Administration

One of the most requested features on the ArcGIS Ideas page is to have a GUI for common administration tasks. This has been on our minds for a while as well and the geodatabase team has focused their efforts with the 10.1 release to produce one. So that you can apply your time more effectively, we’ve simplified and consolidated many routine and essential administrative tasks into a tasty new GUI called the Geodatabase Administration dialog.

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Video: Raster Products

Sumbitted by: Melanie Harlow, Esri

Last week’s Imagery Blog  discussed what a raster product was and why they are useful.

If you would like to see a video about raster products, there is one available on the ArcGIS Resource Center.


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Annual available water web map on ArcGIS Online

by Daniel Siegel, Product Engineer, Esri

Available WaterIn order to better understand the global distribution of water resources, Esri’s Mapping Center has produced a map of average annual available water for the entire non-polar land surface.  If precipitation is income, evapotranspiration is a tax.  Everything else – fish, people, aquifer recharge, etc. has to share the available water left over after evapotranspiration has taken its share.  Different regions have very different rates of evapotranspiration, which means that those which get more rain do not necessarily have more water available for use.

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