ArcGIS Explorer at the Esri 2010 International User Conference

Here’s the rundown of ArcGIS Explorer events and sessions at the upcoming Esri 2010 User Conference. The newly released ArcGIS Explorer Online will be showcased along with the forthcoming ArcGIS Explorer Desktop 1500 release. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about both.

Also check the 2010 Esri International User Conference online agenda search 

Before the conference

ArcGIS Explorer Online and Explorer Desktop will be shown during the Esri Homeland Security GIS Summit, the Education User Conference, and several other pre-conference events. The Education User Conference will also host an Explorer Online and Desktop workshop for educators.

Opening plenary session

ArcGIS Explorer Online and ArcGIS Explorer Desktop will both be highlighted – Explorer Online in the morning with ArcGIS Online, and Explorer Desktop in the afternoon with 3D visualization.

During the Conference

You’ll see Explorer throughout the Exhibit Hall and in demo theaters and many workshops. Some of the key places to visit and sessions to attend are:

Esri Showcase

Members of the ArcGIS Explorer development team can be found at the Esri Showcase area where you’ll have an opportunity ask questions and learn more. Whether you’re just getting started, or seeking help with developing add-ins, there will be staff available to assist you. Stop by to say “hello” and meet the team.

Technical Sessions

Getting Started with ArcGIS Explorer – Tuesday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Room 6A

Getting Started with ArcGIS Explorer – Thursday, July 15, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Room 6A

Extending ArcGIS Explorer using the SDK – Wednesday, July 14, 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Room 15A

Extending ArcGIS Explorer using the SDK – Thursday, July 15, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Room 15A

Showcase Island Demo Theater Presentations

Creating add-ins for ArcGIS Explorer – Tuesday, July 13, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall C

Search & Rescue Operational Awareness with ArcGIS Explorer, GPS, and Radio – Tuesday, July 13, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall C

Leveraging ArcGIS Online to share ArcGIS Desktop Content with ArcGIS Explorer Users – Tuesday, July 13, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall B2/C

Creating Add-Ins for ArcGIS Explorer – Wednesday, July 14, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall C

ArcGIS Explorer: Configuration vs. Customization – Wednesday, July 14, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall B2/C

Search & Rescue Operational Awareness with ArcGIS Explorer, GPS, and Radio – Wednesday, July 14, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall C

Public Safety Briefing utilizing ArcGIS Explorer – Wednesday, July 14, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Public Safety Demo Theater Exhibit Hall B1

Leveraging ArcGIS Online to share ArcGIS Desktop Content with ArcGIS Explorer Users – Thursday, July 15, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall B2/C

See you there!

- The ArcGIS Explorer Team

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What’s New on the Local Government Resource Center

Over the last month, we’ve been doing a lot of work on the new Local Government Resource Center. Content from has been migrated to a series of new groups and we’ve released several new maps and apps for ArcGIS 10.   So let’s take a look at the new Resource Center and the content you can now find to help you implement ArcGIS in your local government.
The Local Government Resource Center
The Local Government Resource Center consolidates several industry-focused Resource Centers (Water Utilities, Public Works, Land Records, and Public Safety) into a single resource for our local government users.   And while we’ve organized this Resource Center around a larger local government GIS system, users who are interested in specific industries, or domains, within local government can still get focused content to help them implement ArcGIS.
In addition to the industries we supported previously, the new Resource Center also has a site dedicated to base maps.  It provides a series of map templates to help you publish high-quality base maps using your authoritative content. These maps support a variety of local government applications you’ll find in the local government galleries. 
Finally, we also added two additional sites to support Elections and Planning and Development users. These sites, along with the maps and apps that support them, are still under development. But this should give you a good hint about what we’ll be working on later this summer…. 
Integration with
The biggest change you’ll notice on the new Resource Center is the integration with  If you click on a gallery you’ll be sent to an Group for that specific industry.  
The new groups contain a series of maps and apps that support the work you do in local government. You’ll find maps and apps from the ArcGIS 9.3 Resource Center Galleries and new ones for ArcGIS 10. Each map and app is organized into a template that you can download and configure in your own organization.  If you’re interested in one of the base maps or web apps, you can try a live version of the template before downloading the zip file and configuring it.
New Content for ArcGIS 10     
There is a lot of new content on the Local Government Resource Center that will help you configure and use ArcGIS 10.  Here is a summary of what you’ll find:
New Apps: An Infrastructure Operations Dashboard and Value Analysis Dashboard that uses the ArcGIS Viewer for Flex; and a Service Request application that can be used to engage your constituents.  
New Maps: Map packages and web maps for general purpose, imagery hybrid, topographic and parcel base maps; along with a series of new maps for operational information used by water utilities, public works, and land records organizations.
So that’s a quick overview of the new Local Government Resource Center.  As you take a closer look at the new Resource Center and groups, you’ll find several ways to engage teams at ESRI responsible for supporting local government.  There are several blogs you can participate in, and you can interact directly with us on Twitter.  Give us your feedback on the new Resource Center and the maps and apps on  We want to hear how we can help you configure and use ArcGIS in your local government agency.
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ArcGIS Explorer Online training seminar published

A recording of the June 17, 2010, ArcGIS Explorer Online live training seminar is now available for viewing on the ESRI Training Web site. The training seminar is free, and it’s a great way to familiarize yourself with this newest addition to the ArcGIS Explorer family.


The seminar covers topics such as using existing maps, searching for content, how to add and use notes, authoring presentations, and sharing your maps.

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ArcGIS Maps and Apps for Local Government (2010 UC Highlights)

The 2010 ESRI International User Conference is next week and we wanted to take a minute to highlight several sessions for those interested in learning more about the Local Government Resource Center and how ArcGIS can help their local government. 


Monday (Plenary Day)

8:30- 3:30 – The Plenary Session

This is a must see event.  Lots of great ArcGIS 10 demonstrations. You may even catch a glimpse of some content from the Local Government Resource Center in several of the demonstrations.

4:00 – 8:00 – The Map Gallery

A great time to catch up with old friends and see some great maps submitted by your peers.  


Tuesday (Tech Workshops Begin)

8:30 – 9:45 – Public UtilityApplications Using ArcGIS

An introduction to a set of downloadable maps and apps for organizations that manage water, sewer, storm water, roads and other public assets.

1:30– 2:45 – GIS Design Methods

An approach to designing and building Geographic Information Systems that meet growing user needs. It will illustrate how organizations can move beyond GIS data management and take advantage of new map service and application deployment methods.

3:15– 4:30 – The Local Government Template at ArcGIS 10

An overview of the Local Government Resource Center and a set of downloadable maps and apps for Local Government users.


Wednesday (More Tech Workshops)

8:30– 9:45 – Land Records Applications Using ArcGIS

An introduction to a set of downloadable maps and apps for land records organizations that manage tax parcels and related property information.

10:15– 11:30 – Emergency Management Application using ArcGIS

An introduction to a set of downloadable maps and apps for Emergency Management users.

1:30– 2:45 – Parcel Management at ArcGIS 10

An overview of ESRI’s parcel management solution at ArcGIS 10 for local government organizations that manage tax parcels and related property information.


Each of these Tech Workshops will be an opportunity for you to interact with individuals from ESRI who are responsible for developing the local government maps and apps and supporting the ArcGIS Local Government Resource Center.


If we miss you at one o
f the Tech Workshops, you can also stop by the Geodatabase Island or Demo Theater on Wednesday and Thursday or catch us on Twitter during the conference.  

Enjoy the UC and we look forward to seeing you there.

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Enterprise Architecture SIG 2010:  Fostering an Enterprise User Community

We are very excited about forming a stronger Enterprise User Community through the Enterprise Architecture Special Interest Group (SIG) at this year’s ESRI International User Conference.  In an effort to enhance effective communication of information and collaboration around topics of interest, we are changing the format of the SIG.  The first thing you will notice is that we have arranged tables in a “Birds of a Feather” format to facilitate communication amongst ArcGIS users, business partners and ESRI employees around key Enterprise topics such as:

  -  Virtualization
  -  Cloud Computing
  -  Security
  -  Enterprise Integration
  -  Performance & Scalability
  -  EA Methodologies
  -  Application Development Patterns
  –  Standards

As you enter the room, please seat yourself at a table whose topic interests you the most.  Once everyone is seated, we will kick things off with a set of “lightening talks” focused on key items relevant to enterprise-thinking customers such as new resources, technology deployment options, and key technology changes.  At the conclusion of the “lightening talks”, we will then open the floor to all of you, to discuss amongst yourselves at your respective tables, the following based upon your table’s topic (e.g. Virtualization, Cloud Computing, etc.):

  –  Lessons learned
  -  Areas ESRI may be able to provide additional guidance
  -  Biggest roadblocks/issues
  -  Where people are at in deployment/usage (Learning, implementing, fully integrated)

Table discussions will then be brought to close and Fred Collins from IBM will present information on Geospatial Cloud Computing.  After Fred’s presentation, key points from the table topic discussions will be shared with the room leading to additional discussions on the Enterprise Resource Center (ERC) and inviting feedback.  This is an exciting opportunity for all of us to learn from each other!

Last year’s breakfast SIG was a great success so the SIG will be bright and early again with the addition of a full breakfast including eggs, bacon, hash browns and much more – Yum!  Thanks again to IBM for sponsorship of this SIG.

?Open to all UC Attendees

?Wed, Jul 14, 7:30AM – 8:15AM

Location (Same as last year)
?Room 16A

EA SIG coordinators (Feel free to contact us with questions/suggestions)
?Andrew Hendrickson – Solution Architect –  
?Dave Wrazien – Solution Architect –  ????????????
?Michael Young – Sr. Enterprise Security Architect –  

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ArcGIS Online Demographic maps updated

07/07/2010–The following ArcGIS Online demographic maps were updated from Esri’s 2010 estimates and projections:

In all cases, these thematic maps have updated breaks and/or colors. These maps are intended for use with other map information displayed on top and/or underneath, in a map
or perhaps in a creative application.

The maps were updated on the standard and subscription servers
(,, and If you have previously used these maps, you may
need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

Additional demographic maps will be updated after the User Conference, so contact
with your ideas and suggestions for data you’d like to see mapped this

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New Software Patch Available

Thanks to the feedback and requirements of our Electric and Gas community our Development staff has released a new software patch addressing how selection symbols didn’t respect the set reference scale.  For those running 9.3 SP1, 9.3.1 or 9.3.1 SP1 this patch is for you.  This issue has been permanently addressed with a user interface change in the ArcGIS 10 release, now available.

This was one of the bigger enhancements you provided at the past EGUG Conferences that has been fixed.  We are continuing to work on the other requests you have submitted and you can expect these to be addressed in future patches and releases.

You can download and install the patch here.

Please continue to provide feedback and requirements to us at the UC or EGUG Feedback Sessions and through the Ideas site.


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Business Analyst Online Reports Add-In for ArcGIS Desktop

Some great news to share with ArcGIS Desktop users… we’ve just released a new Add-In for ArcGIS Desktop called the ESRI Business Analyst Online Reports Add-In. This add-in gives you access to high quality data from ESRI’s Updated Demographic and Business Data products right inside ArcGIS Desktop. GIS professionals in public and private sectors can use this data to assist with decisions such as evaluating areas for community needs, planning for future growth, targeting potential sites for expansion or consolidation, etc…

The Business Analyst Online Reports Add-In connects ArcGIS Desktop to reports and data from Business Analyst Online, a web application hosted by ESRI. Using any polygon layer in your ArcMap table of contents, you can select one (or more) of the 35 reports available, choose a report format (PDF or XLS), and within a few seconds, get a presentation quality report that summarizes the demographics for the area. You can even choose to append the data back to the attributes of the map layer so that you can use it in ArcMap.

Getting started is simple…

  1. Install it
  2. Activate your free 7 day trial

In addition, you also have access to the Business Analyst Online web application allowing you to search for businesses, thematically map areas, create trade areas, compare sites, create customized reports, and more.

The Business Analyst Online Reports Add-In is a free download from the Resource Center. A 7-day trial of basic reports is available to all users and annual subscriptions can be purchased online.

The Business Analyst Online Add-In is available for ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1 and ArcGIS Desktop 10 now.

Content provided by Lucy Guerra

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Geodatabase Demo Theatres @ UC2010

Members of the geodatabase team will be presenting numerous topics in the demo theatre within our showcase area during the week at UC2010. Demo theatres are a little more hands on than your typical tech workshop and are a good chance to see live demos of specific areas of the software. A little less formal, a little more intimate, a good chance to ask questions, you should check them out. See if you’re interested in any of the topics below.

Demo Theater Schedule

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
10:00 AM   -   11:00 AM          File Geodatabase Overview
11:00 AM   -   Noon                Leveraging Relationship Classes in the Geodatabase
Noon          -   1:00 PM           Using ArcGIS for AutoCAD
1:00 PM     -   2:00 PM            Georeferencing Image and Raster Data in ArcGIS
2:00 PM     -   3:00 PM            Best Practices for Editing in ArcGIS 10
3:00 PM     -   4:00 PM            Geodatabase Overview
4:00 PM     -   5:00 PM            Configuring Industry specific GDB validation checks using the ArcGIS Data Reviewer
5:00 PM     -   6:00 PM            Geodatabase Archiving Overview

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
9:00 AM     -   10:00 AM          An Introduction to Using the ArcGIS Data Reviewer for GDB Quality Control
10:00 AM   -   11:00 AM          Metadata Processes and Solutions
11:00 AM   -   Noon                Creating Mosaic Datasets
Noon          -   1:00 PM           Managing Distributed Workflows and Workforces
1:00 PM     -   2:00 PM            Working with Spatial Type Data Using Structured Query Language (SQL)
2:00 PM     -   3:00 PM            Migrating Data to the Geodatabase
3:00 PM     -   4:00 PM            Working with Geodata Services
4:00 PM     -   5:00 PM            Introduction to Query Layers
5:00 PM     -   6:00 PM            Best Practices for Editing in ArcGIS 10

Thursday, July 15, 2010
9:00 AM     -   10:00 AM          ArcGIS Workflow Manager – Building Custom Workflow Steps
10:00 AM   -   11:00 AM          Tips and Tricks for Using the Parcel Editor
11:00 AM   -   Noon                Versioning and Conflict Management 101
Noon         -     1:00 PM          Using Image Analysis Window

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Got ArcGIS Desktop 10? Business Analyst users, read here for important information…

With the release of ArcGIS 10, we want to remind you that Business Analyst 9.3.1 will not operate on ArcGIS 10. We recommend that you do not install ArcGIS 10 until you receive Business Analyst 10.

  • Business Analyst Desktop 10 will be shipping in August.
  • Business Analyst Server 10 is scheduled to ship in September.

Check back here at the Business Analyst Products blog for up-to-the-minute news!

The Business Analyst Team

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