Esri UC – Top 5 Things for Developers To Do


1. Pre-conference Seminars For many, the UC starts on Saturday. There are several of these hands-on workshops to choose from that are of interest to developers. Some are one-day, Saturday or Sunday, and some of them are for both days. … Continue reading

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So What’s GeoNet?

In all the excitement of the 2014 Esri UC, you may not have heard about GeoNet. Maybe you heard the name from Jack’s announcement during the plenary, maybe you got an email or saw it from your social media connections, maybe you’ve logged in but were not sure where to go. In any case, I wanted to help you understand more about GeoNet, how it applies to you and how you can get started.

Purpose of GeoNet
GeoNet is here to extend the user conference experience to 365 days a year. Take all of the networking, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and product support from the conference and combine them into a single community that spans the globe. From that, you have GeoNet. Continue reading

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Come geek out with us at the UC

More cowbell!

Come SpeedGeeking with us at the 2014 Esri User Conference! As a developer-focused activity, SpeedGeeking gets its name and style from speed dating. SpeedGeeking features 12 presenters who, at the same time, will be giving lightning talks to a group … Continue reading

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ArcGIS for Local Government 10.1 Release Now Available


Today, we launched the first 10.1 release of the ArcGIS for Local Government solution.  It includes an update to each application (new Add-Ins and updated JavaScript and Flex applications) along with a new local government information model that you can … Continue reading

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ArcGIS Online at the 2012 Esri User Conference


There will be many opportunities at the upcoming 2012 Esri International User Conference to learn more about ArcGIS Online, and to meet and talk with staff members. It’s a great way to get answers to your questions, and get details … Continue reading

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The Geodatabase Team @ UC2012

The 2012 Esri International User Conference is coming up on July 23-27th down at the San Diego Convention Center. There will be 14,000 attendees eager to learn and to see our path towards the future of GIS. Hopefully you’re one of them!

The Geodatabase Team will be down there giving technical sessions and demo theater presentations. We’ll be available to answer your questions and discuss what projects you’re working on too, so come visit us in the showcase area.

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July Team Water/Wastewater Meeting

On July 21st Esri’s Team Water/Wastewater Meeting will be taking place in San Diego, CA.  This meeting is open to all who are interested in water, wastewater and stormwater GIS.  The agenda can be found on the Team Water/Wastewater web page. For registration and additional information contact Christa Campbell.

Don’t miss out on a full day of presentations by water industry professionals, Esri partners and Esri staff. We will be discussing redistricting, asset maintenance, ArcGIS Online for Organizations and much more!

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ArcGIS Online at the UC 2010 Plenary – Part II

Check out Part 1 here, and read on for the second part of our recap of ArcGIS Online at the Esri 2010 User Conference opening session.

ArcGIS.com is new component of the ArcGIS System, and a place where you can begin your online GIS experience. You can browse a gallery of featured maps and apps from the ArcGIS community, and learn about them through preview panes or open more detailed information.

Other ways that you can browse what’s been shared is to look for the highest rated, the most recent (search by date), or most viewed.

Data you share can be organized into groups. Groups can be used to organize content and build online data communities. The content can be shared publicly, or only to group members. And there are many groups already on ArcGIS Online. For example, the shared content in the National Maps for USA group includes data from the National Map, USGS, EPA, NOAA, and other federal government organizations.

By clicking Make a Map you can open the built-in ArcGIS.com viewer, a lightweight JavaScript application that makes it easy to create mashups and author your own maps. Content can be searched at ArcGIS Online, the open Web, by connecting to a specific GIS server. or by searching within groups you belong to.

Using the ArcGIS.com Viewer we’ve added parcel and zoning information published by the District of Columbia.The ArcGIS.com Viewer makes it easy to discover and mashup other Web services into a new map.

Once we’ve added content,we can save our map and decide how we want to share it. Our choices are that we can share maps publicly with everyone, privately only to members of certain groups, or can use groups to organize information and also make it publicly available.

Once shared, the map can be discovered by anyone. The map can be opened in any Esri client. Below you see that the DC Map we just created using the ArcGIS.com Viewer can also be opened in ArcGIS Explorer Online or ArcGIS Desktop 10. So a map is not only the foundation you use to do your work, but how you share it.

ArcGIS Explorer Online has a similar look and feel and some of the same capabilities as the downloadable desktop version, but it’s a lightweight version built using Silverlight that runs in a browser. Explorer Online offers some additional functions and capabilities. Below we’ve added a note that includes a popup link to a photo.

Using ArcGIS Explorer Online we can also make dynamic presentations by capturing “slides” that remember where we are and what layers are turned on, and add titles. The presentations are saved as part of your map so other can view them.

Next, ArcGIS Desktop 10 (ArcMap) was opened showing some historical buildings and sites in the Shaw District of Washington, D.C. ArcGIS Online is now deeply embedded into ArcGIS Desktop, and you can browse for layers to add to your map:

And you can also choose basemaps from a built-in ArcGIS Online basemap gallery:

Using ArcGIS Online content we can quickly complete our map with online services published by Esri and users, in this case the District of Columbia.

Using ArcGIS Online from your desktop is also a great way to share results of analysis. Here we’ve completed an analysis that has created a spider diagram and heat map showing the closest historic sites within easy walking distance of Metro stations.

When you right-click a layer you can create a layer package, which encapsulates the data and cartography into an easy-to-share package. The layer package can be saved locally, or shared directly to ArcGIS Online where others can discover and use it. Below is the dialog with the option chosen to share the layer package to ArcGIS Online.

Finally, the same map was opened using ArcGIS for iOS which is for use on iPhones and iPads. It’s a free app downloadable from the Apple app store,and let’s you use any ArcGIS Online basemaps or layers on your mobile devices.

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ArcGIS Online at the UC 2010 Plenary – Part I

The Esri 2010 International User Conference opening session included several demonstrations highlighting ArcGIS Online content and capabilities. Here’s a review of what was presented.

ArcGIS Online Basemap Tour

The World Topographic Basemap is one of several Esri basemaps. It’s a cartographically designed, multi-resolution basemap that offers worldwide coverage.

The World Topographic Basemap is also a true GIS community map, and it includes contributions from a variety of users, including Natural Resource Canada, the USGS and EPA, and many state and local governments. Shown were examples from Arkansas and Denver County, Colorado.

The basemap also includes content from cities throughout the world, including San Francisco, Boston, Hong Kong, and Toronto. Though coming from various sources and many different scales, the basemap has been compiled seamlessly using the world topographic basemap template, available online.

Below is a portion of the basemap with data contributed by the city of Boston.

And here is a section of the Topographic Basemap with data contributed by the city of Toronto. Those contour lines shown are at 1m intervals.

The World Imagery Basemap is another ArcGIS Online basemap, offering 15m minimum resolution across the globe, and having high resolution content for many cities and countries. For many thousands of cities and towns outside the US, the basemap is 1m resolution or better. Shown below is recently added imagery for Brussels.

In the US the basemap offers 1m minimum resolution, and that’s been accomplished by compiling federal, state, and local content together with commercial data. All of this is free for users. Here is the area near the San Diego Convention Center.

The World Streets Basemap is a another multi-resolution basemap offering detailed streets and also building footprints for major cities at small scales.

ArcGIS Online also offers many layers, many of which can be used as building blocks for your own basemaps, such as the World Terrain Base and World Reference layers. Also included are many thematic layers, including demographics, geology, and more. This is a portion of the Geologic Map of North America.

The goal of ArcGIS Online is to provide users with choices from among the best available sources. Also included are the Bing Maps for Enterprise Roads, Aerial, and Hybrid basemaps. OpenStreetMap is yet another basemap that users can choose from.

ArcGIS Online basemaps are a great way to build your own maps, and are also a great place for users to share their data with the GIS community.

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