Tag: Geodatabase

Using attachments and leveraging relationship classes – UC2011 Demo theater slides

Here are a couple of demo theater presentations that my wingman Colin did at the UC this year. One on using attachments and one on relationship classes.


And for more info on using attachments you can check out the blog post Using attachments to manage associated feature content.


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UC2011 Intro to the Geodatabase slides

As promised, here are the slides from the presentation Colin and I gave at the user conference this year.

I’ll get some more presentations up later this week too.


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Geodatabase Modeling and Design SIG at the User Conference

This Special Interest Group will discuss available and forthcoming GDB design tools, patterns, and emerging  issues. The group will provide participants with an opportunity to communicate their  database design and modeling requirements to Esri staff who will be present.

Here’s the link to the online agenda: http://events.esri.com/uc/2011/infoWeb/OnlineAgenda/?fa=ofg_details_form&ScheduleID=2755

For more information visit: http://spatialdba.com/

Please take a minute to fill out the following survey: http://spatialdba.com/limesurvey/index.php?sid=72916&lang=en

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Have you signed up yet for the Water Utility Data Health Check at UC?

With the User Conference just 10 days away, we’d like to remind you to take advantage of the Water Utility Data Health Check service that we are providing at the Geodatabase Management island. There are still some slots left if you’d like to sign up. Just send an email with your name, organization, contact info, and preferred time slot to datareviewer@esri.com.

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The Road Ahead for ArcGIS

The primary theme for ArcGIS 10.1, which is expected to be released in early 2012, is sharing and collaboration. Users will find that this release makes it simpler to put mapping and geospatial analytics into the hands of more people without requiring that they be GIS experts. ArcGIS users will be able to deliver any GIS resource, such as maps, imagery, geodatabases, and tools, as a web service. The ability to access these services will be built into ArcGIS, as well as any application built with one of the ArcGIS APIs.

With this release, cloud computing—both public and private clouds—will play an increasingly critical role in how users get their work accomplished. ArcGIS software will take advantage of the powerful, scalable, and ubiquitous nature of cloud infrastructures to store and distribute geospatial content. Users will be able to easily package their maps and layers and make that content available to staff, stakeholders, partners, or the public via online groups while maintaining complete control and ownership of their content. Additionally, users will be able to quickly deploy GIS servers in the cloud when they need them as fully functional production systems for publishing services and supporting desktop, mobile, and web applications.

At 10.1, ArcGIS for Server will run natively on 64-bit operating systems. Users will notice significant performance improvements for activities such as web editing, map caching, spatial analysis, finding addresses, and using imagery.

Imagery will also be better integrated into the core of ArcGIS. ArcGIS will not only make it simpler to use imagery but also support more imagery sources, as well as lidar and radar.

An exciting addition to ArcGIS at 10.1 will be ArcGIS Runtime, which lets developers create and deploy focused, stand-alone GIS applications for desktop users, who have been asking for a small, lightweight deployment that, in terms of capabilities, fits between ArcGIS Engine and the ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs. The new runtime is designed for both desktop and cloud development. It has a fast display and does not require installation; it can be run directly from a CD. The learning curve for the new runtime is expected to be very gentle for developers familiar with the web APIs.

In addition to these enhancements to ArcGIS, Esri has also concentrated on providing core GIS tools to help users create better maps. These tools range from dynamic legends to contextual generalization, the ability to track edits, parcel editing tools, analysis tools, and a whole lot more.

Finally, as Esri moves toward ArcGIS 10.1, Python is becoming foundational to ArcGIS. It essentially bridges the gap between GIS analysts and programmers.

We will be sharing more and more about what’s coming in ArcGIS 10.1 over the next few months so check back often.

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File Geodatabase API version 1.0

(Update: You can find the most recent release of the File Gdb API right HERE)

Last Friday the Geodatabase team announced the availability of the new File Geodatabase API version 1.0

Check out this blog post from the GDB team on this milestone release for the Geodatabase.

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File Geodatabase API – Version 1.0 Final Download now available

(Update: You can find the most recent release of the File Gdb API right HERE)

The File Geodatabase API has graduated from the beta cycle – the version 1.0 final download is here!
Download it from the geodatabase resource center faster than asap!
And as promised, the API is also now available for Linux 64-bit. WooHaH!! Continue reading

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Announcing ArcGIS for Water Utilities


We’re proud to announce the next evolution of Esri’s offerings for water, wastewater and stormwater utilities – ArcGIS for Water Utilities.


Over the next few weeks leading up to the Esri User Conference, we will be reorganizing the Water Utility Resource Center and our templates into ArcGIS for Water Utilities.  In the meantime, we thought it would be helpful to give an overview of ArcGIS for Water Utilities and answer some questions we’ve already received from members of the user community that have helped us bring ArcGIS for Water Utilities together.


What is ArcGIS for Water Utilities?


ArcGIS for Water Utilities is a collection of maps and apps packaged for the ArcGIS platform. It is designed to meet common needs of water, wastewater and stormwater utilities.  The maps and apps that are part of ArcGIS for Water Utilities are the next generation of the Water Utility Resource Center Templates.


ArcGIS for Water Utilities is a configuration of ArcGIS software and is included in the cost of licensing the ArcGIS system.


What do you mean by the “ArcGIS System”?


ArcGIS is a scalable system of integrated software that is designed to be deployed in a variety of ways.  The advances in ArcGIS 10 truly make ArcGIS a geo-spatial technology platform that meets the common generic needs of any organization for creating, managing, analyzing and sharing spatial data.  All components of the ArcGIS platform – ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, the geodatabase, mobile GIS clients, web GIS clients, work seamlessly together when deployed as a system.


Water utilities are finding it easier to license the whole system because it fits their business needs better than buying individual pieces of software in a piecemeal manner. ArcGIS for Water Utilities enables users to get started fast and to become immediately productive. It provides a framework that can be extended and improved both by individual organizations as well as by valued business partners that support the water utilities community.


This sounds a lot like the Water Utility Templates you already have?


Yes – because it is the next generation of our templates.  Based on your experiences and requests, we’ve decided that we can make water utility GIS easier, faster, cheaper and less confusing to implement by delivering all the parts you need to successfully implement ArcGIS to serve your organization’s mission.


How does this relate to Esri’s cloud efforts?


The cloud is already part of Esri’s platform, so it should come as no surprise that ArcGIS for Water Utilities can be implemented on site or in the cloud and will continue to evolve with the cloud capabilities of ArcGIS platform.


Why are you doing this?


We want to make ArcGIS easier, faster and cheaper to deploy for water utilities.


Are you going to a formal release schedule for ArcGIS for Water Utilities?


Yes. We have definite plans to continue to make incremental improvements and additions and will release these on an on-going basis.


How can I get ArcGIS for Water Utilities?


Download the set of maps and apps from the ArcGIS.com Water Utilities community, just like you currently download the Water Utility Templates.


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File Geodatabase API – 4 platform final release set for mid-May

(Update: You can find the most recent release of the File Gdb API right HERE)

We had planned to release the File Geodatabase API last week with support for 32-bit Windows and Linux and 64-bit Windows platforms. 64-bit Linux support was going to follow later in the year. However, we’ve received a lot of feedback from everyone wanting 64-bit Linux and we’ve made faster progress than we’d expected on the 64-bit Linux port, so we’ve decided to delay the initial release a few weeks and have a single release that supports all 4 platforms. Bazaam!

The beaksnake is back in its hole and the final release of the File GDB API will now be in mid-May.

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File Geodatabase API – Beta 3 now available

(Update: You can find the most recent release of the File Gdb API right HERE)

The beaksnake saw its shadow this morning and so the File GDB API beta 3 download is up on the Geodatabase Resource Center.

What’s new for beta 3? Continue reading

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