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Use Arcade Expressions to Map the Land to Improvement Ratios in Your Area

Improvement Ratio map example

An interesting way to look at a community is to map various measures of the value of its parcels, including a measure called the improvement ratio. Many cities, but not all, tax their parcel owners based on the value of … Continue reading

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Is This Land Any Good? Land Capability Maps on arcgis.com

Let’s say you’re a farmer or farm real estate broker, and you are evaluating whether or not to buy a piece of land.  Your business and your livelihood depends completely on the land and its capability to produce income.

How do you tell the difference between a bad piece of land and a piece of land that has good potential but hasn’t been managed well or has otherwise been neglected?  What can the piece of land do, and what is it really worth?

In a time of great uncertainty and volatility in financial markets and real estate valuation, the inherent capability of a piece of land’s soil asset has just become a lot easier to estimate.  Image credit: USDA

To help answer these questions, esri has produced two new maps and map layers on arcgis.com.  Both are planning-level maps of the economic capability of the United States’ soils.  One map shows the economic capability when the soil is irrigated and the other when the soil is not irrigated.  These maps are entitled Irrigated Land Capability Class and Non-Irrigated Land Capability Class, respectively.

Both maps are made directly from the SSURGO planning level soil dataset from NRCS. For the more technical among us, we used the MUAGGATT table fields ICCDCD and NICCDCD from SSURGO.  Both maps cover the entire USA including Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.

At 1:24,000 scale, each part of the United States falls into one of eight broad land capability classes.

The first four classes (1-4) are useful for growing crops, where each class from one to four needs more management or treatment, and has more limitations than the previous class. For example, classes 3 and 4 require more management or treatment than classes 1 and 2.

The last four land capability classes (5-8) are not useful for crops.  NRCS recommends these lands be used for things other than crops, like rangeland, forestland, or wildlife habitat. Class eight isn’t even good for forestry, pasture or rangeland, and so instead NRCS recommends those lands be used for recreation, wildlife habitat, watershed, or aesthetic purposes.

Non-Irrigated Capability Class

These maps feature a color scheme (shown here in 50% transparency) that matches an image of a sample landscape that you see when you click on each soil map unit.  This graphic may then be used like a second legend, displaying the eight classes for you on a replica landscape.

Land Capability Class is one of the most important concepts in the US soil dataset SSURGO.  Land Capability Class is even used in some states for property tax assessment. In the State of Ohio, for example, the tax code prescribes specifically how to use this map to determine property tax.

Esri plans to release more land capability maps, specifically Land Capability Subclass. We will let you know as soon as these maps are complete and online, and rest assured that the subclasses will be in a format that is easily mashed up with either the Irrigated or Non-Irrigated Capability Class maps.

Special thanks to Michael Dangermond for providing this post. Questions for Michael:  mdangermond@esri.com

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Ground-Truthing Program Validates the Quality of Demographic Projections

 by Brenda Wolfe

How much does Esri care about data accuracy?  Answer: A lot! 

In fact, we care so much we’ve established an innovative ground-truthing program to assess the accuracy of data sources our demographers use and validate our data projections at the block group level.  Esri’s data projections get served in reports accessible from the Business Analyst product in all its forms–online, desktop, server, and APIs.  These projections are an essential input to strategic planning for thousands of organizations across the United States, so accuracy is critical.         

I encourage you to read the full article that details the data ground-truthing project.  The article also reveals some additional innovative steps taken by Esri’s data team over the years to provide accurate and up-to-date estimates.  

 

Happy reading!

-Brenda

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Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight – Interactive Sample Viewer

Yup, It's real.  B-)by Tony Howser

 

Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight Interactive Sample Viewer

Preview and develop applications with the underlying business objects and data that power the entire Business Analyst Suite!


Part of the Business Analyst Online API …

The Business Analyst Online Application Programming Interface (API) consists of SOAP and REST services and, Silverlight and Flex (soon!) SDKs. Together, all of these services and libraries allow users to rapidly and easily develop with the underlying business objects and data that power the entire Business Analyst Suite of products.  These resources enable you to add substantial value to your client applications by allowing you to easily integrate Business Analyst’s powerful analysis and rich data in your workflows.

Whether you are a programmer or not, I urge you to continue reading as you will be able to try some live example Business Analyst workflows through the Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight Interactive Sample Viewer. I guarantee that your exploration of the live samples will help you gain some quick insight into some Business Analyst workflows…because interaction is definitely more engaging than my written descriptions here! :-)


Silverlight-based RIAs…

Silverlight is a Rich Internet Application development framework that allows programmers to rapidly create very sophisticated Web applications with a .NET-based development environment. Basically, Silverlight, like other Rich Internet Application frameworks, was created to develop advanced applications that are platform/hardware independent; can be distributed and executed over networks (usually through Web browsers); and deliver a sophisticated and seamless desktop-like application experience through a browser without the overhead of a long installation, powerful computing resources, large hard drive, etc.

Rich Internet Application Framework
Primary Development Environment
Programming Languages
Adobe Flex Flex Builder XML Markup (mxml); ActionScript
Microsoft Silverlight Visual Studio XML Markup (xaml); C#, VB.NET, or other .NET languages

Besides REST and SOAP Web services, the Business Analyst Online API currently has an API for Silverlight.  (We will be releasing an API for Flex in May!)  The Business Analyst Online APIs for Silverlight and Flex extend the core ArcGIS Server APIs for Silverlight and Flex, respectively; so the existing core libraries of rich mapping/UI controls/behaviors, etc. can be leveraged for rich client development with Business Analyst data and services.


Quick Start! …

The Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight Interactive Sample Viewer is a resource that was developed with the sole purpose of helping you rapidly learn about and develop with the Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight. Not only are you able to try out the “live” samples, you also have the option to download them and execute them as complete standalone Visual Studio solutions!  You can access links to these solutions through the viewer.  The solutions contain copiously-documented code in both C# and VB.NET and they can be executed immediately since they already reference the necessary libraries and have embedded Business Analyst Online API demo user credentials.

With a live interactive sample viewer and complete code and workflow examples that execute “out-of-the-box”, learning about and developing with the Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight could not be easier.

Enjoy!
Tony

 

View the Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight Interactive Sample Viewer; download the complete invidual samples; and open them up and run them with Visual Studio as shown in the screen captures below.

Live Sample
Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight Interactive Sample Viewer - Live Sample
XML Markup Code (xaml)
Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight Interactive Sample Viewer - XAML
C# Code-Behind
Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight Interactive Sample Viewer - C# Code Behind
VB.NET Code-Behind
Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight Interactive Sample Viewer - VB Code Behind
Description
Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight Interactive Sample Viewer - Task Description
Download Complete Visual Studio Solutions (C# or VB.NET)
Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight Interactive Sample Viewer - Download Visual Studio Solutions
Open Visual Studio Solution
Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight Interactive Sample Viewer - Open Visual Studio Solutions
Complete Standalone Application to Study, Extend, Customize, & Use!
Business Analyst Online API for Silverlight Interactive Sample Viewer - Run Standalone Solutions
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Post Business Analyst Online Reports on Your Web Site

 by Brenda Wolfe

If you currently license Business Analyst Online, there is good news; you can now post up to 100 PDF reports at any one time on your web site.  

  • If you have an economic development agency, you can now post reports about your community or selected sites on your web site for prospective businesses.    
  • If you are a real estate broker, you can now include PDF reports on your web site for parcels and properties you are listing. 

With a Premium subscription to Business Analyst Online, you can even add your own logos to PDF reports to enhance your image as a knowledge provider and trusted advisor to your clients.

To learn more, click on the license agreement link on the bottom of the Home tab in Business Analyst Online.  Check out sections 1.1(c) and 1.1(d) which spell out in legalese what you are allowed to do under your license and what type of attribution must accompany the reports. 

So go mad, people!  Crank out those reports and get them out there!

 

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