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Check out Esri’s new tools for managing Planet imagery in ArcGIS

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Planet’s high-resolution satellite constellations image the entire world every single day. Both Planet and Esri aim to provide resources that help users turn this wealth of data into visible, accessible, actionable solutions. That’s why Esri has added tools for managing PlanetScope … Continue reading

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How to Smart Map in 3 Easy Steps

Smart Mapping is an exciting capability that can help you create beautiful and informative maps, quickly. It’s never been easier to craft visually stunning maps that tell the stories you want to tell. This guide will help you familiarize yourself with smart mapping and its overall workflow, so that you can get started making your own mapping masterpieces! To follow the same guide interactively, visit this story map.

In its simplest form, smart mapping is a solution custom created for your map and your data, which is why we call it “smart”! With just a few clicks, you can create a clear story about your data. Continue reading

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Helicopter Landing Zone template is available for download

The new Helicopter Landing Zone template is available for download from Arcgis.com.  The Helicopter Landing Zone template is an Esri Defense template for intelligence analysis. The Helicopter Landing Zone template contains data and walk-through exercises to teach you how to use ArcGIS tools to create standard Helicopter Landing Zone products.

The template includes a map template and feature templates for typical features collected for Helicopter Landing Zone studies.  These features include possible Helicopter Landing Zone areas, their dimensions, and a variety of obstruction types.  The obstruction features are divided into point obstructions, such as trees and flag poles, linear obstructions, such as ditches, power lines, and walls, and area obstructions such as buildings and patches of trees.

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Leveraging Geoprocessing in ArcGIS Workflow Manager – Part 2

In part 1 of this blog series I wrote about interactive geoprocessing (GP) steps in ArcGIS Workflow Manager. Now, in part 2, we’ll move onto automated GP steps and wrap up the discussion from there.
At the end of part 1, you’ll recall we had pre-populated all of the required parameters for a GP tool.
And I was wondering why, with all of a tool’s arguments pre-populated, do we still need to show a dialog box to the user?
Right. And the answer is that we don’t. If all of the parameters have been correctly pre-populated, there are a number of alternate ways that you can run a GP step without prompting a user for anything. These include:

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Leveraging Geoprocessing in ArcGIS Workflow Manager – Part 1

In my previous blog I introduced you to the different types of custom steps available in ArcGIS Workflow Manager including those that make use of Geoprocessing (GP) tools. Today, we’ll explore using GP steps in a Workflow Manager workflow.
Okay.  How do I get started?
Geoprocessing steps use the same tools, models, and scripts that you can access through an ArcGIS toolbox. The easiest way to set up a GP step is with the out-of-the-box JTXDesktopSteps.LaunchGPTool custom step. Refer to the online help for more information about how to create step types.

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Introducing Custom Steps in ArcGIS Workflow Manager

The notion of “custom steps” in ArcGIS Workflow Manager can be confusing. Many people hear “custom” and think immediately of software development. With Workflow Manager, the reality is that a workflow designer will create and configure many different step types by using the Workflow Manager Administrator application. Even steps available out-of-the box – including special purpose steps called “Custom Step Objects” – will likely be customized in Workflow Manager Administrator to your organizations specific environment.

This blog post will discuss step customization (somewhat), Custom Step Objects (mostly), and how they can help in your workflows. If you remember nothing else, just remember that using custom steps in Workflow Manager doesn’t necessarily equate to writing custom code!

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Integrating ArcGIS Data Reviewer and ArcGIS Workflow Manager to Automate Data Validation

As you know, ArcGIS Data Reviewer and ArcGIS Workflow Manager are available as standard extensions, but they’re also part of Esri Production Mapping. If you are looking to automate your data validation workflows, we just posted a couple of blogs topics describing how to do this. The first blog – Automating Data Validation Workflows – talks about using the custom steps available in Data Reviewer within a Workflow Manager workflow. The second blog – Advanced Data Validation Workflows – takes it a step further and discusses other ways of utilizing the custom steps. It also outlines the additional capabilities that you can leverage while integrating Data Reviewer and Workflow Manager. Be sure to read these posts, they might help you get creative about how you perform data validation.

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Advanced Data Validation Workflows

In a previous blog we discussed how to automate your data validation workflows by integrating ArcGIS Data Reviewer with ArcGIS Workflow Manager. We also discussed some of the basic functions you can perform with the Reviewer
Custom Steps
. For this blog I’d like to take it a step further and describe other ways in which you can use the custom steps. I’ll also introduce additional functionality in Workflow Manager that you might find useful when integrating
with Data Reviewer.

Working with Reviewer sessions

Reviewer sessions are a way of filtering records in the Reviewer workspace to show only those records you are interested in. Last time, we outlined how to use tokens with the Create a Reviewer Session custom step to create unique sessions for each job based on the Job ID. There are other ways you can create sessions depending on your workflows. For example, if you have unique sessions that already exist for each user, you can use tokens like the [JOB:ASSIGNED_TO] in the Run Reviewer Batch Job custom step to write the errors to the existing sessions.

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What makes up Production Mapping?

In a previous blog topic we provided an introduction to Esri Production Mapping and its benefits. Now that you know what sorts of organizational challenges are solved by using Production Mapping, let’s talk about some of the key capabilities that allow you to produce high quality geospatial data and maps faster and with fewer resources.

We all know that a generic production workflow consists of four main stages – collecting, editing/updating, reviewing data, and producing the final output (which may be data in another format or cartographic products). While ArcGIS provides a number of tools to produce geospatial data and maps, there are not many tools to automate or standardize the production processes and to ensure consistency and repeatability while also keeping track of work in progress. Esri Production Mapping extends ArcGIS Desktop to support the production stages by providing tools to manage workflows, perform advanced editing and intelligent attribution, ensure data quality, and produce high-end cartographic products. These tools are flexible, allowing you to configure them to suit your industry- or your organization-specific requirements. We hope that providing an overview of the major functionality will help you understand what makes up Esri Production Mapping. Today’s topic will also serve as the starting point for future topics where we will discuss these functionalities in more detail.

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Automating data validation workflows

Several times I’ve been asked, “what’s the best way to automate data validation workflows?” With the release of ArcGIS 10, this can be achieved by integrating the ArcGIS Workflow Manager and ArcGIS Data Reviewer extensions. Data Reviewer has added custom steps that can be used within a Workflow Manager workflow. In this blog topic, I’ll describe how you can configure these custom steps.

If you don’t already know, using Workflow Manager you can define workflows that model your business processes and track the progress of assigned tasks. The steps in the workflow can be configured to execute functions like sending notifications, opening applications like ArcMap, and running geoprocessing tools.

Data Reviewer allows you to manage and track quality control of your data. You can automate data validation using rules stored in a batch job. A Reviewer session is used to store information about any errors that are found and to track issues through their life-cycle to ensure they are fixed and verified.  

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