Monthly Archives: August 2009

Training Survey Results: Lower Cost, Greater Access Top the List of User Needs


While reviewing responses to the 2009 Esri Training survey that recently closed, a couple of themes quickly emerged. We always include an open-ended question for survey takers to give us their thoughts in their own words. This year the question was, “What changes to Esri Training would help you most?”

No surprise, cost was the number one change requested—as in, we need more low-cost and free training from Esri. As one respondent this year nicely phrased it, “[I need] more financially friendly training options.”

And, out of all the individual comments we received, the following one stood out: ”In my case it would be to offer more free courses. Not because the courses are not worth paying for but because I am penniless. I am excited about what I have been learning and would like to learn more.” Continue reading

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Now Available: ArcGIS Data Interoperability Web Series


Esri Training Services recently released a six-part Virtual Campus web course series on the ArcGIS Data Interoperability extension. Jointly developed by Esri and Safe Software, the series starts by teaching the basics of what data interoperability actually means and the benefits it offers for productivity, then takes you all the way through to developing custom tools you can share with colleagues. Along the way, you learn best practices for applying the software’s powerful data translation and transformation tools. The first course in the series is free. Continue reading

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Need GIS Data? Learn How to Create Your Own

When people finish an Esri training course, often they tell us they learned a lot, loved the course, but how do they get their own data to work with ArcGIS? Where can they find the specific data they need? The training data used in course exercises is developed and manipulated (by us) to meet specific learning goals, and exercises are scripted to ensure consistent results. For those new to GIS in particular, there’s a need to fill the gap between using the software in a training class and doing GIS on their own back at the office.

In previous posts we covered working with Excel and Access data in ArcGIS. This post provides a tutorial to show how you can fairly easily create your own spatial data from scratch using ArcGIS Desktop and free resources from ArcGIS Online. The steps covered are: Continue reading

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