Author Archives: SuzanneB

Suzanne is a Maryland native with a degree in English Literature who enjoys writing about Esri technology and other topics. She works with Esri Training Services in Redlands, California.

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New Training Site: Highlights and Common Questions

New Esri Training Site PDF

It’s been just over a month since we released our new website to the world. While we welcomed it warmly (with three cakes no less!), the release was only the beginning of a much larger effort.

The two main objectives of the initial release were to modernize the site and simplify access to ArcGIS learning resources. Here are five new features that met our objectives and can help you achieve your learning objectives.

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Announcing the Esri Technical Certification Winners

In our recent giveaway, which ran from June 24 through July 7,  the four individuals below each won a technical certification exam voucher valued at USD $225.

  • Antonio Marques of Portugal
  • Cliff Parker of Virginia, USA
  • Meg Southee of Ontario, Canada
  • Paige Brochu of Vermont, USA

Congratulations, winners! And best wishes as you start preparing for your exams. To all those who did not win a voucher, you will have another opportunity when our next giveaway opens in October. Thanks for entering.  Continue reading

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Coming Soon: A Brand-New Esri Training Experience

Learning should be timely, easy, and fun. This statement is the core philosophy driving a complete overhaul of the Training website and a new, open learning experience for Esri users.

The extreme makeover of our website is well underway, with a release planned for early August. A major focus of the redesign is incorporating resources produced by teams across Esri. New Esri Training website banner

As a company, we create a slew of educational content. So much, in fact, that it can be difficult to know where to find the most relevant content for your needs. Or so we’ve heard.

The solution is twofold:  Continue reading

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Esri Technical Certification: Second Giveaway Starts Now

Esri technical certification exams table

Whether you’ve just been thinking about certification or have firm plans to take a specific Esri technical certification exam this year, you now have a great opportunity to advance your professional goals.

Our second exam giveaway of 2016 is open!  Continue reading

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Powering People Potential at the Esri User Conference

If you will be attending the Esri User Conference, we’d love to see you. Because, as always, our focus this year is people. Specifically, helping people to be productive and creative when using the ArcGIS platform. Esri User Conference Expo

Whether your focus is turning data into information, creating and sharing maps and apps, or teaching the next generation how to think spatially, we’ve got a great lineup to support your work.

Connect with us at these sessions and activities.  Continue reading

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Maximize Conference Value with Hands-on Learning

Found at many Esri and user group conferences held throughout the United States, the Hands-on Learning Lab helps attendees squeeze maximum learning out of their conference experience.

Esri Hands-on Learning Lab

The Hands-on Learning Lab is a dedicated space where you can take free ArcGIS lessons on a variety of ArcGIS topics. Each self-paced lesson takes about 45 minutes, and includes a video lecture and a related hands-on software exercise.  Continue reading

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Esri Technical Certification: Digital Badges Are Here

In recognition of their achievement, Esri-certified individuals will now receive digital badges in place of the emblems that have been in use since the program began. Digital badges feature metadata that allow others (including prospective employers) to immediately verify Esri certification information

Esri technical certification table of domains and exams

Badges feature a fresh, updated design that will enhance resumés, business cards, and social media profiles.  Continue reading

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Visualizing Time in ArcGIS: Make a Web Map

This is the second post in a three-part series on working with temporal data in ArcGIS.

In the previous post, we covered how to add data to ArcGIS Pro, prepare it for your project needs, time-enable the layer, then share the layer as a time-enabled web layer to an ArcGIS Online organizational site.

This post takes you through the steps to create a web map featuring the time-enabled web layer. The third post shows how to create a story map that features the web map.

Ready? Let’s get started. ArcGIS Online map viewer

  • Go to and sign in to your ArcGIS Online organizational account.
  • In My Content, right-click the web layer and add it to a new map.

You can immediately see that the web layer is time-enabled because a time slider displays at the bottom of the map viewer.  Continue reading

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Take the Leap: Win a Free Certification Exam Voucher

March update: This giveaway is now over. Congratulations to our winners Seth Wright and Mark Agnes! Look for more giveaways later this year.

Today marks the beginning of a special time we’ve dubbed Leap Month. Of course, we’re in a leap year, and February gets the extra day on the 2016 calendar (24 whole hours!).  Leap forward

In the northern hemisphere, February tends to be an in-between month. The holidays seem like a dream of days past, spring has not sprung, and lazy summer days are a distant dream. Of course, we’ve got Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day to break things up, but for many the winter doldrums have set in.

So celebrating Leap Month and planning special Leap Day activities is a welcome change.

In the spirit of celebrating forward momentum, this Leap Month we’re giving away Esri technical certification exam vouchers.

If you’re planning to tackle Esri certification in 2016, a free exam voucher worth $225 USD would likely be welcome. You can enter the giveaway (once) now through Leap Day. We’ll announce the winners on March 1st.

Good luck and Happy Leap Month! Like the Summer Olympics, it comes only once every four years. Celebrate while you can.

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Visualizing Time in ArcGIS: Prepare Data in ArcGIS Pro

This is the first post in a three-part series on visualizing and sharing temporal data using ArcGIS. In this post, learn how to add data to ArcGIS Pro, prepare it for visualization, and share it to ArcGIS Online.  

This blog’s most popular post ever is about visualizing temporal data on a map. The ArcMap workflow described in that post is still valid. Five and a half years later, though, we have a tightly integrated platform and new options. An exciting new desktop app. Easy ways to share GIS-driven insights with a wide audience.

It’s time to give that post a modern refresh. We’ll use the same scenario as the original post: piracy incidents in and around the Gulf of Aden.  Continue reading

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