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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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Easier E-Learning Access for ArcGIS Online Named Users

This week, we released several new features to the Esri Training website, including a back-end improvement designed to make life easier for ArcGIS Online organizational users. As of last summer, all customers with a qualifying Esri product that is current on maintenance receive unlimited access to e-Learning on the Training siteEsri Training site elements graphic

With more than 400 e-Learning options in the Training catalog today (and more are added each week), this benefit is pretty amazing. Perhaps more amazing, anyone at a maintenance customer organization is eligible to take advantage of e-Learning to grow their geospatial knowledge and build ArcGIS skills. There’s no requirement to have a product license or named user status.  Continue reading

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Enter Now to Win a Free Esri Certification Voucher

Our February Esri Technical Certification giveaway—the first one for this year—is in full swing. This giveaway runs through the 24th, which means you still have more than a week to enter for a chance to win a free exam voucher (valued at $225 USD). Table showing Esri techincal certifications

The voucher can be used to register for any of the available Esri certification exams. The team is currently hard at work updating seven exams for ArcGIS 10.5, and those will be available in the coming months.  Continue reading

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Five Python Code Snippets for ArcGIS Pro Mapping Tasks

This post was contributed by Esri instructor Brittney White.

A previous post shared five Python code snippets to automate mapping tasks in ArcMap. This post walks you through how to accomplish those same tasks using the ArcGIS Pro Python window.

In ArcGIS Pro, the mapping module is called arcpy.mp. To try the snippets below for yourself, make a copy of an ArcGIS Pro project file (APRX) and move it somewhere for testing purposes. You don’t have to be an experienced Python scripter—simply enter the code below into the Python window and check out the results.  Continue reading

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The #WeekofGiving in Review

In keeping with time-honored holiday tradition, gift-giving was in order this past week. For all the lifelong learners seeking to build GIS knowledge, enhance existing ArcGIS skills, or make progress on a professional development plan, we hope you enjoyed the free learning opportunity we selected and sent your way each day via Twitter. If you missed them, here they are with our best wishes. Smithsonian folk music story map Continue reading

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Five Useful Python Code Snippets to Automate Mapping Tasks

This post was contributed by Esri instructor Brittney White.

Have you been meaning to try out the ArcMap Python window, but just aren’t sure how to start? Well, the five code snippets below are a great tool to familiarize yourself with the Python window and the arcpy.mapping module. Make a copy of an MXD file and move it somewhere to test out these snippets. You’ll soon see how useful a few Python tricks can be for map management tasks.

  • Each snippet below works with ArcMap 10.x, an existing map document (MXD file), arcpy.mapping module, and Python 2.x.

You don’t have to know any Python syntax to use these snippets. Simply enter the code into the Python window and check out the results.  Continue reading

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Esri Geodata Academy to Launch in New York City

ArcGIS users have a new way to get no-cost, hands-on training. Next month, we’re staging the first Geodata Academy in New York City (though not on Broadway). The topic: Expand the Reach of Your GIS with Web Maps

Geodata Academy events are in-person, about three hours, and highly interactive. An Esri expert facilitates each session. Content and activities are carefully designed to ensure attendees acquire a specific set of skills they can apply on their own back at the office.  Continue reading

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New Training Site: Highlights and Common Questions

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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

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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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