ArcGIS Knowledge

Introducing ArcGIS Knowledge: What’s Coming (November 2021)

Big data can so often come with big problems – particularly for understanding data in context, and how one individual item within it relates to another. Supply chain networks and airline companies analyze vast transportation networks with innumerable components and variables in order to calculate shortest path and partitioning to optimize routes for speed, efficiency, and cost. Oil and gas companies need to account for hidden and pervasive risks associated with myriad factors including types of equipment, tools, manufacturers, locations, operating conditions, personnel, and more. And in a world of ever-growing e-commerce, marketplaces and financial institutions need to be able to identify behaviors that might indicate fraudulent or unlawful activity connected to any of the countless transactions they oversee in a day – and they need to do it quickly.

For problems of this scale and intricacy, having the ability to create knowledge graphs and conduct graph analysis, or investigations, is essential. Graph analysis consolidates data from multiple different sources (think anything from e-commerce transactions to social media posts) and creates a network of relationships between different entities that can reveal patterns we might not otherwise be able to see. And for the first time, Esri is offering a knowledge graph tool that can be implemented directly into any existing ArcGIS Enterprise environment: the all-new ArcGIS Knowledge User Type Extension.

What are knowledge graphs?

So, what is a knowledge graph? A knowledge graph is comprised of people, places, or other types of entities and the relationships that connect them in a graph network, allowing users to see data in context and reveal patterns and relationships that may have previously been unknown.

ArcGIS Knowledge connects ArcGIS Pro to the enterprise graph store, enabling users to explore and analyze spatial, nonspatial, unstructured, and structured data to accelerate decision-making. ArcGIS Knowledge enables analysts to create, edit, interrogate, and analyze knowledge graphs to assist in investigations within industries ranging from AEC, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, and Government.

What are the benefits of ArcGIS Knowledge?

ArcGIS Knowledge is a new User Type Extension that connects ArcGIS Pro to the enterprise graph store, enabling users to explore and analyze spatial, nonspatial, unstructured, and structured data to accelerate decision-making. Key features include:

ArcGIS Knowledge will be available with the release of Enterprise 10.9.1 in November 2021. Be the first to know when it’s available – sign up for product announcements to get notified and stay informed of the latest news about ArcGIS Knowledge.

About the authors

Avonlea Fotheringham is a Product Marketing Manager for ArcGIS CityEngine and Esri's Extended Reality capability, using her passion for language and design to evangelize GIS to the world. She is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where she uses her free time to organize an annual international poetry festival.


Lauren Lipovic is a Lead Product Marketing Manager at Esri. Lauren joined the Product Marketing team after spending four years on Esri’s Global Business Development team, where she led the development of the company’s digital sales and public policy practices. Her 10 years of experience spans across strategic planning, policymaking, and business development in government, NGO, and software industries. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and industry news on the topics of economics, government data, and innovation. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in economics and policy analysis from DePaul University. Lauren is passionate about supporting Esri customers solve problems with geospatial technologies and solutions.


Colby Neeb is a Product Manager on the Operational Intelligence Team with 20+ years of software and GIS experience.


Jamon Johnson is a Product Manager on the GeoEnabled Systems Team with over 25 years in the GIS industry. He served in the Marine Corps as an Intelligence Officer and a GEOINT Analyst. Jamon now focuses on delivering GIS and spatial analytics to solve complex problems.

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