R-ArcGIS Bridge at the 2024 Esri Developer Summit

The R-ArcGIS Bridge combines the power and flexibility of open-source R packages with authoritative datasets, advanced spatial analytics, and mapping and visualization capabilities from ArcGIS. One example is the R package for ArcGIS Pro integration, {arcgisbinding}. At the 2024 Esri Developer Summit, the R-ArcGIS Bridge team will be announcing a new, open-source package that facilitates interacting with ArcGIS location services from R. Join us at the following events to learn more about this exciting development!



Attend the plenary to hear the big R-ArcGIS Bridge news and learn about the many ways developers are using ArcGIS to build new solutions and solve problems.

Plenary Day 1

Tuesday, March 12 | 8:30 am – 12 pm | Oasis 3-4 | PSCC

Plenary Day 2

Tune in for the R-ArcGIS Bridge announcement and demo

Wednesday, March 13 | 8:30 am – 10 am | Oasis 3-4 | PSCC


Technical Workshops

Join us for technical sessions catering to different levels of R and ArcGIS experience.

Spatial Data Science in ArcGIS Using Python and R

Python and R are crucial in data science and provide powerful functionality that expands the capabilities of ArcGIS. This technical session will teach you how to integrate both open-source statistical packages with ArcGIS tools for spatial data science workflows. See how to take the guesswork out of transferring data between ArcGIS and the Python and R environments. The session will expect some knowledge of data manipulation in Python and R, as well as familiarity with running ArcPy geoprocessing tools.

Session Level: Intermediate

Thursday, March 14 | 10:30 – 11:30 am | Mesquite C | PSCC

What’s New with R and ArcGIS

Solving the world’s complex problems requires bringing together the best available tools, which often means integrating functionality between platforms. The R-ArcGIS Bridge establishes a seamless connection between the vetted spatial analysis powers of ArcGIS and the thousands of cutting-edge libraries for data science and statistical analysis in R. Come see this functionality in action and learn how you can incorporate the newest R-ArcGIS Bridge into your workflows.

Session Level: Beginner

Friday, March 15 | 8:30 – 9:30 am | Mesquite GH | PSCC


User Presentation

Learn how users are engaging with the R-ArcGIS Bridge in their work.

From Turing to Tobler over the R-ArcGIS Bridge: Code to Identify Key Scales

Imagine you need to identify environmental factors influencing bird diversity in London, but know you first need to determine at what spatial scales to begin your analysis. We present a generalizable approach for determining where the action is in a dataset through this bird diversity example. Crossing the R-ArcGIS bridge several times, we leverage sampling theory from Alan Turing and scale variance analysis proposed by Waldo Tobler to help answer our question and suggest broader applications.

Session Level: All Attendees

Thursday, March 14 | 2:30 – 3:30 pm | Mesquite C | PSCC



Visit our team in the Esri showcase in the expo to talk all things R. We enjoy hearing about your use cases, questions, and ideas for integrating R and ArcGIS! We will be located at the R-ArcGIS Bridge kiosk in the Spatial Analysis & Data Science island from Tuesday, March 12 through Thursday, March 14.

The R-ArcGIS Bridge kiosk is located in the Spatial Analysis & Data Science island in the expo.
Location of the R-ArcGIS Bridge kiosk at the 2024 Esri Developer Summit

About the authors

Martha Bass

Martha Bass is a Product Engineer on the Spatial Statistics team at Esri.


Nick Giner is a Product Manager for Spatial Analysis and Data Science. Prior to joining Esri in 2014, he completed Bachelor’s and PhD degrees in Geography from Penn State University and Clark University, respectively. In his spare time, he likes to play guitar, golf, cook, cut the grass, and read/watch shows about history.


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