ArcWatch: GIS News, Views, and Insights

January 2018

Heeding Ireland's Call

By Jim Baumann
Esri Writer

The history of County Donegal, like much of Ireland, is inextricably wedded to the geography of migration. Now county officials are using geography in the form of an Esri Story Maps app called Ireland's Call—To Return Its Global Diaspora Home to try and woo émigrés back to the Emerald Isle. Read the article.

Irish émigrés left behind scenery such as the stunning Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal.

The Tip

Create Amazing Hillshade Effects in ArcGIS Pro
If you want to give your maps depth and dimension, try using a hillshade effect in them. Hillshades enhance the three-dimensional appearance of the terrain by using patterns of light and shadow to create a 3D representation of the surface, making it easier to identify landscape features. Read the tip.

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    Tech Time

    Smart Mapping Point Clouds with Scene Viewer

    You can use Scene Viewer in ArcGIS Online to style and configure point clouds right in your browser, utilizing smart mapping drawing styles and color ramp sliders. Read the blog.

    What's New in ArcGIS Online? A Lot

    The latest ArcGIS Online update adds a new premium app, Insights for ArcGIS, the Find Centroids analysis tool; and some cool new features such as the capability to measure distances in 3D in Scene Viewer. Read the blog.

    Machine Learning in ArcGIS

    Lauren Bennett, from Esri, delves into the topic of machine learning techniques in ArcGIS. Examples include prediction, classification, and clustering. Read the blog.

    Create a Multilingual Survey to Monitor Whales

    In a new Learn ArcGIS lesson, you will use the Survey123 Connect for ArcGIS tool to develop and publish a form that boat captains and tour guides can use on a mobile device to collect data about humpback whales. Take the lesson.

    Maps & More

    Learn to Work with Imagery and GIS

    Interpret and analyze imagery collected by drones and satellites, as part of a free, six-week massive open online course (MOOC), Earth Imagery at Work. Sign up soon.

    Map Out Your Esri UC Plans

    Good news, geogeeks. Registration is now open for the Esri User Conference, July 9–13, 2018. Esri even offers the cool, customizable Justify Your Trip tool. Register today.

    Hardware Offer

    Data Appliance 6.4 for ArcGIS is now available. It plugs into your internal, secure network to deliver preloaded imagery, basemaps, and reference layers behind your firewall. Order today.

    The Last Word

    Learn to Build Location into Your Apps

    The Esri Developer Summit returns to Palm Springs, California, in March 2018 with the technical sessions and expertise you need to help build your geospatial apps. The event's motto says it all: By Developers. For Developers. View the agenda and register.

    Mapping a Garden Tour

    AppStudio for ArcGIS was used to build the US National Arboretum mobile app, which helps people find their way around the spacious gardens in Washington, DC. Visitors also can use the app to easily find memorial benches or trees. Read the story.