ArcWatch: GIS News, Views, and Insights

March 2015

Geodesign Takes Off

By Carla Wheeler
Esri Writer

Geodesign is spreading its wings. Presenters at the 2015 Geodesign Summit showed how geodesign technologies are moving into areas such as transportation, economic planning, and even gaming, with the popular video game Minecraft used as an example. Web-based tools for sketching and evaluating designs were demonstrated, along with technology to generate 3D buildings, streets, trees, curbs, and bike lanes. Read the article.

Geodesign Takes Off
ArcGIS Pro will take your analysis into both the 2D and 3D realms.

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The Tip

Prevent Accidental Deletion of Items in ArcGIS Online

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    The Headlines

    Share Your Open Data
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    Providing open data can do much good in the world, from stimulating the economy to fighting disease. Here are the top 10 reasons to share your data using the ArcGIS Open Data solution. Read the article.

    Get Smart with Growth
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    David Early from the planning and design firm PlaceWorks talks about the innovative new tools shown at the Geodesign Summit that will support smart urban growth. Watch the video.

    GIS Lands at Airports
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    The Geospatial Report

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    In one study, geneGIS, a new ArcGIS extension, showed that humpback whales return year after year to feeding grounds introduced to them by their mothers. Read the article.

  • State of Vaccinations

    See where the measles is a major problem in the United States this year and where vaccination rates for measles, mumps, and rubella are above and below average. View the Esri Story Map.

  • Mapping the Weather and Climate

    Learn how to bring climate and weather data into a GIS in the new Esri Press book, Mapping and Modeling Weather and Climate with GIS. Buy the book.

  • The Living Atlas of the World Gets Bigger

    The Living Atlas of the World just expanded with new contributions for places such as Hong Kong, Monaco, Fairfax County Virginia and St. John’s, Newfoundland. Read the blog.















    Tech Time

    Make Beautiful Maps

    Make Beautiful Maps

    A new capability in ArcGIS Online called Smart Mapping will help you make beautifully-styled maps. Enhancements to the map viewer offer new ways to symbolize data, provide smart defaults, and support data-driven workflows. Read the article.

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    Mapping Where the Snow Will Go
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    The Last Word

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