ArcWatch: GIS News, Views, and Insights

August 2016

Witness to the Web of Life

By Carla Wheeler
ArcWatch Editor

In 1799, the Prussian naturalist, geographer, and explorer Alexander von Humboldt left Europe for the expedition of a lifetime. The nearly four years he spent in South America shaped how he thought about nature and influences how many people think about nature today. Andrea Wulf, who wrote The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, took the audience at the 2016 Esri User Conference back in time to help them get a sense for Humboldt's discoveries and contributions to science and why GIS is truly Humboldtian. Read the article.

Historian and author Andrea Wulf shares stories about Alexander von Humboldt during the Esri User Conference.
Historian and author Andrea Wulf shares stories about Alexander von Humboldt during the Esri User Conference.

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The Tip

Learn to Use YouTube Parameters in Esri Story Maps

Learn how to set YouTube player parameters when you embed a video in Esri Story Maps. You can have control over the various YouTube player options, including autoplay, looping, and starting the video at a specific time. Read the tip.

Join the Conversation

    The Headlines

    And the Winners Are . . .
  • And the Winners Are . . .

    Meet the winners of the 2016 Esri Storytelling with Maps competition. They include Lauren Medsker, creator of a unique Esri Story Map Journal that focused on the garden and water conservation projects, membership, and finances of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Read the article.

    Study the World in 3D
  • Study the World in 3D

    Get your students interested in the world around them using ArcGIS Earth, a free desktop-based, interactive globe for visualizing the earth in 3D. They can explore national parks, oceans, earthquake data, and more. Read the article. Take the training.

    One Mighty Map
  • One Mighty Map

    Creating a single web map that can be used in multiple sections or entries of your Esri Story Map Journal or Story Map Series apps might be smarter than building multiple maps. Read the article.


    The Geospatial Report

  • Seeing the Forest and the Trees

    Charles "Hobie" Perry and Christopher Oswalt from the US Forest Service explain how their organization collects and shares authoritative data about the nation's forests and creates applications to help people better understand the forests. Watch the video.

  • Auckland Embraces Web GIS

    Ian M. Smith and Lauren McArtney show how the Auckland Council uses web GIS in its quest to become the "World's Most Livable City." Watch the video.

  • A Zika Virus Story Map

    With the number of Zika virus cases mounting, take a closer look at this disease and its geographic reach in this Esri Story Map Journal. See the story map.

  • Missouri Draws Highway Maps with GIS

    The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) took its ArcGIS software, already used for tasks such as tracking the locations of accidents, and started to use it to create road maps. Read the article in GOVERNING.










    Tech Time

    Add Demographics to Your Datasets in a Jiffy

    Add Demographics to Your Datasets in a Jiffy

    Lisa Berry of Esri demonstrates how to add demographics to your existing geographic datasets in ArcGIS Online. "Whether you have points, tables, lines, or polygons [on your map], demographic data can add value to your analyses," Berry said. Read her tip.

  • Test ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud

    Design maps with the aesthetic you want using the ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud app. Design and communication professionals can access thousands of data-driven maps inside Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Download the beta.

  • Put R into ArcGIS

    Marjean Pobuda, a product engineer at Esri, demonstrates how to bring the statistical programming language R into ArcGIS and how both can be used to do what she calls a "thorough analysis." Read the blog. Watch the video.

  • Go to Work with Workforce for ArcGIS

    Coordinate and keep track of work you complete using Esri's new Workforce for ArcGIS. You can create, assign, and keep track of new and finished work projects. Learn more.

  • Maps & More

    Geodesign a Smarter, Safer Community
  • Geodesign a Smarter, Safer Community

    Learn to put geodesign methods and technologies to work to shape smarter, safer, and more resilient communities, European style. Intercontinental Geodesign is the theme of this year's Geodesign Summit Europe, slated for November 1–2, 2016, in Delft, the Netherlands. Learn more and register.

    Where Is My Data?
  • Go Green

    Esri's Green Infrastructure map and tools provide the perfect starting point for creating smarter, more sustainable communities with cleaner air, safer drinking water, and a healthier habitat for both humans and animals. Explore your community's green infrastructure assets.

    Hardware Offer
  • Hardware Offer

    Data Appliance for ArcGIS plugs right into your internal, secure network to deliver preloaded imagery, basemaps, and reference layers. Order today.

  • The Last Word

  • Keep Your ArcGIS Online Organization Organized

    Esri technology evangelist Bern Szukalski offers suggestions on how to visually organize an ArcGIS organization: Declutter and use visual cues such as thumbnail graphics. Read the blog

  • Mapping Public Toilets in Paris

    A digital map created with Esri ArcGIS points Paris residents and tourists to more than 400 public toilettes in the City of Light. Pop-ups in the map include each restroom's address and, in some cases, the hours of operation. View the map.