ArcWatch: GIS News, Views, and Insights

August 2018

Safety First

By David Hamilton
Public Safety Industry Manager, Esri Canada

The Oakville Fire Department in Canada used Esri technology, such as Survey123 for ArcGIS and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS, to simplify the department's annual residential fire safety survey and gather better information from people who were surveyed. Read the article.

A crew from the Oakville Fire Department stops at a house to conduct a fire safety survey.

The Tip

Use Favorites to Organize Your ArcGIS Online Life
ArcGIS Online provides a variety of ways to organize content you frequently use, including using favorites. Esri technology evangelist Bern Szukalski shows you how to add items to your favorites for easy access for your projects. Read the tip.

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    The Headlines

    Maps Tell the Story in Kenton County

    Planning and Development Services (PDS) of Kenton County uses GIS in imaginative ways, using maps and data to tell stories about economic development projects and quality-of-life issues throughout Northern Kentucky. Read the article.

    New in Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS

    Elleni Rogers from Esri UK highlights six new features in Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS that will make working with the configurable web app easier and improve your information feeds. Read the article.

    Teach with GIS

    Want to educate students about mapping and location analytics? Esri just released three implementation guides to teach GIS. One is geared toward teachers, another is focused on schools, and the third is designed for school districts.
    Read the blog.
    Get the guides.

    The Geospatial Report

    Chevron Energized by Map Hub

    Chevron used Esri technology to develop its web-based Map Hub, which is used within the organization to visualize and analyze data. Map Hub provides access to vital information such as oil well assets, bathymetry surveys, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery. Watch the video.

    Go into Reverse with World Imagery Wayback

    Want to use world imagery from September 2014 in your basemap? No problem. Esri's new Wayback imagery provides an archive of more than 80 versions of imagery, dating back to February 2014.
    Read the blog.
    Browse the imagery.

    Design Dashboards to Look Great on a Smartphone

    Hooray! Dashboards created with Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS can now be viewed on smartphones. But designing a dashboard for a smartphone is different from designing a dashboard for a desktop computer. Esri technology evangelist Derek Law offers some strategies and best practices to get started. Read the blog.

    The Role of Humans in Digital Transformation

    Change management expert Michael Green at Esri says it takes more than technology capabilities for an organization to successfully undergo a digital transformation. People on staff need to embrace change too. Listen to the podcast.










    Tech Time

    Learn to Make a Relationship Map in ArcGIS Online

    Esri recently introduced the relationship map, which gives you a new way to visualize and compare your data within ArcGIS Online. Using the relationship drawing style, you can map a pair of attributes within one map to see how the two might be related. Esri product engineer Lisa Berry walks you through how to make a relationship map. Read the blog.

    Esri Releases ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor

    With the new ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor, now in beta, you can restyle Esri vector basemaps to match the type of app you've developed and your organization's brand.
    Read the blog.
    Start using the tool.

    How to Build Widgets with ArcGIS API for JavaScript

    Esri's Matt Driscoll and Juan Carlos Franco explain the fundamentals of developing widgets and then walk you through how to build one using ArcGIS API for JavaScript. Watch the tech session.

    Immersive Experiences

    Esri staff provides an overview of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) and shows you how you can create immersive experiences with Esri technology such as Esri CityEngine and ArcGIS Runtime SDKs. Watch the tech session.

    Maps & More

    From Pixels to Graphite, Ink, and Paint

    Esri cartographer John Nelson used ArcGIS Pro and data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help him on his artistic journey of creating a hand-drawn map of the Straits of Mackinac. Read the blog.

    Spot Prescription Drug Anomalies with GIS

    A new Learn ArcGIS lesson gives you the opportunity to assume the role of an analyst and use Insights for ArcGIS to analyze where doctors might be overprescribing the topical painkiller lidocaine. Take the lesson.

    Hardware Offer

    Esri now offers the Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet with ArcGIS Pro to US customers, giving them the ability to get their work done anywhere. Order today.

    The Last Word

    Students Should Get to Know ArcGIS Pro

    An Esri intern left what she describes as an "ArcMap bubble" to try ArcGIS Pro. She thinks college students who take GIS courses should do the same and lists seven reasons why. One big reason: Creative cartography is much easier. Read the blog.

    Story Map Basics, Part I

    Owen Evans from the Esri Story Maps team offers a short tutorial on how to add and configure web maps in your story maps. "This is one of the quintessential features of story maps: You can alter any map to best tell your story," he writes. See the story map.