ArcWatch: GIS News, Views, and Insights

October 2014

Make an Esri Story Map App in a Snap Using Your Smartphone

By Clem Henriksen
Esri Strategic Marketing

Authoring an Esri Story Map Tour app is now as easy as downloading Esri's new Snap2Map app on your smartphone.

Created by Esri Labs, the Snap2Map app takes your geotagged photos and publishes them directly in your ArcGIS Online organizational account as an interactive Map Tour app. You can also add an Esri basemap of your choice and descriptive text. You can even share your Map Tour app via social media or e-mail using Snap2Map. Read the article.

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You can create an Story Map Tour app like this one of Paris cafés with the Snap2Map app.

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The Tip

Learn to Use the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

Tools in the new USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer let you compare maps from different time periods and see changes. Esri's Nancy Morales and Aileen Buckley show you how to get the most out of this handy app, developed by the United States Geological Survey and Esri. Read the tip.

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    Tech Time

    Make Open Data Useful

    Make Open Data Useful

    While some data may be open, it's not always particularly useful to your organization or company. ArcGIS Online makes data easy to find, access, explore, and share. Do not get trapped in four of the most common data dilemmas. Read the article.

  • Put ArcGIS for Server on Azure

    The free ArcGIS for Server on Azure Starter Package includes instructions and a set of workflow-driven scripts for quickly deploying ArcGIS for Server on Microsoft Azure. Watch the video.

  • Customize Descriptions

    With just a little customization, you can create your organization's unique ArcGIS Online home page description. For example, you can add workflow resources. Read the tip.

  • Maps & More

    Learn Geodesign
  • Learn Geodesign

    At the Esri User Conference, Esri president Jack Dangermond challenged everyone in the audience to become geodesigners. You can be one, too. But first you need to know geodesign concepts and techniques. Take these courses.

    Just the Demographic Facts
  • Just the Demographic Facts

    Need a data report fast? The new Esri Reports gives you demographic, lifestyle, and spending reports for any US location based on Esri Demographics data. Buy Esri Reports.

    Hardware Offer
  • Hardware Offer

    Get more high-resolution imagery coverage with the new release of Data Appliance for ArcGIS. This solution, for US customers only, contains content similar to ArcGIS Online services but operates behind your firewall. Order Data Appliance for ArcGIS.


    The Last Word

  • Go Beyond Mapping

    Joseph K. Berry's Beyond Mapping columns in GeoWorld magazine are now online books. Sections include GIS concepts, spatial reasoning, map analysis, and GIS modeling. Read the blog and access the books.

  • ArcGIS for

    Specialty map store uses the ArcGIS platform and content and its own cartography to create its map products. provides maps for the home, school, and office. Listen to the podcast.