ArcGIS Blog » Mapping http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis ArcGIS Blog Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:27:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Launch Navigator from Collector to increase your team’s efficiency http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/09/04/launch-navigator-from-collector-to-increase-your-teams-efficiency/ http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/09/04/launch-navigator-from-collector-to-increase-your-teams-efficiency/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:07:50 +0000 Emily Gibson http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/?p=54025 Continue reading ]]> Now you can launch Navigator for ArcGIS from Collector for ArcGIS on your iOS device. Specifically, you can navigate to a feature while you’re in the field, and then resume collecting data after you have arrived at that feature. This seamless integration between Collector and Navigator on the iOS platform will increase the efficiency and productivity of your workforce.

Say you’re a member of an emergency response team that has been sent to Redlands, California to gather and update information about earthquake relief efforts. With Collector for ArcGIS, you can gather information, capture and share photos and videos, and update your team of your progress, whether you are online or disconnected.

Collector for ArcGIS

You can also plan routes to features in Collector because it is integrated with Navigator for ArcGIS. Navigator is an app available on the iOS platform that enables you to receive voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions to one or more stops, access downloadable maps for offline navigation, and select preferred travel modes such as walking, trucking, or driving. Say you want to get directions to a particular police station. Simply tap on that station so that its details appear and then tap on the Action icon in the Details dialog box.

Get details about a feature

Next, select the option Directions to here.

Get directions to a feature

Navigator will automatically launch and calculate a route from your current location to the selected feature. You can see turn-by-turn directions to the police station by tapping the Directions icon and get voice-guided directions by tapping Start Navigation.

Calculate a route to a feature

After you have arrived at the police station, you will be asked if you want to return to Collector.

Return to Collector for ArcGIS

By tapping Collector you can return to this app and record which type of vehicle the station uses to provide earthquake relief.

Resume collecting data

By using Collector and Navigator together on iOS devices to gather information and get where you need to be, your team can complete its job more quickly and easily, saving your organization time, money, and resources. Learn more about how your workforce can leverage the power of Navigator for ArcGIS and Collector for ArcGIS today.

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User Contributions to the Living Atlas have improved Esri’s Online Basemaps and Imagery http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/09/03/release14/ http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/09/03/release14/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:24:08 +0000 Shane Matthews http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/?p=53615 Continue reading ]]> The World Topographic Map and World Imagery Map have both been updated with new content! Esri is curating an immense and rapidly growing collection of ready-to-use maps, imagery, and geo-referenced data for the world. This online collection of authoritative content, together with the new Web GIS pattern, is having a profound impact on the way people apply GIS. As part of ArcGIS OnlineEsri’s Basemaps support a vast GIS community. Thank You to our Contributors and Partners who help support the Living Atlas of the World by providing data and enriching these amazing resources. This release incorporates new content and updates for cities and counties in Canada, the Philippines and the United States.

Topographic Map Contributor Spotlights

View this tour of the new and updated content in the World Topographic Map. Let’s welcome our newest contributors:

Madison County, IN (Anderson County Seat) (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Manila, Philippines (Topo 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Topographic Contributors in this Release

  • Madison County, IN (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Manila, Philippines (Topo 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Over 125 Canadian Communities (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Cass County, ND (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • City of Fargo, ND (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Jefferson County, ID (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • New York, NY (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Rio Rancho, NM (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update

Imagery Map Contributor Spotlights

View this tour of the new and updated content in the World Imagery Map. Let’s welcome our newest contributors while viewing these compelling before and after examples.

Le Domaine-du-Roy, QC, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Before

Le Domaine-du-Roy, QC, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor

After

Stony Plain, AB, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Before

Stony Plain, AB, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor

After

Imagery Contributors in this Release

  • Le Domaine-du-Roy, QC, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Stony Plain, AB, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Okanagan-Similkameen, BC, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) Update

Living Atlas Community

Share your maps and data: Do you want to join the growing community of Living Atlas of the World contributors? Learn more about the ready-to-use content that is available in the Living Atlas of the World, including how you can contribute your maps and data.

Living Atlas Newsletter: This newsletter will keep you and other members of the Living Atlas user community informed through success stories, examples of applied use, visibility of new content, announcements about events, and other useful resources and information. Subscribe to the Esri News for the Living Atlas Community. You can have the newsletter sent right to your inbox by subscribing here.

Share your story: How has contributing to the Living Atlas Community benefited your organization and community? Has your participation helped meet a particular challenge? Has your applied use of Living Atlas content solved a problem or help meet a goal? Email us at communitymaps@esri.com so we can promote your success.

Feedback

If you have previously used the World_Topo_Map or World_Imagery, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

If you have feedback on content, try our Topographic Map Feedback web map or Imagery Map Feedback web map.

If you have other feedback or comments, please post them to the ArcGIS Online Discussion Group and the Living Atlas Discussion Group on GeoNet.

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Collector for ArcGIS on Windows 10 is in Beta! http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/09/01/collector-for-arcgis-on-windows-10-is-in-beta/ http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/09/01/collector-for-arcgis-on-windows-10-is-in-beta/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:00:59 +0000 Emily Gibson http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/?p=53928 Continue reading ]]> Collector for ArcGIS on Windows 10 is available in Beta!

Collector for ArcGIS on Windows 10 TabletWe are excited to announce that Collector for ArcGIS on the Windows 10 platform is now available in Beta. Since January 2013 organizations have been using Collector on the iOS and Android platforms to gather and update data in the field, create and configure maps to fit their organization’s workflows, and track work progress, whether they are online or disconnected.

However, many organizations prefer Windows devices because they fit well into their existing enterprise architecture. The release of Windows 10 last month has opened new doors for creating engaging apps for PCs, tablets, and phones. Coupled with Microsoft’s free upgrade strategy, the Windows updates will be similar to the iOS and Android operating systems moving forward. Which is why we are working hard Collector for ArcGIS on Windows 10 for Desktopon releasing Collector for ArcGIS on the Windows 10 platform.

But first, we want your feedback! If you’re interested in testing the app please join our GeoNet group called Collector for ArcGIS (Windows) Beta Program. This is where we’ll be sharing important information about the app and gathering feedback from you. Once you’re on the group page, see the document How to test and provide feedback for instructions.

There are only a few requirements to test the beta:

We plan to release Collector for ArcGIS on Windows 10 for tablets and PCs in the fourth quarter of this year, with support for Windows 10 for Mobile following soon after.

We are excited to extend the power of Collector for ArcGIS to Windows users and look forward to hearing from you. Visit the Collector for ArcGIS (Windows) Beta Program group page on GeoNet today to get started.

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Mapping the Third Dimension: A change in perspective http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/08/31/mapping-the-third-dimension-a-change-in-perspective/ http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/08/31/mapping-the-third-dimension-a-change-in-perspective/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:00:15 +0000 Gisele Mounzer http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/?p=53386 Continue reading ]]> Learn how to do real analysis with 3D data in Chapter 6 of The ArcGIS Book

3D mapping and cartography are used in many disciplines to solve real-world problems. Emergency managers, urban planners, crime analysts, architects, facility managers, tourism boards, and historians represent some of the professionals employing 3D GIS for their purposes. If you’re looking for ideas on how to use 3D in your work, you will certainly find inspiration in chapter 6 of The ArcGIS Book.

This 3D map shows the impact of sunlight and visibility for a proposed high-rise development in downtown Philadelphia.

Beyond inspiration, this chapter also describes the advantages of 3D. You will explore the power of the z-axis and its ability to incorporate vertical information such as the elevation of mountains or flight paths of jetliners. Also, you will see how intuitive symbology eliminates the need for a legend, showing real-world bird’s-eye views helps us gain a better understanding of a place, and human-style navigation replicates our natural experience.

Visualizing three years’ worth of crime data in 3D. In this case, the z-axis depicts time.

You will also learn 3D terminology and understand important considerations when working with 3D content. For example, what is the difference between a map and a scene? Should you display content in a local or global scene environment? What is a surface? What is the best way to symbolize features for a specific project?

When representing the world in 3D you can do so in a photorealistic, 3D cartographic, or virtual reality view. Find out when it makes sense to use each view and what look and feel, styling, and thematic view would make a great scene for a given project.

Photorealistic views are the most common type of scene and are well suited for showing how a place has changed or will change.

“GIS users share maps and scenes with one common goal—to communicate spatial information—and careful use of thematic symbols in 3D can be as effective, or even more effective, than similar techniques in 2D,” says Nathan Shephard, a technology evangelist and 3D GIS engineer at Esri, and the thought leader introduced in this chapter. He is also an independent game developer who believes that “in the same way that every map is not an aerial image, every 3D view should not be an attempt to recreate the real world.”

The Quickstart in chapter 6 invites you to think about the purpose of the 3D scene you want to create before you start designing it to ensure it effectively conveys your intended message or information.

The Learn ArcGIS lesson in this chapter will transport you to Venice, Italy to create 2D and 3D maps to analyze flooding. You will build skills in the following areas:

  • Adding data to a map and editing features
  • Creating a scene and analyzing raster data
  • Applying 3D symbology

3D is how we see the world. Get started with 3D Web GIS today.

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Highlights to Esri UC 2015 Imagery Activities http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/08/25/highlights-to-esri-uc-2015-imagery-activities/ http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/08/25/highlights-to-esri-uc-2015-imagery-activities/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:24:01 +0000 Renee Brandt http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/?p=53658 Continue reading ]]> It doesn’t seem like Esri UC 2015 took place over a month ago already.  Time has gone by so fast.  Looking back at the pictures reminds me of some of the best experiences I had this year.  I hope you were able to attend and take away your own memories.

What a start to the UC, with rain and fog…if you came in early, it was a good time to go to a Pre-UC session and stay out of the California storm.

Where’s the sun!  Yes, the rain, lightning and thunder caught some attendees unaware.

However, once the plenary started, things really began to heat up, and not just because the sun came out.  The all-day plenary session is always such a joy to attend.  Speakers from around the world shared really cool stories about how they are using GIS.  And if you wanted to know how others are using Esri’s imagery technology, you were not disappointed.  With a drone demo in the plenary, and two customers sharing their work (dripping with imagery analysis, FMV, etc.) it felt more like the world’s biggest imagery event!  Here are some links and screenshots to the customer presentations in case you missed them.

Southwest Florida Water Management District.  A Mission Critical Approach to Water.

Beck’s Hybrids.  Feeding the World:  Precision Agriculture Simplified.

And that was just the first day!  As the week progressed, we had several standing room only sessions on UAV, UAS and drones and a special interest group (SIG) meeting which brought the foremost experts together in a panel to answer your questions.

The Imagery @ UC event took place Tuesday morning, and the Director of Imagery, Lawrie Jordan, kicked off the event with his vision for the future, and regaled us with stories about working with imagery in the ‘good old days’ and how different it is today.

Most of my time was spent in the Esri Showcase imagery island, where I was able to meet a lot of people passionate about imagery! The booth was rocking all three days and the team loved answering all your questions!

And to wrap up, I thought we’d give a shout out to our imagery partners who sponsor many of the Esri UC events we do each year around imagery!

And the fun is not over.  You can continue to connect with this community through our new Imagery & Remote Sensing GeoNet Space.  It is our own personal imagery space where you can feel free to share your work, ask questions, network with other imagery professionals, and reach out to Esri staff.  See you next year!  

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Our User Community has Provided Updates to the Living Atlas of the World http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/08/24/release13aug12/ http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/08/24/release13aug12/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:52:08 +0000 Shane Matthews http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/?p=52995 Continue reading ]]> The World Topographic Map and World Imagery Map have both been updated with new content!

As part of ArcGIS OnlineEsri’s Basemaps support a vast GIS community.  Thank You to our Contributors and Partners who help support the Living Atlas of the World by providing data and enriching these amazing resources. This release incorporates new content and updates for cities and counties around the United States and an update to the Trans Canada Trail in the Topo map.  New and updated imagery contributions were added in three Canadian cities and select areas in New Zealand and the United States.

Topographic Map Contributor Spotlights

View this tour of the new and updated content in the World Topographic Map.

Let’s welcome our newest contributor:

Allen, TX (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor

 Topographic Contributors in this Release

  • Allen, TX (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Boston, MA (Topo 1:18k to 1:1k) Update
  • Crook County, OR (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Greenville County, SC (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Idaho State University, ID (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Manatee County, FL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Nashua, NH (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Pottawattamie County, IA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Williamson County, TX (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Trans Canada Trail, Canada  (Topo 1:4k to 1:1k) Update

Imagery Map Contributor Spotlights

View this tour of the new and updated content in the World Imagery Map.

Let’s welcome our newest contributors:

Brandon, MB, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Whitehorse, YT, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Country of New Zealand (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Imagery Contributors in this Release

  • Brandon, MB, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Kenora, ON, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) Update
  • Country of New Zealand (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • State of Vermont (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) Update
  • Whitehorse, YT, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Wichita, KS (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) Update

Living Atlas Community

Share your maps and data: Do you want to join the growing community of Living Atlas of the World contributors? Learn more about the ready-to-use content that is available in the Living Atlas of the World, including how you can contribute your maps and data.

Living Atlas Newsletter: This newsletter will keep you and other members of the Living Atlas user community informed through success stories, examples of applied use, visibility of new content, announcements about events, and other useful resources and information. Subscribe to the Esri News for the Living Atlas Community. You can have the newsletter sent right to your inbox by subscribing here.

Share your story: How has contributing to the Living Atlas Community benefited your organization and community? Has your participation helped meet a particular challenge? Has your applied use of Living Atlas content solved a problem or help meet a goal? Email us at communitymaps@esri.com so we can promote your success.

Feedback

If you have previously used the World_Topo_Map or World_Imagery, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

If you have feedback on content, try our Topographic Map Feedback web map or Imagery Map Feedback web map.

If you have other feedback or comments, please post them to the ArcGIS Online Discussion Group and the Living Atlas Discussion Group on GeoNet.

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The Importance of Where: How spatial analysis leads to insight. http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/08/24/the-importance-of-where-how-spatial-analysis-leads-to-insight/ http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/08/24/the-importance-of-where-how-spatial-analysis-leads-to-insight/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:41 +0000 Gisele Mounzer http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/?p=53213 Continue reading ]]> Ask questions, derive answers. Chapter 5 of The ArcGIS Book shows you how.

After a brief introduction and a few examples, chapter 5 of The ArcGIS Book quickly gets to the essentials of spatial problem solving. You will begin by learning about the importance of scale; style; attributes; and classification scheme when visualizing your data, and understand how your choices affect the information your map presents and the story it tells.

The scale of the map and the scale of the data affect the story your map will tell. In this example, Map A answers the question, What is the pattern of states (and electoral votes) won by each candidate? Map B, about voting by county, better answers the question, What is the distribution of Republican and Democratic voters in this election?

You will next learn about methods to explore what your data can tell you, including descriptive statistics, queries, spatial relationships, and spatial patterns that reveal what is happening where.

Modeling your data can help you quantify relationships and formally test hypotheses when the problems you are trying to solve go beyond visualizing and exploring data. This chapter will teach you about modeling processes, interpolating values, and modeling spatial interaction.

The thought leader featured in this chapter is Dr. Linda Beale, a member of Esri’s ArcGIS analysis and geoprocessing software development team. She is a geoanalyst and expert in spatial epidemiology—the examination of disease and its geographic variations. As a Research Fellow in Health and GIS at the Imperial College London, she led the effort to publish The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales.

“Spatial analysis helps us meet the challenge of making complex data understandable,” says Beale. When performing spatial analysis to develop hazard mapping and predictions for risk assessment, “you can use models to evaluate response strategies, and maps to illustrate preventative strategies and for risk communication and negotiation,” she said.

This GIS app shows how GIS was used to model areas that cougars would be likely to traverse through the mountains and wildlands near Los Angeles. Wildlife conservation experts stress the need to identify safe corridors, including natural bridges, so the big cats in isolated populations can find each other.

The Quickstart in chapter 5 provides resources to orient you with the spatial analysis tools available across the ArcGIS platform—in ArcGIS Online, ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, and the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension. You will also learn about the Going Places with Spatial Analysis MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), which has been so well received that Esri is now holding it multiple times a year (Dr. Beale is the main author and presenter of this MOOC).

The idea of stacking layers containing different kinds of data and comparing them to each other based on where things are located is the foundational concept of spatial analysis. By combining layers using operators and displays, GIS enables you to work with these layers to explore questions and find answers.

The Learn ArcGIS lesson takes you to Portland, Oregon to look for suitably zoned areas where young adults are known to live and where renting is common. You’ll also look for areas that provide easy access to the city’s light-rail system. The objective of this lesson is to help you build skills in the following areas:

  • Enriching layers with on-demand attributes
  • Filtering layers with logical queries
  • Adding and calculating table fields
  • Deriving new locations through analysis
  • Creating time-based accessibility zones

Take a deep dive into spatial analysis.

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Announcing the 2015 Esri Ocean GIS Forum http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/08/23/announcing-the-2015-esri-ocean-gis-forum/ http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/08/23/announcing-the-2015-esri-ocean-gis-forum/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 03:12:08 +0000 Dawn Wright http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/?p=53499 Continue reading ]]>

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Esri Ocean GIS Forum, November 4-6 at the Esri Conference Center in Redlands, CA, USA, is now taking early registrations, as well as contributions to all sessions. Please note the following deadlines:

  • Early Bird Registration by September 7, 2015
  • Standard Registration by October 5, 2015 to avoid late fees (accepted primary presenters pay only $100!)
  • Abstracts for 20-minute talks due by September 14, 2015
  • Abstracts for 5-minute lightening talks due by September 14, 2015
  • Map Gallery submissions due by October 2, 2015
  • The inimitable Zach Ferdaña, Lead Coastal Resilience Manager of The Nature Conservancy, will deliver the keynote address. Also featured will be excellent and informative pre-conference workshops, latest news on Esri progress with multidimensional data formats and solution products, as well as a new track for weather, climate, atmosphere, meteorology, and/or METOC. Please come, share your work, and network in the areas of discovery and exploration, ocean science, ocean-use planning, multi-dimensional analysis, marine and coastal resilience management, conservation and restoration, disaster mitigation and response, ports, fisheries, and maritime defense and intelligence.

    Contribute to the ongoing peer-reviewed research monograph series, Ocean Solutions, Earth Solutions, which is based on papers presented at the forum!

    We have also planned the Esri Ocean GIS Forum to conclude prior to the 7th Annual Blue Tech & Blue Economy Summit of the Maritime Alliance, to be held in San Diego, November 9-10.

    We look forward to seeing you in southern California in November! The web site esri.com/events/ocean will have all the latest information up to and including the start of the event. We also hope to make recordings of the Esri GIS Forum plenary sessions. Full proceedings will be provided in 2015.

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    It is no secret that one of the most challenging aspects of starting a GIS project is finding authoritative data. After all, the old adage of “garbage in, garbage out” still holds true!

    Luckily, the ArcGIS platform provides rich content, and in chapter 4 of The ArcGIS Book you will become familiar with ready-made basemaps, imagery, demographics and lifestyles, boundaries and places, transportation, and much more content to get you started with your projects. You will also learn the unique aspects of each of the available basemaps and deepen your knowledge of the different demographic variables available to you, from consumer spending and market potential to crime indexes and traffic counts.

    ArcGIS includes a Living Atlas of the World with beautiful and authoritative maps on thousands of topics. Explore maps and data from Esri and other organizations and combine them with your own data to create new maps and applications.

    “Understanding precedes action, and a map is a pattern made understandable,” says Richard Saul Wurman, the featured thought leader in this chapter. Richard is the co-founder of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conference among many others and has also written and designed over 80 books. His extensive interest in maps, cartography, and design led to his collaboration with Esri to create the Urban Observatory. This interactive exhibit aims to make the world’s data understandable and useful by enabling users to simultaneously compare and contrast maps of cities around the world, all from one location.

    The chapter 4 Quickstart encourages you to browse the Living Atlas of the World and explore the wealth of beautiful, authoritative maps and layers on diverse topics. You are also invited to share your own content with the ArcGIS community, if deemed appropriate.

    The ArcGIS data community: A global network for creating and sharing authoritative geographic information resources.

    In the Learn ArcGIS lesson in this chapter, you will work with free data to make an engaging and informative app for hiking trails in the beautiful Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, just west of Las Vegas, Nevada. This lesson will help you build skills in the following areas:

    • Adding raster data from the Living Atlas
    • Combining raster layers artfully using transparency
    • Symbolizing lines and features
    • Configuring a profile elevation web app
    • Deploying a web app

    Start exploring the Living Atlas today.

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    Gateways to using ArcGIS http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/08/12/gateways-to-using-arcgis/ http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/08/12/gateways-to-using-arcgis/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:37:49 +0000 Andrew Norris http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/?p=53009 Continue reading ]]> In the weeks following the User Conference I find myself incredibly inspired by the breadth of GIS work being done, both within Esri and by so many users.  As new products and updates are launched, knowing where to start learning and incorporating their capabilities and workflows can be very beneficial to your project and organization.  A basic search will return information on any product or update, but there are many other resources that can help you dive in.

    If you are new to web GIS and curious about how to apply geographic concepts to your data, The ArcGIS Book, in print, as a PDF, and online is a fantastic place to start. The online version of the book is interactive and is your guide to the essentials of cartography, storytelling with maps, geographic data, spatial analysis, 3D mapping, spatial apps, mobile GIS, real-time dashboards, and the social importance of GIS.

    All the lessons included within The ArcGIS Book are available on the Learn website, which includes additional guided lessons based on real-world problems. These lessons use applications across the ArcGIS platform, from Collector and Operations Dashboard, to ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Pro.

    ArcGIS Pro 1.1 was released in July, so if you’re looking to download Pro, update your existing version, or learn more about the application, check out pro.arcgis.com for the most recent and comprehensive documentation. In addition to the conceptual and reference material for all functionality, there are quick-start tutorials and videos that help you discover workflows within the application.

    Get Started with ArcGIS Pro

    If you already have these resources bookmarked, don’t forget Esri offers many training courses for ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, and Online- many of which are free!

    If you are comfortable using ArcGIS and you’re looking for more resources to add to your projects, take a look at the Living Atlas, one of the largest collections of useful geographic information that has ever been assembled. Here, data covering thousands of topics has been curated from individual users and organizations using ArcGIS Online. You can even contribute your own content too!

    If you’re looking to jump start your projects by building on map and app templates, another resource is the Solutions gallery. You’ll find a variety of templates to fit your needs and shorten your project time.

    These resources will continue to be great places to begin building and enriching your GIS work. Many product updates were just released and more will emerge in the coming weeks. As the ArcGIS platform continues to extend its capabilities, the documentation will evolve and provide new gateways to making your projects come to life.

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