Publishing Spatial views as a Feature Access Service

Publishing Spatial views as a Feature Access Service

The following Blog will take you through the process of using ArcMap 10.x to publish a spatial view as a Feature Access service.

What is a database view?

Database views are database elements that store SQL query statements that act like tables.

viewViews can be used to join tables together, similar to joins in ArcMap. But because the view is stored in the database, it can be used by many users in many map documents. For example, frequently Census data is stored in a table separate from the Census geographies feature class. Using a view, all users given access will be able to create analytical maps based on Census data without having to create a join. Continue reading

ArcGIS Open Data & Google Analytics

ArcGIS Open Data allows you to expose the data that you already have in the ArcGIS Platform (be it ArcGIS Online or on ArcGIS for Server) to the hungry Open Data consumers that are out there, without extraneous exports or transformations that you have to maintain.

With ArcGIS Open Data being a public facing site, you can get some usage reporting benefits from the ArcGIS Activity Dashboard.  For more detailed usage reporting, you can integrate the  Google Analytics with your ArcGIS Open Data site.  This can help you understand how people are finding your site, what items are they searching for, what city are they from, who is on the site right now, what browsers/devices do they use, how long are they spending on the site, etc.

The following video shows you how you can integrate Google Analytics into your ArcGIS Open Data site.




Tips and Trick for ArcGIS Pro users

With the final ArcGIS 10.3 release sitting in your My Esri portal, I thought it’d be a good idea to quickly recap a few interesting features about ArcGIS Pro 1.0 you may be yet to come across.

If you haven’t heard, ArcGIS Pro is a new Desktop GIS which will be released as an integral part of the 10.3 suite, and in this chain of blogs we’ve already covered a few topics about ArcGIS Pro, including, and some of the common problems that users can encounter while moving from ArcGIS Pro Beta to ArcGIS Pro 1.0 final.

I hope the few tips I’ve listed below will help you to get started with ArcGIS Pro 1.0 and take advantage of its functionality!

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ArcGIS Open Data & CKAN

ArcGIS Open Data makes it easy to share your data to any CKAN site by providing a catalog in the DCAT standard.  If your interested in what this looks like, just append /data.json onto the end of any ArcGIS Open Data site, such as VicRoads.

Syndicating data from your ArcGIS Open Data can help make your CKAN instance more powerful by providing downloadable data formats (shp, kml, csv) and APIs (Geoservices, WMS, Esri Rest, GeoJSON) all from your original ArcGIS services. Better yet, the downloads you make available will always be up to date because they have a live link to the source data. By using Open Data as the backend for a CKAN instance, you’ll provide more options and better service to your end-users so they can focus on using your data.


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ArcGIS Pro 1.0. Resolving issues with licensing and transitioning from Beta to v 1.0

ArcGIS Pro was made available for Beta testing in May 2014. That initial release was called Beta 1 and since that time Esri users have participated in an extensive beta testing exercise, which helped the software developer to fix bugs, add new functions and prepare the new ArcGIS Pro software to be released as an integral part of the brand new ArcGIS 10.3 suite.

The latest beta version that the users have been testing up until last week was ArcGIS Pro Beta 5 and the final set of Beta licenses expired on the 17th of November 2014. If you’re currently experiencing problems with launching ArcGIS Pro or signing in to ArcGIS Pro using your ArcGIS Online (AGOL) account, it is likely that you might need to either replace ArcGIS Pro Beta with ArcGIS Pro 1.0 or you need to update the licenses on your ArcGIS Online for Organizations account.

Let’s consider both scenarios.

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Free and easy ArcGIS Online from Desktop – Part 3 – Giving (not so freely)

A good relationship will require a bit of give, somethings can be given for free.

Many types of content can be saved from Desktop as a file and then uploaded into ArcGIS Online, such as file types of Map documents and Layer files.
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All ArcGIS for Desktop users on maintenance are not only entitled to a named user account, but also get 100 credits a year as well.

However some giving can come at a cost with ArcGIS Online.  We are going to have a look some of the ways we can add to our ArcGIS Online organisation.

We can publish our map document as a hosted service.

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Free and easy ArcGIS Online from Desktop – Part 2 – Taking

The first thing you may want to try is to see what other named users have already added and allowed you access to (including those items that are public).

ArcGIS online dialog

If you Open an item from ArcGIS Online in ArcGIS Desktop you will have a new ArcMap Document and Table of Contents with the same name, and this will look and act very similar to the same Web Map opened in a browser in ArcGIS Online, Office, Sharepoint, or in ArcGIS Explorer on an iPhone etc.  That is as long as you meet any security constraints, for instance if a data source is on a different network or is secured by ArcGIS Server and you do not have credentials then it just will not show.

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