Getting started with credit management in ArcGIS Online

As the administrator of an ArcGIS Online organization, you have the ability to review your organization’s subscription details and credit status, manage members and licenses, monitor activity, generate usage reports and configure settings. Understanding and managing your organization’s credits may be new to you; but there is a wealth of resources available to help you navigate this task.

This article aims to provide you with a step-by-step guide of these key resources, to point you in the right direction, and ultimately get you started with managing credits in ArcGIS Online.

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New GDA2020 transformations for WebGIS

May 2021

Esri Australia has been working with Esri and ICSM to ensure that the ArcGIS system can support clients migration from the GDA94 static datum to GDA2020 static datum. The ArcGIS system now fully supports data transformations via 7-parameter similarity transformation, or NTv2.0 transformation Grids.

As a result we are now seeing many clients migrate their authoritative datasets to GDA2020 and requiring all delivered data is in this same static datum. State and national governments are now delivering foundational open datasets in GDA2020 as well

In parallel to this migration we are also seeing more clients taking up WebGIS and delivering data via web services instead of shipping datasets or producing PDF’s. This is enabling a greater uptake web and mobile GIS, providing better informed field operators and getting live data in the hands of people who need it as they need it.

These two waves of change have presented a significant challenge. While transformations existed between WGS84 & GDA94 and GDA94 & GDA2020, there existed no direct path from GDA2020 to WGS84. If you wanted to place GDA2020 data into WebGIS you had to transform you data back through GDA94 to WGS84. Effectively moving the data back to its old location prior to publishing. Many clients asked why????

It has been termed the WGS84 Projection dilemma. So what’s changing?

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Learn Imagery and Remote Sensing in ArcGIS

Ever wanted to understand how ArcGIS can help you leverage Remotely Sensed Imagery, Drone Imagery, Aerial Imagery and Lidar data datasets. Not sure where to start or how to even get access to dataset to get started with?

Well Esri is investing in the Remote Sensing and Image Analysis. It is now core fundamental components of the ArcGIS System. You will see dynamic imagery and raster analytics soon coming to ArcGIS Online

In order to help with you get started in imagery Esri has release an excellent body of materials that step you through the full end to end workflow of imagery, imagery analysis and result presentation.

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GDA2020, ArcGIS Online and the Web Mercator Dilemma

In ArcGIS Online Map Viewer, all layers in a web map inherit the coordinate system of the basemap. WGS 1984 Web Mercator (auxiliary sphere) is the spatial reference of basemap services in the default Esri basemap gallery, meaning this is the default web GIS coordinate system. Layers also have their own spatial reference and transformations defined at a service level. When you add layers to the Web Map Viewer, an on-the-fly reprojection is performed to align your data with the coordinate system of the basemap.

When publishing data to web GIS you need to consider what spatial reference will be used to store the data at a service level, how the publishing process may affect it, as well as what transformations (or lack of) will be applied when the layer is displayed in a web map with a datum.

It is also important to understand GDA2020 and its relationship with web GIS. The de facto WGS84 in web GIS brings some challenges not unique to Australia or ArcGIS. Failing to address these challenges may result in data misalignment.

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Working with Coordinate Systems and Transformation in ArcGIS Pro

When you work with spatial data in ArcGIS Pro, you add datasets as layers to a Map. The map has a defined spatial reference, and this is what ArcGIS Pro uses as it attempts to align your data to the map. It is important to understand how this behaviour works, how to ensure your data in a different datums have correct transformations applied, and what options are available to change default behaviours.

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Introduction of GDA2020 to ArcGIS and how to install additional transformations

Australia has recently moved towards a new datum, the Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020 (GDA2020), to facilitate a more robust, accurate and capable datum that is more closely aligned with the expectations of a modern, connected Australia.

The introduction of a new datum impacts all areas of the software. Esri support for GDA2020 was progressively added as the datum parameters and associated transformation methods were released. All current releases of ArcGIS Pro (2.2 onward) and ArcGIS Desktop (10.6.1 onward) now support GDA2020, the associated projections, and transformations between it and GDA94.

An additional installation is required to support the NTv2 grid-based transformation methods released for GDA94-GDA2020.

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Understanding Spatial References in Australia

GIS data must accurately represent real-world locations to be useful. To do this, you need a standard framework for defining location – a coordinate system. All spatial data utilises a coordinate system to position itself relative to your map and other data. However, coordinate systems are frameworks. They are models, spheroids, imperfect approximations of the shape of the Earth with all its bumps and curves as it changes with time. When working with spatial data you need to consider how a GIS positions this data against reality using coordinate systems.

By better understanding coordinate systems, you will be able to manage your data in a way that increases the accuracy of your maps and the work that you do with them. This blog is the first in a series taking a closer look at using Australian spatial references in ArcGIS. We will start by looking at geographic coordinate systems, projections, and transformations.

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Getting started with ArcGIS for Student Use

You’ve purchased an ArcGIS Student license; now, how do you to use it?

This is your one-stop-shop for getting up and running with your new ArcGIS for Student Use subscription. This blog will step you through each stage of the setup process, using the following FAQs as our guide:

  1. What is included in my subscription?
  2. What is My Esri, and why do I need it?
  3. How do I configure my My Esri permissions?
  4. How do I download and install the software?
  5. What is ArcGIS Online, and why do I need it?
  6. How do I activate my ArcGIS Online Organization?
  7. How do I assign an ArcGIS Pro license?
  8. How do I use my ArcGIS Pro license?
  9. How do I authorize ArcMap?
  10. Where do I go for training, support, and help?
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Overview of processes that run to support ArcGIS Enterprise components

Background: Sometimes users/publishers/ArcGIS Enterprise administrators reach out to GIS administrators that they cannot log in to ArcGIS Portal or the application is not reachable via browser. Users might observe that ArcGIS Server services are not working, or they cannot load hosted feature layers in their web maps. In those scenarios the GIS Administrator should do the following preliminary checks.

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How to determine the machine level status of your ArcGIS Enterprise High Availability environment.

Background: GIS administrators are routinely required to do maintenance activities on their ArcGIS Enterprise High Availability setup. Examples of a maintenance activity can be: Installing Microsoft patches or Esri patches, or resizing instances etc. Before the maintenance is initiated, GIS administrators should know the exact status of the ArcGIS Enterprise setup so that a workflow can be finalized (that is, whether the application on the machine is assigned a Primary or a Standby role). If this is not taken into account, the architecture may become unstable. For example, if the Primary is shutdown first and then the Standby is shutdown, and the Standby is fired up and then the Primary, then the two machines may end up in a scenario where there is confusion as to which machine is the Primary machine.

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