ArcGIS Pro – The Word on Customisation

Most of you may have heard by now, there is new desktop GIS product from Esri in our midst  – ArcGIS Professional, or “ArcGIS Pro”,  being the generally accepted nick-name. Targeting the desktop GIS professional, this new 64-bit product is fast, responsive, and positioned to please. Based on a modern, multi-threaded architecture, “Pro” is truly able to leverage the processing power of a capable host machine, giving new life to high intensity GIS operations. ArcGIS Professional is included as part of the recent 10.3 release of ArcGIS Desktop.

ArcGIS Professional is  not an ArcMap replacement, rather an ArcMap alternative, containing a subset of present ArcMap functionality, plus a range of new capabilities. It has its own new look and feel, and may be installed alongside existing Desktop applications, ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcScene, and/or ArcGlobe. – Notable here, is that your existing Desktop install can remain at an earlier version, 10.1 for example, and ArcGIS Pro, fresh out of the box at 10.3, can happily co-exist installed on the same machine.

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Maps with Style in just a few clicks

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One of the most time consuming processes of map making is deciding how to communicate the intended message of your map and make it look good at the same time. Join us for a session on map making tips and tricks across three ArcGIS applications as we show you how to declutter and represent your intended information using a series of built-in automated tools and effects. Continue reading

To determine the enterprise geodatabase version you are using:

  • Right-click the database connection in the Catalog tree and click Properties > General Tab.

Database Properties

  • The Upgrade Status indicates the geodatabase version you are using.
  • If the Upgrade Status indicates that the geodatabase matches the ArcGIS release you are using, your geodatabase is compatible with your ArcGIS release, and you do not need to upgrade the geodatabase.
  • If system tables or stored procedures need to be upgraded, the text will state that your geodatabase can be upgraded and the Upgrade Geodatabase button will be active.

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A quick revisit – subtypes and domains in Collector for ArcGIS

Subtypes and domains are fairly useful geodatabase features to know about especially when it comes to data validation and design of editing templates.

Knowing what they are and when to use them can mean the difference between a consistent semi-automatic field data collection experience and database anarchy. We recently looked a little closer at these two features when reviewing a template for collecting weed and other pest observations for a local council or recording tree records for an arborist. Faced with hundreds of different species of weeds, we needed some way to minimize the list of possible values. Continue reading

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.