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Obtaining various logs for your Enterprise GIS

Whenever a user runs into some sort of problem with the GIS system, one of the first things to look at would be the relevant logs. These give a more detailed insight into what is happening and where potential problems were encountered. This post will explain exactly how to obtain every type of log in the ArcGIS Enterprise stack.

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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

Synchronization with feature services in ArcPad 10.2.1

How to use your ArcGIS Online hosted feature services in ArcPad

The latest version of the popular field data collection tool ArcPad (v.10.2.1) was released by Esri Inc. on the 6th of February. This release includes a few important updates and among the most important ones – a major improvement to the editing and synchronization capabilities. The users of ArcPad 10.2.1 can use feature services published on ArcGIS for Server 10.0 – 10.2 and they can also take advantage of using feature services hosted on the ArcGIS Online for organisations.

One of my clients has recently asked me to demonstrate these new capabilities and test the workflow which would involve editing vector data from a feature service hosted on ArcGIS Online for Organisations in ArcPad. Synchronization was supposed to be the final step if this workflow – the data edited in ArcPad has had to be synchronized with a feature service (i.e. posted back to ArcGIS Online).

The test was successful and the workflow that we’ve implemented can potentially help some of the users who are utilizing ArcPad on Windows Mobile devices connected to GNSS/GPS and who can’t really use the Collector for ArcGIS to connect to the feature services running on ArcGIS online. Now the ArcPad users can also take advantage of using hosted services and use ArcGIS Online for Organisations in their field data collection routines on Windows Mobile operated computers.

I thought it would be worthwhile sharing this workflow with our ArcPad user community….

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Disconnected editing in Collector for ArcGIS v10.2.2. Part 2: Go offline!

My previous post which can be accessed here has guided you through some of the new features that had been introduced in the new Collector for ArcGIS v 10.2.2 release. The most important function that we considered was the ability to enable the disconnected editing workflow and the previous blog was all about the data preparation stage.

Now that we’ve enabled a web map for offline editing it’s time to test this new functionality in the Collector for ArcGIS app.

Let’s go through some of the major stages of the new disconnected editing workflow in Collector 10.2.2.

1. Open the Collector for ArcGIS app on an iPhone or any other supported mobile device. The map that was created on the DataPrep stage (discussed in the previous post) should be visible in the MyMaps list.

Just to recap: I am still using the scenario with the traffic accidents that I will be capturing in remote areas using the Collector for ArcGIS app.

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Disconnected editing in Collector for ArcGIS v10.2.2. Part 1: Take your maps offline.

How to enable disconnected editing on your Collector for ArcGIS maps.

Esri Inc has recently released a new version of Collector which includes a few key updates, such as “offline” editing mode. Due to the positive feedback from our clients regarding the series of blogposts about the Collector for ArcGIS app that I published earlier this year, I decided to share some additional workflows and practices for use with the new version of the application that is now available for download.

The new version of the Collector for ArcGIS ( 10.2.2) was released in March 2014 with some key improvements that now make field data collection more interesting and useful than ever. These improvements include: Continue reading

FAQ: Basemaps not aligning with your vectors?

Are you an ArcGIS for Windows Mobile user who has been experiencing problems with the simple task of zooming? If you are then you are not alone, there are a few that have been experiencing these problems and there is a simple fix.

Firstly the background to the problem.

What some have been experiencing is when zooming in and out or panning using ArcGIS for Windows Mobile both operational layers and basemaps have been displaying a shift.

Initially all is fine with vectors and basemaps aligning but as the user zooms and pans and the map the basemaps no longer align with the vectors.

This is the case for all users but has been reported by some Panasonic and Motion tablet users.

Now for the simple fix.

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Christmas with Collector for ArcGIS: An In Field test. Part 3.

Ready, Set, Collect!

If you missed Part 1 you can read it here: >>

Part 2 can be accessed here:>>

In the previous post we looked at creating data, publishing feature services on ArcGIS Online for Organisations and setting up two web maps with different access levels.

Now that we have two web maps – one for the general public and the one that allows authorised users to edit features, we can switch to the last phase of the workflow and use the Collector for ArcGIS application to edit the features.

Step five.

If you don’t have the Collector for ArcGIS app installed on your smartphone, you can download it from the appropriate application store. The URLs are available here: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgisonline/apps/collector

Once you’ve installed the app, run it and sign in to ArcGIS Online.

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Christmas with Collector for ArcGIS: An In Field test. Part 2.

Access Granted- Providing the right people with editing permissions.

If you missed Part 1 you can read it here:>>

Now that we have published a feature service and created a web map, it’s time to think about establishing the roles and providing the right people with the editing rights.

Step four of the workflow.

This step is maybe the most important one in the entire process as it allows you to set access permissions.

As a creator of your web service you have to decide on whether it will be published only within your organisation or it’ll be available for the general public. In my example my map was supposed to let my colleagues and friends track us during our WA adventure, so it has had to be publically available.

So I needed to click the Share button and choose “everyone”

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Christmas with Collector for ArcGIS: An In Field test. Part 1.

It’s been three years since I joined Esri Australia from one of Esri’s distributor offices in Europe. While being fully loaded with my technical support and training assignments at work I’ve been spending every available opportunity on exploring this beautiful country. In all my travels around Australia I’ve been using GIS as one of the main instruments for navigation, getting directions and story telling about my trips across the continent by making maps showing routes, visited places and the places I’d like to visit one day.

In most situations these were just simple geographic maps consisting of free basemaps pulled from the ArcGIS.com website, a couple of layers to show POI (Points of Interest) and a layer showing the route of that particular trip. I would export these maps to PDF and either post them online in my blog or send them to my co-travellers as email attachments.

But now with the new Collector for ArcGIS Application released by Esri for iOS and Android platforms, and the new capabilities of ArcGIS Online combined with the technical advantages provided by the latest smartphones, I took it to the next level.  Now we can use mobile applications and collect data in the field just by using our iPhones or any other compatible smartphone, which most of us have. Continue reading