Smart mapping emerged with this year’s March release of ArcGIS Online, providing a smarter, more sophisticated approach to symbolising data. Replacing the formerly available ‘change symbols’ option, smart mapping is available to a variety of ArcGIS Online layer types (feature services, dynamic layers, stream services and CSV, SHP and GPX map added data, to name a few), and is accessed via a layer’s change style control () in the map viewer contents display.
The smart mapping toolset presents logical symbology options to the ArcGIS Online map maker. These options are derived based on a subject layer’s characteristics, the data type (point, line or polygon), as well as the spatial distribution of the layer’s features together with the variation of values across a subject display field.
Additionally, other evident display characteristics are assessed, such as symbology used by an underlying basemap. Consequently aesthetic, meaningful and size appropriate symbology options are proposed in this data driven, ‘smart’ approach to layer symbolisation.
One thing I have learnt over the many years I have been in and around the GIS industry is that technology is rarely the barrier to success. To be truly successful you have to plan for it.
But that also raises another question – what does success look like? Every organisation is different, so you need to tune in to yours and listen to what is being said.
We have heard there is an increasing trend towards ‘self-service’ – whether that relates to how you build your hamburger, or enabling other ‘less technical’ staff to create their own maps.
So this is where we need a plan – a plan that helps your organisation unlock the potential you have discovered in your GIS.
It’s always great to hear about new products emerging that allow users to be more productive and get results much faster than doing things in a traditional way.
Today at Ozri I discussed the importance of using good design principles in spatial systems, particularly those provided by Google’s material design guidelines.
You can view the full presentation below.