Webinar – Demographics and Living Atlas

The webinar is today, 8-9am PDT. Click here to register.

ESRI Demographics offers the tools to dig-deep and uncover answers to questions ranging from ‘How many people live in a community?’ to ‘How are incomes in a network of commercial businesses changing over time?’. For GIS users who want to take their analysis a step further, ESRI offers ArcGIS Living Atlas (“Living Atlas”) for an enriched demographic data experience. Living Atlas connects users with demographic data layers, apps related to populations impacted by natural disasters or current events, and a selection of models and features to solve the world’s most-critical problems.

Join us for this 60-minute webinar by experts from ESRI Demographics and Living Atlas. You will learn about some of the exciting features available through Living Atlas specifically designed for users looking to upskill with demographic data by ESRI.

What is Arcade?

When I hear the word Arcade, I think of the days playing games like Pac-Man, Frogger, and Donkey Kong. However, this Arcade is used to customize ArcGIS apps.

ArcGIS Arcade was first developed to be a calculator. It allows you to compute values derived from attributes in a layer. The result can be used in popups, labels and in renderers. Also the Arcade scripts work throughout the ArcGIS system. In the latest versions of Arcade, you can use it to customize popup content and define conditional behavior in forms and dashboard elements based on user input.

Click below to read more about Arcade and what you can do with it in your ArcGIS apps.

The Most Important 18th-Century Map of California

If you have some cash to spend, like $600,000 to $800,000, you too could own this rare map of California! COSTANSÓ, MIGUEL DE. 1741-1814: Original Manuscript Map of Coastal California Signed (“Miguel de Costansó”).

Costansó was the engineer for the Portola Expedition, creating the first land based maps of the California coastline, and discovering and mapping the port of San Francisco for the first time. There are only 4 copies that still exist, and you can own one of them! Check it out, and good luck on your bid!

Free GIS Field Applications using UAS

Free GIS Field Applications using UAS on Saturday Oct 22, 9am to Noon at the Robert Redford Sustainability Center / Bernard Field Station in Claremont. We’ll be covering aerial survey mapping workflow, applications for GIS, sharing resources for obtaining the FAA107 to commercially use sUAV and hands on drone use.

For more information, visit  https://bit.ly/3Kyl3nR 

ArcGIS Online Updates

ESRI will be updating ArcGIS Online on November 9th. Some update highlights include:

  • Map Viewer Enhancements
    • Greater support for feature aggregation
    • Enhanced visualization in heat maps
    • New and enhanced editor for Arcade expressions
    • Greater visibility, customization, and control of hatch fills
    • Support for uploading PNG, GIF, SVG, or JPEG files as custom symbols
  • Improvements to Administrative Workflows
    • Visibility of last viewed date in the administrator’s item report
    • Ability to specify a default set of member categories for new members
  • ArcGIS Instant Apps
    • Support for exporting data as a CSV file in Sidebar
    • Animation of two or more numeric fields in Slider
  • Deprecations and Retirements
    • ArcGIS Dashboards Classic
    • Legacy Home Page in ArcGIS Online
    • Presentation for Map Viewer Classic
    • Minimalist Template in ArcGIS Instant Apps

For more information on the update, visit their posting about it here.

GIS in the Vineyard

Most of us deal with GIS in government, and thus probably never get to use GIS outside of that, like managing a vineyard!

If you at least enjoy wine, you will find this article interesting as one family owned vineyard switches over to GIS so they can be more efficient in managing 2,500 acres of land and grape harvesting. Some of the GIS technology they use includes ArcGIS Enterprise, Survey123, and other components. Check it out!

MXD – Set Data Sources

On occasion we have a need to change the data sources for the layers in our MXD files. Some MXDs have quite a few layers, so it would be a pain to go through each one in ArcMap and change them. This might happen to you when your source data is moved to let’s say a new enterprise geodatabase and now you have to update your MXD files.

If you have not done so before, try the Set Data Source(s) tool in ArcCatalog. Just navigate to where your MXD file is, then right click on it and select the Set Data Source(s) option:

The tool will open showing you the data frames and all the layers including their current data sources.

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