ArcGIS Online User Type Changes Tomorrow

Starting the night of December 5th, ESRI will be changing the user types in ArcGIS Online.  Right now there is a Level 1 and Level 2 user, where Level 1 was a viewer only and Level 2 could publish and edit data.  After the change there will be 5 user types: Viewer (formally Level 1), Editor, Field Worker, Creator (formally Level 2), and GIS Professional.

The new user types include a mix of capabilities and included applications.  For example, the Field Worker user type includes the ability to edit existing datasets through field apps like Survey123, Workforce, and Collector.  The different functions of each user type can be found here.  Read the ESRI blog about the new user types here.

ESRI states your current user settings will not change … I would check that after December 5th!  Role settings will not change.

Survey and Mapping With Drones December 14

Warren Roberts at Rio Hondo College has a Survey and Mapping With Drones session on December 14 that all are invited to attend at 10am.  It is free.  The location is at a field station in Claremont.  If you are interested, you need to register at .

Any questions should go to Warren Roberts at .

World Atlas of Desertification

20 years have passed since the last atlas of desertification was published by the EU.  Within that short period, the environment has undergone enormous global changes due largely to human activities.  Fortunately, because of the massive increase and growth in the availability of global and regional datasets, and the tools necessary to analyze them, significant progress has been made in understanding human-environment interactions.  Continue reading

CAMS Partnership Meeting

The Los Angeles County Countywide Address Management System (CAMS) is a system that supports the County’s role in maintaining accurate, authoritative, geospatially referenced, situs (physical) address information for the entire County of Los Angeles including all incorporated Cities within.

The Los Angeles County eGIS Group is hosting an meeting for the incorporated city jurisdictions on December 6th. This meeting is intended to open the lines of dialog regarding “Addressing Authority” roles, responsibilities, and build an addressing partnership for LA County Cities and the countywide address process.

For more information about CAMS, visit the LA County Enterprise GIS website.  To register for the meeting click below.


Error: Failed to connect to database

Have you tried to open a Microsoft Excel file in ArcMap and get the following error?

Error: Failed to connect to database. An underlying database error occurred. Class not registered.

I used to be able to open Excel files and now it stopped working.  What happened?  Well … our computers were recently upgraded to Microsoft Office 365 and when that happened it removed an important driver that ArcMap uses to open Excel files.

What to do?  Head on over to this ESRI Technical Support article and install the Microsoft Office system driver.  Don’t worry if you were using a version of Office other than 2007, the driver will work for you.  It fixed my problem!