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Getting Technical - December 2021

How do I take the Community Map of Canada offline? What’s new in ArcGIS Pro 2.9? How can GIS help an organization fundraise? Get the answers to all that and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


Purchase orders and volume pricing now available on the Esri Canada Store 
Great news: we’ve built more purchase options into our online store. Now, you can buy in bulk and get discounts on selected items, to be applied at checkout. You can also now buy products on the Esri Canada Store using a Purchase Order (PO). This gives you the option to pay by electronic funds transfer, cheque, etc., aside from a credit card. Simply plug in a valid PO number at checkout, and you’ll receive an invoice referencing your PO number. You can now take advantage of buying products on our store at any time using a PO, for automated fulfillment. Visit the Esri Canada Store to see these new options now. 

Taking the Community Map of Canada Vector Basemap Offline (part 1: ArcGIS Online)
OK Canada, it’s time to take the Community Map of Canada offline! Whether it be for ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise or one of our many field applications. Learn how to take the Community Map of Canada vector basemap offline in your organization today!

What's New in ArcGIS Pro 2.9
As part of the ArcGIS 2021 Q4 release, ArcGIS Pro brings an all-new set of GIS capabilities to your already advanced toolkit. Experience new features, performance improvements and productivity enhancements all inside ArcGIS Pro today.

New 3D Resource Site and CityEngine SketchUp Extension
This blog post highlights two new resources for creating 3D city models that were developed by the Education and Research group at Esri Canada. One is an extension that allows for the use of CityEngine’s procedural modelling technology in SketchUp and the other is a resource site that includes useful 3D models, textures and rule packages.

What’s new in ArcGIS Online (December 2021)
ArcGIS Online lets you understand the world around you by using interactive maps to connect people, locations, and data. You get smart, data-driven styles and intuitive analysis tools that deliver location intelligence. The December 2021 update includes new functionality in Map Viewer and other enhancements and new functionality throughout the ArcGIS Online website.

Hot Tip: New Manage Tab on Properties Page
As part of the ArcGIS Pro 2.9 release, the geodatabase team has enhanced how you manage geodatabase functionality for your datasets. You will notice that when you right-click a dataset in the Catalog pane, instead of seeing the manage pull-right context menu full of options that you are used to, there is now a single Manage option.

FAQ: How do I work with date-time data off multiple time zones in ArcGIS Online?
ArcGIS Online Map Viewer and ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.21 support “Unknown” time zone, allowing you to serve data from multiple time zones in a single layer.

COVID-19 Resources

Visit the ArcGIS Solutions site to learn more about Esri’s suite of coronavirus recovery solutions.

COVID-19 Canada Resource Hub
Esri Canada’s resource hub includes bilingual maps, apps and other COVID-19 resources for the public, customers and media. The hub is constantly updated with case and vaccination data. It features dashboards on economic recovery, family structure, household dynamics and mental health, COVID-19 open datasets, additional GIS training videos and other resources. Check out our COVID-19 COVID-19 Recovery Solutions and Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Solutions.

Esri Canada Offers Data Solution for Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy 
Esri Canada is now offering VaccineInsights, a unique dataset from Environics Analytics with up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination, behavioural and trend data. VaccineInsights is ideal for governments and public health units as it helps locate under-vaccinated populations and sheds light on the reasons behind COVID-19 vaccine confidence and vaccine hesitancy in Canada. Explore the story map: Where is vaccine hesitancy in Canada? 


What’s new in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 on Kubernetes

What’s new in App Templates for AppStudio 5.2 (November 2021)

What’s new for Spatial Statistics in ArcGIS Pro 2.9?

Technology Enhancements in ArcGIS for Power BI Latest Release

What's New Within the ArcGIS Pro Extensions

What's New in ArcGIS AppStudio 5.2 (November 2021)

ArcGIS 2021 Q4 Release

StoryMaps on ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1

What's new in ArcGIS Survey123 (November 2021)

What’s new in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1

Dashboards in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1

What's New in ArcGIS Solutions (November 2021 Release)

New ArcGIS Solutions product gallery launched

What's New for Spatial Analyst in ArcGIS Pro 2.9

What's New in ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro | November 2021

Introducing Cloud Data Warehouse Support

ArcMap Equivalency: Disconnected Editing is now in ArcGIS Pro 2.9

What's New for the ArcGIS Utility Network in ArcGIS Pro 2.9 and Enterprise 10.9.1

Collaborative Urban Planning with Omniverse and ArcGIS CityEngine

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Service Packs, Patches & Product Support Updates

Software Alert: ArcGIS and CVE-2021-44228 Apache Log4j 2
Esri is actively investigating the impact of the Log4j library vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) disclosed on December 9, 2021, as some Esri products contain this common logging tool. This bulletin contains the latest information about Esri products and will be updated as new information becomes available.

ArcMap Continued Support
ArcGIS 10.8.1 is the current release of ArcMap and will continue to be supported until March 1, 2026, as established in the ArcGIS Desktop Product Life Cycle. Esri plans to release ArcMap 10.8.2 near the end of 2021. This is a maintenance release only and will not include new functionality. This update will not extend the ArcGIS 10.8.x product life cycle. Esri does not have plans to release an ArcMap 10.9 with the ArcGIS releases in 2021. We understand there may be questions as to what’s next for ArcMap inside ArcGIS Desktop. By viewing the ArcMap Continued Support page, you will be able to find the answers to most, if not all, of your questions regarding continued support of ArcMap as well as resources to help you transition your work moving forward into several Esri products such as ArcGIS Pro. Find out more about Migrating to ArcGIS Pro.

Deprecation Reminder for Explorer, Collector and Tracker
ArcGIS Field Maps was launched in October 2020 and replaces the functionality of ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer and ArcGIS Tracker on the iOS and Android mobile platforms. These products (Collector, Explorer, Tracker) are currently available to download and are fully supported; however, they will be retired in December 2021. Migration resources, including a migration guide, can be found in this blog.

Announcing Address Manager 1.3 Release
On October 29, Esri Canada released Address Manager 1.3. Esri Canada Address Manager is a configurable web application that manages an inventory of civic addresses and ensures accuracy, completeness and compliance with NG9-1-1. As an integral part of a municipality’s overall address management life cycle, Address Manager optimizes the creation, maintenance and dissemination of authoritative civic addresses, while meeting NG9-1-1 requirements. Please contact your account manager to schedule a demo. Esri Canada Address Manager for NG9-1-1 StoryMap.

ArcGIS Pro 2.6 Patch 8 (2.6.8) Announcement

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 Announcement

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Web Watch – White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: Long-Term Landscape Changes in the Northwest Territories
The month of December is when we prepare to change into the new year. December 2021’s App of the Month, Landsat Long-Term Change Detection by the Northwest Territories Centre of Geomatics, reflects this sentiment. Taking advantage of the extensive repository of satellite imagery acquired through the Landsat program, this web experience highlights various types of landscape changes that took place in the NWT from 1985 to 2019.

Screenshot of Long-Term Landscape Changes in the Northwest Territories application – December’s app of the month.

Map of the Month: Explore Central Map
This map is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It encourages people in the Atlantic Canadian bubble to rediscover vacationing at home. It showcases the region, highlighting one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures, nature parks, beaches and trails, cultural and tactile experiences, culinary delights and opportunities for family-friendly staycations. The Town wants everyone to find their passion in Truro-Colchester!

Screenshot of the map of the month featuring images of activities available in Truro-Colchester, NS.

Community Map of Canada – Style of the Month: Let’s Celebrate! It’s Christmas Time
The Community Map of Canada style of the month is getting into the holiday spirit with ”Let’s Celebrate! It’s Christmas Time”.

Screenshot of the Community Map of Canada December Style of the Month with Christmas ornaments and trees as the place markers.

Geographical Thinking Podcast – Season 2 | Episode 6: The History and the Future of GIS
Alex Miller, President of Esri Canada, is a pioneer in GIS technology. He knows this subject in his bones and has travelled all over this country showing it to others. He wants GIS to help make this country a better place to live. On this episode of Geographical Thinking, he reflected on the pivotal moments of GIS in the past and what its future may entail.

Geographical Thinking Podcast – Season 2 | Episode 7: How GIS Helps Monitor Greenhouse Gases
GHGSat - a start up in Montreal - owns the first satellites that detect greenhouse gases at the facility level. They use Esri software to present the results so the emitter can respond effectively. Listen to a fireside chat amongst founder of Esri Jack Dangermond, Richard Cooke Esri’s Director of Remote Sensing and CEO of GHGSat Stephane Germain on monitoring climate change from space.

Submit your app for our App of the Month
We’re looking for outstanding, publicly accessible ArcGIS-based apps to be featured in the Esri Canada Blog as our App of the Month. Could your app be it?

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Preparing Data for GIS Applications
When beginning a GIS project, a common challenge is assembling the data needed to answer the question or produce the desired output. The datasets you need may be available but at different accuracy levels or include the required geographic features but lack a key attribute. Many other issues may make data unusable as-is. This course explores data preparation techniques that are relevant for a variety of GIS applications. Discover authoritative data resources and gain essential skills to assess data quality, address data inconsistencies and deliver valid results from your GIS projects.

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Esri Canada Seminars & Webinars

We have wrapped up our seminars and webinars for 2021. Stay tuned for new events coming in 2022. In the meantime, our previous seminars and webinars are available to watch on-demand.

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This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.

About the Author

George Kouroupis is the Director of Technology and Solutions for Esri Canada. His efforts are focused on advising customers and business partners on the latest ArcGIS trends and technologies. With over 35 years’ experience in software development, project management and product management, George takes a holistic and pragmatic approach to addressing customer’s technical and business problems.

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