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Getting Technical - September 2021

How can you gather community feedback on a map? What is the Community Map of Canada? How do I submit my app for App of the Month? Get the answers to all that and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


Maps selected for the 2022 Esri Canada Map Calendar
Thank you to everyone who sent in submissions to Esri Canada’s annual Map Calendar contest. It was a highly competitive contest, but after much deliberation, we’re pleased to announce the winners. This year, we selected 15 submissions for the 2022 calendar. We’re also adding a new element to the Map Calendar contest: The People’s Choice Award.

GIS Day in Canada – November 17
Save the date – GIS Day is less than two months away! Join us to see users in government, industry and academia from across Canada demonstrate real-world GIS applications that are making a difference in our society. Presentations will be in the form of lightning talks, provocative roundtable discussions and demonstrations.

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?

Work offline with Field Maps
When using a mobile device, there are few things more frustrating than losing internet connection, being in an area without Wi-Fi or experiencing slow network speeds. Thankfully, ArcGIS Field Maps provides a few different options for taking maps offline, so your work is never interrupted due to a loss of connection. This means you can take your maps anywhere, be that in rural areas, a wildlife preserve or even that spot in town notorious for slow internet speeds.

Hot Tip – Gather community feedback on a map with ArcGIS Hub
Public input helps local leaders better understand the challenges facing the communities they survey. Understanding the dynamics between place and people is especially important, given that most public projects and plans have a geographical component. To help community-based organizations reach public audiences online, ArcGIS Hub now includes a new map focused survey design that makes it easier for the public to input geographic data using full-screen, mobile responsive maps.

FAQ – What is the Community Map of Canada?
The Community Map of Canada is a basemap of Canada built from authoritative data, collected closest to source and updated daily. It provides unrestricted access to community maps and imagery across the country. Free to use, the Community Map of Canada saves you time and resources by leveraging data and high-quality basemaps from the community.

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? 


A Process for Deprecating Maps and Layers

Deprecation of Classic Locator for ArcGIS Business Analyst for ArcMap

What's new in ArcGIS for Power BI (August 2021)

Welcome to ArcGIS Runtime 100.12

Introducing new ways to collaborate with ArcGIS Hub

View more announcements in the ArcGIS Blog | My Esri Blog on GeoNet

Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

ArcGIS Location Referencing 10.8.1 Patch 2 (Desktop | Server) for ArcGIS Roads and Highways

ArcGIS Location Referencing 10.7.1 Patch 3 (Desktop | Server) for ArcGIS Roads and Highways

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Web Watch – White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: Insulin 100: Sir Frederick Banting
Defining Moments Canada is a Canadian heritage organization dedicated to educating Canadians by telling the stories of significant moments in the history of Canada. To commemorate the hundredth year since the discovery of insulin, in collaboration with the Huron Community History Centre, they created Insulin 100: Sir Frederick Banting, a collection of ArcGIS StoryMaps stories that is our September App of the Month.

Screenshot of the Insulin 100: Sir Frederick Banting app of the month

Map of the Month: The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Inspired by wood carvings by the mapmaker’s grandfather, this map depicts the seasonal range and abundance of the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). The primary datasets were sourced from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and eBird. Using this data, the seasonal range of the Kestrel was layered onto a map of North America with vintage hillshade. The marginalia of the map contain callouts to interesting aspects of the data, descriptions of the migration habits of the Kestrel and charts illustrating the seasonal variations in the Kestrel’s ranges. Two illustrations of the subject carvings adorn the map as both an homage and a reference for the reader.

Screenshot of the map of the month showing the seasonal range of the The American Kestrel bird.

Community Map of Canada Style of the Month – September 2021
The style of the month is a 'Lightweight' style with an eye towards mobile application use of the Community Map of Canada for the month of September 2021.
Screenshot of the “lightweight” style of the month for the Community Map of Canada

Geographical Thinking Podcast - Season 1 | Episode 17: Imagining the Industry’s Future
This episode is part two of our YPN summer series with four experienced GIS professionals answering questions from our YPN. They wanted to know what would be the best geospatial technology investment for organizations and businesses post-pandemic.

Geographical Thinking Podcast – Season 1 | Episode 18: Advice to Young GISers
This episode is the final installment of our summer series with four experienced GIS professionals answering questions from our YPN. The young GIS professionals just starting out wanted to know what would help them get into this as a career.

GIS Wow with Adam Carnow – Episode 04 (YPN)
Are you ready to get in the game? On this episode of GIS Wow with Adam Carnow, Adam dives into the importance of building your personal brand.

Combating Human Trafficking with ArcGIS Pro Intelligence
ArcGIS Pro Intelligence scales to meet your mission whether you need to conduct movement analysis, understand patterns of life or perform investigative analysis. ArcGIS Pro Intelligence is interoperable and extensible, supporting your data integration strategy across multiple domains in connected, disconnected and air gapped networks. Countering human trafficking operations are carried out by law enforcement regularly to disrupt the actions of those who would prey on the vulnerable. Using ArcGIS Pro Intelligence, analysts can assist in identifying areas law enforcement should focus their efforts on.

Reminder: Raster Basemaps Have Moved to Mature Support
Esri raster basemaps have entered mature support, which means it is important to begin updating your ArcGIS maps and apps to vector basemaps. In July 2021, Esri vector basemaps became the primary basemaps for use in ArcGIS. Raster basemaps have been placed in Mature Support. They will remain available, but they will no longer be updated. To ensure you are utilizing the latest and greatest data, it is important to update your basemaps to vector as soon as possible.

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.

Deprecation Notice 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.

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ArcGIS Enterprise: Advanced Configurations
This course will go through advanced configuration options within ArcGIS Enterprise deployments and the steps to troubleshoot common problems. You’ll learn how configure a SAML provider with ArcGIS Enterprise, how to fix common SSL/TLS issues and plan and configure an ArcGIS Enterprise site for disaster recovery and/or high availability. You’ll also walk through the steps required to migrate from development to staging and finally to a production environment.

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Esri Seminar

Esri Ocean, Weather, and Climate GIS Forum – November 3-4
This forum brings together the growing community of weather, climate and ocean science professionals to share advances in data collection, analysis and our understanding of climate and ocean interactions. Join this community as it forges new and better concepts in ocean and atmospheric analytics and applications.

Esri Canada Seminars

Next Steps for NG9-1-1 – September 29
Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) is well underway. The CRTC has issued directives and new timelines for the largest technology transition in public safety history. We invite you to join us and learn how to develop your organization’s readiness for tomorrow in our Next Steps for NG9-1-1 virtual seminar.

Mine Your Data: Driving Timely Decisions – October 19
Join us for this virtual seminar to learn how to optimize your operation in real-time, and integrate a single system of insight, engagement and record. Our user community and technical specialists will demonstrate how GIS leverages imagery and the Internet of Things to ensure your mining operations are conducted safely, responsibly and efficiently.

Esri Canada Energy Symposium – October 27
Join the petroleum industry user community to learn how GIS applications play a key role in delivering value in the oil, gas and pipelines industries. Learn how you can optimize and integrate your existing systems to gain new business insights, leverage and share spatial data to support better business outcomes.

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Upcoming Webinars

Turn Drone Imagery into Timely Intelligence – September 22

How Esri’s new 3D capabilities enable our users to innovate (in French) – September 23

Design and Share Masterplans with ArcGIS Urban – September 30

Communicate better with the Community Map of Canada (in French) – October 5

ArcGIS and Telecommunication Network Construction Management – October 6

Modernizing Parcel Mapping in Canada – October 7

Mastering URL Parameters with ArcGIS Mobile Apps – October 14

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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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