Introducing new tools and apps with September’s ArcGIS Online update

September 27, 2018 Angela Alexander

Discover the new tools, apps and enhancements that are included in the ArcGIS Online September update!

ArcGIS Online was updated earlier this month with new tools and apps, including some great enhancements. Here are some of the highlights from this update:

  • New spatial analysis tools: Summarize Center and Dispersion tool measures the distribution of a set of point features to calculate the central feature, mean centre, median centre or ellipse. Find Point Clusters tool locates clusters of point features in surrounding noise based on their spatial distribution.
  • New configurable apps: Image Visit, Scene with Inset Map and Layer Showcase.

Discover the new Layer Showcase app.

  • Data management: You can now use Arcade expressions when calculating values in fields in your hosted feature layer. Write Arcade expressions for a variety of operations, including spatial operations.
  • 3D GIS: Improved search enables you to find features in scenes by searching for layer attributes.
  • Learn ArcGIS is a website containing timely and engaging guided lessons that are based on real-world problems, covering the entire ArcGIS platform.
  • Living Atlas: Demographic maps for Canada have been updated with data from Environics.

Environics provided Living Atlas Canadian demographic data.

  • Administration: Administrators can download an audit log of activity with information about changes to the organization and its members, groups and content.
  • Apps for the field: Survey123 for ArcGIS has had a major release since the previous ArcGIS Online update, including adding support for Webhooks (setting up a notification to send an email when a response has been sent with a question that was answered with a certain value).

Read the ArcGIS blog post for the full update.

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About the Author

Angela Alexander

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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