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Getting Technical - December 2022

Welcome to the last edition of Getting Technical for this year. What's new in ArcGIS QuickCapture? What’s new in ArcGIS Survey123? How to summarize aggregate data using Arcade in popups? How to create a great home page for your organization? How can you share and view your drone data through the three Microsoft Apps? Get answers to all these questions and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


2022 ArcGIS Online year in review 
2022 introduced many improvements and new capabilities in ArcGIS Online and related products. Whether you’re making maps to fight wildfires, plan cities, increase resilience, respond to severe weather events, or improve your business, ArcGIS Online continues to evolve to better support your needs and activities. 

Migrating to ArcGIS Pro 
ArcGIS Pro is the premier tool for GIS professionals. It offers modern map authoring, advanced analysis, data visualization, extensibility, and complete integration with the ArcGIS system - allowing you to work faster and more efficiently.   While its predecessor, ArcMap, will continue to be supported until March 2026, guidance is on hand to help you begin your migration journey. 

What's new in ArcGIS QuickCapture (December 2022) 
ArcGIS QuickCapture is the fastest and simplest way to collect field observations at speed. With the click of a button, you can quickly conduct damage assessments, perform asset inventories, document issues, and report on important events. Integrated with the ArcGIS system, new observations made with QuickCapture in the field can be used instantly for better decision-making. We celebrate our last update before the end of 2022. This release includes two handy new features for administrators and QuickCapture authors. 

What's new in ArcGIS Survey123 (December 2022) 
We celebrate our last update before the end of 2022. This release is loaded with great new features and critical fixes. Read on to learn more about what’s new in ArcGIS Survey123 December 2022. 

What's New in ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online (November 2022) 
ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online is a SaaS that allows users and organizations to host, visualize, analyze, and share imagery in ArcGIS Online. As a member of the ArcGIS Image product suite, ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online assists organizations in quickly managing and sharing their imagery data without the need for infrastructure. Once you have all your imagery data organized, ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online then allows for analysis workflows, including deep learning. For this release, we are adding support for new sensors, support for the vector field template, a new multidimensional imagery layer experience, and additional performance improvements. 

Enhance web app accessibility with Instant Apps 
The goal of accessibility on the web is to create content that is accessible to all people, regardless of physical, mental, or behavioral disability. Esri is committed to creating accessible products and services compatible with the latest assistive technologies that conform to current software accessibility standards and guidelines. See Esri’s Accessibility site for more information on our accessibility efforts, links to product conformance reports, and other accessibility resources.   

Identify Retiring v1 Esri Vector Basemaps using ArcGIS Notebooks 
Esri’s version 1 (v1) vector basemaps will be retired December 1, 2022. After this date, web maps and apps that utilize these basemaps will need to reference another basemap listed in general availability. While you could manually check each of your map’s basemaps, let’s save some time and use the power of ArcGIS Notebooks to automate identification of any problematic basemaps! 

Pop-ups: Arcade essentials 
Layer pop-ups are an important part of crafting the complete map information experience. Pop-ups can transform an otherwise dull list of attributes into a far more meaningful display of intuitive and engaging information for your audience. Arcade can be thought of as a collection of useful tools that can be applied to craft the very best pop-ups, leveraging functions and logic to perform calculations and geometric operations, format text, access data from other layers, and much more. 

How to summarize aggregate data using Arcade in popups 
The November 2022 update of the ArcGIS Online Map Viewer added support for binning as an alternative to clustering and heat maps. Binning aggregates data to predefined cells, effectively representing point data as a gridded polygon layer. This post will demonstrate how you can use Arcade to create dynamic popup elements summarizing attributes from aggregated points in a bin’s popup. 

Baby Steps to Quantum Leap 
Maps have been an essential tool for utilities since their inception. With all the discussion around how ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Utility Network are revolutionizing the way, utility companies operate it only seemed appropriate to re-examine the history of GIS at utility companies and see how far we’ve come and where we’re going. 

ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Engine in Databricks: Scalable Geospatial Analysis in a Data Science Workflow 
Esri and Databricks collaborated on a blog that features advanced spatial capabilities of ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Engine in an Azure Databricks environment solving cross-industry use cases. Databricks provides an Apache Spark-based cloud platform to support big data analytics, data science and machine learning in a unified approach by combining data warehouses and data lakes into a lakehouse architecture. GeoAnalytics Engine brings geospatial analysis straight to your big data in the cloud wherever it lives—in a data warehouse, data lake, and more. The goal of this collaboration was to demonstrate how easily ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Engine can be plugged into Databricks architecture to extend cloud-based geospatial capabilities for organizations that need big data spatial solutions at speed and scale. Read the blog to discover how combining the power of GeoAnalytics Engine in a Databricks environment enabled challenging use cases to be solved. 

Got five minutes? Get to know Esri Updated Demographics 
Esri data is organized into groups of variables or statistical measurements connected by a common theme, such as spending behavior or demographic information. Understanding these different groups of data can help you locate what’s pertinent to your work and can lead you to discover data you didn’t even know you needed. This article is part of the blog series Got five minutes? Get to know… and outlines the most important details about Esri Updated Demographics

Browsing Related Records with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript 
Relationships are essential in life whether they are personal with family or friends, work related with colleagues, etc. The same goes for relationships within your geographical data. Version 4.25 of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript (ArcGIS JS API) introduced a way to browse your data’s relationships through a feature’s pop-up. This is done through the RelationshipContent element. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament has begun, so let’s explore an application that browses FIFA World Cup relationships! 

Your Demographic Questions Answered 
Demographic data helps us better understand the socioeconomic factors within our communities. We can learn more about the population, housing, jobs, poverty, and other features that can impact policy, logistics, and business decisions. Depending on your needs, there are various ways to find, access, and use demographic data using the power of mapping within ArcGIS. But sometimes knowing where to start can feel like a daunting task. With thousands of demographic attributes to choose from and hundreds of data layers to use in your maps, it can feel confusing how to properly use each nuanced attribute if you aren’t a trained demographer. This blog provides a list of some of the most common questions asked when mapping demographic data within ArcGIS. Jump to a question to gain insight and resources so that you can start mapping demographic data more confidently within your GIS projects today! 

Share and View Your Drone Data Through These Three Microsoft Apps 
Sharing your drone derived imagery products is an important part of the imagery workflow. While it is quite easy to create maps and web apps in ArcGIS Online, the ArcGIS suite also lets you meet your stake holders directly in the apps they work and collaborate in, like Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Power BI, or Microsoft Excel. Drone data adds context and perspective to the information in these apps. Specifically, your drone data can be easily accessible to show change over time, highlight important hazards and features, or add a beautiful but accurate backdrop to your data and conversations. Read this article to know how you can bring your crucial imagery to the people that need to see it.   

Make this weird paper globe ornament please 
It’s that time of year when geographers don our Stormy Kromer wool hats, pull the zipper a bit higher on our discounted Patagonia fleece vest, and venture out into the world of holiday social gatherings where we will, after sharing our profession in conversation, bear the patient burden of being asked, “hasn’t everything already been mapped?” or “so you mean like Google Earth?” It’s ok. We’re used to that and have a bevvy of responses all cued up, like “well occasionally there’s a volcano and we all rush to our desks to update the world’s maps” or “yeah…a bit like that…but with less Google and more Earth.” 

Smart Forms aren’t just for ArcGIS Field Maps anymore 
As a GIS professional, you’re no stranger to a little data editing and maintenance. But what if there was a way to reduce the time spent inputting data and tailor your editing experience in Map Viewer? Smart Forms allow you to do both by setting up your own custom data entry form for geographic features and their attributes. If you’re thinking “Smart Forms? I thought that was for ArcGIS Field Maps!” you’ll be happy to hear that Smart Forms are part of the ArcGIS ecosystem – meaning they work in ArcGIS Field Maps, web apps, Map Viewer, and any other app that uses the JavaScript 4x editor widget. This blog will walk through the key components of a Smart Form in Map Viewer, what’s new as of November 2022 in ArcGIS Online, and what’s coming next. 

Boost your map tour experience with countdowns, 3D globes, and more 
One of the core missions of ArcGIS StoryMaps has always been to enable people to tell place-based stories around the world that combine geography, media, and narrative in a way that no other storytelling platform does. That is why our team prioritized bringing the Classic Map Tour template into ArcGIS StoryMaps from the start. 

Hot Tip: Create a great home page for your organization 
Your organization home page is the place visitors and organization members will start. How your home page looks will create first impressions – not just about you as a GIS organization, but also about the quality and veracity of the maps and apps people will find there. 

FAQ: How to Map in a minute: Map weather using ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Living Atlas 
ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World includes authoritative live feeds and other content that helps you learn more about current and predicted weather conditions. Follow the steps in the blog post to make your own weather map in a minute, maybe less. 


Visualize Aggregated Pivot Table data in ArcGIS for Excel 

What's New in ArcGIS Experience Builder Developer Edition (version 1.10) 

Sustainable Development Goals Solution Released 
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Service Packs, Patches & Product Support Updates 

Deprecation of Complimentary accounts in ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud 
What is changing with Complimentary accounts in ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud? 
The ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud Complimentary account, which provided access to a freemium version with limited features, will be removed and no longer supported after January 2023. The functionality in Complimentary is available via Plus or ArcGIS subscription license. If you already use the plug-in with a licensed account then this change does not impact you. 

What happens when you include your email address with an error report? 
There are two reasons where having that email address can make a big difference – one of these reasons helps you directly and the other reason helps us (which ultimately still helps you and all users)! 

Boundary Layers Retiring | December 2022 
In December 2022, several legacy Boundary Layers, which have been in mature support and not actively maintained, will be retired. Once these layers are retired, they will no longer be available to use. If you are using one of these layers, you should switch to the equivalent layer in General Availability. 

Demographic Layers Retiring | December 2022 
In December 2022, several Esri Demographic layers and maps for the U.S. and Canada, which have been in mature support and not actively maintained, will be retired. 

Developers: Required update to ArcGIS location services 
On January 27th, 2021, new ArcGIS location services and pricing were released. If you have developed an application that uses ArcGIS Online services other than the new ArcGIS location services, you may be required to update your applications before April 30, 2022, or December 31, 2022

ArcMap Continued Support 
ArcGIS 10.8.2 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. This was a maintenance release only and does not include new functionality. This update does not extend the ArcGIS 10.8.x product life cycle. Esri does not have plans to release an ArcMap 10.9. The ArcMap Continued Support page, will be able to answer your questions regarding continued support of ArcMap as well as contains resources to help you transition your work moving forward into several Esri products such as ArcGIS Pro.  

ArcGIS Pro 3.0.3 Announcement 
ArcGIS Pro 3.0.3 is now available for download from My Esri. To download Esri software, go to the My Organizations tab, then click the Downloads sub tab. You must have Download software permission in order to access the Downloads sub tab. If you do not see this sub tab, you may need to request permissions. 

2022 Data Axle Points of Interests and Codes 
These PDF documents describe the fields and information included with the Points of Interests data in ArcGIS Business Analyst. Also included for download, are franchise and industry codes. 

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Web Watch – Blogs, Podcasts and Useful Resources 

Map of the Month: Geological Map of Saskatchewan at 1:1,000,000 Scale, 2021 Edition  
The 2021 edition of the 1:1,000,000-scale Geological Map of Saskatchewan displays a comprehensive and updated synthesis of the geology of the province, on the basis of work undertaken by the Saskatchewan Geological Survey and other organizations over the past 72 years. The map provides users with an up-to-date geological context for resource evaluation in the province and is an invaluable source of information for educational organizations and the general public. 

Geological Map of Saskatchewan at 1:1,000,000 Scale, 2021 Edition  Map

Community Map of Canada – Style of the Month: Through the Stained Glass 
This December, gaze upon Canada and the rest of the world as though it were made of stained glass. Enjoy the feeling of wonder when gazing upon the cities, highways and trees symbolized by a sparkle-- a glimmer of light off the glass. Different glass textures have been cartographically cut and soldered into this stained-glass version of Canada to symbolize parks, green spaces, building footprints and more. Create an app using this basemap or change up its design using the Esri Vector Tile Style Editor

The basemap of Canada has been turned a marble green colour. Water bodies are speckled blue in colour. Highways and road networks have been turned to a dark grey colour.  Major cities are symbolized by the white graphic representing sparkling lights.

Geographical Thinking Podcast Season 3 | Episode 5 – Geoview - a digital map that may change the delivery of health services 
In Halifax, Dr. Ajantha Jayabarathan, a physician, is heading up a project to use GIS technology to help physicians across the province make better-informed decisions about their patients’ healthcare. She is mapping out the social determinants, environmental factors and local healthcare services available across the province. Visualizing this data will enable doctors to make better recommendations for healthcare options as well as reducing travel and wait times. 

Geographical Thinking Podcast Season 3 | Episode 6 – Fire-fighting cattle: Using cattle and GIS to reduce the risk of forest fires in B.C. 
Ranchers in BC are working with local officials to pilot an innovative wildfire mitigation project – using cows to graze on lands and lower the volume of forages around communities. Amanda Miller, an ecologist working on the project talked about how it’s a win-win situation. 

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Introduction to ArcGIS Indoors 
This course introduces key workflows that will help you successfully deploy ArcGIS Indoors. Learn how to create and maintain a complete system for indoor mapping and data management that lets your organization share smart building maps. Get hands-on practice with tools and workflows used to integrate CAD, BIM and GIS data; create floor-aware data and layers to support indoor navigation; and manage indoor data over time to streamline workspace planning and facilities management. You'll also explore data considerations and data-preparation techniques in ArcGIS Pro. 

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Esri Canada Seminars & Webinars 

Geographic Digital Twins: Taming Spatial Complexity 
January 26, 2023 
Digital Twins are virtual representations of the real world that incorporate physical objects, processes, relationships and behaviors. They offer a means to improve business processes, optimize operational efficiencies and enhance decision-making to predict future outcomes. A digital twin of fixed assets or real-world systems benefits from integration with a GIS to help tame the complexity of these relationships. Join Chris North, Director of Technology Adoption, and our subject matter experts, as they discuss how your GIS provides the geographic approach to create and manage your digital twins. Chris will highlight how the underlying spatial context of a GIS enables you to better understand how digital twins exist in the scope of greater systems or processes. 

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About the Author

Erica Morra is the Product Portfolio Manager for Esri Canada. She is passionate about promoting the value of location intelligence and communicating the capabilities of Esri's suite of ArcGIS products. Erica has worked as a GIS professional for over 17 years, helping organizations leverage Esri technology to meet their business needs of today and of the future.

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