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Getting Technical - February 2023

What’s in the February 2023 release of ArcGIS Field Maps? How can you better manage your ArcGIS Online credits? Why should you consider adding ArcGIS Image to your organization? How to create a cloud-free image composite from satellite imagery? Get answers to all these questions and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


Next Generation ArcGIS Monitor 2023 Now Available!
Administering and maintaining an enterprise GIS can sometimes be challenging, especially if an organization does not have IT expertise, or as the enterprise GIS capabilities scale and grow over time. It is important to ensure the enterprise GIS has quality system performance and health, in order to minimize and prevent system downtime. GIS managers and administrators can use ArcGIS Monitor for holistic monitoring of ArcGIS Enterprise and its underlying infrastructure. Monitor collects data and information on an enterprise GIS deployment and provides alerting, notifications, and reporting capabilities. It enables managers and administrators to proactively manage ArcGIS Enterprise and ensures it effectively supports business workflows (from an IT perspective).

How partners can set up a single sign-on experience with ArcGIS: part 1
Want to make your ArcGIS apps easier to access for your customers? In this first part of our two-part blog post series, Esri Canada technical solutions specialist Brianna Kelly and solution architect John Osborne take you through a step-by-step process for configuring single sign-on so that you can simplify user management and security.

New technical paper explores the key requirements for a comprehensive imagery system
Learn what it means to have a comprehensive imagery system and why it’s important—and how ArcGIS meets all requirements of such a system.

Create a cloud-free image composite from satellite imagery
One of the problems we often encounter when working with optical imagery is the presence of clouds and shadows, as they can block the ground information in the image. For a small area, we can wait for the next clear image. However, for a large area covered by multiple footprints, especially in regions such as islands or tropical areas where cloudy days are frequent, it is close to impossible to get any clear images. In practice, we use multiple scenes collected within a time window to create a cloud-free image composite.

The new Geometric Median in ArcGIS Pro 3.1 is a raster function for an image composition workflow. It calculates the best pixel approximation in spectral space by minimizing the sum of distances to all overlapping pixels. This helps to reduce the contribution of outlier pixels and produce a better image composite while maintaining the spectral relationship between bands. Read this article to see you how to apply this new function to create a cloud-free image composite from a stack of Landsat images.

Ten ways to get the most out of ArcGIS Living Atlas
With lots of different types of content, Living Atlas can be leveraged in many ways (including ways you may not have thought of).

Global Land Cover Revealed
Timely data and change analysis are fundamental to revealing insights from land use/land cover maps.

Working with Enhanced Contrast basemaps to improve accessibility
The new ‘Enhanced Contrast’ basemaps are a starting point for building an accessible map.

Why should you consider adding ArcGIS Image to your organization?
ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online can be the image management and analysis for your organization or supplement existing workflows.

Esri’s Storytelling Solutions: An Overview
A brief overview of Esri's two storytelling tools, ArcGIS StoryMaps and StoryMaps.

Storybook cartography
How to make your maps look like storybook illustrations...because storybook illustrations!

Get the most out of My Favorites
Favorites are a handy way to make finding key content easier, and they're integrated into ArcGIS Online workflows.

Protect and manage your ArcGIS Online content
Take control of your content by protecting it from accidental deletion, and control how others can copy, export, and edit your content.

Understanding and managing ArcGIS Online credits
ArcGIS Online credits are the currency used across ArcGIS Online. They are consumed during specific transactions, such as performing analytics and storing features. ArcGIS Online and any ArcGIS product that interacts with ArcGIS Online, such as ArcGIS Pro, Insights for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Business Analyst, ArcGIS Enterprise, and Survey123 for ArcGIS, can use credits. There are many ways ArcGIS Online users and administrators can maintain their credit budgets. Regardless of the ArcGIS product you are using, credits are managed through ArcGIS Online. This blog article will show you best practices for managing your credits. We will also share answers to questions users asked during our recent User Conference Spotlight Talk.

ArcGIS Field Maps Early Access update (January 2023)
Released in November 2020, ArcGIS Field Maps is a powerful mobile app solution that streamlines mobile workflows within a single, location-aware mobile app. We’re hard at work on the February 2023 release of ArcGIS Field Maps. It’s tentatively scheduled for release on February 22nd, and we have lots of exciting new features coming. Today we’re pleased to announce the opening of our 2023 Early Access program! It includes a handful of new features that you can start testing ahead of our release in February.

Find address coordinates using Node.js
Learn about a lightweight and open-source option to quickly find the latitude and longitude of an address.

Let’s do data science IV: new type of remote sensing data and new algorithms
Discover the three new features of image and multidimensional raster analysis in the upcoming ArcGIS Pro 3.1

Calcite Design System 1.0 released!
We are thrilled to announce that the production release (version 1.0) of Calcite Design System is now available! Using Calcite, developers can create beautiful, user-friendly, and consistent experiences across applications with minimal effort. It includes configurable web components along with iconography, a UI kit, and usage guidelines containing best practices. Let’s start with a quick overview of what Calcite is all about.

Create your own 3D model with Open Data!
Creating a 3D model can seem like a massive project. First you need a building footprint layer and then have an aerial assessment completed for your area of interest. You also need a decent knowledge of 3D geoprocessing tools and must minimize the size of the data so that it can be published in ArcGIS Online or in ArcGIS Enterprise portal. In this blog post, we will show you that the process is not as difficult as you think and for most municipalities in Québec, the data is at your disposal and at no cost.

What's new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (January 2023)
There's a new publishing experience for collections and embeds get more powerful in this month's updates to ArcGIS StoryMaps.

Hot Tip: One Minute Map Hacks: 71-75
Another five hacks in an endless stream of one-minute how-to videos.

FAQ: How to add mist to terrain in ArcGIS Online
Here's how to drape a layer of mist over your terrain in ArcGIS Online. Because MIST!


Esri joins Overture Maps Foundation >

Geodatabase replication enhancements in ArcGIS Pro 3.1

What's new with geodatabases in ArcGIS Pro 3.1

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Service Packs, Patches & Product Support Updates

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. 

Prepare for the retirement of ArcGIS for Office
The 2022 User Conference marked the launch of ArcGIS for Microsoft 365, a single product that extends ArcGIS across components including Excel, Power BI, SharePoint, and Power Automate.  In order to streamline the offering, ArcGIS for Office is set to retire on June 1, 2023, and it will be replaced by ArcGIS for Excel.

Plus for ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is Retiring
ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is a plug in for Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop that allows you to quickly find and add geographic content to your work as editable vector layers and high resolution images. This plug-in bridges the gap between ArcGIS and Adobe, bringing editable maps into Adobe for extensive map design possibilities.

At the end of April 2023, the “Plus” subscription for ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud will be retired. For users who are already using ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud through ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise, there is no impact from this change.

ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1 Edit Session With Custom Extension Patch
If you are using a custom extension that modifies editing templates, this patch will prevent a crash that happens when restarting the edit session.

ArcGIS Pro 2.9 Patch 6 (2.9.6) Announcement
The ArcGIS Pro 2.9 Patch 6 (2.9.6) is now available for download.

ArcGIS Server 10.9.1 Custom Print Service Patch
This patch resolves an issue that affects custom print services with embedded credentials.

ArcGIS Server 11.0 Site Creation and Upgrade Patch

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Web Watch – Blogs, Podcasts and Useful Resources

Map of the Month: Ecotypes Within the Matawa Homelands and Traditional Territory
The Matawa Homelands and Traditional Territories are in northern Ontario and are home to the nine member First Nation communities of the Matawa Tribal Council. This dynamic map highlights the different ecotypes within the Homelands, emphasizing that much of the area is composed of wetlands. The magnitude of water within the Homelands emphasizes the conviction that “water is life”, and the variety of wetland types demonstrates the diversity within these unique and extraordinary landscapes. The focus at Four Rivers, Matawa’s Environmental Services Department, has always been to deliver innovative solutions that keep their communities' vision and values as the focus. 

Ecotypes Within the Matawa Homelands and Traditional TerritoryMap

Community Map of Canada – Style of the Month: "Painted World"
The February Style of the Month of the Community Map of Canada makes the country look as if it was painted onto a canvas with acrylic paint. Using snapshots of Vincent van Gogh's classic analog acrylic-on-canvas masterpieces and the modern digital Esri Vector Tile Style Editor tool, this unique style evokes 'The Starry Night' while viewing Canada from above. This van Gogh painting-collage basemap of Canada uses different patterns and textures of the paint to differentiate between different land cover, and dark paint smudges symbolize cities, trees, and highway numbers. Different acrylic paint swirling and hatching brushstrokes from the original artist were used by the Community Map of Canada cartographic artist, Evan Forbes, to symbolize urban and rural areas, as well as water bodies, parks, and green space.

Canada has been transformed to resemble a Vincent van Gogh painting with textured grey swirls for the land mass of Canada, dark and pale blue painted striations for the oceans and lakes, and provincial and national capital cities symbolized with singular black paint smudges. Visible in the top-right hand corner, Greenland has been symbolized by dark and light mint green striped paint textures.

Geographical Thinking Podcast Season 3 | Episode 8 –Management Perspectives: How to bridge the digital divide
Amar Singh, executive vice president of Infrastructure Ontario’s (IO’s) Commercial Advisory and Strategy practice, talks about the strategy behind increasing Internet access in Ontario’s rural and remote communities.

By streamlining processes, using innovative procurement solutions and using geospatial tools like IO’s Broadband One Window, IO has successfully helped Internet service providers, the electricity sector and municipalities work together. It’s all with the aim of improving broadband service in communities all over the province.

Geographical Thinking Podcast Season 3 | Episode 9 – Management Perspectives: “We’ve gone from mappers to geospatial consultants”
Carla Evans, senior geospatial consultant and director of spatial information management and CAD and IM solutions with Golder, member of WSP’s Ontario - Earth & Environment division, talks about the importance of aligning your geospatial strategy with the overall company strategy to best effect change.

She talks about how Golder moved from thinking of GIS as static “dots on maps” to where they are now: using dynamic geospatial data and technology to transform the organization.

Want to grow your geospatial strategy toolbox? Get a quarterly roundup of resources sent right to your inbox by visiting our Communication Preference Centre and selecting “GIS Strategy”.

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ArcGIS Online for Administrators
This course is designed to help Administrators of ArcGIS Online for Organizations optimize their use of the ArcGIS platform by exploring ArcGIS Online as a system to store, share and publish geographic information on the web. Participants will learn best practices for preparing and managing their organization's subscription account. The course will also cover fundamental topics in administering and securing ArcGIS Online.

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Esri Canada Seminars & Webinars

Take Your Data Management to New Heights with Geodatabases
February 23, 2023
Do you feel the need…. the need for a better way to manage your spatial data? Then it’s time to start using geodatabases. The native data structure for ArcGIS provides a powerful data model that allows you to store and manage your GIS data in one place. Geodatabases come in many sizes and scale from small, single-user geodatabases to multi-user enterprise environments. In this webinar, we will demonstrate the structural, performance and data management advantages the geodatabase provides when working with spatial data. There is no need to wing it, join us on our mission to improve your GIS experience.

Going from 2D to 3D with ArcGIS Pro
March 23, 2023
By transitioning your 2D data to 3D you will modernize your GIS and gain a better understanding of your data through insightful visualizations and enhanced analytics. In this webinar, you will learn how to use ArcGIS Pro to transform your nonspatial and 2D spatial data into 3D GIS models. You will also learn how to use the 3D tools in ArcGIS Pro to work with voxel data, implement 3D symbology, perform object detection and apply viewshed analysis. Join our subject matter experts as they discuss practical advice and what you need to consider when adopting 3D solutions.

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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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