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Getting Technical - January 2023

Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of Getting Technical for this year! What’s the roadmap for ArcGIS Solutions in 2023? What are the 10 ArcGIS Online New Year's resolutions? What ArcGIS Experience Builder Web Apps were showcased in 2022? How to add Google Drive files to your ArcGIS Online maps and content? Get answers to all these questions and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


Imagery & Remote Sensing at the 2023 FedGIS Conference
Mark your calendars! Because FedGIS—the Esri Federal GIS Conference—is fast approaching and we would love to share all the wonderful new things Esri is doing in the world of Imagery and Remote Sensing. Join the 5,000+ attendees from 7–8 February at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC to be inspired, collaborate, and learn about how our products can help support you—and other government professionals—derive actionable insights and make timely decisions using imagery. Explore the information to learn more about what we’re discussing at this year’s conference.

Deck out your desktop for the new year with these map wallpapers
Celebrate the new year with a new map background for your desktop or phone with these cartographic goodies from the StoryMaps team.

ArcGIS Experience Builder Showcased Web Apps of 2022
Learn about notable ArcGIS Experience Builder user stories and apps created this past year for all types of unique and important workflows.

2022 Year in Review: ArcGIS Maps SDK for JavaScript
Take a look back at all the new features added to the ArcGIS Maps SDK for JavaScript in 2022.

2022, That's A Wrap!
Happy New Year, users! Check out this blog for a quick retrospective on ArcGIS Enterprise.

New Coloring Options in ArcGIS API for Python Renderers
Your feedback inspired us to add new coloring conventions to the ArcGIS API for Python! We’ve incorporated these coloring options into the functions that generate renderers, and they’re particularly helpful when using the Spatially Enabled DataFrame’s plot method. Take a look!

Never lose track of your work in ArcGIS Field Maps
Have you ever returned from a long day of field work, loaded your location sharing layer in ArcGIS Online and noticed sections missing from your route? What happened, you had your tracks turned on all day? Your device may be working against you. There are some settings both in Field Maps and on your device itself that, when configured correctly, can help make sure you aren’t missing any tracks again. Check out the tips for best performance below!

Add Microsoft OneDrive files to your ArcGIS Online maps and content
OneDrive offers a way to store, share, and manage files. Here's how to use those files in ArcGIS Online maps and content.

Combine multiple digital models into a single building scene layer
As a GIS analyst supporting the maintenance team of a newly constructed building, you must create a single source of the building to share with the facilities manager and the events team. Due to the complexity of the project and the expertise needed, the single structure was split into multiple digital models so each contractor could work on their disciplines. Learn how you can combine multiple models into a single layer in ArcGIS by completing the following steps.

How to Merge Orthomosaics from Multiple Drone Flights in ArcGIS Pro
In this article we will walk through how to merge orthomosaics from multiple flights into a single image.

Map in a minute: Map floods using ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Living Atlas
How to make a flood map in a minute (maybe less) using ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Living Atlas.

ArcGIS Solutions 2023 Product Roadmap
ArcGIS Solutions are industry-specific configurations for ArcGIS that align with your business needs, transform your use of ArcGIS, and help you maximize the investment you are making in location-based data and technology. Our mission is to build high-value solutions that reduce the time it takes to deploy geo-enabled solutions in your organization and increase the business impact they make. This ArcGIS Solutions Roadmap gives you a sneak peek of the major capabilities we are focused on in early 2023 and beyond.

Demystifying ArcGIS Solutions: how they help you solve common geographic challenges
Whether you are new to GIS or a seasoned expert confronted with a complex question ArcGIS Solutions will get you to your goal and help you get the most out of your GIS investment. Join us as we discover what ArcGIS Solutions are and how they can help you in your organization.

A 2022 Recap of Spatial Statistics in ArcGIS Pro 3.0
As we welcome the new year, it’s a perfect opportunity to look back on the progress we’ve made and celebrate our achievements. With that in mind, we’d like to highlight some of the tools developed and released by the Spatial Statistics Team in ArcGIS 3.0, including new additions to the geostatistical and space-time pattern mining toolboxes. These tools have helped us to better analyze and understand spatial and temporal data, and we look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the coming year.

Five ways to visualize point density using the same dataset
The team building the ArcGIS Maps SDK for JavaScript (JavaScript Maps SDK) is constantly making improvements to boost rendering performance. With each new improvement, we can render more data faster than ever before in the browser. More data means you should be more fluent in the various ways you can effectively visualize the density of large datasets in web apps.

10 ArcGIS Online New Year's resolutions
Here's 10 suggestions for resolutions to make your 2023 ArcGIS Online year even better.

Hot Tip: Send email from pop-ups
Email can be sent directly from web map pop-ups using pop-up configurations. Which configuration approach is best will be determined by how the email addresses are stored in the layer attributes. This post shows you how to send an email directly from a pop-up, and covers two examples of how the email might be stored; as an email address ( and as a mailto link (

FAQ: How to add Google Drive files to your ArcGIS Online maps and content
Google Drive offers a way to store, share and manage files. Here's how to use those files in ArcGIS Online maps and content.


Notification: Two User Types Retiring in 2023

Welcome to ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Native Apps 200.0

What’s New in ArcGIS GeoBIM (December 2022 Release)

High resolution data updates to Living Atlas World Elevation Layers and Tools (December 2022)

Working together is easier now in ArcGIS Hub

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

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.

Site Scan Flight incompatibility with latest M300RTK firmware
Drone manufacturer DJI’s latest firmware update to their M300RTK drone renders it to be incompatible with Site Scan Flight for ArcGIS.

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. 

Classic story map transition timeline (December 2022)
If you still use classic Esri Story Maps templates, or have stories created with them, please review the information in this article.

Portal for ArcGIS Security 2022 Update 2 Patch is now available
Esri has released the Portal for ArcGIS Security 2022 Update 2 Patch that resolves multiple high and medium severity security vulnerabilities.

ArcGIS Server Security 2022 Update 2 Patch is now available
Esri has released the ArcGIS Server Security 2022 Update 2 Patch that resolves one high severity security vulnerability across versions 10.9.1, 10.8.1, and 10.7.1. This security update was released on October 4, 2022 and is available here.

ArcGIS Pro 2.8 Patch 8 (2.8.8)

ArcGIS Server 11.0 Site Creation and Upgrade Patch

ArcGIS Server Geocoding Service Quality Patch

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Web Watch – Blogs, Podcasts and Useful Resources

Map of the Month: Akaamaschii (Charlton Island)
This is a Cree-language reference map of Akaamaschii (Charlton Island) in southern James Bay, Nunavut, Canada. The map includes over 70 Cree-language place names, and is one map in a series of 28 Cree-language reference maps that cover the eastern James Bay and southeastern Hudson Bay coasts from Moose Factory to Tasiujaq (Richmond Gulf). The goal of these maps is to both be useful to Cree land users, and also be attractive enough to be hung on walls in camps, offices and classrooms. The names on the map are part of a concerted effort by the Cree Nation Government to document the Cree-language toponymy of Eeyou Istchee—the Cree lands in Québec and Ontario.

Akaamaschii (Charlton Island) Map

Community Map of Canada - Style of the Month: Winter Wonderland
A new month – and a new year – means a new basemap style for the Community Map of Canada! Kicking off 2023 and embracing the cold winter season is this icy blue "Winter Wonderland" custom style. Full of snowflake-embellished major cities and highways, snow-coloured white buildings, and streets and borders that have been changed to a cool blue colour, this month's style and symbology really crystallize the wintery theme in celebration of January 2023. This style was created by our Atlantic Region's GIS Analyst, Malena McCrossan-Moses, using the Esri Vector Tile Style Editor.

The basemap of Canada has been turned a pale blue colour with buildings symbolized in white and roads and borders symbolized in various shades of cool blue. Highways, road networks, and major cities are symbolized with snowflakes to add to the wintery theme.

Geographical Thinking Podcast Season 3 | Episode 7 – Geographical Thinking Caps: That Makes Census
The last funcast podcast of 2022 looks back at 2021 – the 2021 Census of Population to be precise.  Every five years, Statistics Canada invites Canadians to participate in the census to learn more about who we are and where we live.  Andrea Zagar and Carson Smulders are quizzed about several key indicators revealed from the May 2021 census results.  Learn about how your province or territory stacks up: in population, socioeconomics, housing and more.  It’s a short form game for long form geo-glory!

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Using LiDAR Data in ArcGIS

This course explores the techniques and functionalities available to optimize the use of LiDAR data with ArcGIS software. Participants will learn how to integrate and manage LiDAR point cloud data with LAS and mosaic datasets. Learning how to visualize and perform analysis in 2D/3D with tools available with the ArcGIS for Desktop or ArcGIS Pro 3D Analyst extension and also how to best serve the LiDAR data through web services. By developing LiDAR data management strategies with ArcGIS, participants will be able to help support the decision-making process in their organization.

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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.

Improving access to care with location intelligence (in French)
February 08, 2023
Access to public health services and care can be affected by social, racial, economic, and physical barriers. Integrating these impediments into public health programs and interventions can improve the strategies linked to appropriate and targeted health services with specific community needs. Location intelligence offers a lens to better understand gaps in accessibility and shows where opportunities to intervene exist. In this webinar, we will demonstrate how GIS can help close gaps in public health services and healthcare coverage, especially in rural and remote communities. We will also present live demos to showcase GIS functionality that combines demographics and location intelligence to better understand what the community needs and where those needs are best met. We will conclude by presenting geolocation and navigation inside buildings, a new concept that will enhance patient experience.

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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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