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Getting Technical - July 2020

What are the different COVID-19 resources available for your safe back-to-work plans?  What’s new in the ArcGIS Experience Builder update? What's coming in ArcGIS Excalibur 2.0? Find out these and more in July’s Getting Technical blog post.


Watch the Esri UC 2020 Plenary
In case you missed it, access recordings of the Plenary presentations and demos from the Esri UC for the latest technology announcements.

Introducing the New ArcGIS Solutions App
With the June 2020 release of ArcGIS Online, this new app is now available in the ArcGIS Online app launcher. It’s a new way to quickly deploy ArcGIS Solutions in an organization. Included in the first release of the app are a collection of the most popular solutions released in June for these industries: Coronavirus (COVID-19), State and Local Government, Public Safety, Utilities, Defense, Business, and Conservation and Protected Area Management.

ArcGIS Experience Builder Update Available
This June 2020 release includes animation; windows; data views; Bookmark, Card, and Divider widgets, the ability to populate image widgets with feature attachments from Collector or Survey123 apps, and more.

ArcGIS StoryMaps Update Available
This July 2020 release includes navigation options for collections, basemap flexibility in a guided tour, transparent panel styles in sidecar, map designer enhancements, swipe block with images, and more.

ArcGIS Field Maps beta program is now live
On June 18th we introduced ArcGIS Field Maps and the beta program is now open for enrollment. Once inside the beta program, the “Getting Started” section will provide you with links to download the Google Play and iOS builds.

In the new user survey, you fill out when joining the beta program, we’ll ask you to provide an ArcGIS Online Subscription ID. This is required so that we can unlock access to the ArcGIS Field Maps web app for testing. If you use ArcGIS Enterprise exclusively, you can still join and test the mobile apps. The Getting Started section will walk you through how to register the ArcGIS Field Maps mobile app with your ArcGIS Enterprise portal. Join the ArcGIS Field Maps beta program

A new update to HTML rules in ArcGIS Hub is coming September 2020
The ArcGIS Hub and ArcGIS Enterprise Sites team is making important updates to the Site runtime about your text card, header and custom footer HTML. These updates have begun in ArcGIS Online and will reach ArcGIS Enterprise Sites at version 10.8.1.

ArcGIS Online will enforce HTTPS Only for all organizations in December 2020
The ArcGIS platform uses HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol for secure communication) as a key component of its security for web and service API connections. This includes connections between our software, such as ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Enterprise, with ArcGIS Online. Esri will be enforcing HTTPS Only, without exception, in December 2020, to increase the security of the ArcGIS platform.

Important Update for Enforcement of HTTPS in World Geocoding Service
Esri will be enforcing “HTTPS Only” in the World Geocoding Service on September 8, 2020. This important security update is likely to affect some ArcGIS software and custom solutions. Esri customers will need to act now to be ready for this change. “HTTPS” has always been an available URL for the World Geocoding Service, since the service debuted in 2012. With the upcoming update, the “HTTPS” URL will be enforced as the only available endpoint. Customers will no longer have the option of submitting requests to the “HTTP” URL. This update is in addition to the “HTTPS Only” enforcement that is planned for ArcGIS Online on December 8, 2020.

FAQ:  What's Coming in ArcGIS Excalibur 2.0?
The new additions to Excalibur create an even more streamlined workflow for your imagery, and include updates to imagery project workflows, enhancements to the way you can create reports derived from imagery and the ability to publish hosted imagery.

Hot tip:  Presenting breakdowns by race/ethnicity (or any groups) in your maps
Organizations worldwide are working to eliminate inequities, and mapping is a big part of that work. For example, if you’re working with health or economic data, you probably want to address the differences by occupation, age group, sex, race/ethnicity, veteran status, or educational attainment.

Instead of making a separate map for each and every group, you can present the breakdowns in one map

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 released in mid-March the COVID-19 Canada Resource Hub, which includes bilingual maps, apps and other resources for the public, customers and media. The hub is constantly updated and 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 the new ArcGIS StoryMaps story to understand what you can learn from going beyond case data. 

Coronavirus Testing Sites Solution
Coronavirus Testing Sites is a collection of maps and apps that can be used by Public Health and other emergency response agencies to identify at-risk populations and develop coronavirus (COVID-19) testing site plans.

Crowdsource Resource Availability using ArcGIS Hub
The new Grocery Store Inventory template provides you with a framework for crowdsourcing data about resources and services in your community.

Coronavirus Force Readiness
Coronavirus Force Readiness is a collection of maps and apps that can be used by the states National Guards and other service branches to understand force availability and share authoritative information with decision makers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Hospitalization and PPE Inventory
Hospitalization and PPE Inventory is a collection of maps and apps that can be used by emergency management staff to inventory hospital capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) available at local hospitals and acute care centers. In the United States, this solution complements reporting already being done through the National Health and Safety Network (NHSN) and provides emergency management staff timely hospitalization and PPE information that informs coronavirus (COVID-19) response and recovery efforts.

The new workspace: How COVID-19 is shaping return-to-work plans
This blog post discusses how companies and organizations across various industries are planning for their teams’ safe return-to-work. Esri’s Workspace app and ArcGIS Indoors can help shape plans and re-establish business operations.

Follow @EsriCanada on Twitter and check out more technical videos using the hashtag #HowtoArcGIS


What's New for ArcGIS Utility Network in ArcGIS Pro 2.6 and Enterprise 10.8.1

Introducing Civic Analytics with ArcGIS Hub

What’s Coming in the ArcGIS Pro SDK 2.6

Highly requested features are now available in Map Viewer Beta

Your table is ready — Map Viewer Beta (July 2020)

ArcGIS Indoors for ArcGIS Online is Out Now

What's new in the ArcGIS API for JavaScript (July 2020)

What's New for Spatial Analyst in ArcGIS Pro 2.6

ArcGIS Indoors - Something Big Is Coming

What's New in Esri Demographics (June 2020)

What's new in Esri Vector Basemaps (June 2020)

What's New in ArcGIS Experience Builder (June 2020)

Introducing Organization Reports for ArcGIS Online administrators

Time for a new home page

The ArcGIS Notebooks Beta in ArcGIS Online comes to a close

Update to ArcGIS Enterprise Product Lifecycle

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

Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

Mapping and Charting Solutions 10.8 Patch 2 (Desktop | Server)
This is a general cumulative maintenance patch for the Mapping and Charting Solutions including; ArcGIS for Aviation (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Server, Esri Defense Mapping for (Desktop, Server), and Esri Production Mapping for (Desktop, Server). Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

Mapping and Charting Solutions 10.7.1 Patch 6 (Desktop | Server)
This is a general cumulative maintenance patch for the Mapping and Charting Solutions including; ArcGIS for Aviation (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Server, Esri Defense Mapping for (Desktop, Server), and Esri Production Mapping for (Desktop, Server). Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

Portal for ArcGIS 10.8 Enterprise Sites Patch 1
This patch addresses issues with secured services in ArcGIS Enterprise Sites and issues with downloading hosted feature services anonymously.

Critical Security patch for ArcGIS Enterprise portal released
A critical Server-Side Request Forgery (SSRF) vulnerability has been discovered in ArcGIS Enterprise portal. All versions prior to ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 on both Windows and Linux are impacted by this security issue. In response, Esri has released the Portal for ArcGIS Security 2020 Update 1 patch for all current versions of ArcGIS Enterprise, from version 10.5 through 10.7.1. ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 is not affected by this issue.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) 10.7.1 Azure SQL Database Collations General Patch
If you are using ArcGIS 10.7.1 and enabling enterprise geodatabases in the Azure SQL Database environment, this patch resolves a limitation that prevented use of non-default collations.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) Oracle Data Type Patch
This patch addresses an issue where opening a registered class in Oracle Enterprise Geodatabases using ArcGIS 10.6.1 and newer clients incorrectly changes data type's metadata defined as a double (10, 0) to a long integer.

2020 Infogroup Business Listings and Codes
These PDF documents describe the fields and information included with the Business Locations data in ArcGIS Business Analyst. Also included for download, are franchise and industry codes.

2020 Major Shopping Centers - Data Descriptions and Methodology
These PDF documents describe the fields, information, and methodology that make up the Major Shopping Centers data.

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Web Watch –White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: Mississauga Census Hub
Once thought to be a suburb of Toronto, the City of Mississauga is now the 6th largest city in Canada. The city has grown over the years to develop its own identity. July’s App of the Month, Census Hub, tells us a narrative – through eight census topics – of what makes this city unique from its neighbours.

“Online Bling: 6ix Headlines from ArcGIS Online” Webinar Q&A
Let's right foot up and left foot slide into answering your questions about what's new and what's cool in ArcGIS Online.

Visualize aggregated track data
An aggregate map service can transform noisy point data into clear and informative bins. Converting points into bins is especially useful for analyzing data captured in ArcGIS Tracker because it allows you to clearly visualize the movements and patterns of your team.

Researching and creating a historical data layer from scratch
How a hobby turned into a 6-year commitment and what the author learned along the way.


ArcGIS Dashboards Essentials
This course will introduce use-cases for ArcGIS Dashboards, the app that monitors activities, assets and events to support decision-making at a glance. Attendees will get started right away by creating a dashboard and learning how to leverage its capabilities within an ArcGIS Online organization. Discover tips and tricks related to design, dashboard interactivity, field app integration, displaying temporal data and monitoring real-time events. Attendees will also get a chance to use Esri’s popular Arcade language, creating expressions to reveal more information within their data.   

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Upcoming Webinars

The Art of the Possible in 3D
July 23, 2020

From Zero to Data! Acquiring Sources and Transforming Nothing into Something
August 13, 2020

What You Need to Know About the ArcGIS Online Transition to HTTPS Only
August 27, 2020

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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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