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Getting Technical – May 2020

What are the security considerations for securing public surveys? How can you strengthen business continuity using location intelligence? How do you configure and add your content to the Coronavirus Response Template? Find out these and more in May’s Getting Technical blog post.


Important Security Update: Survey123 for ArcGIS
Designing and configuring a survey with an underlying survey layer can be tricky when the survey is intended to be completed by the public. Discovering insecure survey layers can be challenging for an organization administrator responsible for ensuring collected data is secure and configured to respect respondent privacy. Refer to the white paper Discovering and Limiting Access to Public Survey123 Results, which describes security considerations for securing public surveys and the ArcGIS Online Security Advisor, which has a new Public Survey123 Check tool capability to explore existing public surveys and identify potential security misconfigurations.

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.

Plan to End Support for Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge Legacy
The initial deprecation of the Internet Explorer 11 browser for use with ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise was announced early 2020. Esri is now announcing the planned end of support for both Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge Legacy with the December 2020 update to ArcGIS Online and the next major release of ArcGIS Enterprise planned for Q1 2021.
Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge Legacy will continue to be supported in ArcGIS Enterprise in 10.8.1 and other older versions according to the regular ArcGIS Enterprise product lifecycle.

ArcGIS Developer Subscriptions
The User Type extensions became available with the ArcGIS 10.8 release. However, provisioning User Type extension licenses for the Developer Subscription is expected to be available with the ArcGIS 10.8.1 release. 

FAQ: How to Make Animated Maps with ArcGIS Maps for Adobe and Adobe After Effects
With ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud — a free extension for Illustrator and Photoshop — designers now have access to geographic data in a native format, making it easier to enhance storytelling around the data that actually connects us.

Hot tip:  Configure and add your content to the Coronavirus Response Template
The Coronavirus Response Template can help you and your team respond to the COVID-19 crisis. This video shows you how to add your own content and configure the template using the ArcGIS Hub.

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COVID-19 Resources

App of the Month: Newfoundland & Labrador COVID-19 Pandemic Update Data Hub
May’s App of the Month—the Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19 Pandemic Update Data Hub—is an ArcGIS Hub site built by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s GIS and Mapping Division, the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information to provide up-to-date information about the spread of the pandemic in the province. With a simple layout of maps, charts and graphs, the hub delivers authoritative, timely information about COVID-19 to the public in a mobile-friendly package.

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 new dashboards on daily epidemiology updates and regional trends, COVID-19 open datasets, additional GIS training videos and other resources.

Coronavirus Business Continuity Solution
This collection of maps and apps can be used by businesses, utilities and governments to quickly gain insights into how the capacity of their workforce and operational status of their facilities are affected by the spread of the virus. This is one of several ready-to-use solution templates that can help you respond to COVID-19.

Working and sharing the latest from a live data in ArcGIS Pro
Let’s start by opening a sample web application – Tracking Covid-19 across the USA.It shows the US counties with the latest total confirmed cases per 100,000 by default. If you click the Time Slider tool, it will start playing back how the coronavirus has spread across the USA since early March 2020.

How to create an information dashboard for visualizing useful data
One of the outcomes of the current COVID-19 pandemic is the fact that many things or activities are now positioned, counted, measured, tracked or labeled. Data collection under these circumstances is important because analytics can then be performed to determine whether we are overcoming the novel coronavirus or not. It’s also important to publish the collected data so that subject matter experts and interested individuals can look for patterns or categorizations in the data. One of the best ways to make near-real-time data available for public consumption on the Web is via an ArcGIS dashboard. Read this blog post to see how easy it can be to collect, condition and publish data in a dashboard.

Playing with charts during lockdown
At a time where the whole world has become familiar with charts, flattening curves and R0 values; our ArcGIS Insights application is helping people understand patterns and trends within COVID-19 related data. Using Insights, we can explore and analyze historical data, perform statistical evaluation and make data-driven predictions.

Epidemiology and ArcGIS Insights - Part 1
Epidemiology sits at an intersection of a number of different disciplines and uses knowledge and methods from, for example, the fields of health, medicine and statistics.  There are numerous disciplines even within the broad framework of epidemiology that focus on infectious disease, genetics, chronic disease and environmental and spatial epidemiology. 

Dashboards Give Geographic Perspective to Coronavirus
As the new coronavirus (COVID-19) began to spread in the first few months of 2020—initially in Wuhan, China, and then quickly to other countries around the world—the health-care community rushed to understand how the disease was advancing. This potentially lifesaving information was changing fast, so many Esri users, including local and global authorities, built maps and dashboards to display data about the virus.

Free access to GIS Training
Esri is offering free access to GIS training for furloughed professionals affected by the coronavirus. Individuals who are out of work will receive complimentary access to ArcGIS Online and over 20 apps until August 31, 2020, including ArcGIS Pro, along with a library of lessons through Learn ArcGIS and the Esri Academy. Those who would like access can sign up through June 30 for a Learn ArcGIS membership at Nonprofit organizations can also access at no cost the COVID-19 Response Package, which includes data, templates and solutions, through the Esri Disaster Response Program (DRP).


Update to ArcGIS Enterprise Product Lifecycle

Welcome to ArcGIS Runtime 100.8

Whats new in ArcGIS QuickCapture (May 2020)

Estimating COVID-19 Hospitalizations Using the New CDC COVID-19 Surge Tool

Working from Home: ArcGIS Pro…Cloud hosted virtualization

DevSummit 2020 - ArcGIS Runtime Tech Session Videos Available!

Web AppBuilder Developer Edition 2.16 Now Available

ArcGIS Enterprise at DevSummit 2020 Videos Available!

DevSummit 2020 – ArcGIS API for JavaScript Recordings Available!

ArcGIS Pro SDK Sessions Available from Dev Summit 2020

Update: Communications Network Foundation Preview for ArcGIS Utility Network

Enable ArcGIS Experience Builder Developer Edition to Work with Signed Certificates

Understanding what it takes to flatten the curve

COVID-19 Trends

Changes coming to StreetMap Premium Mobile Map Packages

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

Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

ArcGIS Desktop 10.8 Advanced ArcMap Settings Patch
This patch resolves a limitation that prevented the Advanced ArcMap Settings application from launching. This patch is recommended for anyone using Advanced ArcMap Settings with ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.

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 Server 10.8 Utility Network Update Subnetwork Patch
If you are using utility network with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8, this patch resolves a limitation that prevented the subnetwork summaries from updating correctly when a feature was associated to features traced using the subnetwork definition. This patch also addresses a limitation of propagated values working across associations.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) 10.8 SQL Server Enterprise Geodatabase Upgrade
If you are upgrading enterprise geodatabases with ArcGIS 10.8, this patch resolves an error that can occur when upgrading SDE schema geodatabases.

ArcGIS Insights 2020.1 Update Patch
This is a required patch for ArcGIS Insights users wanting to upload file geodatabases in ArcGIS Insights in ArcGIS Enterprise. Without this patch Insights will return the following error: “The file type is invalid. Choose a supported file type and try again”. This patch is also required for ArcGIS Insights users wanting to display legend information in combo charts or show popup information on the arcs of chord diagrams in ArcGIS Insights in Enterprise and ArcGIS Insights desktop. And without this, legends for combo charts are blank and chord diagrams do not display popups on the chord arcs.

Esri Maps for Salesforce Documentation
Esri Maps for Salesforce works directly with your organization's ArcGIS subscription to allow you to access geographic content to enhance your business data. Your subscription includes a number of service credits, which are the currency of ArcGIS, and are used in exchange for most of the ArcGIS services used within your organization.

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Web Watch –White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

Introduction to AEC Project Delivery
Professional service companies such as Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) firms have an inherent need to share and collaborate on projects. They feel the pressure to digitize, or risk being left out in the cold as the industry evolves. This evolution is changing how they deliver traditional services in a manner that has them acting more like solutions providers.  But, even with all this change, one thing seems to remain unchanged: projects are king within AEC firms!

Use Living Atlas subscriber content in public maps and apps
Living Atlas of the World is a collection of authoritative maps, data, imagery, tools, and apps authored and published by Esri and partners. It also includes contributions from ArcGIS users worldwide. It is a curated subset of ArcGIS Online items Esri, and the ArcGIS community.

Learn to Make Any Living Atlas Basemap Your Own
A basemap provides a background of geographical context for the content you want to display on a map. When you create a new map using ArcGIS Online, you can choose which basemap you want from the basemap gallery.

Training resource guide for ArcGIS Enterprise beginners
Overwhelmed by the thought of creating your first ArcGIS Enterprise base deployment? This article will equip you with resources and training materials to knock down those mental barriers! We deliver high-quality, high-value technology courses that are mapped to your specific learning needs. Whether you are a visual, auditory, or kinetic learner, there is a plethora of resource material created by Esri to get you started!


Developing Web Apps with ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.x
This course teaches how to use the ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.x to efficiently build high performing, engaging web applications that meet the needs of their intended audience. You will learn about the classes available in the API, how to use them in a JavaScript-based Web application, and how to incorporate ready-to-use content and ArcGIS services to enhance your applications. This course focuses on functionality available with ArcGIS 10.7 services, but many course concepts apply to ArcGIS 10.6 to 10.1 services.

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Upcoming Webinars

Tips & Tricks: GIS Solutions for COVID-19 Government Response
May 28, 2020

Managing the Response to COVID-19 in British Columbia
Jun 11, 2020

Online Bling: 6ix Headlines from ArcGIS Online
Jun 18, 2020

Tricks and Tips for Achieving Your Best Form with Survey123 for ArcGIS
June 24, 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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