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Getting Technical - May 2021

What is ArcGIS Enterprise for Kubernetes? What can you do with ArcGIS for Teams? How do you create accessible PDFs in ArcGIS Pro? Get the answers to all that and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


A banner showing a cup of coffee and a copy of 2021's Map Calendar, which has a green cover. Text on the banner reads: "2022 Map Calendar Contest. Share your best maps with the GIS community. Entries due July 16.

It’s that time of year again—the time when we request your submissions for Esri Canada’s 2022 Map Calendar Contest! Do you have a beautiful map that you’re particularly proud of? Enter our contest for a chance to have your outstanding work featured in our 2022 print calendar. Thirteen print maps will be selected and each selected entrant will receive a copy of Kenneth Field’s book Cartography. Deadline for submissions is July 16.

Extend the Reach of Your GIS: ArcGIS Online Tips & Best Practices
Esri Press has recently published a free e-book titled “Extend the Reach of Your GIS: ArcGIS Online Tips & Best Practices”. This e-book presents a stepwise framework for rapidly configuring and implementing ArcGIS Online using best practices.

Taking ArcGIS Field Maps Offline with ArcGIS Enterprise
A common scenario for using ArcGIS Field Maps is collecting data with poor or no cell reception. To do this, you need to take your web map offline. Preparing for this can seem intimidating at first if you work with ArcGIS Enterprise, but it doesn’t have to be! We’ve put together some tips and tricks based on our experiences with customers.

Creating Accessible PDFs in ArcGIS Pro
Support for creating accessible PDFs is available in ArcGIS Pro 2.8! Accessible PDF files can be accessed by screen readers, making the document’s content available to a wider audience. Previously, to create an accessible PDF you would need to export your layout from Pro and then use a different software, like Adobe Acrobat, to tag the document for screen readers and provide other accessible information. Now Pro supports creating tagged PDF files (for layout exports) with alt text for elements, and metadata commonly associated with accessible PDFs.

“The New ArcGIS Dashboards in Town” Webinar Q&A
Dashboards are everywhere! And now that the latest version of ArcGIS Dashboards is out of beta, you can take your interactive data visualizations to a new frontier. We've answered your questions about the new capabilities and enhanced features of the next generation of dashboards.

Introducing ArcGIS for Teams
Esri has released a preview of a new ArcGIS integration to Microsoft Teams. Designed for centralized communication and seamless collaboration, ArcGIS for Teams enables users to access their ArcGIS content and organization where everyday conversations are happening. With ArcGIS for Teams, you can now share information, dashboards, and maps instantly. The new normal includes the ability to communicate and share in real time, we designed ArcGIS for Teams to meet those demands.

Esri and IBM Call for Code Challenge

Watch Jack Dangermond, president of Esri, and Kareem Yusuf, general manager of AI Applications and Blockchain at IBM, discuss the importance of Call for Code, Esri's support for developers and how we are aligned around climate resiliency, ending world hunger, and racial justice. Registration is now open for the Call for Code Challenge.

FAQ - What is ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes?
ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes is a new cloud-native deployment option for ArcGIS Enterprise based on the principles of microservices and delivered through containerization. Kubernetes is an open-source system that automates deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications. Esri has completely re-architected ArcGIS Enterprise to take full advantage of cloud-native software, helping you deliver GIS on environments you control, whether in the cloud or on-premises.

Hot Tip – ArcGIS Online: Using Social Logins to Access Your Organization

Are you responsible for managing logins in your ArcGIS Online organization? Would you like to provide your users' access to ArcGIS Online without having to remember a new specific ArcGIS login? If you answered yes, you should consider configuring social logins in your organization. In this video we show how you can setup social logins in ArcGIS Online to allow new members to sign in with the social network login of their choice.

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’s resource hub includes bilingual maps, apps and other COVID-19 resources for the public, customers and media. The hub is constantly updated with case and vaccination data. It 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 our COVID-19 Recovery Solutions.

Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Solutions
Achieving high COVID-19 vaccination rates requires a robust and transparent public education campaign that provides accurate vaccine information, progress on the distribution plan, and guidance needed to access a vaccination. A series of new ArcGIS Solutions designed to help communities communicate vaccine distribution plans and monitor the effectiveness of those plans are available for ArcGIS users. The new solutions align with recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), support plans developed by communities to execute the CDC recommendations, and leverage your location-based data to increase public confidence and monitor key vaccine distribution metrics.


What's Coming in ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro (May 2021)

What's new in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9

Migrating services to the ArcGIS Pro-based runtime in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9

Map Viewer Beta in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9

Get started with chat search in ArcGIS for Teams

Determine whether Kubernetes is right for you

County-level Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by industry now available

What's New in ArcGIS API for JavaScript (version 4.19)

ArcGIS API for JavaScript - Working with frameworks and build tools just got easier - Part 2

Welcome to ArcGIS Runtime 100.11

Data visualization in the ArcGIS API for JavaScript

Introducing Calcite Design System (beta release)

What’s new in App Templates for AppStudio 5.0 (April 2021)

Introducing Data Expressions in ArcGIS Dashboards

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

Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) 10.8.1 Temp Grid Pathname Patch

ArcGIS 10.9 Announcement

ArcGIS GeoEvent Server Security Update 2021 Patch 1

ArcGIS Runtime Local Server SDK General Security Patch

ArcGIS Insights Update Patch

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Web Watch –White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month:  Grow BC
Earlier this year, BCAITC revamped their Grow BC site as now, more than ever, having an online presence is important to reach their audience of educators and students. One of the featured resources on the organization’s website is the Interactive Grow BC Map, which contains 63 informative stories on the who, what, when, where and why of BC agriculture and how food is produced and delivered from farm to table.Map showing well formatted pop-up

Map of the Month: Open Pit Progression, Rainy River Mine
This 3D scene shows the progression of an existing open pit in relation to the ultimate open pit design. The site is situated at the New Gold Rainy River Mine near Emo, Ontario. The map is a 3D scene created in ArcGIS Pro 2.6.1. All processing of data for this scene, including the layout and graphic elements, was completed in ArcGIS Pro. The map shows a sectional view of the mine’s open pit where the bottom of the pit is the planned ultimate pit shell and the 3D drone model is the latest topography. The original ground mean elevation line as well as the pre-existing ground profile are also shown for reference.

New Gold Rainy River 3D map of the Rainy River Mine.

Community Map of Canada – Style of the Month

Screenshot of the prairie provinces and northern Ontario using the style of the month. The theme is Star Wars, the markers are Star Wars characters, the landscape is twilight with yellow labels.

The Community Map of Canada is a basemap of Canada built from authoritative data, collected closest to the source, and updated daily. Check out the Community Map of Canada’s style of the month, “May the Fourth Be With You”.

Geographical Thinking Podcast: Season 1 | Episode 8 – How Safe is Your Community?
If you could visualize the location of all crimes in your region, would you do anything differently to stay safe or make it safer for others? Debbie Verduga from the Toronto Police Service (TPS) talks to Guan about TPS’s Public Safety Data Portal, its evolution and impact, and Debbie’s own personal GIS journey to becoming a senior crime analyst.

Geographical Thinking Podcast: Season 1 | Episode 9 – The Âhkameyihtamowin Project
Denali YoungWolfe, a PhD researcher at the University of British Columbia, collects Indigenous success stories across Turtle Island and maps them to show their presence, abundance and diversity. In this episode, she talks to Guan about her story “We Rise: The Âhkameyihtamowin Project: Mapping Indigenous Assurgency Across Turtle Island” and the reasons why mapping Indigenous success is critical to bolstering cultural identity.

Reminder: Raster BaseMaps Moving to Mature Support
Esri raster basemaps will be entering mature support, which means it is important to begin updating your ArcGIS maps and apps to vector basemaps. Beginning in July 2021, Esri vector basemaps will become the primary basemaps for use in ArcGIS. At this time, raster basemaps will be placed in Mature Support. They will remain available, but they will no longer be updated. To ensure you are utilizing the latest and greatest data, it is important to update your basemaps to vector as soon as possible.

ArcMap Continued Support
ArcGIS 10.8.1 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. We do not have plans to release an ArcMap 10.9 with the ArcGIS releases in 2021. We understand there may be questions as to what’s next for ArcMap inside ArcGIS Desktop. By viewing the ArcMap Continued Support page, you will be able to find the answers to most, if not all, of your questions regarding continued support of ArcMap as well as resources to help you transition your work moving forward into several Esri products such as ArcGIS Pro.

Deprecation Notice for Explorer, Collector and Tracker
ArcGIS Field Maps was launched in October 2020 and replaces the functionality of ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer and ArcGIS Tracker on the iOS and Android mobile platforms. These products (Collector, Explorer, Tracker) are currently available to download and are fully supported; however, they will be retired in December 2021.

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Upcoming Webinars

No Limits: Making Your Web Apps Accessible to Everyone
May 27, 2021

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June 10, 2021

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June 15, 2021

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June 22, 2021

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June 9, 2021

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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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