You may have heard recently about something calld ArcGIS Earth. If not I’m sure you will be hearing lots more in the very near future, particularly as the Esri conference season kicks off this month. Simply put, ArcGIS Earth is Esri’s response to Google Earth! With “Earth”, users can explore any place on Earth in 2 or 3D displaying a number of common data formats, including KML, SHP and other data from web services. Users also have the ability to view their own data, sketch, measure, and annotate – Think ArcGIS powered 3D Globe!
GIS is all about the data, it always has been and I’ve been preaching that since 1999 I believe. ArcGIS Online is the platform, however, without rich, 3D data, what’s the point right? ArcGIS Online is the gateway that Esri wants you to use as your access point for feature rich, 3D, raster and vector data and media. As AGO matures we are now hearing about the next step in the evolution – The Living Atlas http://doc.arcgis.com/en/living-atlas/. The Living Atlas was a focal point of Jack Dangermond’s plenary keynote at ESRIUC on Monday morning, with demos spinning on the Globe and Jack encouraging the user community to use it and contribute – yes, it also made my list of 10 things that turned my head at ESRIUC!
The party will take place in the Big Easy very soon (Feb 6-8) and if you have plans to head to N’Orleans you might want some helpful parking and parade route information. No worries, there’s a map for that from NOLAGIS (powered by ArcGIS Online). Use the map to identify daily road closures and parking restrictions…
Here’s a little fun from the Esri GeoGeeks as they’ve asked the @esrigram followers for thoughts on some cool Emojis for the ArcGIS user. The result is an impressive, fun list of some 20 cool emojis… have fun!
Found this little nugget via Twitter (@ChrisLeSueur) and courtesy of Jeff Shaner @jeffshaner and the ArcGIS mobile team… yep, Explorer for ArcGIS on Android, coming soon! According to details of the release on the ArcGIS blog… “Explorer for ArcGIS on Android is a native app and has a look and feel that will be familiar to Android users. Like our other Explorer for ArcGIS apps on iOS and Mac OS X this app was created for everyone, it is intuitive and easy to use…no special training is required to us the app.” See more on the Esri blog
The Beta is open although this is a private Beta
Yes indeed, recently, at the ESRIUC, Esri business partner, Airbus Defense and Space showed off their newly launched service that enables ArcGIS users to easily task a satellite (Pleiades and SPOT) for data collection over any area of interest. the service is now available through the ArcGIS Marketplace and boasts that users will receive their data within 30-60 days (See also the PR announcement).
Recall that it wasn’t too long ago that Esri officially announced the deprecation announcement for ArcGIS 10.1 and the upcoming release of 10.2.1 – see the support blog for details. From Esri… With the ArcGIS 10.2.1 update to the Deprecation Plan, the pattern is changing from a once-a-year release format to new updates with every release. The Deprecation Plan is also expanding to cover apps, mobile, and ArcGIS Runtime SDK products. We were reminded of these changes by our friend Tripp Corbin from Corbin Associates who has also provided a quick look at some of the most noteworthy updates in this latest release.
Image Credit: Esri
I announced previously in a blog post that GeoJobsGIS was working on a WordPress plugin for ArcGIS users (Free and Pro versions) that would enable the integration of ArcGIS Online maps within WordPress blogs.. well, the plugin is now officially here!
This from the plugin page… Quickly and easily search and add interactive maps to your pages and posts with the “Add a Map” button. Designed similar to the familiar “Add Media” button.
There’s no question that ArcGIS Online is meant to enable anyone and everyone to access and use geospatial data in many creative ways – heck, using ArcGIS Explorer the sky is the limit on the kind of map you can create and share with anyone. Well, thanks to the gang at GeoJobe GIS Consulting (@geojobegis) soon you’ll be able to use their nifty ArcGIS plugin for WordPress – WOAH!!
Yes indeed, the plugin, coming soon, will be available in a free or pro version and reports to enable users to integrate the power of “where” into their WordPress blog posts – think tens of millions of potential users of your data. I bet now you’re thinking a little harder about maybe publishing your data via ArcGIS online! Check it out at http://www.geo-jobe.com/wp/ and register to be notified when you can get started.
Loads of updates from Redlands recently as team Esri rolls out ArcGIS 10.2. The company officially announced that 10.2 is shipping and they are boasting the ease of use and enhanced web publishing capabilities (think WebGIS) – be sure to see also this Top 10 Features of ArcGIS 10.2 List! Along with the release there’s also a new subscription service (and testing plan) availble to the Dev crowd for ArcGIS Online (think Esri hosted services in the cloud) – cool stuff!
For the developer, they can start a subscription and continue at the free level, or they can upgrade to a selection of paid levels that provide more storage and services, as well as the ability to deploy commercial applications with no extra fees or royalties. The dev platform includes the following features:
- APIs and SDKs
- Addresses – Use the geocoding service
- Directions and Routing – Get routes and directions between locations
- Store and Query Geographic Data in Feature Services
- Mapping and Visualization Tools
- See more on the subscription options HERE
Note, I also recently shared a quick little blog post from a colleague touting the merits of 10.2 along with some useful pointers