ArcGIS Online - GIS as a Service

Sud Menon and Jeremy Bartley give an overview of the services and capabilities available in ArcGIS Online.

Mar 26th, 2012

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00:01We’re going to switch gears and talk about ArcGIS Online and GIS as a service.

00:05There has been a huge amount of effort in the last year going into the foundational services in ArcGIS Online...

00:14...and also the capabilities of the web page and what you can do and what you can share and things like hosted services.

00:17...what is the level of security that I’d like to enforce across my organization?

00:22So let’s take a look at this, and I want to bring Sud Menon out here. He leads the team for ArcGIS Online, and take a look at this, Sud.

00:29Great. Thank you, Jim. I’m very pleased to be here this morning to talk to you about ArcGIS Online.

00:36ArcGIS Online is ArcGIS available to you online, in the cloud, ready for you to use.

00:44It’s GIS delivered, using a Software as a Service model; that’s why we call it GIS as a service.

00:51And it’s available for use at on a wide range of client platforms--smartphones, tablets, desktops.

01:01ArcGIS Online lets you easily author maps and build apps. It lets you serve your own data using hosted services...

01:09...and without any need to set up hardware or to install software. And you can serve your data as features...

01:16...and as tiles. It includes ready-to-use foundation content and services, basemaps, geocoding...

01:25...everything you need to build your applications. And of course, it includes web and device APIs...

01:31...for building these apps, and they run on browsers, tablets, and all the platforms that you run your apps on...

01:38...including configurable viewers and application templates to make it real easy to build these apps.

01:45As an administrator, ArcGIS Online makes it really easy for you to manage your users, their content...

01:52...and to set up security for all of these. As a user, you can share and collaborate with others using groups.

02:02And you can integrate in content from your ArcGIS servers. You can register services on a server...

02:08...a centralized search and discovery, you can use these services to build web maps... you just saw in the sessions before, and you can take advantage of all the powerful capabilities of ArcGIS Server...

02:19...including dynamic mapping, geoprocessing, powerful image services.

02:24So really, it’s server and online working together to build your apps...

02:28...together with all the powers that are in online, itself.

02:32And at that level, if you’re using online purely on its own, you can publish maps and data to the web...

02:39...without having to deploy GIS server at all. You can publish your data as tiles and as features.

02:46ArcGIS Online includes a tile generation service that renders your tiles in the cloud from your uploaded data.

02:54And it performs and scales without you having to worry about it. ArcGIS Online is available in...

03:01...organizational and enterprise plans, and all plans include named users as well as service credits.

03:09It’s also available as a software product for on-premises use, and that’s the Portal for ArcGIS product...

03:16...that you use with ArcGIS for Server. You’re making using of today.

03:23On a typical workday this year, we see about five million hits on an average day.

03:29There’s been steep growth in the usage of the system since the User Conference last year...

03:33...when we added the ability to place your data on the map.

03:37Organizational subscriptions are currently in beta. We have approximately 650 organizational activations...

03:45...since beta started in December. This is a chart that shows the growth in the usage of ArcGIS Online since

03:54...went live in July of ’09, and you can see the steep growth beginning at the User Conference last year.

04:04Well, that’s a lot of talk. And let’s look at ArcGIS Online, and to help us do that...’s my colleague Jeremy Bartley.

04:10Alright. Thanks a lot, Sud. So ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based, collaborative content management system for maps...

04:17...apps, data, and other geographic information.

04:20It really is a platform for you to create and collaborate on maps and apps.

04:24And as Sud said, you guys are already using it. You’ve created nearly 200,000 web maps since we’ve gone live...

04:31...and that’s just outstanding. Let’s take a quick look at some of the web maps that you’ve created.

04:36Here’s a map of historic homes and buildings in Newburg, Tennessee.

04:41This is a swamp rabbit trail in Greenville, South Carolina.

04:49This is a map from the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan.

04:52It really communicates a lot of great information, especially with this pop-up...

04:56...which shows the level of water usage or demands between 2010 and projected ’til 2060.

05:04Or this map, the National Bridge Inventory, which lists all the structurally deficient bridges in the US.

05:14Or this map, which is a tour down, or expedition down to the South Pole. This map is my favorite map...

05:22...Great American Beer Festivals, and particularly when I highlight...

05:27...Free State Brewing Company, the best brew pub in the US.

05:36This one’s a bit more serious. This shows the income differences between males and females in Spain.

05:43We see there’s still a big difference, but it’s going down.

05:48Another important point about this map is that this map is authored in a different language.

05:53It’s meant for people who speak Spanish.

05:58ArcGIS Online can now be configured in one of 15 different languages.

06:05You can also configure the content that you would like to use.

06:17I now see the ArcGIS Online site, but it’s in French [unintelligible].

06:23The maps, the key maps are maps around the French area. And then if I want to go ahead and create a map--oops...

06:42...I start out centered around France. This is very powerful. So an important aspect of ArcGIS Online... a system is that it gives you access to content that you can use to build your great maps.

06:55So we see all of these basemaps that you can start with, whether it be the Community Topographic Map...

07:02...whether it be the Oceans Map or the National Geographic map, or even the Imagery map.

07:08Esri is making a great investment in imagery. We’ve recently acquired 50 million square kilometers of...

07:14...1-meter imagery throughout the world. Just to highlight a few of those places...’s Alexandria, Egypt; Seoul, South Korea; and Abu Dhabi.

07:27It’s really stunning imagery that you can use to build your great maps.

07:36Now, another component of a successful, of ArcGIS Online is the ability to geocode or access geocoding services.

07:46So we can easily start with a spreadsheet; we’d just have something like addresses.

07:49This happens to be the best student cities ranked to the top 50.

07:58And I can quickly just drag that over to the map, so I recognize that it needs to be geocoded...

08:05...and geocode it. Once this is done, I’ll see a map of all those points geocoded using the ArcGIS Online geocoding service.

08:21Maybe? Maybe not today? Well, demo gods are frowning. Let’s just keep going.

08:36ArcGIS Online is not just for you but it’s also for your organization. With an organizational subscription... can totally change the look and feel of ArcGIS Online.

08:45We can see here that this is a prototype for the City of Washington, DC.

08:49I see key maps that are specific to my organization. But I can also configure this organization.

08:59I choose who’s going be part of it, I choose at what level they’re going to participate...

09:04...and I can also configure how the site looks and feels--what shows up on the home page.

09:13What is my default set of maps that I’d like to use? And finally...

09:23Now, Washington, DC, is actually a very good example because they do an excellent job today...

09:27...of publishing out all of their information as data feeds. And it works really great for the small datasets.

09:36For the larger datasets, it sort of requires that you have software to be able to use it. Like this building.

09:42It’s much too large to really use efficiently in KML; there’s building footprints for the entire city.

09:48But an important aspect of your subscription to ArcGIS Online is that you can create hosted tile services in the cloud.

09:55So we can take that dataset, publish it from ArcMap, and then we have a live map that I can easily interact with.

10:03It’s a very powerful concept--helps you open up all of your information and share it out to the wider community.

10:12The way you publish your data to ArcGIS Online is just with ArcMap. You author the map exactly how you want it... sign in to ArcGIS Online, and you share it as a service with your organization.

10:22Now, in the interest of time, I’ve already done this and published this map of woodland areas in the DC area.

10:29But once published, I can go to the website and manage that tiled service completely from the website.

10:38So I see that I’ve cached 6 percent of the potential tiles for this service, and I can go ahead and launch the next level.

10:47It’s going to tell me how many tiles it’s going to create, the amount of storage it’s going to take...

10:53...and then the service will start building the cached tiles.

11:02Of course, while it’s being cached, I can still access the tiled service...

11:06...and it’s just those levels of details that aren’t done will just show up magically when they’re finished.

11:13So that’s tiled services, but you can also publish feature services.

11:16Feature services give you access to the feature information, both the geometry and the attributes.

11:21And you can use these in many different ways. One way you can use that is to publish out information to the public.

11:27In this case, this is crime in Washington, DC. I’ve shared it with everybody, so anybody can access it.

11:34And I get all of those maps, all those points plotted on the map and loaded dynamically as I pan and zoom around.

11:41I see all of that data and I can work with it as I please. The feature service can also be configured to support editing.

11:52So in this case, I have a feature service that represents 311 service requests. Anybody can use this service...

11:58...anybody can edit this service, but a key thing is that only...

12:03...the editors can only create new features. So I can go in here and submit a service request to this area.

12:23But I won’t be able to edit that service. It’s already been created; I can only push data in.

12:29This is important for a type of application where you don’t want people to sign in.

12:33And of course, you wouldn’t send them to the map viewer, you know.

12:36You would write your own mobile application that exposed this service or use the ArcGIS for iOS application...

12:42...or Android application to be able to let people input data into your service. Another type of service...

12:51...that you can create is a feature service that is meant to be edited within the context of your organization.

12:59So in this case, I’ve shared this service with everybody in my Washington, DC, organization, and I’ve set it up...

13:10...I’ve set it up so that I can, have enabled full editing--add, update, and delete.

13:13I want to track, though, who’s making these edits, and then I want to enforce that editors can only update and delete the features that they add.

13:23So if I open up that service and try to edit it, I’ll see that Theodore Roosevelt added this point, this manatee point... the Save the Bay example 22 hours ago. Amazing. But I’m going to one-up him and add one right here.

13:43And I’m all done. But if I go back to this feature, because I’m the one who added that feature...

13:50...I can change, I can confirm it, I can update this data, I can delete it, I can edit its geometry.

13:57So in review, ArcGIS Online is a platform for you to build great applications.

14:05It has the ability to work with great basemaps.

14:08It can work with it in your language. You have the power of hosted feature services and tile services... you don’t have to manage that server at all. It’s all taken care of for you in the cloud.

14:18And it’s really a great platform for you to build and create maps and applications.

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