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 arcgis.com 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...

02:13...like 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 arcgis.com 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 arcgis.com...

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...

04:08...here’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...

06:49...as 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...

07:20...here’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...

08:41...you 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...

10:18...you 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 arcgis.com 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...

13:30...in 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...

14:14...so 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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