00:01…but what I'd like to do is, I'd like to demonstrate a little bit of ArcGIS Online.
00:03I know that some of you have seen this, but I'll show you some new things that are currently in beta that we'll be releasing in…
00:11…just a few months, and these are some very exciting capabilities, and I'll show you those…
00:15towards the end in just a few moments. But I've been involved with ArcGIS
00:20and I've seen it grow from a platform that enables sharing of maps and geospatial information…
00:26…and really something more than that.
00:28It's really more of a geospatial content management system that supports geocollaboration.
00:35And as you'll see in a few moments, the ability to publish your GIS and your maps directly through hosted cloud services.
00:43So this makes it very quick and efficient and easy to publish information widely and collaborate with others.
00:51One of the primary focuses of the site for you, I think, is the availability of data.
00:57Anybody can go to ArcGIS.com and visit it, in sort of an anonymous fashion.
01:02I've signed in so you can get an account, and that enables you to save and share your maps, and collaborate with others.
01:10We'll begin by exploring a little bit. This is the ArcGIS.com website, and one of the things that we provide through…
01:17…ArcGIS.com is lots of data that you can begin using. This is a new basemap that was just recently published.
01:24This is the National Geographic basemap. And this continues to be refined, it's global in coverage, and provides a great level of…
01:33…detail, as well as that trademark National Geographic cartography.
01:38I'm here in the San Diego area, and you can see as we zoom in, there's some rich authoritative…
01:44…content that is present in this basemap. And this basemap has been compiled from lots of different sources.
01:52We might think of that as an intelligent map because we know about it, it's well documented and from a known source.
01:59Other elements of intelligent maps are that they present information in meaningful ways.
02:05This is the Tapestry Segmentation map for the United States, and as I zoom in we'll see we cross different scale thresholds…
02:14…and we look at data slightly differently to get information about the demographics of these areas.
02:20I can click on any of these and the information about the Tapestry Segmentation, the characteristics of this…
02:28…area are indicated very nicely using a very nice pie chart.
02:32So part of intelligent maps is presenting information in meaningful ways.
02:38Another part of intelligent maps is that they present information in a timely, or time-enabled fashion.
02:45And here is another map on our gallery which is, I think, very interesting.
02:48This one leverages some imagery, and it shows changes over time.
02:53You'll see at the bottom there's a little slider, and as the slider advances, we'll see the snow and ice cover change over time.
03:02We're looking at February to March currently. Now we're in March, April, and the next step here is April to May…
03:10…and you can see things change over the globe. So these time-aware maps are part of what intelligent maps are all about.
03:20I've looked at some maps that are on our Gallery, but you can also search for additional content.
03:26And let's look for…I'm going to choose Kentucky as my topic of choice here this morning, and I enter Kentucky and I find…
03:34…lots of different hits. One of the things that you're interested in, is finding authoritative data from authoritative sources.
03:41And how might we be able to discover things and understand whether they're information that we want to use in our geodesign…
03:51…or not. Well, this site makes it pretty easy to do that. The hit here is by relevance, so the most relevant map…
03:59…is this map here by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
04:03I can explore who the user is by clicking on their name, and I understand this to be the Kentucky Division of…
04:09…Geographic Information. So this represents an authoritative source for this basemap.
04:15These maps are also vetted by the community, so I can sort by the rating, and that also happens to be the most highly rated map.
04:23I can see it has a five-star rating here. It has a couple of comments, and about 6,500 views.
04:30I can also sort maps by the number of views and the most viewed map.
04:34I found this interesting was the most viewed map that matches Kentucky is this one here that is a map showing division of mine…
04:43…permits, and that's gotten 12,300 views. So that's a very popular map.
04:49I can also sort by date to see which is the most recent map, and this morning as I was warming up…
04:55…I published a map using some Kentucky data, so my map is the most recent map that was published that matches that.
05:02But there's different ways that we can look at content that we discover.
05:08Once we discover something, I can learn more about it by looking at its details.
05:12So this map is very nicely documented, which also lends credence to its authoritativeness, and it also includes lots of links…
05:21…which let me learn more about the map, and the source, and the organization that has published it.
05:27This one actually lets me open up the map in the Commonwealth of Kentucky viewer, and I can also follow other links…
05:34…that tell more about its source. So the availability of the metadata as part of these documented resources, will be very…
05:41…important to you as you begin working with these. Now another thing about intelligent maps is that they can be used anywhere.
05:49I can open this map in ArcGIS Desktop.
05:52So if I'm a professional GIS user, I can open it up directly in my desktop and use it as a base for work.
05:59I can also open it in Explorer Online, we'll take a look at that a little bit later, and I can also open it in the Map Viewer.
06:06Now if I also have a mobile device, a phone, or an iPad, this same map can also be opened up in those mobile devices.
06:13So here's that Kentucky basemap, and as I zoom in, I can see that this is a very nicely architected map, we cross different…
06:21…scale thresholds and we see lots interesting information until I finally reach the imagery here.
06:28So this is a great basemap for me to begin working with, and it's coming from the authoritative source, the State of Kentucky.
06:36Now another thing about intelligent maps is that they're easy to make and easy to share.
06:50…with the default basemap, which is the community basemap.
06:53This map is compiled from worldwide data that comes from a variety of sources, government level sources…
07:03At this level, I'm likely looking at content that's come from the USGS, maybe with some commercial content added into it…
07:11…even though I used the word commercial, this is all free, free to use.
07:15As I zoom in further we'll see much more detailed content, and this is coming directly from the local source.
07:21So here I've zoomed in to Washington, DC, area, and this content here is coming from the DC GIS folks.
07:29So this is authoritative content, up-to-date that's continually updated at periodic intervals and, therefore, you can trust this as…
07:38…a substrate for your basemap. And no matter where we go in the world, this community basemap, contains the…
07:45…authoritative content we might want to use.
07:48For example here I am in Hong Kong, and as I zoom in, we'll again see that high level of detail.
07:55This is interesting because it also includes labels in multiple languages here.
08:01One thing that you notice, whether I'm in DC or Hong Kong, is that the maps, more or less, look the same.
08:07And that's accomplished by using a template.
08:10So users pour their data into this template, we take what they have poured into the template…
08:17…and we bring it together and publish it as a seamless multiscale map that covers the entire world.
08:23So no matter where you go, you'll see similar cartography and you'll be able to leverage this data in different ways.
08:31It's kind of all seamlessly brought together, rather than a patchwork quilt.
08:35Now let's go back to the United States and let's go ahead and make a map here.
08:41One of the things I'd like to do is let's learn a little bit about, we just completed the census not long ago…
08:46…let's look for some demographic information that's based on the latest census data.
08:52So I search keyword, demographic, and let's look for population density.
08:58I can click on the title; I can look at those item details like we did before, and learn a lot more about it.
09:05I can use it as a basemap, or I can just go ahead and add it to my map.
09:09Now this is one of those intelligent map layers, so when I click on it, I can learn more about it.
09:14This tells me about the population density, in a nice natural language way, rather than a list of attributes.
09:20So these pop-ups can be configured and they can be made more meaningful for you or your audience.
09:26Now one thing that you'll notice about this map is that it does kind of cover up the basemap, but I can adjust this.
09:33If I go to my details I can adjust the transparency. So we'll make it about 50 percent transparency, and now I can see the…
09:42…basemap underneath that. We also have some other basemaps which are specifically designed for this task.
09:49And we think of this as, creating a map sandwich.
09:52So if I choose one of these other basemaps from the Gallery, this one puts that population density layer on top of the terrain…
10:01…and ensures that the labels are on top of that. So we've inserted our layer of interest in between the other slices of the map…
10:10…and made sort of a map sandwich here, which is a very easy way to create a map very, very quickly.
10:15So there's our nice little map there. Let's zoom out a little bit and we'll explore some other basemaps along the way as well.
10:22I'm going to toggle back to the default community basemap, and let's turn off the population density.
10:30Now many of us work with spreadsheets, and here's a spreadsheet that I downloaded from the state of Kentucky website…
10:37…which has state hospitals that are located throughout Kentucky, and this is just a spreadsheet.
10:44I've opened it up in Excel here.
10:46What I'd like to do is make a map of this very quickly, and I can do that very easily now by grabbing the spreadsheet…
10:53…and dragging and dropping it onto my map.
10:55So that quickly I've been able to take that spreadsheet and create a map of these hospital locations.
11:00I can continue to refine that by changing symbols. There's a very large symbol gallery.
11:06You can use custom symbols of your own, as well.
11:10Here's a symbol which represents hospitals and now I've got a nice little basemap.
11:15I can showcase one of the other basemaps. We've also introduced pretty recently this light gray canvas basemap which…
11:23…allows my data of interest to pop out by using a very muted background.
11:28It still has lots of details, but the details are displayed in a grayscale so that they don't compete with other layers of interest…
11:37…but I can still see those as I zoom in. So this is a great basemap that shows additional context, but in a very muted way.
11:45Other things I can do with these hospitals is I can represent them in different ways. Let's choose to look at those on…
11:53…let's try Unique Symbols, and we'll shade these based on the, well, let's go with the type of license the hospital has.
12:02I'll change the symbols a little bit, as well, make them a little larger so we can see those and apply.
12:08So now I have a pretty nice map that shows me the hospital facilities and I can click on these and get more information.
12:15Now the information that's displayed here is quite a lot.
12:18And some of this information is only meaningful to the GIS users that were managing this data.
12:24What I can do, is I can hide some of that. I can configure the pop-up and I can choose which of those attributes to display…
12:33…or not. So in this case, let's just turn on the city, the total beds, and the name of the hospital, and we'll use that, and save the…
12:40…pop-up. And now, I've configured a pop-up that presents the information in a more focused and meaningful way.
12:47So it's very easy for us to assemble data from a variety of different sources and bring it together.
12:54It's also very easy for us to save this and collaborate with others, and let's take a look at how that's done.
13:00I have an ArcGIS Online account. Anybody can have one.
13:04I've signed in already, and I'm going to title my map, Kentucky Hospitals.
13:11And we'll provide some tags and I'll add a very short summary, and then we'll save the map.
13:18So this is a map that I've created, and I've saved it. And I can come back to it in any point in time, but I can also share it with…
13:25…others by making it publicly available. I can now share this map by sharing a link.
13:31So I can add this to an e-mail or to a website and share this with others. I can send it up to my Facebook, or I can Tweet about it…
13:40…but even more interestingly, I can take this map and I can now embed it in a website.
13:45Yesterday afternoon I had a little conversation with some folks here, we were talking about custom application development.
13:51I'll show you how you can take these maps that you can assemble very quickly and easily, and build custom applications with them.
13:58First thing I'll do though, is embed this. I've gone to my blogspot blog, and we'll copy and paste that.
14:07Now I know my blog width is 600 pixels, so I'll make one little minor change. We'll go ahead and publish this post.
14:14Let's view it and see what we've done. And there's my Kentucky map with all the pop-ups as I've just configured them and I can…
14:22…enable or disable tools, and so forth.
14:25You can use this to embed these maps and websites and use this to communicate with others about work...
14:30…that you're doing. So that's one way that we can use these.
14:34Another way that we can use these is we can open them and share them in web applications.
14:39And this is a gallery of web application templates which make it easy for me to build a custom application.
14:45I'm not so much of a programmer these days. I used to be pretty good at FORTRAN, but that doesn't help me much today.
14:53But I can leverage these templates to build applications very quickly and easily.
14:57Now let's take a look at what it looks like in this template.
15:00So this one has a built-in legend for me. There's my embedded map, and it lets me explore it and click on features.
15:08I can download the source code for that template and modify it further, or what's even more interesting, is I can publish this…
15:16…as an application directly to the Esri website. Let's take a look at doing that with this template.
15:23This is called the Basic Viewer template, and this has some interesting tools.
15:26It has an overview map, which lets me navigate around.
15:30It also has a way for me to share, some measure tools, it has a basemap gallery, it has a layer selector so I can turn things off…
15:39…and on, there I've turned the population density on, and print, and so forth.
15:44Even though I don't have a server available to me, I can publish this custom application by clicking this button, and this goes…
15:52…directly into my ArcGIS Online account and it's hosted by Esri from there.
15:59When I click Save and Publish, I've now taken this map that I've authored, and put it inside of this custom application template…
16:07…and what's interesting about this one, is that I can configure it.
16:16I can toggle what I want off or on, based on these little check boxes here. I can change the color scheme.
16:24Let's refresh and get a preview of what that looks like. So there's my new map with some of the tools removed.
16:30I can customize this further, and then when I'm satisfied, I can save it.
16:35Now this can be discovered on ArcGIS Online, and it can also be shared, like any other item that you find on ArcGIS Online.
16:44So here's my nice little custom application.
16:46I've left the layer toggle there, and the print and the share capabilities have been left in this map.
16:52So it's really easy to leverage these intelligent web maps in many different ways.
17:00Alright, let me gather my thoughts here for a second and let's take a look at a couple of other things that we can do.
17:07Actually, before I continue onto that, I did want to highlight a couple of other templates.
17:14So when we clicked Share, and looked at Make a Web Application, there's lots of different templates.
17:20Some of these are very interesting and do very unique things.
17:23Some leverage the time intelligence that's built into some of the layers.
17:28Others allow me to do things like look at different maps side by side by side.
17:33So here's a map which lets me look at the Kentucky map side by side by side.
17:37This isn't very interesting because obviously it's the same…
17:40…map, but here's an example that I built previously using three different maps. And this allows me to look at demographics in…
17:48…the Washington, DC, area. So I'm comparing the unemployment rate, the medium net worth and the tapestry segmentation.
17:56Here's another example where I'm looking at maps side by side by side.
17:59You see, as I zoom in, both maps are synchronized and they zoom in. I'm looking at flood zones.
18:06So these are the flood zones in the Washington, DC, area, and I'm looking at those both on the aerial imagery, as well as that…
18:13…community basemap we looked at earlier. There's another interesting map which allows me to sort of slice back and forth.
18:21Here I've zoomed in to the Redlands campus area. On the left is the community basemap.
18:28You can see the high detail of data in that that's been assembled from the city of Redlands and from other sources…
18:34…and on the right we have the imagery basemap.
18:37And as I explore this, I can move the slider back and forth and look at those in tandem.
18:41So these are very valuable templates which I think will contribute to your geodesign work.
18:48Let's take a look at another application.
18:51Earlier I mentioned ArcGIS Explorer Online, and this is an application that's built with Silverlight.
18:58It's a little richer application, so it presents a slightly different user experience.
19:03It has many of the same capabilities as the Map Viewer we just used, but it also has some unique ones and I'd like to explore...
19:10…those now. Earlier I dragged and dropped a spreadsheet onto my map. Drag and drop is also supported for shapefiles.
19:19And I just happened to have a shapefile that I've zipped up here showing buildings on the Esri campus.
19:26I'll drag and drop that onto my map, and one of the first questions I'm asked is, "Do I want to generalize these features to…
19:33…speed them up for web display, or do I want to keep them exactly as they are?" I'll choose that because I know this is…
19:40…a very small-scale map, or sorry, large-scale data and I want to preserve all of the detail in the data.
19:48So what's happening now is the shapefile is being imported, even though I'm using a web application here.
19:53It's being imported as a layer onto my map and we'll see the Esri buildings appear there. So here's my buildings.
20:01And again, I can configure the pop-up and add other information to these.
20:05And one thing you'll notice is that the building that we're in, building Q, happens to be missing.
20:10So let's do a little bit of geodesign and let's explore this map a little bit further. Let's zoom in a little bit.
20:18Again, I can choose different basemaps that I want to work with. I could look at the imagery basemap.
20:24Let's leave that on for a moment. And let's go ahead and add building Q as a feature to our map.
20:35Another thing I noticed as I looked at this, actually…let me digress for a moment, is that these buildings are no longer here.
20:43So next to us is a now vacant lot. These buildings were recently razed, so I might want to highlight that.
20:50I'll draw a little circle around that. And you can't see that so well, so let's update the symbol.
20:56Maybe make it orange and maybe make it a little wider, and that'll be our highlight symbol. I like this template.
21:02I've sort of customized what we had in the standard gallery so I can create a new template from this and it's added to my gallery.
21:11Now anytime I want to use that again, I can just go choose it from the Gallery.
21:15So I can build custom templates and use them on my map.
21:18Let's go back to building Q and let's digitize this area and we'll add a polygon around building Q.
21:26I won't do a great job of doing this, but we'll just roughly capture the outline. So there's the rough outline of building Q, and…
21:33…now I can add some other information to this.
21:36Let's edit the pop-up, and we'll provide a title for this, Building Q on the Esri Campus.
21:46I am going to cheat a little bit and we'll take some text here from the Esri website. We'll grab that and we'll paste that in there.
21:54And what I'll also do is we have a very nice picture of this building and I'll grab that and we'll paste that in there.
22:01We also have a related link. Let's use that related link to link back to more information about the Esri campus.
22:10And I think we're done here, so let's see what we've got. We now have a nice little polygon that I've added and I can click on it.
22:18There is some information about what we're looking at. A photograph, and the photograph opens up the link that I added.
22:23So it's very easy to mark up maps and to share these with others, other people can then add their mark-ups…
22:29…share them back with you and in so, do some geocollaberation.
22:34Another interesting feature about Explorer Online is that I can create presentations so I can tell stories about...
22:40…what I'm working with. We all like to tell stories about our design work, so I'll flip to presentation mode.
22:46And what I'd like to do is add a slide, and this will be the building Q addition here.
22:53And I've already started a presentation earlier, let's just go back and let's review that now.
22:58So when I start the presentation it's like PowerPoint.
23:02We step through some slides. I can advance by clicking the spacebar or the button.
23:07I'm turning layers off and on, but unlike a PowerPoint, I can explore the data.
23:13Someone might ask me a question about, well, what's the population growth further to the east?
23:17And I can pan the map and I can interact with it and I can click on features and look at additional information.
23:24If I'm using live data that's changing all the time, I'm always presenting using the most current iteration of a geodesign…
23:32…or other information that I'm using. And as we zoom in, here's fire service areas.
23:37There's the Esri campus, there's the Esri buildings that we added, and there's the newly added building Q addition, which I just…
23:44…digitized on the map including the pop-ups. So these presentations are a very powerful way to communicate our geodesign ideas.
23:53Now another thing I'd like to highlight is something that's currently in beta. These are very powerful capabilities.
24:00And I'll open up a different browser. I've signed into ArcGIS Online using a different account.
24:09Let's look at ArcGIS… Let's look at the default site just for comparison sake, so I'll open it up in the other browser.
24:23So this is what the default site looks like, and this is the Esri presentation of information. So this is our default, the public…
24:31…default, but when I get a subscription for my organization, I can customize that.
24:38So I've logged in to the City of Redlands site. Instead of seeing the Esri chosen basemap gallery, I've got what my organization…
24:46…wants me to see. This could also be a project.
24:49You could build these sites around geodesign projects and use this to showcase the latest maps and the latest information.
24:57So this is one thing that an organizational subscription provides, is the ability to create a destination for your organization…
25:04…or for your project.
25:06Another very important thing that this provides, is the ability to publish maps directly as web services through Esri hosting.
25:17To demonstrate that, I'm opening up ArcMap.
25:20So now I'm playing the role of a GIS professional, and I've been asked to publish this…
25:25…map showing tree preservation zones in the city of Redlands.
25:30Now, how would I do this today? My organization would need to have ArcGIS Server, and I'd need to publish that directly to…
25:37…ArcGIS Server. And that might involve working with the IT department, or making sure all the servers are up and running and…
25:46…thinking about whether or not we've got the bandwidth to publish this out publicly if I want to do that.
25:51But now what I can do is I can publish this map directly as an Esri-hosted service from ArcMap.
25:59So I've signed in with my account.
26:01My account empowers me with the ability to publish this, and I can now share this as a service and publish this map so…
26:10…that others can use it in web applications.
26:14I'm going to call this my Redlands Tree Zones. We'll click Continue. Basically what I do is I just kind of step through this dialog.
26:21But what's happening is, it allows me to make some decisions about how I publish this map.
26:28And I really won't refine this too much, I'll just go ahead and publish it so we can take a look at the result, but what's…
26:35…happening in the background is this map is being packaged up, it's being lifted up into my organization's cloud…
26:42…from there it's being unpacked, and it's being published as an ArcGIS Service. And all of this is transparent.
26:49I don't have to think about ArcGIS Server, I don't have to worry about communicating with my IT department…
27:01What's happening here in the background is that there are some checks being made.
27:05You'll see the little…there'll be some messages that'll be popping up here in just a second.
27:09So in order for me to publish this map, I need to have it documented properly.
27:14I have to add tags, I have to add a description, and some key words, and it's also doing…
27:20…some checking about the projection to make sure it matches my organization's standards.
27:24So a lot of this stuff is built into the process now. Once those checks are completed, there's…you can see a little messages…
27:32…in the background which inform me about things that it's found out about my map.
27:38Once it's been completed, this will be packaged up and sent up to the cloud. So It'll take just another minute or so.
27:50So this is really exciting. This is game-changing capabilities here.
27:55ArcGIS Online really represents a new pattern of implementing a GIS.
28:00One I think that's fundamentally going to open it up in many ways that we can only imagine right now…
28:07…especially in the geodesign field.
28:09It's now more easier than ever to not only find existing data that you can rely on for your geodesign work, but also to leverage…
28:20…capabilities like these hosted services to publish those out so others can use them.
28:27As we know in geodesign, things have to happen rapidly and this helps make all that happen.
28:33And I'm using beta software here, but the map has been published successfully and we're ready to go.
28:39So let's take a look at what it looks like. We'll switch over to my City of Redlands account that I've logged in to and let's…
28:48…look at my content. And what I just finished publishing are these Redlands Tree Zones.
28:54Let's take a look at what it looks like. There's the item description.
28:58I need to add some additional data, but we can preview this map and there it is.
29:05So it's been published directly from my desktop through my organization's cloud. Now it's available to me in these web…
29:12…mapping applications, and in other custom applications that I can use for my geodesign work.
Using ArcGIS Online in Geodesign
Bern Szukalski of Esri demonstrates ArcGIS Online, its new capabilities, and how geodesign practitioners can benefit from using the software.
- Recorded: Jan 6th, 2012
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- Published: Feb 16th, 2012
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