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I've been to the Esri User Conference a couple times over the past few years. I am nowhere near being a veteran attendee, but I have compiled my 10 tips for the Esri UC. I hope these tips help make your UC experience a little better!


  1. Bring a good pair of shoes. You will be walking many miles each day. Still not getting in your daily miles? Check out the Esri 5K Fun Run/Walk.
  2. For lunch walk 10-15 minutes out from the convention center. This will help you avoid the crowds and find some really good "hole in the wall" restaurants. My go to for an evening meal is BarleyMash. Can't beat their BarleyMacs! Here is a map of the Gaslamp District:
    Large Map
  3. Don't miss the food trucks between the Hilton Bayfront Hotel and the San Diego Conference Center. They are usually only out there one day.
  4. Buy your GIS themed t-shirts from the Esri Store as soon as they open on Monday. They will sell out fast. They also have a lot of other great swag to take back to your co-works and family. 
  5. Find out where the Esri and vendor sponsored socials are each night. This is a great place to network and get some really good food. Two of my top Esri UC social events are the YPN Social and the Esri DevMeetup. Don't forget to bring a stack of business cards. Especially if you are looking for job, this is a great way to get your name out there.
  6. Follow social media. You can find recaps from the plenary sessions and other daily events (Live Blog: 2016 Esri UC Plenary (Morning Session)). Also keep up with the #esriuc hashtag on Twitter. You can find out about events and giveaways along with useful information about the conference. There will also be some good information shared here (User Conference), so be sure to follow that space on GeoNet.
  7.  Although there are several Starbucks in the conference center, be sure to grab your favorite drink/snack before arriving as the lines can be long there.
  8. Go to the Map Gallery Opening and Evening Reception on Monday. You will see maps from some of the best cartographers and analysts in the world. Plus there usually is some good food.
  9. If your family is traveling with you, be sure to take them to Family Night in the Expo on Wednesday evening. This not only gives you a chance to show them what you do, but many of the vendors breakout some really cool swag for the kids.
  10. Be sure to stop by the Kids Fair. It is ideal for children ages 5-15 and is free and open to everyone. This gives them an opportunity to be hands-on with GIS.


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We are working to implement a new feature for GeoNet called News. With this new feature comes several changes to the Navigation Bar and the Inbox/Activity Page.


Navigation Bar

    1. News added (more information below)
    2. Map Removed (Feedback and surveys indicated Map provided little value)
    3. Single click to Inbox
    4. Profile Drop Down
      1. Your Content
      2. Your Places




News Page

News separates the "Inbox" from the "Activity". Inbox would include Inbox, Actions, and Moderation. The News page would include Activity, Recent Activity, Top & Trending Activity, and Custom Streams.


Community News is a stream of information about the community. To start this would be blogs from GeoNet Help and the community manager. There are also two areas that we can customize to provide information and helpful links. What information would be helpful to you in these ares these areas?




This new feature is still being finalized, but any feedback you may have would be helpful to developing this new area of the community. Thank you!

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Error:Execution failed for task ':processDebugResources'.

> Error: more than one library with package name ''

  You can temporarily disable this error with android.enforceUniquePackageName=false

  However, this is temporary and will be enforced in 1.0


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2.  If yes, how do I import it?


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That said, many have not started to leverage it.

If you're not using what you've already paid for, I'm curious why.


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I was recently looking for some examples of story maps related to running race courses when I was pointed in the direction of the Story Maps Gallery. Before I was just searching in the ArcGIS Online search bar and filtering to show only applications. This gallery provides some well  much more functionality.


You can search text or filter by:

  • App Type
  • Subject
  • Format
  • Author


For my example I simply selected the "Sports" subject and found several examples of races that used a story map to provide information to their participants, volunteers, and spectators. Here are a couple of my favorites:


London Marathon

London Marathon


Teton Dam Marathon Races

Enjoy this interactive map! You can even view elevations of the race by clicking on the mile markers. Pan, zoom and click to see more detail. If you want to see details of another race, click on the other tabs to the left.


Check out the Story Maps Gallery to learn something new or gain inspiration for your next story map!



cc: ArcGIS Online Classic Esri Story Maps

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Importing Lat Log cordinates  (Answered)


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I have found times when I need to reorder the text within a field such as in this example with the name being last name, first name.

This can be a simple expression in the Field Calculator using the string.split() operation:


!Name!.split(", ")[1] + ' ' + !Name!.split(", ")[0]


But what about those cases where there may be two or more words?

In this case we can use an if/else statement to determine the number of words in the field and then rearrange accordingly.



Pre-Logic Script Code

def reorder(name):
 if (len(name.split(" ")) ==2):
  return name.split(" ")[1] + ' ' + name.split(" ")[0]
 elif (len(name.split(" ")) ==3):
  return name.split(" ")[2] + ' ' + name.split(" ")[0] + ' ' + name.split(" ")[1]


Name2 =

reorder( !Name!)


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