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Making Predictions is one of the most important aspects Machine Learning can help with. A lot of these predictions are geospatial ones by design, like predicting high potential areas for retail, predicting disease propagation, or predicting car crash risk per street segment.   ArcGIS has both spatial machine learning algorithms that takes geography inherently into consideration.  It also has a lot of tools that can help prepare spatial data for training by different machine learning frameworks


Join this webinar to learn more about ArcGIS Predictive Modeling capabilities:


Date:  June 16, 2020

Time:  9:00 – 10:00 am PDT

Link to register:


Webinar recording & slide deck:


Additional Resources:


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Data scientists can now connect ArcGIS Insights to their existing Python and R Kernels. This will enable them to extend their data science capabilities with Spatial Analysis and Visualization, through an easy drag and drop experience.


Join this webinar on Tuesday June 2nd 9:00 AM PDT.   





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Integrating Python libraries has never been easier with ArcGIS Notebooks, which provides a Jupyter notebook experience optimized for spatial analysis. ArcGIS Notebooks provides an easy way to combine Python libraries from ArcGIS API for Python, ArcPy, and open-source Python libraries in a single environment, reducing time spent managing dependencies and increasing


Visit this page to request access to the recorded webinar How to Teach with ArcGIS Notebooks in higher education. Attached you'll find the webinar presentation slides.


Topics covered in the webinar:

  • Introducing ArcGIS Notebooks
  • Using Notebooks in ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Enterprise
  • Best practices, useful resources, and a case study


You'll hear from these presenters:

  • Gregory Brunner - Scientist at Esri and Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University
  • Shannon Kalisky - Product Manager, Analytics and Data Science, Esri
  • Canserina Kurnia - Solution Engineer, Higher Education, Esri


Request Access to Recording

Digital Twins are important for efficient local government operations, urban planning and design, transportation, and more. Creation and maintenance of Digital Twin via lidar is expensive and requires constant inflow of human resources and funds to maintain.


In this webinar, we are going to look into the automation of high-fidelity object extraction from lidar point clouds, which allow for faster content acquisition at higher speed and much lower costs.


Topic:  AI for Lidar Feature Extraction

Date: Tuesday, May 5th , 2020

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am PDT

Link to Registration


Topics we’ll be covering:

  • ArcGIS capabilities for lidar processing
  • Preparing training data for model training
  • Training models using arcgis.learn PointCNN
  • Model training using PointNet
  • Post-processing using ArcGIS machine learning
  • Use-cases & demos from different industries
  • Resources Space is limited so please register early.


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Link to recording for previous webinar:

Do you know that almost 80% of the world’s data is unstructured? Unstructured data can be found in emails, speech transcripts, briefings, social media posts, news reports, and many other places


The question is: How can you integrate this data into spatial analysis workflows?


Join us on this webinar to explore the latest ArcGIS AI-based Natural Language Processing (NLP) capabilities:


Topic:  Text Analytics and Location Intelligence

Date: April 28th , 2020

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am PDT

Link to Registration


Topics we’ll cover:

  • Introduction to NLP
  • Labeling and preparing training data
  • Extracting entities using ArcGIS.Learn EntityRecongizer
  • Integration with 3rd party NLP frameworks
  • Demos and industry-specific use cases
  • How to start and useful resources


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Link to recording for previous webinar:

The recent update of ArcGIS Online brings exciting improvements and new capabilities.  


Key Improvement


With the recent update, ArcGIS Online users now have the ability to download the ArcGIS Pro installer directly from the new My settings page in their profile. 


  1. Log into your ArcGIS Online account
  2. Go to “My settings”
  3. Choose “Licenses”
  4. Find the link to download next to ArcGIS Pro


Download ArcGIS Pro by ArcGIS Online User


This option is available if the user already has an ArcGIS Pro license assigned to their ArcGIS Online named-user account. If your institution has migrated to the new Education Institutional Agreement, you can assign users the “GIS Professional Advanced” user type, which includes an ArcGIS Pro license by default. Otherwise, you can assign users the “Creator” user type and then assign ArcGIS Pro as an add-on license in their account. In either case, ArcGIS Pro extensions can be added afterwards as add-on licenses.


This option provides a better experience for faculty members and students to install ArcGIS Pro in their own machine.


Other improvements and new functionalities


  • HTTPS readiness: As of December 2020, HTTP support will be discontinued and references to HTTP URLs will no longer work in ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS Online notifies users about the upcoming change.
  • Map Viewer Beta: Highlights include enhanced label authoring with support for multiline labeling, scale-dependent labels, and rotation.
  • Sharing and collaboration: You can also embed videos in item page and group page descriptions.
  • Configurable apps: New Minimalist (beta) configurable app built using the 4x version of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.
  • Data management: When purchasing an ArcGIS Online organizational subscription, you can now choose the region—United States or Europe—where your geospatial data will be stored.
  • 3D: You can drape feature layers onto integrated mesh scene layers for better 3D visualization. You can replace the contents of a scene layer you published from a scene layer package.
  • ArcGIS Security Advisor: Security Advisor delivers recommendations based on your current settings.
  • GitHub account: New social login: Developers and other GitHub users can sign in or sign up using their GitHub account credentials.
  • ArcGIS Notebooks (beta): ArcGIS Notebooks are now available in ArcGIS Online via a public beta. ArcGIS Notebooks integrates Jupyter directly within ArcGIS Online.
  • ArcGIS StoryMaps: Newly added functionalities: Map actions, Guided Tour block, a navigation bar, updates to sharing.
  • ArcGIS Dashboards: Operations Dashboard renamed to ArcGIS Dashboards.


For complete list of updates, access the following:


As always, please contact for questions or requesting more info. 

Esri Academy is now offering a Cartography MOOC course that will start on April 22 to June 3, 2020.   This no-cost online course is an excellent way to learn how to make beautiful maps using ArcGIS Pro,  from wherever you are, with coaching from the experts. Registration is open now.  All data and Esri software are provided.


Cartography MOOC


Visit this webpage to:

  • View common question about Esri MOOCs
  • Submit a question

COVID-19 outbreaks are bringing the use of GIS technology to the forefront.  Many field surveys, maps, data, , dashboards, and story maps have been deployed by multiple agencies to better understand the coronavirus impacts and to inform the public.   As educators, students, and institutions migrate to online learning, these COVID-19 GIS resources are excellent for teaching and learning, and for student projects to help the local community.   


Official Esri Website for COVID-19

This official Esri website for COVID-19 is dedicated to helping you monitor, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. It allows you to request GIS help, access GIS resources, view global maps and dashboards, get insights, and learn best practices on responding to COVID-19.


5 Steps to COVID-19 response. Take this proactive approach to understanding the potential COVID-19 impact on your organization or community.

Step 1: Map the cases– Map confirmed and active cases, deaths, and recoveries to identify where COVID 19 infections exist and have occurred.

Step 2: Map the spread– Time-enabled maps can reveal how infections spread over time and where you may want to target interventions.

Step 3: Map vulnerable populations—COVID 19 disproportionally impacts certain demographics such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Mapping social vulnerability, age, and other factors help you monitor at-risk groups and regions you serve.

Step 4: Map your capacity to respond—Map facilities, employees or citizens, medical resources, equipment, goods, and services to understand and respond to current and potential impacts of COVID 19.

Step 5: Communicate with maps—Use interactive Web maps, dashboard apps, and StoryMaps to help rapidly communicate your situation.

More on How your GIS department can respond to COVID-19.


GIS Resources for Educators on COVID-19

These GIS resources on COVID-19 can give some ideas for student projects or as teaching materials.




Finding Data

Authoritative Maps and Data - Explore authoritative geospatial data sourced from the global GIS community and our trusted partners, including  COVID-19 Provider Practice Locations from NPI.


Building ArcGIS Hub Sites, Infographics and Solution Templates


Best Practices


Learning Resources







Educator Community Support

  1. COVID-19 Educator Support GeoNet Page – Visit this GeoNet page with curated content and resources for educators migrating to online learning. Connect with other colleagues, ask questions, and start a discussion.
  2. Higher Education Virtual Office Hours - If you have direct question related to tools, data, curricular materials, and teaching approaches in higher education, visit our virtual office hours.
  3. Questions on license agreement? Many higher education institutions have an Education Institution Agreement with Esri that provide access to many products. Contact your account manager with questions.
  4. Share Your Work - We want to hear from you. Send us your maps, apps, hub sites and story maps on COVID-19. We will share with the Education GeoNet community. 
  5. VitalSource Helps program – Students can take advantage of free access to Esri Press e-books now through May 25, 2020.
  6. Free student licenses via Learn ArcGISAs part of our continued efforts to support students and educators amidst COVID-19 university closures, we will offer free Student licensing until August 31st, 2020.
  7. How to Access Esri Technology while working from home - A video by Esri Canada


If you need any further assistance, contact the Higher Education Outreach Team at or the K12 Outreach Team at


Post examples of your students’ work on the Education GeoNet Space so others can learn and be inspired!


Together, through teaching, learning and research,  we can help to turn this challenging situation into an opportunity, to adapt, excel and make impactful contributions to the community and the world. 


Stay safe and well.

To support distance learning during the COVID-19 crisis, Esri Press e-books are made available at no charge for the students through the VitalSource Helps program starting on Monday, March 23, 2020


Info for Students


  • For students to participate, the school has to be a 2-year or 4-year college or university. You can find a complete list of eligible schools on this site.
  • Students will have access to up to 7 titles of their choice (from any publisher, but a total of 7 titles)
  • Students have to sign up with VitalSource and access e-books through Bookshelf using their school-assigned email.
  • Access is provided now  through May 25, 2020. After that, the e-book(s) will disappear from their Bookshelf library. Notes will still be downloadable
  • This program is currently extended to students in the US, UK, and Canada. For others, please contact


More details




Info for Educators


Esri continues to provide Educators instant access to Esri Press' library and immediate desk copy request.  Educators new to VitalSource must sign up here first.  Please use school-assigned email address when registering.


For more info or questions, contact us at

Esri created the COVID-19 GIS Hub site to share authoritative content and information to our global community. 

You can build your own Coronavirus Hub site with the new ArcGIS Hub Coronavirus Response template.  The template is provided for free for any customer with ArcGIS Online subscription as part of ArcGIS Hub Basic license.  All you need is an ArcGIS Online account with Publisher role.  Once you are logged to ArcGIS Online, follow these instructions:


  1. Go to the app launcher
  2. Navigate to ArcGIS Hub
  3. Click new site
  4. Browse the gallery
  5. Activate the Coronavirus Response template


The template is highly customizable and an effective way to share information to your community.  


Refer to this newly published blog titled How to Launch a Coronavirus Response Website Today for step-by-step instructions on how to get started using the template. 


Coronavirus Response ArcGIS Hub Template


ArcGIS Hub Premium license

If you need to go further and incorporate community engagement into your Hub site, an ArcGIS Hub Premium license provides community user accounts that can be issued to community members to provide a secure account in your Hub.  This enables them to contribute data, create maps and story maps, and participate in initiatives. 

ArcGIS Hub Premium is included in the Higher Education Institutional Agreement.  Contact your institution’s Esri license administrator for information about access to your institution’s Hub.

If you are your institution’s Esri license administrator and need information about activating your Hub Premium license, contact your Esri Account Manager or Customer Service representative for details.   You can only have one ArcGIS Hub license per ArcGIS Online subscription ID.  Please include the ArcGIS Online Subscription ID when requesting an ArcGIS Hub license.  


Additional resources


There is tremendous potential for students to use GIS for analysis and visualization of the COVID-19 outbreak.  We would like to hear from you.   Send us links to your Hub sites, dashboards, or story maps on the topic, or contact us at for more info or questions. 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing many universities and colleges to virtualize their classes.  Recently we have fielded many questions on how to virtualize ArcGIS, to support the moving of labs, assignments and activities to a complete online setting.  Fortunately, the virtualization of Esri technology, especially ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap, is well tested across many platforms; on-premise and in the cloud.  


Esri Virtualization Team has provided information on various virtualization options for ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap in their newly published blog titled Virtualization of ArcGIS from the Cloud and On-Premise platforms to support Higher Education.


The blog includes information on:

  • Special considerations to virtualize ArcGIS Pro
  • Using ArcGIS Pro on Mac
  • Virtualization On-Premise (technology and hardware options)
  • Virtualization in Cloud (options and providers)
  • Connecting the Virtual Machine (VM) to the client


Much of this information is also available in the newly published Esri ArcGIS Pro Virtualization White Paper.

In addition, hear from the experts in this "Enabling Remote Access to ArcGIS in Higher Education" webinar. View webinar recording.

Presenters include:

  • Peter Knoop, University of Michigan
  • Peter Wiringa, University of Minnesota
  • Seth Peery, Virginia Tech
  • Jim Detwiler, Pennsylvania State University
  • Wendy Guan, Harvard University

If you have additional questions on virtualizing ArcGIS Pro, please email



An increasing number of articles have been published on the Internet with unclear and sometimes misleading information concerning one of the primary dashboards for awareness concerning the spread of the Coronavirus.  To be clear, the online map posted by Johns Hopkins University at  does NOT contain any malware (and NEVER contained malware).  This popular dashboard web application is hosted by Esri as part of our ArcGIS Online offering.


The confusion comes from an issue where a malicious person created a downloadable Windows-based application containing malware whose display is practically identical to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus browser-based dashboard.  Whomever posted the malicious downloadable app is attempting to take advantage of the hype around the Coronavirus, but it requires the user to either download the app executable, or it could be distributed by email for the user to then install onto their local Windows system.


Here is the Authoritative full blog on the topic from Esri.  Feel free to share with your campus security team so they understand the difference and not blocking the access to the online/browser maps (which can impact your own web maps).   


As always, feel free to contact us for concerns, comments or questions.


Thank you.  



Best Regards,


Canserina Kurnia | Solution Engineer | Education

Esri | 380 New York St | Redlands, CA 92373 | USA

T +1 909 793 2853 x6764 | M +1 909 283 5757 | |



For those using Jupyter notebooks and ArcGIS Pro out there, this is exciting news!  With the release of ArcGIS Pro 2.5, you can now create, edit, and save Jupyter notebooks as part of your ArcGIS Pro project with ArcGIS Notebooks, Esri’s Jupyter notebook environment.   You can also import existing notebooks created within the open source Jupyter.  No additional license is needed for using ArcGIS Notebooks in ArcGIS Pro 2.5 since it’s part of the core functionality.


Notebook tab works side by side with Map tab in ArcGIS Pro


With this integration, it is easy to access and combine python libraries from ArcGIS Pro and open source python in one integrated environment.  The content in your map can also be easily accessed through codes in the notebook window.  It works seamlessly between the notebook and the ArcGIS Pro user interface (UI).  For those teaching, the integration makes it easier to incorporate python programming into your GIS courses. 


Features and Capabilities

To learn more about the feature and capability and how to get started, refer to the following blogs and documentation:


Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 

Register for the upcoming MOOC Spatial Data Science: The New Frontier in Analytics  that will start on Oct 28th, 2020. It’s a free online course to explore the application of spatial data science to uncover hidden patterns and improve predictive modeling.


Have Questions?

If you have questions about the using notebooks in ArcGIS Pro, feel free to:

Open the following blog announcement to learn the updated transition timeline.


Updated classic story map transition timeline

Many higher education institutions are already using ArcGIS Hub for teaching, research, projects, or campus operations.   ArcGIS Hub is a cloud-based engagement platform that lets organizations work more effectively with their communities.   With ArcGIS Hub, you can create sites and pages to share your data, projects or initiatives.  Take a look at this initiative created by West Chester University Geography and Planning, about their student project with the city of Malaga, Spain



Sharing content with Hub makes your website and pages look focused, easy to navigate, responsive, and effective.   Check the Hub Gallery for other example sites created with Hub. Common ways people use Hub sites is to:

  • Share catalogs of data as open data
  • Create gallery sites (think of a gallery for your class projects)
  • Create narrative/storytelling sites
  • Create dashboards (e.g. performance dashboards)
  • Create initiative websites to rally supporters
  • Encourage action. (to sign up for something, to make a pledge, to register for an event, etc.)


ArcGIS Hub Basic License


You can start creating Hub sites right now, since the basic license level of ArcGIS Hub is already included with ArcGIS Online.  Hub (basic) gives you the ability to make websites and pages and share your data either openly with the public or keep it private to your organization.  Any user with at least one Creator user type and Publisher role can create Hub sites.  Recommendation before jumping into ArcGIS Hub, is to ask/answer these key questions:

  1. What is the purpose?
  2. Who is your target audience(s)?
  3. What issues, stories or facts to raise?
  4. What kind of feedback do you expect (if any)?
  5. What is the pledge or call to action needed (if any)?


Once you have a clear idea, you can start creating your site or initiative in ArcGIS Hub. 


ArcGIS Hub Premium License 


If you have a plan to have a Hub site that involves community engagement,  you will then need an ArcGIS Hub Premium license.  Premium licenses provide an easy-to-configure community engagement platform with the ability to:

  • Take surveys
  • Collect feedback
  • Organize events
  • Gather and contribute data from followers   


The Premium license will also give you access to well-curated initiative templates and provides community identities for your crowdsource followers. 


ArcGIS Hub Premium License is included in the new Higher Education Institutional Site License.  Contact your Esri Account Manager, or Customer Service to request the license.  You need to include your organization ArcGIS Online Subscription ID when requesting an ArcGIS Hub license.  Each Institutional site license entitles for two ArcGIS Premium license instances, one for academic use and one for campus operation use.  You need to specify the use when requesting the licence.


Visit this site to understand the differences between the Basic and Premium license levels of ArcGIS Hub.



Get Started with ArcGIS Hub


You can get started by watching the Training Seminar, Engage Your Community with ArcGIS Hub, and by reading the how to Launch a Website in Five Steps blog.


You can start using ArcGIS Hub by opening and sign in; or by selecting Hub from the application switcher in ArcGIS Online


Once you get started with ArcGIS Hub, the best way to keep track of product updates, new capabilities, tips and tricks, and to see new Hub site examples is by subscribing to the ArcGIS Hub Newsletter.

And here’s a list of other helpful ArcGIS Hub resources:


When activating the premium ArcGIS Hub license, we have noticed it is common for customers to miss some important steps.  We recommend you request a short, complimentary session online with an Esri Solution Engineer, email me at This will help to speed up the getting started process.


There is a lot of potential using ArcGIS Hub in higher education, especially for student capstone projects that involve communities, projects in collaboration with local government and cities, or projects within the campus.  That said, we are looking for more Hub sites created by higher education communities to add to the ArcGIS Hub Gallery.  Send us the link to your exciting public Hub sites/initiatives to

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