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As an ArcGIS Online administrator, you have control over just about every aspect of your ArcGIS Online organization. From inviting members, assigning licenses and managing groups to configuring credits, security settings and utility services, you the ArcGIS Online admin are in charge. An incredible benefit of this is that the organization can be configured and managed with specific use case or workflow requirements in mind. A challenge is that there can be a lot to keep track of, and for new admins, a bit of a learning curve. The below picks provide some tips and tricks for new and seasoned admins alike to make the most of your, dare I say almighty, role as ArcGIS Online administrator.

 

How to Be an ArcGIS Online Administrator

 

If you are just getting started with administration, my colleague Rachel Guttmacher's blog post, How to be an ArcGIS Online Administrator, is a must-read. It's a fun, conversational piece that covers some of the most crucial administration components including credits, member management, licensing, and security. 

 

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Utilize Custom Administrative Roles to the Fullest

 

Another colleague of mine, Tyler Burns, recently wrote a great blog post on taking advantage of custom administrative roles: Lighten the Administrative Load in ArcGIS Online with Custom Roles. If you're looking to delegate specific administrative tasks such as managing members and content or organizing the website, the post provides directions and screenshots for exactly how to configure custom administrative roles to accomplish this. 

 

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"AAA": ArcGIS Online Administration Automation - Video 

 

Kelly Gerrow and John Yaist presented this 20 minute talk on automating administration at the 2019 Dev Summit. For anyone administering a larger organization or with an interest in bolstering their automation skills, this is a recommended view. Topics covered are using the Rest API to query the organization history, and creating groups, users, and assigning licenses in batch with the ArcGIS API for Python. 

 

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I hope the above picks were helpful for all the administrators out there! Let me know below any comments, questions, or if there are any topics you want to see in future posts. Thanks for reading, and be sure to keep an eye out for This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise & This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Pro!

 

See you again in March,

 

-Peter

 

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For those new to this series, "This Week's Picks" is a (loosely) biweekly blog where I share some of my favorite ArcGIS Online content with you.

 

If you are interested in earlier posts, they’re archived here: This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online: Archive 

 

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YouTube is an incredible platform for learning. From how to tie a tie (relied upon heavily for job interviews after undergrad) to how to play guitar, there are short videos on how to do just about everything. No surprise there are a lot of great how-to videos for ArcGIS Online workflows - the picks for this week highlight three new, relevant videos on using Living Atlas layers to analyze Australia's wildfires, uploading tile layers and tile packages to ArcGIS Online, and preserving relationships based on GlobalID/GUID fields when appending records. 

 

Use Living Atlas layers to analyze Australia's wildfires

 

Joseph Kerski recorded this timely how-to video on leveraging Living Atlas layers to analyze Australia's tragic wildfires. Joseph is a master educator (the video is tailored towards teachers and researchers); after watching the video I felt like I not only knew how to map wildfires, but also better understood spectral bands and satellite data collection. 

 

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Uploading tile layers and tile packages to ArcGIS Online

 

Esri Canada's Céline Doré created this helpful video on how to push tile layers and packages into ArcGIS Online. My favorite part (Céline does a great job explaining this workflow) was the demonstration of the sequence of geoprocessing tools to use in ArcGIS Pro to turn larger imagery layers into tile packages, and finally into hosted tile layers in ArcGIS Online. 

 

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Preserve GlobalID/GUID relationships when appending records

 

After seeing several GeoNet posts with questions about appending records with relationships based on GlobalID/GUID fields (the central issue is that appended records are assigned a new GlobalID, becoming disassociated from their related records), I recorded this how-to video of a workflow James Tedrick designed to preserve relationships during the append. This is a workflow that shouldn't need to be used frequently but is good to have in your back pocket if you end up with two Hosted Feature Layers/Feature Classes with GlobalID/GUID relationships that need to be combined into one. 

 

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Hopefully the selection of how-to videos provides some visual guidance on the workflows! Let me know below  any questions, comments, or if there is any content you want to see in the future. Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise and This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Pro!

 

If you're interested, I would love to connect on LinkedIn. You can follow me on Twitter as well. I regularly post / tweet GIS(ish) content to these platforms.

 

Have a good rest of your week, and see you after President's day ~

 

-Peter

For those new to this series, "This Week's Picks" is a (loosely) biweekly blog where I share some of my favorite ArcGIS Online content with you.

 

If you are interested in earlier posts, they’re archived here: This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online: Archive 

 

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I'll admit, I'm on my phone more than I would like to be - but I'm not just scrolling Instagram and taking selfies. I regularly read story maps (which I should mention are mobile-ready by default), and I checked public safety apps habitually during last year's California fire season. Straightforward observation of the world around us indicates that I'm not the only one making good use of their unlimited data contract. And like me, most people are probably doing a lot more than scrolling Instagram. 

 

What if they were looking at an ArcGIS web app that you had built? What if you had configured it with mobile in mind and the UX/UI and functionality were excellent on a smaller screen?

 

The picks for this week may help change both of the above questions from rhetoric to reality.  

 

***Note: this post covers web apps accessed in mobile browsers through a URL, not native apps. To build native apps for iOS and Android you will need AppStudio for ArcGIS***

 

ArcGIS Experience Builder: Build Apps for Multiple Screen Sizes

 

ArcGIS Experience Builder takes advantage of modern web technologies to amplify Web AppBuilder's out of the box mobile capabilities. Crucial functionality is the ability to configure the same app differently for mobile and desktop. The Esri YouTube user "GeoDev" goes through some crucial steps in this video, from customizing widget layouts to different elements on the page so that your app looks great and performs on multiple screen sizes. Creating links between different pages is shown as well. Though the video is for Beta 1 it is still very informative. 

 

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Configurable App Templates: Configure Apps with Mobile in Mind

 

Beth Romero recently posted this really helpful blog on how to create great apps for mobile with Esri's configurable app templates. Pop-ups, symbology and testing methods, among other ideas, are covered. 

 

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Operations Dashboard: Configure Dashboards for Mobile

 

Derek Law published this in-depth blog  on optimizing dashboards for mobile use. From general best practices to maps, legends and interactivity, this is a must-read before jumping into mobile dashboard configuration. 

 

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I hope the above resources provided some helpful tips on configuring ArcGIS web apps with mobile in mind! Let me know in the comments below  if there are any outstanding questions. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise and This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Pro!

 

If you're interested, I'd love to connect on LinkedIn You can follow me on Twitter too. I regularly post / tweet GIS(ish) content to these platforms.

 

See you again in a couple weeks,

 

-Peter

For those new to this series, "This Week's Picks" is a (loosely) biweekly blog where I share some of my favorite ArcGIS Online content with you.

 

If you are interested in earlier posts, they’re archived here: This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online: Archive 

 

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It's the time of year for resolutions, goals, and new beginnings. But for This Week's Picks we are not quite ready to begin 2020 yet, and wanted to highlight the most viewed ArcGIS Online Content of 2019. This list excludes the "What's New" and Map Viewer Beta posts. Thanks to Kelly Gerrow for suggesting this idea. 

 

Most Viewed ArcGIS Blogs in 2019

 

In 2019, the most popular blogs tended to cover map authoring workflows: 

 

  1. Heat Mapping in Two Simple Steps
  2. Adding and using photos and images in ArcGIS Online
  3. Visualizing population migration by where people filed their taxes
  4. Create Custom Field Calculations Using Arcade Expressions
  5. Using images as custom point symbols
  6. Combining Arcade and HTML for a Real-life Pop-up Display

 

Thanks to our blog authors Julia Holtzclaw, Lisa Berry and Bern Szukalski!

 

Most Viewed GeoNet Blogs in 2019 (estimated)

 

The most popular GeoNet Blogs in 2019 continue the theme of map authoring workflows, with some administrative flavors mixed in:

 

  1. Conditional Field display with Arcade in Pop Ups 
  2. Overlapping Features in Pop-Ups Quick Introduction to Using FeatureSets with Arcade 
  3. ArcGIS Online Implementation Guide 
  4. Show Attachments in Pop-ups with Arcade Expressions 
  5. How to be an ArcGIS Online Administrator 
  6. This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online: Archive 

 

Thanks to our GeoNet contributors Kelly Gerrow, Jennifer Bell, Molly Zurn, Rachel Guttmacher and Derek Law!

 

Most Viewed Tech-focused YouTube Videos (estimated, unranked)

 

Web Map and app authoring is present again here, but more focused on the data side of things:

 

 

And one final thanks to Esri Canada for always producing stellar ArcGIS Online videos, and Kelly Gerrow, Matt Payne & Jeremy Bartley!

 

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I hope the above picks provided a bit of insight into what content was popular in 2019! Let me know in the comments below  if there are any outstanding questions. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise and This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Pro

 

If you're interested, I'd love to connect on LinkedIn. You can follow me on Twitter, too. I regularly post / tweet GIS(ish) content to these platforms.

 

Happy new year and see you again in a couple weeks!

 

-Peter

For those new to this series, "This Week's Picks" is a (loosely) biweekly blog where I share some of my favorite ArcGIS Online content with you.

 

If you are interested in earlier posts, they’re archived here: This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online: Archive 

 

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There is a chance that if you’re reading this, you might have contacted Esri Technical Support before and spoken or emailed with one of my colleagues. It goes without saying that Esri Support Analysts are wizards at solving technical problems involving GIS, but what some folks don’t know is that they are also the engine behind the Support site’s Knowledge Base (KB). 

 

That’s why this week I want to highlight three new(ish) Technical Support-written Knowledge Base articles that get into some lesser-known ArcGIS API for Python and Arcade functionality.

 

Clone Hosted Feature Services between ArcGIS Online Organizations

 

“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry…” and suddenly, it’s a requirement to transfer Hosted Feature Layers, Web Maps, Apps and maybe even surveys and dashboards to a different ArcGIS Online organization. This would be a daunting task, but the ArcGIS API for Python’s Clone Items method makes it easier. This KB article (written by yours truly, I know - shameless plug) provides a Jupyter Notebook and standalone Python script code sample to get you started. 

 

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Automate ArcGIS Online Hosted Feature Service Downloads

 

Unintentionally overwriting a layer or accidentally deleting a Hosted Feature Service are mistakes that many of us have made in ArcGIS Online. With the ArcGIS API for Python, it is possible to automate local backups of your Hosted Feature Services for when these situations unexpectedly come up. See the code sample in Munachiso Ogbuchiekwe's KB article.

 

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Step-by-Step: Calculate a Field in ArcGIS Online with Arcade

 

In This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online #3, I highlighted Arcade resources focused on pop-ups, symbology and labeling. To round things out, Hanushrie Gopalkrishnan's support KB article demonstrates how to use a simple expression to calculate a field based on the values of two existing fields. 

 

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I hope the above KB articles provided some helpful tips on the ArcGIS API for Python and Arcade! Let me know in the comments below if there are any outstanding questions. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for This Week's Picks – ArcGIS Enterprise and This Week's Picks – ArcGIS Pro

 

If you're interested, I'd love to connect on LinkedIn. You can follow me on Twitter, too. I regularly post / tweet GIS(ish) content to these platforms.

 

Happy holidays and see you in 2020!

-Peter

For those new to this series, "This Week's Picks" is a (loosely) biweekly blog where I share some of my favorite ArcGIS Online content with you.

 

If you are interested in earlier posts, they’re archived here: This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online: Archive 

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Thanksgiving weekend had me thinking a lot about sharing. We share a meal; we share time with family and friends; we create shared memories and history together.

 

With sharing on the mind, the sheer number of hours I spend in ArcGIS Online meant it was only a matter of time before I began thinking about sharing data, maps and apps, and the powerful messages and stories that can be conveyed to a lot of people when these items are shared with the public.

 

However, there are some factors to think about before making your items accessible to everyone.  

 

The following resources describe best practices for layer and Web Map configuration for publicly shared items, discuss the nuances among public sharing options, and provide some suggestions for generating the most possible interest in your public maps.

 

An important note before the picks: It is the responsibility of anyone sharing layers, maps and apps publicly to check the data to make sure that nobody's private information is included. 

 

Blog: Prepare Content for Public Sharing

Important elements to consider before sharing items publicly include access to the content, accessibility, and the end goal of the map or app. My colleague Madison recently published an outstanding blog going through four crucial questions that help address the above aspects. My favorite passage: “Members of the public never have access to delete your maps and apps, but mistakes can happen in an organization with many members who have content administration privileges… for this reason, we recommend enabling delete protection for all content shared publicly (layers, web maps, and apps). Deleting web maps or apps is a permanent action that cannot be undone.”

 

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Video: Prepare Content for Sharing with the Public

Take a closer technical look into some of the concepts that Madison presents through the ArcGIS Online team’s video demo, recorded at the 2018 Developer Summit. Specifically, there is a side-by-side comparison of Feature Layer and Tile Layer performance for public-facing applications, as well as the full workflow of enabling subscriber and premium content in a configurable app, a Web AppBuilder app, and a Story Map.

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Blog: Captivate Your Audience with Apps

Creating a configurable app from your Web Map is a quick, straightforward way to provide a focused user experience for a public audience. This blog covers some templates that are great for public sharing, the importance of well-configured pop-ups, and organization branding. Quotable line: “Configurable apps in ArcGIS Online turn your web maps into shareable and presentable information products.”

 

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I hope the above picks provided some helpful tips on sharing items publicly! Let me know in the comments below if there are any outstanding questions. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for This Week's Picks – ArcGIS Enterprise & This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Pro!

 

If you're interested, I'd love to connect on LinkedIn. You can follow me on Twitter, too. I regularly post / tweet GIS(ish) content to these platforms.

-Peter

Welcome to the third round of Product Advocacy’s completely unofficial, recurring GeoNet post!

In case you missed my first and second posts over the past month, "This Week's Picks" is a (loosely) biweekly blog where I share some of my favorite ArcGIS Online content with you.

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One of my favorite parts of my role is all the time I get to spend on GeoNet – you might have seen me answer a question or troubleshoot an issue in the ArcGIS Online space recently. Within this space I have noticed an uptick in the number of posts related to ArcGIS Arcade, the lightweight expression language that among other functionality unlocks pop-up, symbology and label customization across the platform.

 

So for the 11/12 edition of “This Week’s Pick’s – ArcGIS Online” I want to highlight some of my favorite Arcade resources that can assist with getting started on writing expressions or take existing code to the next level.

Understand Arcade:

I remember we had a unit on Arcade in my Master’s in GIS Program, and to be honest I was somewhat lost about what it was or where to start. In this video, Esri Canada’s Mark Ho provides a lucid overview of Arcade and how it can be used in ArcGIS Online – I certainly could have used this two years ago.

 

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Smart Map with Arcade:

Take a deeper dive into the concepts that Mark presents though this Story Map on Smart Mapping with Arcade. Illustrated, step-by-step examples show how to create custom symbology, labels and pop-ups with Arcade. For further inspiration, there are also links at the bottom of the Story Map to live examples of Web Maps and Apps that have implemented Arcade.

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Take a Deeper Dive with FeatureSets:

FeatureSets are one of the most popular Arcade functions because they unlock data across a Web Map (and after Arcade 1.8, across ArcGIS Online) for use in pop-ups and field calculation. Lisa Berry’s excellent two-part blog series takes a close look at how to ‘pump up your pop-ups’ using FeatureSets and Living Atlas layers.

 

 

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I hope that the above picks provide some insight into the various ways in which Arcade can make pop-ups, symbology and labels come alive. Let me know in the comments below if there are any outstanding questions. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise & This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Pro!

If you're interested, I'd love to connect on LinkedIn. You can follow me on Twitter, too. I regularly post / tweet GIS(ish) content to these platforms.

-Peter

Welcome to the second installment of Product Advocacy’s completely unofficial, recurring GeoNet post!

 

In case you missed my first post a few weeks back, "This Week's Picks" is a (loosely) biweekly blog where I share some of my favorite ArcGIS Online content with you.

 

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We have seen numerous wildfires across California over the past couple of weeks. Two fires outside of Redlands rained ash on the Esri campus and had me refreshing Twitter to get news updates. When I needed to know the fire location and evacuation zones, I relied on ArcGIS Online Web Applications that I found through Twitter links.

 

Throughout the state, government agencies have done an incredible job of providing the public with similar apps that contain live-updated layers showing evacuation zones, emergency shelters, fire perimeters, road closures, and other need-to-know locations.

 

In circumstances like these it’s crucial that layers are up-to-date and accurate, and that apps load quickly for tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people.

 

ArcGIS Online is designed to handle heavy load. However layers, maps and apps must be configured properly to take full advantage of our geospatial cloud’s scalability. That’s why this week I want to highlight some content on maximizing the performance of heavily used, public-facing (often disaster response) applications. Many of these ideas are also applicable to everyday workflows.

 

Configure Layers and Apps for High Demand:

 

As citizens turn to ArcGIS Online-hosted apps to stay safe, it is paramount that the layer, map and app configuration is optimized to handle a high number of visitors. ArcGIS Online Product Manager Kelly Gerrow-Wilcox’s blog post goes into the nitty-gritty of how to configure high-demand apps.

 

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Use Vector Basemaps by Default in ArcGIS Online:

 

Vector tile basemaps have been available in ArcGIS Online since December 2016 but are the default in Basemap Galleries only for Organizations created after the June 2019 ArcGIS Online update. Vector tiles outperform raster tiles for the following reasons: the smaller file size of vector tiles means faster load times, and vector drawing facilitates better adaptation to display resolution differences across devices. If you have an ArcGIS Online organization older than June 2019, this blog details how to make vector tile basemaps the default in the Basemap Gallery:

 

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Create Hosted Feature Layer Views for Disaster Response Apps

 

A professor at my alma mater Johns Hopkins, Paul Doherty also advises the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation. In this five-minute video, Paul demos creating Hosted Feature Layer Views and discusses their importance in disaster response applications.

  

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If you currently need GIS assistance with a disaster please contact Esri’s Disaster Response Program. I hope that the above selections provided some insight into the process of optimizing your layers, maps and apps for when they’re needed most. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise & This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Pro!

 

If you're interested, I'd love to connect on LinkedIn. You can follow me on Twitter, too. I regularly post / tweet GIS(ish) content to these platforms.

 

-Peter

I'm excited to introduce this completely unofficial recurring GeoNet blog post!

 

In my role as ArcGIS Online Product Advocacy Lead, I am continuously coming across informative, interesting, and inspiring content. Through "This Week's Picks" I hope to quickly share some of my favorites with you.

 

For this week, I want to touch on three topics I’ve seen a lot excitement about both here at Esri and within our user community.

 

New Map Viewer:

 

There are countless reasons to be excited about the New Map Viewer in ArcGIS Online. The beta is coming sometime this fall. Built on the ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.x, the New Map Viewer is flexible, fast, and intuitive. Highlights and how you will access the beta can be found here.

 

Calculate a Weighted Average with Arcade:

 

For a non-programmer like myself, it’s always a little mind-bending (in a good way) to see different uses of Arcade and try to implement them in my own projects. My colleague Christopher Zielinski wrote this post showing how to use a weighted average within multivariate symbology - it's an elegant way to quickly visualize trends in your Web Map.

 

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Introduction to Distributed Collaboration (Video Demo):

 

If you've thought about setting up Distributed Collaboration between ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise, Esri Canada's two videos provide a succinct overview of how collaboration works, as well as a deeper dive into how items move across collaboration groups.

 

 

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Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise & This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Pro

 

If you're interested, I'd love to connect on LinkedIn. You can follow me on Twitter, too. I regularly post / tweet GIS(ish) content to these platforms. 

 

-Peter