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In all the excitement of the 2014 Esri UC, you may not have heard about GeoNet. Maybe you heard the name from Jack's announcement during the plenary, maybe you got an email or saw it from your social media connections, maybe you've logged in but were not sure where to go. In any case, I wanted to help you understand more about GeoNet, how it applies to you and how you can get started.


Purpose of GeoNet

GeoNet is here to extend the user conference experience to 365 days a year. Take all of the networking, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and product support from the conference and combine them into a single community that spans the globe. From that, you have GeoNet.


Launching GeoNet

GeoNet started with a soft launch of a The specified item was not found. Community to support the climate challenge presented by President Barack Obama and the White House. A core group of resilience-focused users were invited to the community to try it out and provide feedback. Their participation allowed us to develop the community further as we pushed towards the UC launch of a community that revolves around all things geo.


What is GeoNet

GeoNet is more than just a new forums location. Forums now are only a part of the larger community. This community is there as a tool to help you, the GIS user, get your job done better and more efficiently. You can create discussions, upload files, collaborate on documents, share videos, write blog posts, and much more. This content items can be created within a space focused on a particular topic or industry. Those who follow that place will receive notification of new activity and can get engaged in the conversations.



Esri has provided a general platform for the community with a several spaces focused around industries and products. But in some cases your content may fall outside of these built-out areas. This need provides an opportunity to show the strength of GeoNet. You can create your own groups to meet this need. There is no need to put in a formal request. In 30 seconds you can create a group, give it a description, add tags, and define the membership level. And you're ready to work! The group is yours to manage and customize to make it work best for you. The community has already taken off though the addition of new groups, such as The specified item was not found., Facilities GIS User Group, GIS for K-12 AdministrationDeutsche GIS Anwender, and more. The availability to create these collaboration groups is now at your fingertips.



What would a Geo community be without a spatial component? GeoNet allows its members to put themselves on a Map. Easily see the distribution of community members across the globe. ArcGIS Online is also integrated within the community through the bang app (! app) . You can embed publicly shared maps within content as a thumbnail with a direct link to the live map. This opens up a new channel to share and create conversations around your maps. The bang app also gives you the ability to geotag your content. This will provide a way to visualize and query content based upon location as part of a future release of the community. Find out how to add geotags and maps into your GeoNet content.


Getting Started

You can get started in the community by logging in with your Esri Account. If you do not have an account, you can easily create an account. Once in the community, begin by  Updating Your Profile, , and Begin Searching . There is so much to explore in GeoNet, so if you have any questions or would like to learn more, check out GeoNet Resource Hub.


I look forward to seeing you in the community.


Timothy Hales

Enterprise Community Manager


Thank you for the great feedback concerning GeoNet and the forums migration. We are always looking to improve the community and would like to hear from you. Please continue to share what you like and don't like about GeoNet. GeoNet has a larger overarching goal of creating a rich, collaborative space for the GIS community. The forums are a piece of this community. The valuable feedback that you provide will let us know what is important to you to make this a valuable community and not just another social network.


Feel free to share as a new discussion in GeoNet Resource Hub.



Timothy Hales

GeoNet Community Manager

Stay tuned! Esri is busy putting the final touches a new GeoNet app that will show where everyone is in the community. You will be able to set up a Preferred Location in your profile and see where everyone else is in relation to your location. This is just the start of even greater functionality!


This exciting app will be available in an upcoming release, so keep an eye out for it!