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INSPIRE is exploring new simplified approaches to make INSPIRE data easier to consume and use, including the use of GeoJSON for alternative encodings. We think it's the right direction, and are therefore excited about the latest release of the ArcGIS API. In her recent article, "Build Web Apps That Use All Kinds of Data," technical product manager Julie Powell shares how the latest release of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript has evolved. It now provides a GeoJSON layer to support GeoJSON data sources fully. The GeoJSON layer is a first-class citizen in the 4.x API; so just as you can style it, perform client-side queries, filter, and calculate statistics, etc. – you can now enable clustering in the same way that you would with a feature layer. Learn more about the GeoJSON, CSV, and OGC services support in her article.


There are a ton of other exciting enhancements and features - read more about What's New in ArcGIS API for JavaScript (December 2019).


ArcGIS API for JavaScript Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Collaboratives Open Platform: Standards and Interoperability

INSPIRE Helsinki is coming 22-24 October 2019 in Finland, organised by the National Land Survey of Finland and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Inspire Helsinki 2019 hosts four data challenges that search for innovative, practical uses of spatial data in the domains of sea, weather, and cities. 



The goal of the event is to have a look at how the latest technologies and spatial data can improve both decision making and the daily life of everyone. But you should hurry! The hard deadline for the team sign up is Sun 8 September. Teams have to sign up in order to participate in the Inspire Helsinki 2019 Data Challenge.



ArcGIS for Developers

As a challenge sponsor partner, Esri will support participants who are interested in using ArcGIS to build data, maps, apps, and solutions to tackle the Inspire Helsinki 2019 Challenges.



ArcGIS for Developers is a complete developer experience designed to be simple and flexible. Joining ArcGIS for Developers gives you access to all of the software and resources you need to build, manage, and deploy your solutions quickly and cost-effectively.

To use ArcGIS in the Inspire Helsinki 2019 Challenges:

  • Create your free developer account
  • Esri will provide special ArcGIS Online vouchers that extend credits to Inspire Helsinki 2019 Challenge participants (teams must sign up in order to participate)

INSPIRE Helsinki: ArcGIS for Developers Webinar 5-Sept

Esri is hosting an "ArcGIS for Developers: Quick Start” webinar on Thursday, 5-September 2019 8:30AM - 9:30AM EDT(GMT-4) / Helsinki 3:30PM-4:30PM (GMT+3) to support Inspire Helsinki Challenge Teams (see info below).


Invitation to register for the "ArcGIS for Developers: Quick Start" webinar: