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Why is it that a new year combined with a new decade somehow quadruples the sense that new possibilities for “living your best life” have opened up? If living your best life involves growing professionally or seizing opportunities to feed your curiosity, you may be interested in our new, no-cost MOOC (massive open online course), which starts February 26 and runs for six weeks.


Spatial Data Science: The New Frontier in Analytics introduces a term that may be new to some. Most people are familiar with “data science,” not as many with “spatial data science.” If you’re wondering if this is just a new term for spatial analysis, the answer is, “Spatial data science includes spatial analysis, AND it’s much more than that."


Spatial data science refers to the application of spatial data, analysis techniques, and methods that account for spatial properties, like shape, distance, area, and direction. Spatial data science also incorporates Tobler’s Law, something GIS professionals know like the back of their hand, and (simplified) states: “Things that are close to one another are more related than things that are farther apart.”


When you’re analyzing massive amounts of data, taking a spatial approach often reveals patterns that aren’t obvious with nonspatial approaches. Visualizing these patterns on a map often raises questions that spark further analysis, which leads to more insight.


Spatial data science also incorporates things like machine learning models, scripting, and statistics. Most importantly, like data science, spatial data science helps analysts solve problems and make predictions that may lead to breakthroughs on some of our toughest challenges related to the environment, human health, and more.


If you've never participated in an Esri MOOC before, know that they're a hybrid learning model—they contain elements of e-Learning and instructor-led training.


Like e-Learning, MOOCs are self-paced. But like an instructor-led class, they have a defined duration (in this case, six weeks). A new section opens each week, but there are no formal class times—the logistics of holding a set class time would be difficult considering the number of times zones involved in a MOOC. Participants are literally all over the map.


You attend the course when it’s convenient for you. If you want to pull an all-nighter and complete every section on the last day the course is open, you can (though we don’t recommend it). Based on six years of offering MOOCs, participants tend to be more successful when they complete each section during its opening week (or at least start the section).


In the discussion forums, participants can interact and learn together in real time if they choose, just like in an instructor-led class. Sharing questions, ideas, and solutions is a key part of the MOOC experience.


Course videos are recordings but you’ll see Esri experts discussing topics, having real conversations, and sharing valuable information—also just like an instructor-led class.


Participants get free access to ArcGIS software products for use in the course, including ArcGIS Pro. This is cool because not only do you get to try out some of the latest and greatest tech, you get to apply the software in the context of guided exercises—no need to figure out how to get started or which tool does what.


Instead, you’ll be introduced to realistic scenarios and stepped through the workflows to solve a problem. If you’re someone who prefers learning without a lot of hand-holding, there will be opportunities to challenge yourself by extending an analysis or performing a similar analysis on your own.



If the new year finds you wanting to expand your professional horizons and explore new technology possibilities, join us and see for yourself what spatial data science is all about. View course details and register at


Oh, and MOOCs have one more similarity to an instructor-led class: completing all course content earns you a certificate of completion from Esri.

Update on December 6, 2019: Yesterday's live training seminar was recorded and is available at the same link below. The recording will be available to everyone interested in the topic until January 4, 2020. After that, all customers with a current maintenance subscription may access the seminar at any time.


If your job involves regularly performing GIS analysis, you're probably familiar with sharing analysis workflows as Python scripts or geoprocessing models. Both of these options allow you to quickly repeat an analysis workflow using different data or parameters and easily share your workflows with colleagues. Sharing, unlike starting from scratch every time you need to do an analysis, saves a lot of time and effort—a win for analysts and the organizations where they work.


A sharing option in ArcGIS that you may be less familiar with is called a web tool. On December 5, join our free live training seminar to learn what web tools are and how they support enterprise-wide analysis capabilities.


Esri presenters Jian Lange and Monica Joseph will give an overview of how web tools work and show the steps to publish a web tool from ArcGIS Pro to ArcGIS Enterprise.


Three, one-hour sessions will be broadcast live, and each session includes Q&A with the presenters. View more details and get a calendar reminder at the link below.


What: Sharing Analysis Workflows on the Web

When: Thursday, December 5, 2019 — 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. Pacific time

Where: Online at the Esri Training website

How do organizations achieve the promise of GIS technology? A simple question, but one that may inspire a multitude of answers.


From saving money by eliminating inefficient workflows to enabling smarter, data-driven decisions, the business benefits of GIS are huge—enormous when the technology is deployed at enterprise scale.


While GIS apps have become much easier to use in recent years, a learning curve remains, especially for those with no previous exposure. This is to be expected since GIS provides numerous and powerful capabilities. One doesn't develop the skills and stamina to summit Mount Everest in a day, but the view is magnificent when you get there. (Don't take this metaphor to mean that producing impactful results from GIS requires years of training—it doesn't. It's just a metaphor.)


A simple answer to the simple question is that achieving technology's promise requires skilled humans. And this explains why so many organizations using ArcGIS software have embraced Esri learning plans.


The learning plan concept is simple too. It starts with listening to your customers to understand how they are using your products (for what workflows? to support what business objectives?). Then drive collaboration between product and educational experts to define the skills and knowledge needed to efficiently perform those workflows. Build training content that provides context and guidance through the best practices to perform the workflows and produce valid results.


Here's the really simple part. Take multiple pieces of content, in various formats, all related to the same focused topic, all contributing toward defined learning goals, group them into a learning plan, and make the plan easily available from the web.


This is the essence of what we're doing in Esri Training, but there's more. Learning plans are a tool for individuals to build skills and advance their professional goals, and they are also a tool for organizations to build geospatial capabilities and manage workforce development.


We've built tools that allow managers to create learning plans tailored to their specific workforce training needs, assign learning plans to one or many individuals (and set due dates if desired), track progress through learning plans, and easily see when learning plans are completed.


Esri learning plans and the tools to manage them are completely free to anyone. Some plans may include instructor-led courses (which have a cost), but many contain only e-Learning options. All customers with a current maintenance subscription enjoy unlimited access to all e-Learning on the Training site. With hundreds of e-Learning options, all developed by Esri experts, this is an amazing benefit we want all customers to take advantage of.


When organizations encourage a culture of learning and align GIS skills acquisition with GIS-enabled business objectives, technology delivers big time. Esri learning plans are here to help.


Want More on This Topic?
Read Learning Plans 101 for details on how to create and manage Esri learning plans.

If your organization uses ArcGIS to support field operations, be sure to join our free live training seminar next week. ArcGIS QuickCapture is the newest app for rapid field data collection and dissemination. QuickCapture has a simple interface that makes it fast and easy to capture data from a moving vehicle (on the ground or in the air) —especially useful when decision makers need data quickly after a natural disaster or in remote locations with rough terrain.


Esri presenters Danielle Hopkins and Ishmael Chivite will give an overview of app features and use cases, and show how to create and manage QuickCapture projects within an ArcGIS organization.


Three, one-hour sessions will be broadcast live, and each includes Q&A with the presenters. View more details and get a calendar reminder at the link below.


What: Get Started with ArcGIS QuickCapture

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019

  • 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. Pacific

Where: Online at the Esri Training website

October 25 Update: The seminar was recorded and is available for viewing here


Interested in AI, machine learning, or deep learning? If so, be sure to join our next free live training seminar on October 24. ArcGIS Deep Learning Tools for Imagery is a one-hour seminar that will take you through the latest capabilities and workflows to create an object-detection deep learning model and extract features from large imagery files. Esri presenters Vinay Viswambharan and David Yu will show an end-to-end workflow to create a land-cover map from imagery using ArcGIS Notebooks and ArcGIS API for Python.


Three sessions will be broadcast live, and each includes Q&A with the presenters. View more details and get a calendar reminder at the link below.


What: ArcGIS Deep Learning Tools for Imagery

When: Thursday, October 24, 2019.

  • 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. Pacific

Where: Online at the Esri Training website

Up next in our live training seminar series is Engage Your Community with ArcGIS Hub. Join this one-hour seminar to learn how cities, nonprofits, and other organizations are using ArcGIS Hub to share data, engage stakeholders and the public, and tackle issues that matter. The presenters will show how to design a hub site, provide access to the site to community members, and share authoritative resources that support initiatives. Three sessions will be broadcast live, and each includes Q&A with the presenters.


What: Engage Your Community with ArcGIS Hub

When: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Where: Online at the Esri Training website

Update: Going Places with Spatial Analysis is now open to all registered attendees and anyone interested in lifelong learning, trying out ArcGIS Online analysis capabilities, or just interacting with thousands of other students from around the world. Registration will remain open until September 18. Join the course using the link below. Have fun and happy learning!



This year's final offering of Esri's popular Going Places with Spatial Analysis free massive open online course (MOOC) starts next week. Over six weeks, attendees will explore fundamental spatial analysis concepts and get hands-on practice with spatial analysis tools in ArcGIS Online. The course includes video lectures, quizzes, polls, discussions, and step-by-step software exercises.


Each week's section takes about three hours to complete. All coursework happens online via the Esri Training website, and access to an ArcGIS Online organizational site is provided. Everyone who finishes all the course content by the course close date will receive an Esri certificate of completion.


If you want to grow your understanding of spatial analysis techniques and applications while getting to know the analytical capabilities in ArcGIS Online, the Going Places MOOC is a fun way to meet those goals. 


Want to join the course? All you need to do is register at

If you’re going to be at UC 2019, come see me to learn more about Workforce Development and people strategies.  Our goal is to help in your understanding how to communicate to your leadership the value of a strategic workforce planning process that addresses mission, business objectives and tactical training.  This strategic people planning will drive wider GIS adoption and leader engagement while increasing staff GIS productivity.


I will be presenting Wednesday morning at the Get the C-Suite’s Attention with Strategic Workforce Planning Session.  Or you can stop in the expo center at the Life Long Learning Booth and find me there.



Technical Workshops

Wednesday, July 10                                                                                         Location: SDCC - Rooms

8:30 am

Get the C-Suite’s Attention with Strategic Workforce Planning

SDCC, Room 31 A

1:00 pm

Increase GIS Adoption the Agile Way

SDCC, Ballroom 06 F

2:30 pm

Workforce Development Planning in Three Simple Steps

SDCC, Ballroom 06 F


Spotlight Talks                                               

Tuesday, July 9                             Location: SDCC – Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Spotlight Theater      

10:30 am

Making It Real: Use Training to Make Your Tech Dreams Come True


Wednesday, July 10                          Location: SDCC – Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Spotlight Theater      

1:00 pm

Advance Your Goals with Esri Technical Certification


4:00 pm

Focus on Training to Go the Distance




Tuesday, July 9 – Thursday, July 11  Location: SDCC – Expo: Guiding Your Geospatial Journey Spotlight Theater                                             

Workforce Development Planning

Our training consultants will help you devise a strategy-driven learning plan that will ensure that your workforce has the skills to leverage ArcGIS. Leave with a high-level plan and strong justification to develop your workforce.   

Schedule an appointment


Expo Area

Stop by to connect 1-on-1 with Esri Staff and talk more about People Strategy in our Guiding Your Geospatial Journey area and in the Lifelong Learning Area.


Tuesday, July 9                9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Wednesday, July 10         9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Thursday, July 11             9:00 AM–4:00 PM


Implementing ArcGIS

If you're attending this year's Esri User Conference, are you going to San Diego with a plan to collect specific technical information to support an upcoming ArcGIS project? Or do you have a flexible plan to discover what’s possible with the latest ArcGIS capabilities and take that information back to your colleagues?


Either way, to achieve real business impact, your organization needs sustained technology adoption.


As organizations deploy ArcGIS software and new geospatial capabilities to improve their operations, a common challenge that leaders face is preparing the impacted workforce to quickly adopt new technology-driven workflows. Low adoption means a longer timeline to achieve the intended business results—or worse, results may not materialize as intended.


When individuals have a high comfort level with established processes, embracing new workflows requires a willingness to change. For most humans, change is uncomfortable. Leaders who focus on supporting the workforce through a time of change will be rewarded with a smoother transition to new workflows, faster technology adoption, and a more confident workforce.


This year, a two-day preconference seminar is specially designed to support conference attendees who are modernizing GIS-supported workflows, planning a new ArcGIS deployment, or expanding ArcGIS access outside the current user base.


The Preparing for Change Workshop addresses practical steps organizations can take to, yes, prepare for change. Guided by Prosci-certified Esri change practitioners, attendees will complete activities from the first phase of the popular Prosci ADKAR model of change management, including


  • Document the strategic implications of ArcGIS adoption at all levels of the organization.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of impacted stakeholders.
  • Establish a support and sponsorship framework to ensure long-term successful adoption.
  • Communicate effectively by understanding the organizational impacts of new technology from the perspective of executives, managers, and employees.


As a takeaway, attendees will get templates they can use to start actioning change-management efforts immediately after the conference.


If your organization is planning a technology change that will significantly impact existing workflows, take the opportunity to learn how to prepare your people to quickly embrace change, adopt new workflows, and get meaningful results with the cool technology you will see in July.


Where and When

San Diego, California

July 6-7, 2019

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Who Should Attend?

Preconference seminars have an additional fee and are open only to registered conference attendees.


  • Senior managers who want to increase the overall adoption rate of new geospatial capabilities
  • GIS managers who want to plan a people-focused change management effort
  • Influencers and change agents who are involved in ArcGIS projects and user adoption initiatives


View registration details.

In the annals of Esri history, “training” meant instructor-led training. (It took a few decades for e-Learning to become a thing.) Back in the day, an instructor-led class was a two-week affair taught only in physical classrooms with a projector, plastic sheets of slides, and something called a floppy disk.


Those days are long gone, but one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to help individuals achieve their ArcGIS learning goals and help customer organizations achieve maximum value from their ArcGIS investment.


Today’s instructor-led training is available online and in person. It’s an active learning experience that uses the latest classroom technology, and every course is designed and built to a set of specific and measurable learning objectives. Everyone’s time is valuable. We want attendees to leave class feeling they got their money’s worth and then some. We want to exceed expectations.


Expectations, however, can be hard to predict. In order to exceed expectations, first we must set the proper expectations. Which brings us to our new tool.


Our instructor-led class readiness tool, released today, is intended to better communicate the knowledge and skills that course designers assumed attendees would have when starting a class.


Image showing a question in the assessment tool panel

The readiness tool provides a set of multiple choice questions that measure prerequisite knowledge and skills that were defined at the outset of a course development project.


Our intention with this tool is to help those who are looking for an instructor-led class determine whether a course is a good match for their existing skills. It’s also useful for those who are registered to attend and want to make sure they’re well prepared before class begins.


The tool doesn’t just spit out a numeric score at the end—in fact, it doesn’t return a score at all. Results are qualitative. If the tool detects that skills may be weak in a specific area, a list of relevant e-Learning resources is provided.


Image showing recommended resources in the readiness tool results

From the tool results, you can add suggested resources directly to an Esri Academy learning plan.


Image showing a personalized Esri Academy learning plan

You can add resources to an existing learning plan or create a personalized learning plan from scratch.


There’s no requirement to use this tool or complete any recommended resources before attending class. We simply want to offer the opportunity for individuals to self-assess and use available resources to refresh their knowledge and skills if they so choose.


Time spent in an instructor-led class should be engaging and insightful, and most importantly yield practical results—knowledge and skills that can be applied to get real work done, faster and with better results.


Today, the readiness tool is available for a select group of instructor-led courses, including our popular ArcGIS Pro: Essential Workflows and ArcGIS Enterprise: Configuring a Base Deployment courses. We will add the tool to other courses over time.


About the Tool


What is it?

  • Instructor-Led Class Readiness tool

Who should use it?

  • Anyone who is considering registering for an Esri instructor-led class or is already registered and planning to attend on a specific date.

How do I access it?

  • Click the tool link on the course description page. Simply sign in with your Esri account to get started. Signing in allows us to store the results so that you can easily access the assessment and list of recommended resources (if there are any) at any time.
  • Answer each question, then review the results. If resources are recommended, plan some time to review them before class starts.

Lesson 1 - Foundations of the utility network 

Benefits of a utility network


Utility Network Tab


Utility Network Package Tools


ArcGIS solutions


Utility Network Configurations


Get started with the Electric Utility Network Configuration

Top Ten things about the Utility Network for electric



Get started with the Gas Utility Network Configuration



Get started with the Water Distribution Utility Network Configuration:


Sewer Home:

Get started with the Sewer Utility Network Configuration


Utility network layer properties


Lesson 2 - Network Topology Management

Network topology


Branch versioning


Adds a rule to a utility network


Networks, graphs, edges, and junctions - older historical info



Lesson 3 - Managing Connectivity and Associations

Help - Connectivity and associations


Lesson 4 - Network management

Set Subnetwork Definition


Lesson 5 - Tracing analysis

Trace utility networks


Utility network trace types


Configure a trace


Lesson 6 - Network diagrams

About network diagrams


Enable dynamic diagram mode


Manage the rules and layouts definition on your templates


Lesson 7 - Creating a utility network

Create a utility network


ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Add-In installation


Download the ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool


An overview of the Utility Network Package Tools toolbox


Install the Utility Network Package Tools toolbox


Apply Asset Package


ArcGIS Pro 2.2 and working with Python environments and packages


Utility Network Package Tools FAQ


Introduction to Industry Configurations for the Utility Network


Other topics

Video - Utility Network Management in ArcGIS: Migrating Your Data to the Utility Network


Video - Esri's Utility Network - Understanding the Impact and Planning the Journey

Electric slant from a Pasadena example, from 2017 and some beta stuff

Some great demos start at 18:25 in this video with containment and diagrams

Insight into the ArcGIS Utility Network Management Extension

Erik and Tom – Overview of the product from 2018 develop summit

Density analysis calculates the number of events or objects across an area. The calculation results reveal where the highest concentration of points is within that area.


Did you know that you can also analyze points that represent a value greater than 1? Just because there may be a cluster of points does not necessarily mean that a certain area has the highest concentration.


All you need is an attribute with the quantities.


The following example shows you how density analysis is performed using attributes with the Point Density tool in ArcGIS Pro 2.2.


 This map shows the address locations of reported crimes.

 Example of points


Each point may represent more than one report. The number of reports is stored in the Reports field in the attribute table.


Points table



  1. On the Analysis tab, click Tools.

  2. In the search box, type Point Density.

  3. On the Analysis tab, click Tools.

  4. Select your input points.

  5. For Population field, select the attribute with the quantity value.

    Your Point Density geoprocessing pane should look something like this:

    Point Density tool

  6. Set your output raster.


The output density raster shows the areas with the highest density based upon the number of reports at each address location. When you compare running the Point Density tool without a population field versus with a population field, you can see the difference in the results.


Point density without population

Point density without population

Point density with population

Point density with population



By adding in the population field, a high-density area becomes more apparent in the northern area of the map. Upon further investigation, that particular area contains a mall, shopping center, and movie theatre—which probably contributes to the higher number of crime reports.


Spatial analysis provides the tools you need to make informed decisions. Learning how to use the available tools will help you choose the specific analysis tool that will best meet your particular needs.


Are you new to spatial analysis? I suggest that you take a look at the Getting Started with Spatial Analysis web course. This course builds a foundation of knowledge on the six categories of spatial analysis and how they are used in the spatial analysis workflow. Additional information on density analysis can be found in the Calculating Density Using ArcGIS web course.



*Note: The data used in this example is fictitious and does not represent real crime data.

Organizations all over the world are using focused web apps to share authoritative 2D and 3D content that's been published to their ArcGIS  organizational site or ArcGIS Enterprise portal. App users are visualizing data, performing analysis, finding the shortest route between two points, and completing many other tasks powered by GIS—in most cases, without even realizing they’re using GIS.

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS makes it easy to create feature-rich web apps without writing code. The user interface (UI) is friendly and makes quick work of creating apps that meet your functional requirements.

The basic workflow is only three steps:

  1. Share
  2. Configure
  3. Launch

3-step process to build a web app

Let's walk through the steps.



Sharing is the fastest step. On your ArcGIS  organizational site or ArcGIS Enterprise portal, select a web map or 3D web scene and choose to “Create a web app using the Web AppBuilder.” That's it!

Share web maps and web scenes to an app


Now you’re in the AppBuilder facing an “app shell.” In this step, you assign a theme to define the layout and color scheme and if desired add branding elements, such as your organization’s logo. You can also add other content layers.


The most important part of this step is selecting the widgets that will provide end users with the specific functionality you want them to have. There are lots of widgets to choose from but, as a general rule, don’t overwhelm end users with too many widgets—four or five is plenty for a focused web app.

Configure a web app


After configuring the theme and functionality, launch the web app to preview and evaluate your design. Previewing the app is essential to test both the app’s appearance and functionality—and make sure it will accomplish your intended purpose. If necessary, make changes, then launch again (as many times as needed) to finalize the app design. When you’re confident the app will accomplish your intended purpose, deploy it to your organization’s users—or to the world!

Launch a web app


Want to learn more?

If you'd like to learn time-saving tips and best practices for working with Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, check out these training options:


Jamie Powell, Esri This post was contributed by Esri education specialist Jamie Powell. Based in Olympia, Washington, Jamie is a course developer with extensive experience in the IT and GIS industries.

This post shows how to apply a five-step process to complete an analysis project using ArcMap (the same analysis could be performed just as easily in ArcGIS Pro). Suppose you want to analyze access to health care services in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in southern California.

The five steps in the analysis process are:

  1. Frame the question
  2. Explore and prepare data
  3. Choose analysis methods and tools
  4. Perform the analysis
  5. Examine and refine results

Map of Riverside-San Bernardino counties


Step 1. Frame the Question
This step seems straightforward because typically you're assigned a project to obtain specific information. Some projects involve answering several questions derived from a high-level question. How you frame the questions helps determine which GIS tools and methods you use for the analysis.

In this example, you might frame a preliminary high-level question: Is the distribution of health care facilities consistent with the population distribution in Riverside-San Bernardino, CA? This question could be broken down into the following sub-questions:

  • Where are facilities that provide health care services located?
  • What is the population distribution within the study area?
  • Do areas with the highest population density have the greatest number of facilities?
  • Within the study area, are there areas with high population density but no health care facilities?


Step 2. Explore and Prepare Data
This step can be the most time-consuming. If you don't have all the data needed for an analysis project, you must collect it. The ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is an excellent source of high-quality spatial data. In the U.S., the Census Bureau has a multitude of spatial, population, and demographic data. State data clearinghouses are another useful resource.  


Step 2a: Explore Data
For each dataset, explore the feature geography, attributes, and metadata to determine whether the data will be useful for your analysis and what kind of preparation, if any, may be required. Questions to ask about the data include:

  • What is the data format?
  • When was the data collected (how current is it)?
  • How detailed is the data—at what scale was it collected?
  • What coordinate system does the data use? Is the data projected?
    • Best practice is to project all datasets into a common coordinate system before doing analysis.
  • Does the feature geometry (i.e., point, line, polygon) work for the analysis?
  • Does the data have the attributes you need?
  • Does the data have any access or use constraints?

For this example, the following datasets were used. All use the WGS 1984 geographic coordinate system.

  • Hospitals — this data includes "traditional" hospitals as well as other medical facilities.
  • ZIP Codes — this data includes population attributes.
  • Counties — this data provides the geography for the area of interest (Riverside and San Bernardino counties).
  • States — this data provides additional geographic reference for the area of interest (California).


Step 2b: Prepare Data
To start, you need to decide what data format to use. Project data doesn't have to be all in the same format, but it can make things easier. The important thing is to verify that the analysis tools you need to use accept your data format; also consider whether you will be distributing the data created by the analysis. You can use the geoprocessing tools in the ArcToolbox Conversion Tools toolbox to quickly convert data to another format. If you have access to the ArcGIS Data Interoperability extension, you can directly work with many data formats.


Organizing data into a project folder helps simplify analysis tasks (you can specify a default input workspace for all the geoprocessing tools).

  • For this project, a file folder was created to organize the shapefiles.

If you are working with feature classes stored in different geodatabases, you could copy or import them into a single file-based project geodatabase. You might also want to create separate folders or geodatabases to store intermediate (temporary) data output from analysis operations as well as final data.


Extracting data to have the same extent as the study area helps speed up processing time and enhances data visualization in ArcMap. In this example, the project datasets cover the entire U.S.

  • Clipping the hospitals and ZIP Codes to the extent of the two counties will be part of data preparation.

In order to clip the data, you can create a selection layer of just Riverside and San Bernardino counties, or just select the two counties on the map. If you plan to use the same study area for multiple analysis projects, it's a good idea to export selected features and selection layers to their own shapefile or geodatabase feature class. That way, you have your study area feature data ready to go. For this example, we will simply select the two counties of interest. 

Here's are the data preparation tasks for this project:

  • Start ArcMap, add the project data, and zoom to the study area.
  • Using the Select Features tool, select Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Now you will clip the U.S. ZIP Codes to the extent of the two counties.
  • Open ArcToolbox, expand Analysis Tools, expand Extract, and double-click Clip to open the tool dialog box.
  • For Input Features, choose U.S. ZIP Codes. For Clip Features, choose Counties. When the clip layer has selected features, only the selected features will be used to clip the input features.
  • Accept or change the output location and name, then click OK to run the tool.
  • The clipped layer that contains only ZIP Codes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties is added to the Table of Contents.

Map of Riverside-San Bernardino ZIP Codes

Repeat the steps to clip the hospitals.

  • Double-click the Clip tool to open its dialog box.
  • For Input Features, choose Hospitals.
  • For Clip Features, choose Counties.
  • For Output Feature Class, accept or change the default output location and name, then click OK.

When the clip operation completes, a layer representing hospitals within the study area is added to the Table of Contents.

  • Change the default symbol as desired and remove the U.S. hospitals and ZIP Code layers (right-click each layer in the Table of Contents and choose Remove).

The data preparation tasks are now complete.


Map of hospitals and ZIP Codes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties


Step 3. Choose Analysis Methods and Tools

To choose the appropriate methods and tools for an analysis project, consider the questions framed in step 1 and document the methods and tools that will answer each one.


QuestionMethods and Tools
Where are facilities that provide health care services located?Examine distribution of hospitals on the map.
What is the population distribution within the study area?Symbolize ZIP Codes layer based on population density using graduated colors.
Do areas with the highest population density have the greatest number of facilities?First, do a visual analysis of the map to get a general idea, then do a spatial join operation between the Hospitals and ZIP Codes. The output of the spatial join will be one record for each hospital and the ZIP Code attributes.
Within the study area, are there areas with high population but no health care facilities?Summarize the ZIP field in the table output from the spatial join. The summary table will include a count of hospitals in each ZIP code that contains a hospital, plus population data for each ZIP Code.

It's helpful at this step to diagram the analysis. The diagram doesn't have to be anything fancy (although it can be if you like that sort of thing). An easy thing is to quickly draw on paper or a whiteboard like the example below.Workflow diagram example


Step 4. Perform the Analysis
If you've diagrammed the process in step 3, then in this step, you simply follow the diagram, completing each task in sequence. For complicated analyses, you may want to create a model in ModelBuilder to automate the process. A model also allows you to quickly change a parameter and run the model again to explore different scenarios.

  • Examine the distribution of the hospital features on the map. Zoom and pan around as needed.
  • Symbolize ZIP Codes with graduated colors based on the POP07_SQMI (2007 population density) attribute.

A visual analysis of the data shows the greatest number of hospitals and the most densely populated ZIP Codes (in darker shades of green on the map below) are in the southwestern part of the study area.

Map showing population density in Riverside-San Bernardino counties

You can get more information by doing a spatial join between the Hospitals and ZIP Codes layers.

  • Right-click Hospitals and click Joins and Relates > Join.
  • In the dialog box, choose to join data from another layer based on spatial location.
  • Choose ZIP Codes in the drop-down list of layers, specify the output feature class name and location, and click OK.

The output of the spatial join is a new point layer that contains all the hospital features plus the attributes of the ZIP Code each facility falls within. The ZIP field contains the five-digit ZIP Code in which the hospital is located, and the PO_NAME field contains the post office name (corresponds to the city name) for that ZIP Code. The POP07_SQMI field shows the population density associated with each hospital's ZIP Code.


Sorting the PO_NAME field reveals that multiple hospitals are located in some ZIP Codes.

Attribute table of joined Hospitals and ZIP Codes layers


The last step is to summarize the ZIP field. This operation will output a table that contains one record for each ZIP Code that contains a hospital, plus a field containing the count of hospitals within each ZIP Code. You can also choose to output statistics for numeric fields (such as POP07_SQMI).

  • In the joined table, right-click the ZIP field and choose Summarize.
  • For summary statistics, check First and Last for NAME (this is the hospital name) and check Average for both POP2007 (total population) and POP07_SQMI.
  • Specify an output location and name, then click OK.
  • Choose to add the result table to the map and open it.


Step 5. Examine and Refine Results

So what information does the summary table provide?

The Count_ZIP field tells you the number of hospitals in each ZIP Code that contains a hospital.

Summary table of hospitals and ZIP Codes


Sorting the POP07_SQMI field reveals that all the ZIP Codes that have more than 2,000 people per square mile have at least one health care facility.


The analysis shows that the distribution of health care services is generally consistent with the distribution of the population within the study area—that is the most facilities are located where the population is most dense. You could refine this analysis by considering the number of patients each facility can serve and other variables of interest. You could also extend the project to analyze whether access to health care services in the low-population areas is adequate. The current map indicates that residents of ZIP Codes with a low population density may have to travel a great distance to reach a hospital.


Want to learn more about performing analysis in ArcGIS? Check out these training options:

Maybe you're taking a class or an Esri MOOC and using a temporary ArcGIS organizational account, or maybe you're going to lose access to an organization account you were using at school or work. You've created some great maps and apps, and would reeeally like to keep them! If you're allowed to, there are some ways to do that. Let's explore:



First, if you just want to show off some things you’ve done, such as with a portfolio for job-hunting, remember you can take screenshots, of maps, apps, code, etc. This is the easiest route.


On a Windows PC, hold down the Alt key and press PrtScn. This will save it to your clipboard, so you can paste it in to a graphics application such as Paint and then save it as a jpeg or png file.


For mobile apps, on your phone, hold down either the power and volume-up buttons together, or the power and home buttons for older iPhones.



You can export some items, such as files and feature layers (including Survey123 results layers), to a variety of formats. You would then just republish it from your other ArcGIS account. You can export from the item’s Item Details page:


You can also save a web map in another organization, as long as the option to allow others to save the map is enabled.



You can also directly copy some items to another ArcGIS  account. There are different options for using other accounts.


The option that would work best would be to have another ArcGIS organizational account that you can use, such as in your school or employer’s ArcGIS organization. Other options include:

  • Get a free ArcGIS Developer account.
  • Use an ArcGIS for Personal (small annual fee, different in different countries) includes access to Esri desktop software, training, and an ArcGIS organizational account.
  • You can use a (free) public account, you won’t be able to move hosted feature layers.


Here are the copy tools that I know of that are worth trying. The Geo Jobe tools offer the most functionality in the premium tool, while functionality is more limited in the free tool. I’d recommend trying the AGO Assistant tool, a free, unsupported tool. 


AGO Assistant tool

Go to


You’ll need to log in with your ArcGIS  account.


Note: If you see a Request For Permission pop-up, your web browser may have automatically logged you in with your Esri account, which may not be the same as your ArcGIS  account. Click your username at the top right and switch to sign in with your AO account.


You will see your items listed on the left side.


At the top, click I Want To.., and select Copy Content.


In the dialog, click Another Account.


Select ArcGIS for the destination, and click Log In (to the other account that you’re copying to).


The items from that account will then be listed on the right side.


Open a folder on the left, such as Root, and drag the items you want to save into a folder on the right.


For some items, you will see a pop-up to choose between Simple and Full copy type.


Click Full.


Simple is just a reference back to the item in your student account, which will be deleted. With any tool you find for copying content, you need to verify that the tool downloads and publishes new layers, and does not continue to reference layers in the MOOC organization.


If you go back to ArcGIS  and log into the other account, you’ll see the copied items on your Content page.


Note: Unsupported tools are not perfect or guaranteed, but improving all the time.


Geo Jobe tools

If you want to try the Geo Jobe tools, go to There are free and paid tools to choose from. For the free tool:


Click on Admin Tools (


Click on View Item.


Important: make sure you're signed in the organization you want to copy from first.


Then click View Application ( )


In the search box, start typing "copy", then click Copy Items.


There is also a separate Geo Jobe tool for ArcGIS Portal organizations. In fact, much of this information applies to Portal as well. There is also the concept of Enterprise collaborations with Portal, meant for easy sharing between organizations.


Copying dashboards

There are certain items that can’t be copied yet (at least with the free tools), including Operations Dashboards. For these you would just need to recreate them in the other account, using the layers that you copy or export and then republish. You also might be able to copy the dashboard. Remember that copying a dashboard does not create a copy of the webmap(s) or layer(s) used, so you would need to have them copied or republished in your other account.


Go to the Operations Dashboard home page. You can use the App Launcher. Or, enter the URL directly, for example:


Note: Replace YourOrg with whatever org your account is in. You technically don't need to have the org name at all, it will work without it (, but that bypasses some security checks.


Click the Create Dashboard button. It will route you to:

Copy the item ID of the dashboard you'd like to save a copy of, such as the following: 

Add ?id=
<the item ID> to the Create Dashboard URL and press enter (to reload the page):


The page will load with the Title, Tags and Summary already filled in with the dashboard you are copying.


Click Create Dashboard.


It will open the copied dashboard in edit mode, and you can edit and save the dashboard into this organization.


Good luck!


If you haven't seen the Esri MOOC program yet, check it out:

Esri MOOC - Massive Open  Course 


Credit to David Nyenhuis, Kelly Gerrow and others for some of the info - thanks!

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