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Esri is pleased to announce that ArcGIS 10.1 Service Pack 1 is now available for download in the following languages:
Please download this service pack at your earliest convenience to take advantage of maintenance fixes, performance improvements, software enhancements, and translation updates; all of which will improve the quality of your ArcGIS system.Note: For non-English service packs, there is no need to download and install both English and a language-specific service pack.

For details on what’s included, please see the list of issues that are addressed in ArcGIS 10.1 SP1.

ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced, Standard, Basic and ArcReaderArcGIS for Server*ArcGIS Engine

*The ArcGIS for Server service pack downloads are available on the Customer Care Site for customers who are current on software maintenance. To obtain the ArcGIS for Server Service Pack downloads, please follow the same process your organization uses to obtain Esri software.
Mike H.Program Manager – User Advocacy GroupEsri Support Services
The Esri Support Services department piloted its own GeoMentoring program in 2009 to help increase geographic awareness and geoliteracy, and has been participating each year in local schools. The eighth grade science classes at a middle school in Concord, North Carolina were identified as an ideal site for GeoMentoring, as they have a strong technology focus. In November 2012, to help celebrate GIS Day, a variety of team members from the Esri East Coast Support Center in Charlotte, NC participated as GeoMentors in our latest school visit.

The GeoMentoring activities took place over the span of three days where Esri Support staff worked with 110 middle school students. The three day event included a combination of lecture materials on GIS, a field geocaching activity, an interactive exercise, and a lab component utilizing core ArcGIS software. Lecture content included discussions on geography, GIS, and the history and many uses of the technology as an aid in everyday decision making and planning.

A map of the GPS tracks that students
made during the geocaching field activity.


A map of the GPS tracks that students
made during the geocaching field activity.

The first day was a bit colder than some had anticipated as we made our way outside for our field activities in geocaching. Students were given GPS devices after a quick crash course in usage from their mentors and sent out to roam the school campus to traverse between waypoints. This was a fun way to incorporate GIS into an activity they could learn from including geographic concepts of cardinal direction, distance, and spatial awareness. Rounding up 110 middle schoolers proved challenging as some had ideas of running between waypoints to keep warm! Each waypoint or cache included a container with a geography question, which provided students an opportunity to collaborate with teammates in answering these geographic questions.

Students participated in an interactive river dam activity as well as lab exercises. These two exercises helped to understand and discuss how GIS is used to guide and make educated planning decisions. The lab exercises consisted of students importing the GPS tracks, using basic GIS functions such as overlaying and symbolizing, and interacting with standard tools within ArcMap.

Students really enjoyed and took hold of this activity, using their creativity to develop unique maps with a wide array of colors and symbolization for waypoints and GPS tracks. Everything from caution cones to skull and cross bones were used!

A group of students locating a cache
during their outside geocaching activity.

Throughout these three days in working with the teams, the students took the opportunity to ask questions, and were very interactive in sharing their existing knowledge on geography. Support Services plans on continuing the GeoMentoring program as this gives Esri team members additional opportunities to interact with GIS outside of the office, and it gives local schools exposure to geography and the ability to learn what GIS is and how it can relate to their everyday life.Melissa Jarman - Geodata Support Analyst
Starting at ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 SP1, the default locator options for geocoding have geolocating-150x150.jpgchanged. The only locators that appear in the list of default address locators (populated from the DefaultLocators.xml file) after the install of SP1 are the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service, which points to, and the MGRS Military Grid Reference System locator. The locators pointing to the geocoding services at are no longer included in the DefaultLocators.xml file after installing ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 SP1.

The DefaultLocators.xml file is responsible for populating the list of locators seen in the Geocoding toolbar and the Locations tab of the Find tool. This is expected behavior after installing ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 SP1. A detailed announcement explaining the reasons behind this change in the geocoding process is available in this December 2012 blog post from the Esri Development team: World Geocoding in ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 SP1 

Included with this change is the eventual deprecation of the locators housed at The goal is to use the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service as a complete solution for batch geocoding and geosearch capabilities. Eventually, the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service will be the only option available for online batch geocoding and will require a fee; however, the World Geocoding Service can be used for free to perform geosearches using the Find tool and the Geocoding toolbar. To batch geocode using the new World Geocoding Service in ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 SP1, an ArcGIS Online Organization subscription will be required.

For a limited time prior to deprecation, connections can continue to be made to through ArcCatalog or the Catalog window in ArcMap. Detailed instructions on how to make this connection are available in the Esri Technical Article, HowTo: Add the World Geocoding Service to ArcMap for batch geocoding.

Once the geolocators at are deprecated, the options for batch geocoding will be reduced to using the fee-based World Geocoding Service, using the locators included with StreetMap Premium data for TomTom or Navteq that are available for purchase, using the StreetMap North America locators on the Data & Maps media that is included with the ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 software, or building a custom locator.Related Information

Below are links to additional information concerning some of the topics discussed:Shana B. - Desktop Support Analyst

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