How to consume KML feed in operations dashboard?

11-07-2018 01:45 PM
New Contributor III

 I have a web map that I am building into an Operations Dashboard.  One of the layers is a KML feed.  I know that the O.D. widgets don't support this, but wondering if anyone knows of a workaround to get KML feed/data to work with an Ops Dashboard widget?

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Occasional Contributor II

Bob, KML's are extremely difficult to work with because of how the architecture of the the data is written which creates limitations for displaying in ArcGIS Online. A solution if you are familiar with Python that you could pursue is do a transformation of the data from KML -> GeoJSON -> Overwriting a Feature Service through Python. Give this documentation a look over overwriting_feature_layers | ArcGIS for Developers

The code below is one I have successfully implemented to update a Feature Service through a KML Feed.

# coding: utf-8

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# Import libraries
import urllib.request
import kml2geojson
import urllib.request, json
import os
from arcgis.gis import GIS
from arcgis import features

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url = ''

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urllib.request.urlretrieve(url, 'C:/Python_Testing/KML2GeoJSON/KML/WildCAD_CA_CNF.kml')
print("Successful Retrival")

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kml2geojson.main.convert('C:/Python_Testing/KML2GeoJSON/KML/WildCAD_CA_CNF.kml', 'C:/Python_Testing/KML2GeoJSON/GeoJSON')

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# Connect to the GIS
gis = GIS("", "Your Username", "Your Password")
print("Logged in as " + str(

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# ## Overwrite the feature layer
# Let us overwrite the feature layer using the new csv file we just created. To overwrite, we will use the `overwrite()` method.

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#item id of the feature layer in AGOL Organization
CNF_incidents_featureLayer_item = gis.content.get('Feature Service ID')

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from arcgis.features import FeatureLayerCollection
CNF_incidents_flayer_collection = FeatureLayerCollection.fromitem(CNF_incidents_featureLayer_item)

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from arcgis.features import FeatureLayer
CNF_incidents_flayer = FeatureLayer.fromitem(CNF_incidents_featureLayer_item, layer_id=0)

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#get the count of the features in the geojson
json_data = open(CNF_incidents_json_file)
data2 = json.load(json_data)

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#if there are features then overwrite the layer with the new data. If no features then truncate the database.
if len(data2['features'])>0:

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dirPath = "C:/Python_Testing/KML2GeoJSON/KML"
fileList = os.listdir(dirPath)
for fileName in fileList:
print("file deleted")

Let me know if you have any questions.

-Eric Shreve

New Contributor III

Thanks Eric.  I will try this.  Does it absolutely require use of Jupyter Notebooks?

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Occasional Contributor II

Bob. It does not require Jupyter Notebook but you do need the necessary packages installed within Python 3.

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New Contributor III

I see it works with feature services on ArcGIS Online.  Will this general method work with map services on our ArcGIS Server/Portal? 

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Occasional Contributor II

You should be able to configure it through ArcGIS Server/Portal given the fact that it is already a rest service. All you would need to do is change the "Connect to GIS URL" to your Portal URL. Let me know if that helps.

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