7 Trending ArcGIS Topics & Free Learning Resources

04-13-2023 10:21 AM
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Hello, fellow young professionals! Are you having a hard time keeping up with the latest ArcGIS technology? It’s constantly evolving, so it can be challenging to stay up to date on new topics and features.  

Luckily for you, I’ve been keeping my eye on what’s trending and have some fantastic (free) resources to share. I’ve rounded up seven trending ArcGIS topics and accompanying resources to help you learn the ropes. Pick one or pick all to enjoy. Happy learning! 


1. ArcGIS Pro 3.1  KatieSmith_0-1681405198172.png

ArcGIS Pro is the world’s leading GIS software. Its latest release (ArcGIS Pro 3.1) includes enhanced features for mapping, analysis, and data management. 

ArcGIS Pro Basics (Free 50-minute web course) 

ArcGIS Pro Fundamentals (8-course learning plan) 



KatieSmith_1-1681405198175.png2. Python Scripting 

Python is a powerful programming language that can be used to customize workflows in ArcGIS and automate repetitive tasks, such as data processing or geoprocessing. 

Python for Everyone (Free 4-hour web course) 

ArcGIS API for Python Fundamentals (9-course learning plan) 


3. Deep Learning  KatieSmith_2-1681405198178.jpeg

This machine learning technique uses several layers of algorithms in the form of neural networks. Some applications include image classification, object detection, and change detection.  

Classifying Objects Using Deep Learning in ArcGIS Pro (Free 80-minute ArcGIS lab) 

Deep Learning Using ArcGIS (4-course learning plan) 


   4. Spatial Data Science 

KatieSmith_3-1681405198181.jpegIdentify spatial patterns, predict spatial phenomena, optimize spatial operations, and make data-driven decisions based on spatial relationships and patterns. 

Spatial Data Science: The New Frontier in Analytics (Free MOOC) 

Spatial Analysis and Data Science Fundamentals (8-course learning plan)


5. ArcGIS StoryMaps KatieSmith_4-1681405198187.png

Design compelling, shareable narratives that include web maps, text, images, and other media to engage stakeholders. 

Telling Stories with GIS Maps (Free 85-minute web course) 

ArcGIS StoryMaps Fundamentals (3-course learning plan) 


KatieSmith_5-1681405198223.png6. ArcGIS Dashboards 

Present data simply and effectively using dynamic, real-time dashboards to visualize GIS data, understand trends, and support informed decision-making. 

ArcGIS Dashboards: Designing Effective Dashboards (Free 40-minute video) 

ArcGIS Dashboards Fundamentals (4-course learning plan) 


7. Indoor GIS KatieSmith_6-1681405198204.png

Create maps and analyze data for indoor spaces such as buildings, airports, and museums, providing insights on indoor navigation, resource management, and other indoor-related problems. 

ArcGIS Indoors Fundamentals (8-course learning plan) 

ArcGIS IPS Fundamentals (4-course learning plan) 


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About the Author
Katie Smith was born in the beautiful state of Minnesota and now resides in sunny Southern California. She is on the Esri Training Team and desires to help people learn about the fascinating world of GIS.