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The Science of Where. What’s new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (September 2021) (Owen Evans, Esri)

ArcGIS StoryMaps helps you tell remarkable stories with custom maps that inform and inspire. A story can effect change, influence opinion, and create awareness—and maps are an integral part of storytelling. ArcGIS StoryMaps can give your narrative a stronger sense of place, illustrate spatial relationships, and add visual appeal and credibility to your ideas.

What’s new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (September 2021) (esri.com)

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The Science of Where. ArcGIS Indoors and Facility Management Systems (Silvia Pichler, Esri)

arcgis indoors space planner

Facility data is visualized on an indoor map. The ArcGIS Indoors Space Planner helps plan space utilization and management and facilitates ad-hoc changes to space assignments.

Facilities are transforming. They have been for a while, but the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the process tremendously. The adoption of the working-from-home model over the past 18 months has made many organizations rethink their work culture and utilization of space.

Seeing that their businesses keep running smoothly even with employees working from home, many are planning to take a more flexible approach in the future. In fact, according to a study by Microsoft, 66% of businesses are considering turning their offices into hybrid work environments.

This is even less surprising when we bring to mind that rental space is one of the biggest cost centers for an organization. Reducing rental space to embrace the flexible workplace and cut costs seems like the next logical step.

While space utilization is a driving force for facility transformation, there is more to it than that. Aside from the flexible workplace model, the complete occupant experience and how people inside the facility can interact with it is undergoing change. At the center of it all – data.

ArcGIS Indoors and Facility Management Systems (esri.com)

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The Science of Where. What a Big Data Approach and Geospatial Tools Reveal about Human Mobility (Greg Milner, Esri)

Billions of people move through the landscape every day. For more than a century, geographers have searched for order in this apparent chaos. Now, empirical evidence built on cell phone data adds up to a humanity-scale travelogue.

Big Data and Geospatial Tools Reveal Patterns of Human Mobility (esri.com)

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The Science of Where. Big globe, small world (John Nelson, Esri)

Globe appearing in the UC Central Live kickoff.

This is an 8 foot (aka 2.4 meters or 244 centimeters…why doesn’t anyone use decimeters? decimeters are underused) diameter globe that glows and slowly spins in a building on the campus of Esri. If you want to learn about it’s ideation, creation, inflation, and installation, check out this conflagration of information.

Big globe, small world (esri.com)

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The Science of Where. Steal this ArcGIS Pro sunrise hack, please (John Nelson, Esri)

Wellllll, I shared some examples of this illumination effect almost five years ago but by golly the blog post was really light on specifics. Those who may have wanted to try it out were really up against it trying to reverse engineer it based on some descriptions and a screenshot. What was I thinking? Please forgive me and accept this ArcGIS Pro (v 2.8.2) project package, which is more accommodating. Maybe it will fill you with gumption to tweak the colors and parameters to get all sorts of custom lighting effects?

Pop quiz, hot shot. Can you identify these places?

Steal this ArcGIS Pro sunrise hack, please (esri.com)

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The Science of Where. Work offline with Field Maps (Josh Clifford, D’Maia Curry, Esri)

When using a mobile device, there are few things more frustrating than losing internet connection, being in an area without Wi-Fi, or experiencing slow network speeds. Thankfully, ArcGIS Field Maps provides a few different options for taking maps offline, so your work is never interrupted due to a loss of connection. This means you can take your maps anywhere, be that in rural areas, a wildlife preserve, or even that spot in town notorious for slow internet speeds.

You can prepare maps for offline use by creating map areas or by creating mobile map packages (MMPKs), and you can check the offline status of maps and layers using the Field Maps web app.

Work offline with Field Maps (esri.com)

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The Science of Where. Analyzing Unstructured Text With ArcGIS Pro Intelligence and ArcGIS LocateXT James Jones, Avonlea Fotheringham, Esri)

Create Locations From Text File with parameters filled in

One of the really powerful things that you can do with ArcGIS Pro Intelligence and ArcGIS LocateXT is respond to rapidly changing situations, conduct meaningful analysis, and build relevant information products for key decision makers in your organizations. Sometimes this can entail using unstructured text-based data, which can come from a wide variety of sources, including web pages, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, text files, PDFs, and a whole host of other formats.

ArcGIS LocateXT makes it easier to extract useful information from that unstructured text within ArcGIS Pro Intelligence. In this article, we’ll explore a workflow that uses this two tools to help analyze the rise and fall of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Analyzing Unstructured Text With ArcGIS Pro Intelligence and ArcGIS LocateXT (esri.com)

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The Science of Where. Improvements to the USA Wildfires map’s Smoke Forecast (John Nelson, Jinnan Zhang, Esri)

Perhaps as important as fire to the USA Wildfires map is the smoke forecast layer. Fire is a punctuated risk, but the resulting smoke is a far-flung and pervasive risk. The National Weather Service smoke forecast layer is a helpful resource for understanding the current, and projected, concentrations of airborne particulates. Recent improvements to this live feed’s interface have made it more intuitive.

Improvements to the USA Wildfires map’s Smoke Forecast (esri.com)

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The Science of Where. Dangermond Fellows Making a Difference in Our World (Raquel Perez, Esri)

Each year, the Jack and Laura Dangermond Fellows at the National Audubon Society receive hands-on training and mentorship that helps them advance their careers and leadership in conservation science, public policy, community engagement and digital mapping. As part of the enterprise GIS team at Audubon, they build tools that empower conservation scientists and policy experts to advocate for solutions that empower the vast Audubon network to both meet human needs and protect birds and habitats. With the support and guidance of mentors and leadership and available resources at Esri and Audubon, Dangermond fellows improve their technical applied knowledge of GIS and strengthen their communications skills, learning to apply their research to tell actionable and compelling stories.

Dangermond Fellows Making a Difference in Our World | Esri Industry Blog

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