Sharing Operational Insights Using Esri’s ArcGIS Online Status Maps

Sharing public information in a public self-service setting is a tricky business. How much is enough? How much is too much? Information comes in a context, so merely dumping data on a website for everyone to look through doesn’t do anyone a lot of good. As a citizen, I’m probably looking for specific information when […]

ArcGIS® Online for Local Government Part 2 of 5: Public Works

Using Esri® ArcGIS® for Local Government and the Local Government Information Model (LGIM), governments can maximize their operations through innovative use of GIS with the latest tools and resources. With an emphasis on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions, local governments can now deploy select applications from a wide set of web maps, web apps, data models, […]

GIS-Centric – Why Does it Matter?

I spent some time last week with CityWorks® and its partners, responding to a mosquito control opportunity in Florida. One of the big selling points for CityWorks is that it is GIS-Centric. What does that mean? Why does it matter? In their case, it means that the asset registry, the root of all activities and […]

What Does the ArcGIS Online Entitlement Mean to You?

Today, most people want to use a smartphone or tablet to access geographic data and maps in the field frequently, even without internet connectivity.  I’ll go out on a limb and say you fall into this category, as well. If you haven’t started with ArcGIS Online you are missing the best way to share and use […]

Using Trimble’s R1 to Achieve Professional Accuracy in Esri’s Collector App

What is Esri’s Collector App? Collector for ArcGIS is a data collection app for iOS and Android devices that integrates seamlessly with your ArcGIS Online account to collect and update data hosted in the cloud or on your server.  Collector is becoming more and more popular as a solution for the BYOD users.  The recent […]

Comparing Techniques to Link or Attach Photos to GIS Field Data

How do I take photos in the field and link them to my GIS data in the office?  There have been so many techniques and options over the years that it’s difficult to keep track of the solution that’s right for you.  The technique you use will depend on the field software you are running. […]

Pesky Paperwork for Pesticides

Simple, efficient, and reliable! Elecdata’s Pesticide Application Record (PAR) Application is an innovative and cost effective solution for replacing those HUGE stacks of paper work you create for your pesticide applications. Leveraging Esri’s ArcGIS Online and Collector app we developed a system that is: Designed to meet all federal pesticide record keeping requirements, put forth […]

Determining and Defining Coordinate Systems in ArcGIS

ArcGIS Toolbox – Define Projection vs. Project   –  What’s the difference? Well the difference is very important.  If you’ve tried to add a shapefile into ArcMap that does not have a .prj file (Projection File), you will get the message that it has an Unknown Spatial Reference.  Sometimes you will get lucky and have a […]

Beautiful Idaho Story Map

Elecdata’s ArcGIS Online site is gaining content.  My favorite addition is the Scenic Byways of Idaho Story Map.  Use the tools in the floating window to scroll through the scenic drives, view videos and click on the many points of interest along the way.  We’d love to hear what you think. Need assistance making your own story map?  Give […]

Do you use Esri Maps for Office yet?

A couple of years ago, Esri introduced the Esri Maps for Office plug-in for Microsoft Office.  This plug-in adds exceptional, and easy to use, GIS mapping functionality to traditional Microsoft Office applications like Excel and PowerPoint.  These tools allow spreadsheet data to be explored and analyzed in new and meaningful ways.  Dynamic and interactive maps […]