Esri Headlines

Highlighting Esri technical topics, news, and updates.


– Hosted feature layers will support appending new features and updating existing features without overwriting the entire layer. Supported formats for this workflow will include CSV, XLS, SHP, GDB, and GeoJSON.

– Direct data loading from other cloud providers including Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive, and Dropbox will be a supported way to create feature layers.
– Insights for ArcGIS, Esri’s data analytics workbench, will be available in ArcGIS Online.

Administrators will be able to:
– enable others to reset passwords through the expanded administrative privileges
– enable SAML-based group membership

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Programming Corner: Arcade an Expression Language

Highlighting programming: languages, tidbits, updates and news.

Arcade is a lightweight and secure expression language written for use in the ArcGIS platform. Like other expression languages, it can perform mathematical calculations and evaluate logical statements. It was designed specifically for creating custom visualizations and labeling expressions in the ArcGIS Platform, allowing users to write, share, and execute custom expressions in ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, the ArcGIS Runtime APIs, and the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.

There are a lot of resources to get started using Arcade in your GIS projects and workflows.

It is not designed to write standalone apps. One advantage of learning Arcade is, it is portable throughout the ArcGIS platform. It works in Runtime, ArcGIS Pro, and the JavaScript API, while others do not.

NPGS Highlight

Coming soon to the ESRI Marketplace

SmartFor is a web-based Forest Management system that is accessible directly through a web browser. With SmartFor, your foresters can access and manage your forest data anywhere on any device. Working offline is even possible with SmartFor, so there is no need to worry about having a wireless connection in remote areas. Working with Esri’s ArcGIS Online technology, SmartFor can transform your data management process to a digital format that is easy to view, navigate, and update.

Upcoming Events and Conferences

Events of interest for our GIS and web development folks.

SAF Forestry Tehcnology Worskshop: May 8-9, 2018 Columbia, South Carolina
Join us at this two-day extensive workshop providing access to the latest equipment and advances in forest technology.  NPGS will be at the workshop as an exhibitor and presenter. We look forward to meeting you there and learning about your forest projects.

2018 Upper Midwest Geo Conn, May 23-24,2018 La Crosse, WI
UMGEOCON is the place to discover the newest trends and technologies in GIS. Also learn how other states, agencies, and organizations are leveraging GIS. NPGS staff will be exhibiting and presenting.  Sign up for the conference and hear Jesse Adams’s presentation on “What’s new with ArcGIS Enterprise?”  Wed, May 23, 4pm-5pm, or just stop by the booth!

28th Annual MN GIS/LIS Consortium Conference, October 3-5, 2018, Duluth, MN
GIS Networking, vendors, and workshops all in one place.
– Full and half-day workshops
– Vendors
– Keynote speaker
– Topic Seminars

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