Survey123 - a new way to collect and analyse data

 Currently in Beta, Survey123 is a simple and intuitive, form-centric data gathering solution for creating and analysing surveys. The application lets you create smart forms with simple and sophisticated features ranging from multiple choice questions to cascading selects. The survey allows field workers with mobile devices to capture data in any environment, with minimal training and quickly analyse the results to make more informed decisions. Here are my 5 favourite features.

 

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We went on tour: Summary of Local Government Regional Events

Earlier this year we visited both Leeds and Trowbridge. It was great to see everyone there and hear how some of our local government customers have been using the platform. We are also grateful for the participation in the workshops. The workshops have helped us in the ArcGIS Localisation Team understand what you find valuable in the platform and helps us to focus on the right functional areas for our customers.

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Is your data a little lost?

Looking for an alternative to the world geocoding service to find locations in the UK or geocode in British National Grid?

Esri UK have published a set of UK specific locators including OS Open Names, OS Code-Point Open and British National Grid.  These locators can be used across the ArcGIS platform and are an alternative to the world geocoding service. 

Read on to find out more about how you can use these locators across the ArcGIS Platform.

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Need a more flexible way to search for addresses?

Following feedback from our customers on the standard address searching functionality within the ArcGIS Platform, Esri UK have developed a new developer widget to provide an alternative way of searching for addresses which allows the user to drilldown through the hierarchy of streets and properties to the individual records in the locator.

Read on to see it in action and for documentation on how to use the widget.

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Exporting your photos from ArcGIS Online

With the rising success of our app Collector, there are many of you now taking photos out and about and adding them as attachments to your data in ArcGIS Online. Once you’ve collected all your data, you may want to collate all the attachments together to be able to use them within another system. Rather than clicking on each feature and saving the attachment locally you can use this method which takes all the attachments from a feature service and exports them into a folder.

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Remember, remember the November update for ArcGIS Online

We had our Esri UK Scottish Event in Perth this week and Charles Kennelly shared some of what's planned for the next ArcGIS Online update. You can read about all of the planned updates here.

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What we get up to in the Esri UK Tech Research team

Do you want to see what Esri UK Tech Research team get up? Alongside understanding and exploring new releases from Esri Inc, we also get the opportunity to innovate with the Platform and explore the art of the possible. To date this has been behind closed doors, with many of our projects being for internal viewing only. That is now going to change, and we will be sharing our work through Esri UK Map Labs… 

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GeoHackDay!

Earlier this month, 40 participants entered Inmarsat's offices on Old Street roundabout to participate in GeoHackDay. GeoHackDay was an opportunity for developers, designers and idea makers to get together to help build software applications and/or hardware integrations to tackle real life problems. 

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What ArcGIS Online did in the summer holidays.

It's officially the end of the summer holidays but not to worry as ArcGIS Online had lots of great new features added. The following blog article aims to give you an overview of five of my favourite updates, including the new functionality and content for UK users.

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New OS Open Basemaps available for free in ArcGIS Online

With the latest release of ArcGIS Online you now automatically get access to free high quality basemaps for Great Britain. We have created the new basemaps using the latest Ordnance Survey Open Data products and enhanced them for use in the ArcGIS platform. Enhancements include a consistent cartographic style to provide a clean and consistent mapping from small to large scale, as well as additional road and street labels at mid and large scales.

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A Month Of Handy Hints For ArcGIS Users

The Esri training team ran a tip a day in June and have pulled all 30 together in this blog article. A couple of the desktop ones are things I’d done recently on a project to make life easier: setting the extent for the Full Extent command and giving the elements in ModelBuilder meaningful names.

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An introduction to OS Open Rivers and OS Open Roads in ArcGIS

Ordnance Survey has recently released a new range of Open Data products. This post will focus on how you can use the OS Open Rivers and OS Open Roads datasets. They provide detailed views of the watercourses and road network in Great Britain and are supplied for free as open data. 

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Smart Mapping in ArcGIS Online

Back in March, Smart Mapping was added to ArcGIS Online. One of the aims is to make it easier to produce effective maps of your data, but it also adds sophisticated style options to ArcGIS Online. If you haven’t looked at it yet, or have only used a few bits, it’s worth taking a look through the series of blog posts on it.
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Esri UK Open Data Portal Update

You might have noticed the ESRI UK Open Data Portal had a little make-over recently. If this your first time hearing about our Esri UK Open Data Portal site, I urge you to have a look around, you might find something you like! A new Education theme has been added and the site includes some beta features of ArcGIS Open Data.
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GIS in BIM: plan, design, build and operate

In a previous post I looked at the BIM process as it is being defined in the UK and where GIS fits in. BIM isn’t just about using attributed 3D digital design or facilities management with maps - but is about collating and managing digital data throughout the lifecycle of a building, site or other infrastructure. This post takes a closer look at how some of the tools in the ArcGIS platform can play their part.
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Working with OS MasterMap Water Layer in the ArcGIS Platform

Ordnance Survey have released OS MasterMap Water Network, a new OS MasterMap layer. It provides the flow, centre line geometry and height of all rivers, streams, lakes, lochs and canals across Great Britain. The layer is a structured link/node representation of all connected watercourses including the underground network (inferred based on entry and exit points). This article takes you through loading (Productivity Suite is not required), merging, de-duplicating and creating a geometric water network.
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Esri UK are preparing for the OS AddressBase Schema Changes

The Ordnance Survey have announced schema changes to the AddressBase products. These schema changes will impact Esri UK customers who are using the AddressBase products within the ArcGIS platform. There will be new releases of Esri UK’s Productivity Suite and LocatorHub products to handle data in the new schema. Customers will be required to upgrade to the new versions if they are using this data and want to continue to apply updates.
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