Disconnected editing in the Collector App is coming soon and you can read about how it's going to work in a series of blog postings from the Esri mobile team.
How to set and use a reference to the Esri world geocoding service in ArcGIS for Desktop.
When you are capturing data in an edit session in ArcGIS Desktop one of the tools that everyone thinks is cool is the Trace tool. It is the easiest and quickest way to capture complex features from a background layer.
In the world of Government IT we often make the mistake of thinking open means free and I include myself in that. In fact, open normally means interoperable and accessible. Many organisations building an open system start by thinking they need to choose between commercial software and open-source software. This is incorrect. Commercial software can still be compatible with open standards, making it ‘open’ and able to easily share data with other systems and other people.