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Now on iOS: one-tap access to real-time commute info and places around you

Feb 15 2018 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

Whether we like it or not, sometimes life just flies by. And in the moment, every minute counts. Just one minute can be the difference between catching the last train or walking home in the rain. Or getting to that new restaurant in time to snag the last table. Last year we updated Google Maps for Android to provide access to helpful everyday info–in real time–at the bottom of the home screen. Now we’ve rolled out that same useful update to Google Maps for iOS as well.


Just swipe up and you’ll see three tabs–the explore tab, driving tab and transit tab–that will help you find a nearby restaurant, beat traffic, or catch the next bus. No matter what iOS device you’re using, Google Maps can get you where you’re going and help you explore the world around you.


ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool and Utility Network Package Tools Updates

Feb 15 2018 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis arcgis pro arcgis solutions arcgis utility network management extension asset package

If you’re using or want to use the Utility Network Configurations, it’s important that you update the ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool and the Utility Network Package Tools.  Last week we updated both to address some recently discovered bugs.  See below … Continue reading


Density-based Clustering: Exploring Fatal Car Accident Data to Find Systemic Problems

Feb 15 2018 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  accidents analysis & geoprocessing clustering crashes dbscan

You may not be surprised to learn that transportation in the United States is dominated by automobiles. Of all the miles traveled by American passengers in 2016, 86% occurred in cars (BTS 2017). But did you know that fatal automobile … Continue reading


How to achieve higher precision with external GPS receivers in Mobile Data Collection App

Feb 15 2018 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Cloud under tags  accuracy assets attribute collection blog features

In industries like utilities or insurance, project workflow demands both a solution with high precision capabilities as well as a simple solution for attribute data collection. Learn how to use high-precision GPS technology in combination with our Mobile Data Collection application. In addition, the list of most commonly used GPS receivers compatible with MDC is...


Digital Preservation in the Philippines

Feb 15 2018 [Archived Version] □ Published at In The Scan under tags  3d modeling cultural heritage digiscript philippines historic preservation philippines

With 53 volcanoes the Philippines are a significant part of the the Pacific Ring of Fire. In addition to this threat they must also deal with cyclones and earthquakes on a regular basis. In October of 2013 a 7.2-magnitude earthquake … Continue reading

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An earthquake map in 60 seconds using Living Atlas

Feb 15 2018 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis enterprise arcgis online living atlas

There I was… Sitting at the kitchen counter, with my laptop open and catching up on a few loose threads left over from a busy day. Then suddenly, bam! And then another, but more forceful, BAM! As if a large hand had slapped the side … Continue reading


Use a Story Map Series instead of PowerPoint

Feb 14 2018 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis enterprise arcgis online powerpoint presentations story map tutorial

PowerPoint is the standard when it comes to presentations. But if you have to switch back and forth between PowerPoint and live demos, media, or websites, it can be inconvenient and clumsy, not to mention visually jarring and disruptive for your … Continue reading


Meet the couple that guides together

Feb 14 2018 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps


Local Guides come from all over the world, and they form a community of people who share their knowledge on Google Maps—everything from photos and reviews of local restaurants to accessibility information.

And for one long-distance couple, the Local Guides community helped bridge the miles between Malaysia and Bangladesh. Sumaiya Zafrin Chowdhury and Pavel Sawar got married in 2013 and became Local Guides in 2015. Nine months ago, Pavel moved to Malaysia to study information technology, and Sumaiya stayed in Bangladesh to pursue her career as an entrepreneur, community leader and social worker.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re spotlighting this Local Guides love story. We spoke to Sumaiya and Pavel about how they enjoy the community together, and how Local Guides helps them stay connected while they’re apart.

Tell us where it all began: how did you meet?

Pavel: I first saw Sumaiya at a social work event in 2012…first look, fell in love. One day I went to visit a slum, and saw her there serving underprivileged people. I am fascinated by her work.

You’ve been apart for nine months. How do you make a long-distance relationship work?

Sumaiya: I went to Malaysia twice and we had great fun together. We discovered many places. We try to meet every three months. We manage our relationship through social media, especially via video call and chatting through Google Hangouts. We share songs and pictures also.

When you’re in the same place, what are your favorite things to do together?

Pavel:Sumaiya and I love to travel very much. As Local Guides, we also love to arrange meet-ups together and do social work and community activities.

So you connect over Local Guides together?

Sumaiya:Yes, we use Local Guides community and Maps to plan activities and date nights. Sometimes, we celebrate our special days through mapping. We plan to visit new places and compare our points. Mapping and meet-ups are our favorite part.

Pavel: Every day we discuss Local Guides. When Sumaiya arranges a meet-up, I try to help her. When I arrange one Sumaiya helps me lot. We discuss our contributions, photo views, quality reviews, etc. Local Guides helps us to spend more time together. Local Guides makes our relationship closer.

Why did you both decide to join Local Guides?

Pavel:Personally I love traveling, taking photos, and eating at different restaurants. As a traveler and explorer, I use Google Maps almost every day. I love to discover new places and I love to take photos. With Local Guides, I can help any other travelers also. I feel I am helping people in my community. Local Guides are like my family. It’s now part of my life.

Sumaiya: Pavel introduced me to Local Guides back in 2015. I joined in March 2015 because I love technology, traveling and photography. With Local Guides, I can do something positive for my society; that's why I was interested to join.

We recently did a post about seven kinds of Local Guides. Which ones do you identify with?

Pavel: The Visualist and the Trailblazer.

Sumaiya: I identify as a Fact Hunter because I want all to know real information about a place…and Trailblazer because I love to discover and add new places.

For those that are new to Local Guides, what advice do you have for someone just getting started?

Pavel: First, spend some quality time on Local Guides Connect. See how others in the community are doing. Arrange meet-ups. Please contribute on Local Guides to be a good citizen. Don’t focus on points.

Sumaiya:Upload proper pictures in proper places. Post useful and informative reviews that one can easily understand. Do meet-ups so that people can know about this community. And for the people of my own country, I want to advise them: please contribute more, add new places, and do your best reviews so that tourists can understand that our country is very beautiful.

What do you appreciate most about each other?

Sumaiya: Pavel is very punctual. This is the part of his character I like the most. He’s also a very trustworthy and hard-working person. He is very caring…he always supports me and appreciates my work.

Pavel: I can’t appreciate Sumaiya in a single sentence. Sumaiya is not only a good wife, she is also a good mentor for me. She gives support to me for my every good work. Without her I am nothing.

To discover a few beautiful (and unusual) places this Valentine's Day, check out these lists of romantic restaurants around the world, and film locations for famous love stories.


Demographics: Understanding Populations

Feb 14 2018 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  demographics the arcgis book

By Christian Harder and Clint Brown. Demographic data about populations includes the basics, such as age and ethnicity, but also more sophisticated attributes such as people’s wealth and health, their spending habits, and their politics. ArcGIS includes many hundreds of … Continue reading


Improving Non-governmental and Non-profit Organizations Through Smart Mapping Solutions

Feb 14 2018 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Cloud under tags  blog

Technology is rapidly impacting the non-profit world in great ways. What used to take hours, days, and weeks, or months, to share data through handwritten forms, then transferring them to Excel worksheets, now can all be shared in real time using GIS technology. The power of this technology is radically transforming the efficiency by which...