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ebook: A Guide to Excel and FME

Jul 20 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Safe Software Blog under tags  about data excel

Recently Mark Stoakes and Tia McKillop hosted a fantastic webinar on using FME to process Excel data. Stephanie and I have taken the topics they covered – appending and merging worksheets, manipulating structures, analytics and reporting – and wrapped them up into a free ebook for you to reference whenever you’re working with FME and […]

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What’s New in Basemaps (July 2017)

Jul 20 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  apps arcgis content arcgis online basemaps cartographic design

Esri’s Community Program contributors have added new and updated map layers to Esri’s Online Basemaps. There is new and updated content for 27 communities. This release takes in several counties, cities and facility sites throughout Australia, Denmark, and the United … Continue reading


We Think, Therefore We R

Jul 20 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  analysis & geoprocessing arcgis pro arcmap developer health

At this year’s UC, the R-ArcGIS bridge continued to revolutionize the way we think about our workflows by showcasing its ability to incorporate novel analytical methods and to streamline the process of integrating R functionality into ArcGIS. The power of … Continue reading


Welcome to Outer Space View

Jul 20 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  google earth maps

Editor’s note:  Starting today, you can now explore the International Space Station in Street View in Google Maps. Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), spent six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a flight engineer. He returned to Earth in June 2017, and in this post he tells us about what it’s like to live on the ISS and his experience capturing Street View imagery in zero gravity.  

In the six months that I spent on the International Space Station, it was difficult to find the words or take a picture that accurately describes the feeling of being in space. Working with Google on my latest mission, I captured Street View imagery to show what the ISS looks like from the inside, and share what it’s like to look down on Earth from outer space.

For 16 years, astronauts have been working and living on the ISS, a structure made up of 15 connected modules that floats 250 miles above Earth. The ISS acts as a base for space exploration—possible future missions to the Moon,

Mars and asteroids—and gives us a unique perspective on Earth itself. We can collect data on the Earth’s oceans, atmosphere, and land surface. We can conduct experiments and studies that we wouldn’t be able to do from Earth,

like monitoring how the human body reacts to microgravity, solving mysteries of the immune system, studying  cyclones in order to alert populations and governments when a storm is approaching, or monitoring marine litter—the rapidly increasing amount of waste found in our oceans.

There were a few “firsts” on my mission. It was led by Peggy Whitson who, at age 56, became the oldest woman to fly into space and the first woman in history to command two expeditions. The mission was the first time Street

View imagery was captured beyond planet Earth, and the first time annotations—helpful little notes that pop up as you explore the ISS—have been added to the imagery. They provide additional information or fun facts like where we work out to stay physically fit, what kind of food we eat, and where we conduct scientific experiments.
Blog Post Image 3
Node 1 (Unity) Peggy Whitson and friends dining at the galley table - big enough for six astronauts.

Because of the particular constraints of living and working in space, it wasn't possible to collect Street View using Google's usual methods. Instead, the Street View team worked with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama to design a gravity-free method of collecting the imagery using DSLR cameras and equipment already on the ISS. Then I collected still photos in space, that were then sent down to Earth where they were stitched together to create panoramic 360 degree imagery of the ISS.

Image 4
Node 2 (Harmony) Crew Quarters - Astronaut Sandra Magnus, Expedition 18 flight engineer, poses for a photo in her crew compartment.

We did a lot of troubleshooting before collecting the final imagery that you see today in Street View. The ISS has technical equipment on all surfaces, with lots of cables and a complicated layout with modules shooting off in all directions—left, right, up, down. And it’s a busy place, with six crew members carrying out research and maintenance activities 12 hours a day. There are a lot of obstacles up there, and we had limited time to capture the imagery, so we had to be confident that our approach would work. Oh, and there’s that whole zero gravity thing.

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Joint Airlock (Quest) - This area contains space suits also known as Extravehicular Mobility Units.  They provide crew members with life support that enables extravehicular activity.

Today, you can take your own Street View tour of the ISS, a place that few of us have had the fortune to set foot—or float—on. None of this would have been possible without the work of the team on the ground, my colleagues (turned roommates) on the ISS, and the countries that came together to send us up to space. Looking at Earth from above made me think about my own world a little differently, and I hope that the ISS on Street View changes your view of the world too.

Click here to go behind the scenes with Thomas and the team.


Welcome to Outer Space View

Jul 20 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  google earth maps

Editor’s note:  Starting today, you can now explore the International Space Station in Street View in Google Maps. Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), spent six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a flight engineer. He returned to Earth in June 2017, and in this post he tells us about what it’s like to live on the ISS and his experience capturing Street View imagery in zero gravity.  

In the six months that I spent on the International Space Station, it was difficult to find the words or take a picture that accurately describes the feeling of being in space. Working with Google on my latest mission, I captured Street View imagery to show what the ISS looks like from the inside, and share what it’s like to look down on Earth from outer space.

For 16 years, astronauts have been working and living on the ISS, a structure made up of 15 connected modules that floats 250 miles above Earth. The ISS acts as a base for space exploration—possible future missions to the Moon,Mars and asteroids—and gives us a unique perspective on Earth itself. We can collect data on the Earth’s oceans, atmosphere, and land surface. We can conduct experiments and studies that we wouldn’t be able to do from Earth, like monitoring how the human body reacts to microgravity, solving mysteries of the immune system, studying  cyclones in order to alert populations and governments when a storm is approaching, or monitoring marine litter—the rapidly increasing amount of waste found in our oceans.

There were a few “firsts” on my mission. It was led by Peggy Whitson who, at age 56, became the oldest woman to fly into space and the first woman in history to command two expeditions. The mission was the first time Street View imagery was captured beyond planet Earth, and the first time annotations—helpful little notes that pop up as you explore the ISS—have been added to the imagery. They provide additional information or fun facts like where we work out to stay physically fit, what kind of food we eat, and where we conduct scientific experiments.

Blog Post Image 3
Node 1 (Unity) Peggy Whitson and friends dining at the galley table - big enough for six astronauts.

Because of the particular constraints of living and working in space, it wasn't possible to collect Street View using Google's usual methods. Instead, the Street View team worked with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama to design a gravity-free method of collecting the imagery using DSLR cameras and equipment already on the ISS. Then I collected still photos in space, that were sent down to Earth where they were stitched together to create panoramic 360 degree imagery of the ISS.

Image 4
Node 2 (Harmony) Crew Quarters - Astronaut Sandra Magnus, Expedition 18 flight engineer, poses for a photo in her crew compartment.

We did a lot of troubleshooting before collecting the final imagery that you see today in Street View. The ISS has technical equipment on all surfaces, with lots of cables and a complicated layout with modules shooting off in all directions—left, right, up, down. And it’s a busy place, with six crew members carrying out research and maintenance activities 12 hours a day. There are a lot of obstacles up there, and we had limited time to capture the imagery, so we had to be confident that our approach would work. Oh, and there’s that whole zero gravity thing.

Image 5
Joint Airlock (Quest) - This area contains space suits also known as Extravehicular Mobility Units.  They provide crew members with life support that enables extravehicular activity.

None of this would have been possible without the work of the team on the ground, my colleagues (turned roommates) on the ISS, and the countries that came together to send us up to space. Looking at Earth from above made me think about my own world a little differently, and I hope that the ISS on Street View changes your view of the world too.

Click here to go behind the scenes with Thomas and the team.


Welcome to Outer Space View

Jul 20 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  google earth maps

Editor’s note:  Starting today, you can now explore the International Space Station in Street View in Google Maps. Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), spent six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a flight engineer. He returned to Earth in June 2017, and in this post he tells us about what it’s like to live on the ISS and his experience capturing Street View imagery in zero gravity.  

In the six months that I spent on the International Space Station, it was difficult to find the words or take a picture that accurately describes the feeling of being in space. Working with Google on my latest mission, I captured Street View imagery to show what the ISS looks like from the inside, and share what it’s like to look down on Earth from outer space.

For 16 years, astronauts have been working and living on the ISS, a structure made up of 15 connected modules that floats 250 miles above Earth. The ISS acts as a base for space exploration—possible future missions to the Moon,Mars and asteroids—and gives us a unique perspective on Earth itself. We can collect data on the Earth’s oceans, atmosphere, and land surface. We can conduct experiments and studies that we wouldn’t be able to do from Earth, like monitoring how the human body reacts to microgravity, solving mysteries of the immune system, studying  cyclones in order to alert populations and governments when a storm is approaching, or monitoring marine litter—the rapidly increasing amount of waste found in our oceans.

There were a few “firsts” on my mission. It was led by Peggy Whitson who, at age 56, became the oldest woman to fly into space and the first woman in history to command two expeditions. The mission was the first time Street View imagery was captured beyond planet Earth, and the first time annotations—helpful little notes that pop up as you explore the ISS—have been added to the imagery. They provide additional information or fun facts like where we work out to stay physically fit, what kind of food we eat, and where we conduct scientific experiments.

Blog Post Image 3
Node 1 (Unity) Peggy Whitson and friends dining at the galley table - big enough for six astronauts.

Because of the particular constraints of living and working in space, it wasn't possible to collect Street View using Google's usual methods. Instead, the Street View team worked with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama to design a gravity-free method of collecting the imagery using DSLR cameras and equipment already on the ISS. Then I collected still photos in space, that were sent down to Earth where they were stitched together to create panoramic 360 degree imagery of the ISS.

Image 4
Node 2 (Harmony) Crew Quarters - Astronaut Sandra Magnus, Expedition 18 flight engineer, poses for a photo in her crew compartment.

We did a lot of troubleshooting before collecting the final imagery that you see today in Street View. The ISS has technical equipment on all surfaces, with lots of cables and a complicated layout with modules shooting off in all directions—left, right, up, down. And it’s a busy place, with six crew members carrying out research and maintenance activities 12 hours a day. There are a lot of obstacles up there, and we had limited time to capture the imagery, so we had to be confident that our approach would work. Oh, and there’s that whole zero gravity thing.

Image 5
Joint Airlock (Quest) - This area contains space suits also known as Extravehicular Mobility Units.  They provide crew members with life support that enables extravehicular activity.

None of this would have been possible without the work of the team on the ground, my colleagues (turned roommates) on the ISS, and the countries that came together to send us up to space. Looking at Earth from above made me think about my own world a little differently, and I hope that the ISS on Street View changes your view of the world too.

Click here to go behind the scenes with Thomas and the team.


Custom Data Setup

Jul 20 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  analysis & geoprocessing apps ba web ba web app bao-only

Using your own data is a critical part of your market analysis. You often have organizational information such as: Business performance data, for example, sales and number of customers Data gathered from public agencies, for example, crime records, public health … Continue reading


World Imagery Firefly: imagery for thematic maps

Jul 20 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis online living atlas living atlas views world imagery firefly

World Imagery Firefly (currently in beta) is an alternative view of the default World Imagery basemap, and is designed with desaturated colors. When zoomed out, the map appears grayscale, but has the context, texture, and drama of imagery. As you zoom in, … Continue reading


Innovative Esri Startup Program Partner Applications Available in the ArcGIS Marketplace

Jul 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  app developers application apps arcgis marketplace arcgis online

Introducing ArcGIS Marketplace The ArcGIS Marketplace is a destination that enables ArcGIS users around the world to easily search, discover, and use apps and content from Esri and qualified Providers. Items listed in the marketplace can be made available to … Continue reading


Has Google finally found a social networking winner in Google Earth?

Jul 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  geo news google earth

For a technology company as ubiquitous as Google, its track record at social networking has been nothing short of embarrassing. Google+, Google Buzz, Orkut, Lively, Dodgeball… No matter how hard the Internet giant tried, it only stumbled and failed in its attempts to dethrone Facebook and Twitter. But now, Google is preparing to pull a […]

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Uninstalling Business Analyst Server with a Simple Command

Jul 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  arcgis enterprise business analyst server

When uninstalling Business Analyst Server from your prorgams and features, credentials are needed for an ArcGIS Server admin account in order to unregister the Server Object Extension (SOE). However, If ArcGIS Server is uninstalled before BA Server, admin credentials will … Continue reading


Workforce for ArcGIS v1.2.1 (Android Platform) Release

Jul 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  android apps esriapps field mobile

Today we updated Workforce for ArcGIS on the Android platform. The 1.2.1 release addresses a number of key defects that were causing stability issues. The update is available now on Google Play and will be available soon on the Amazon … Continue reading


Mapping the Tensorate Series

Jul 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  fantasy fantasy maps maps and literature

A post on Tor.com reveals the map of the Protectorate, the world of JY Yang’s forthcoming Tensorate series (The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune, both coming in September), with a look at both the author’s initial sketch of the world with the final product created by artist Serena Malyon (who we last saw … Continue reading "Mapping the Tensorate Series"


Ordnance Survey Map Cake

Jul 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  cakes food unusual maps

This cake in the form of an Ordnance Survey map is the creation of Scottish cake decorator World of Cake; it marks “a spot where the birthday hiker apparently got quite lost!” Now the rest of us will want one. [Ordnance Survey]


How to make a shapes.txt file for your GTFS dataset with ArcGIS

Jul 19 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  analysis & geoprocessing arcgis arcgis pro arcmap generate gtfs shapes

GTFS public transit data has transformed the world of public transit navigation.  Thanks to readily-available transit data in a standardized format, passengers can choose from a wide range of routing apps and services that help them figure out which bus … Continue reading



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