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ESRI Talk & Workshop

ESRI Talk and Workshop

Esri representatives will be on campus on Monday, October 2nd. They will be providing updates on ArcGIS Pro, Esri Insights, and giving a hands-on workshop for mobile application development. This will take place in 302 Paterno. You don not need to commit to attending the entire workshop.

- ArcGIS Platform (9-10am) This part will be broadcast via ZOOM:
- Insights for ArcGIS (10:15-12noon)
- Esri Mobile Field Apps (1pm-5pm)

All attendees must sign up as spots are limited. Please enter the required information below.

• Mobile Device or tablet with internet connectivity.
• A user account on the main Penn State ArcGIS Online Organizational
account (if you don't have one, one will be provided for you).
• There are only 35 desktop computers in this lab and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. We encourage you to bring your own laptop.

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ArcGIS Platform: In this session we’ll discuss the ArcGIS Platform and how it can be used to deploy the Web GIS pattern – both in the cloud and in your own infrastructure. The ArcGIS software product portfolio will be presented in context of the overall platform, as well as how they integrate and work together. Concepts such as the geoinformation model, the web map, and web scenes will also be discussed.

Insights for ArcGIS: In this hands-on session we’ll explore the Insights for ArcGIS app – a new app which enables iterative and exploratory analysis of your spatial or non-spatial data. Insights provides an intuitive technology with a simple drag-and-drop UI, which enables information to be easily extracted from your data. We will learn about the various data sources we can utilize with Insights, and the possibilities that are available for analyzing this data. The deployment options for Insights for ArcGIS will be discussed as well.

– Visualize data through interactive maps, charts and tables
– Conduct spatial analytics to answer questions of your data
– Share your results with others

Esri Mobile Field Apps hands-on workshop: This is a practical hands-on session where you will learn about Esri’s mobile field Apps strategy. An overview will be presented, followed by a discussion on the detailed workflow to perform data collection in the field. You will learn how to leverage ArcGIS Online to create a hosted feature layer, then use Collector for ArcGIS to collect map-centric field data. Next, you will use Survey123 for ArcGIS to collect form-centric field data. Participants will perform these tasks and “play” with the software. After performing data collection in the field, you will be shown options on how to present your data results using the configurable application templates and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.

– Create a new hosted feature service in ArcGIS Online, based on a template
– Collect field data with Collector for ArcGIS: point, line, polygon – based on map data
– Create a survey form with Survey123 for ArcGIS web designer, will be shown Survey123 Connect
– Collect field data with Survey123 for ArcGIS – a form based field data collector
– See how the field data can be “presented” in a web app, with the configurable app templates and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS

GIS UG Meeting Minutes – 9/13/17

Attendees: T. LaLonde, D. Goldberg, P. Garbini, M. Mrsa, C. Smith, J. Richendrfer, J. Vendor, C. Brewer, D. Meehan, N. Piekielek.
  • Next meeting will be October 3rd, 10AM in 103 Stuckeman Family Building
  • Esri will be on campus October 2nd for a free workshop.
  • New imagery and LIDAR is available.  Contact OPP if interested.
  • PSU GIS Coalition is active again.  
  • ELA – New contract new terms, still in purchasing, should be done by end of September.
  • A registration form will be created to handle signups.
  • Location of the event: 302 Paterno.
  • BYO Mobile Device and Laptop.  Device required, laptop not.
  • More information will be shared ASAP.
  • ELA – New contract new terms, still in purchasing, should be done by end of September.
  • Notices will go out to people that purchased last year.
  • Renews still through the license site, but no cost.
  • Pro is distributed through AGOL, enabled by admins.
  • If you need more than 100 licenses per org, let Mike Mrsa know.
  • Is it possible to get a centralized login.  Talks have been ongoing.
  • Do we need something in place that defines what the tech rep is, what the position entails?
  • Tara LaLonde provides updates 
  • Charlie Fitzpatrick from Esri Education will be a highlighted speaker.
  • Lots of folks are interested in lightning talks but slots still available.
  • Posters can be contributed, please contact Tara: TLL38@PSU.DU.


  • Campus Bird contract has been signed.
  • There are ongoing meetings, inquire to Pam Garbini (PWG3@PSU.EDU) if interested.
  • Strategic Communications Office & Enterprise IT are the two executive leads on this project.
  • There will be two map coordinators for campus.