5 Things on Friday #48 – National Map, FAA OpenData, Hidden Mountains and more

Time for another 5 Things on Friday, our first one of the fall season! We’ve shared some useful tidbits this week, including: an update from the USGS regarding the National Map, a UAS no-fly webmap from the FAA, mapping a fictional mountain range in Africa, some ArcGIS Pro tips and a helpful video recording from DevSummit? Got a tip for a future edition. Please share with us in a comment below or on Twitter @geojobegis

USGS Advanced Public Map Viewer

The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) will be decommissioning its legacy National Map viewer application on September 29 2017. This is part of a continuing effort to move towards data visualization frameworks that support the new HTML5 advances in web environments, improve mobile access, and add GIS capabilities while minimizing the government’s role in maintaining custom viewer code. The new viewer application was built using the ArcGIS Online Web AppBuilder.

usgs advanced map viewer

FAA UAS Data Map

Know where you can fly! The FAA has a webmap service in ArcGIS Online  (see map below) where you can visualize no-fly areas and other special permits only and restricted airspace. The FAA UAS Data webmap can be accessed HERE.


Mapping A Fictional Mountain Range in Africa

A cartographer pretty much made up a completely false mountain range spanning across Africa, and wasn’t proven false for nearly one hundred years. The Mountains of Kong are a non-existent mountain range charted on maps of Africa from 1798 through to the late 1880s. The mountains were once thought to begin in West Africa near the highland source of the Niger River close to Tembakounda in Guinea, then continue east to the also fictitious Central African Mountains of the Moon, thought to be where the White Nile had its source.

ArcGIS Pro Tips & Questions from ESRIUC

ArcGIS Pro is included with ArcMap as a part of ArcGIS Desktop. This 64-bit addition to the ArcGIS Desktop collection of applications lets you render and process your data faster than ever. This blog post from Esri answers a number of questions about Pro that were posed at the 2017 UC.

ArcGIS Pro features a modern ribbon-based user interface, 2D and 3D views
ArcGIS Pro features a modern ribbon-based user interface, 2D and 3D views

Sharing Web Layers and Services in the ArcGIS Platform

This recorded session from DevSummit discusses sharing workflows both conceptually and with hands-on demos from both ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro. Sharing workflows refers to the process of taking your local data and web-enabling them so they can be leveraged by more users and within the broader ArcGIS Platform.

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