Opening day at the Esri Developer Summit is always exciting. I like to listen for the items that get emphasized during the plenary session. They can give you an idea of the kinds of sessions you might want to attend during the summit. More generally these points of emphasis provide you with insight into where Esri sees their product line going in the near future. Here are some of the items that stuck out for me:
- A big theme this year was integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within ArcGIS products to facilitate “deep learning” and improved abilities to solve spatial problems using GIS. One very interesting demo illustrated the use of AI to identify and classify pavement cracks from video footage of highway and bridge surfaces.
- Vector basemaps continue to evolve and can be styled to create your own custom basemaps. There is a new Style Builder that provides a nice UI for creating those custom styles.
- There was a lot of talk and excitement about the ability to host Python notebooks on ArcGIS Online or Portal. These hosted notebooks are authored via a UI experience that is very similar to that for creating a web map. After creating a hosted notebook, it can be added to a web map as a way to include your geoprocessing or analysis right in that map. I’ve just skimmed the surface here – I anticipate that we’ll see lots of interesting uses of hosted Python notebooks in the future.
- A new feature of Portal is Web Hooks, which are basically a way to trigger some external action when event occurs inside Portal. For example, a web hook could be set up to send an email when an item was added to Portal that had insufficient metadata added as part of it. I can envision a number of ways that web hooks could be used to help maintain quality content and functioning of your Portal over time.
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