The ArcGIS Online mapping platform is now available to all Stanford affiliates
An excellent example of what can be done with ArcGIS Online is the Stanford Geospatial Center's Gaihōzu: Japanese Imperial Maps portal, which provides access to the most popular objects in the Stanford Digital Repository.
Over the last few months, we’ve been testing Single Sign-On (SSO) for providing access to ArcGIS.com, which we have licensed for the use of all Stanford affiliates. This means that you no longer need to go through the Stanford Geospatial Center to get an account!
To get started making your own maps, go to ArcGIS.com , click on "Sign In" and then click on the "ENTERPRISE LOGIN" button to begin the Stanford Single Sign-On...
Then, enter "stanford" in the space prompted, and click "CONTINUE."
Once you have gone through the Stanford SSO Login (dual authentication may be required) you should be redirected to the homepage of the Stanford Geospatial Center's ArcGIS Online Organization.
Getting Started with ArcGIS Online
You'll find that many of the Stanford Geospatial Center's workshops will make increasing use of ArcGIS Online for web mapping and field data collection applications. We're developing new materials all the time, so go to gis.stanford.edu to find out when the next workshops will be offered.
In the meantime, Esri is a juggernaut of online tutorial creation. Here are a few of the tutorials we have found most useful for new users:
Getting Started with ArcGIS Online - http://doc.arcgis.com/en/arcgis-online/get-started/get-started.htm
Preparing and Deploying Your Data for Use in Collector for ArcGIS using ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online - http://doc.arcgis.com/en/collector/android/create-maps/prepare-data-desktop.htm
A Few things to note:
Don't Do Bulk Geocoding on ArcGIS.com
You have 200 credits to start with. Please use them judiciously. Everything uses credits on ArcGIS.com, but Bulk Geocoding is particularly expensive. Bulk geocoding (placing more than 1000 addresses or placenames from a table on the map) SHOULD NOT be done through ArcGIS.com, but should done via the locator.stanford.edu geocoding server. For more information, see this guide.
If you have more than 100k records to geocode, please contact Stanford Geospatial Center Staff about you needs.
Learn to Use ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro
ArcGIS Online is a fantastic online mapping platform for most users, but it's just a part of an ecosystem of GIS Software. Both ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro are well integrated with ArcGIS Online and allow seamless access and publishing of geospatial data and analysis, directly from the desktop software.
As noted, many tasks (including many analysis tools) consume credits in the ArcGIS online platform. The cost of many of the analysis tools in ArcGIS.com can be avoided by using ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro as your primary analysis platforms and ArcGIS.com as your web map distribution platform!
You can learn more about how to get ArcGIS Desktop installed on your own computer at https://library.stanford.edu/research/stanford-geospatial-center/software
Creating tiled map services from georeferenced map images can be costly in ArcGIS.com, as well. You can create Tile Packages in ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro, upload them to ArcGIS Online and serve them as tiled map services for very few credits.
If you are interested in learning to use ArcGIS Desktop, please sign up for our Listserv, so that you will receive our workshop and events announcements.
We also make our workshop materials available for self-paced learning. Just go to bit.ly/SGC_attendance, and fill out our Sign In form to gain access to the materials. You will find workshops for ArcGIS Desktop, QGIS, R and more. You can even come to the Stanford Geospatial Center's computer lab at Branner Earth Sciences Library, and do the tutorials with support from our GIS Assistants, close at hand to help you.
Esri provides a number of tutorials, built right into the Help system of ArcGIS Desktop. You can find them in the Online Help system, at http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/arcmap/10.5/get-started/introduction/arcgis-tutorials.htm
Move Your Content BEFORE You Leave Stanford!
You can use the ArcGIS Online Assistant to move your content from stanford.maps.arcgis.com to your own Developer Account, but you need to do it before your SUNetID is deactivated.
Create an ArcGIS Developer account, which includes an one-person ArcGIS Online for Organizations account.
Go to https://ago-assistant.esri.com/ and use the "I Want To... Copy Items..." tool to transfer your items from your Stanford account to your Developer account.
For more information about accessing ArcGIS Online, and other geospatial resources, visit gis.stanford.edu or drop by the Stanford Geospatial Center at Branner Earth Science Library, in person!