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FONAFIFO is a Costa Rican government institution that provides payments to landowners who enter into contracts with the government to preserve forested lands, practice sustainable forest management, etc., in exchange for environmental services. FONAFIFO sought the assistance of a GISCorps volunteer capable of creating training videos of ArcGIS Online (AGOL) in Spanish. Antonio Javier Soto Molina (Javier Soto) was selected for this project and recently completed recording of ten training videos. Dick Kotapish, another GISCorps volunteer who assisted FONAFIFO with a prior project, worked closely with Javier on this project.

Summary

Javier completed all the requirements listed in the job description on the videos. Moreover, the videos included other topics, techniques and tools in order to have a better understanding while leaning ArcGIS Online.

Two types of data were used on the videos for creating exercises:

  • Data provided by GISCorps (FONAFIFO shapefiles, PSA manual modification pdf, etc.)
  • Data sought by the volunteer for the development of the exercises (climate data, population data, Costa Rica political landscape, etc.)

Example of an exercise in video 4: How to create a map district with AGOL

All videos begin with an introduction where the content of the video is explained. This introduction has been prepared with a StoryMap application created specifically for this project. The StoryMap is available in this link: http://arcg.is/011eK5

Videos have been shared with GISCorps and FONAFIFO members via Google drive and YouTube. All videos can be visited anytime in the following YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRIrdWAA0eu5mYPcaUdEu6A

Additional topics added to the training proposal are:

  • Publish a map in FONAFIFO website
  • Using ArcGIS for desktop for publishing service layers and tile services layers
  • How to use ArcGIS Online Assistant to copy content from other users to my account
  • How to use ArcGIS Collector
  • Create domains in ArcMAP in order to create more interactive layers for Web App Builder.
  • StoryMaps

Detailed Explanation of Videos

VIDEO 1: INTRODUCTION TO ARCGIS ONLINE (AGOL) 8 min

  • What is AGOL
  • Types of accounts (Public, developers and organizations)
  • Differences between accounts
  • Plans pricing and credits
  • Free options

Video 1: Screenshot above summarizes types of AGOL accounts

Link: https://youtu.be/7VWYJthjWhw

VIDEO 2: HOW TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT 16 min

  • Sign up for an Organizational account
  • Quick tour in window “Customize settings”
  • Tour within the account. Meaning of different tabs (Home, Gallery, Groups, Map (load a living Atlas), Scene (load Miravalles Volcano), Content (create a new folder).
  • Organization tab. Check credits/Pricing on AGOL website.

Video 2: Screenshot above shows characteristics of an

Link: https://youtu.be/A8Syme7foXI

VIDEO 3: CUSTOMIZE ACCOUNT: 20 min

  • Change organization name and add a logo.
  • Add a description and change background in Home tab.
  • Create a Group. Invite members to the group.
  • Create a customized role for a GIS Technician within my organization.
  • Add members to my organization. Assign a role to a new member.
  • Differences between Administrator user and Staff users.

Picture above shows how to customize settings in AGOL

Picture above shows how to customize settings in AGOL

Link: https://youtu.be/lsU-U9PO23w

VIDEO 4: CREATE A MAP 42 min

  • Setting features for Maps from Organization settings with Administrator user.
  • Description of Map window. Touring different elements (content, add layers, basemaps, indications, bookmarks, measuring tools, search…)
  • Create a Map for Costa Rica with Provinces and Cantons using staff account (GIS Technician user):
    • Finding layers we need for the map
    • Customize pop-ups
    • Change symbols
    • Save and share Map within my organization
  • ArcGIS Online Assistant: How to use AGOL Assistant for copying feature layers or applications from other users in AGOL to my account.

Picture above is the result of an exercise where a Map is created using layers from AGOL and also copying others from users using ArcGIS Online Assistant

Link: https://youtu.be/P21sHYG6BAg

VIDEO 5: CREATE AND SHARE A MAP WITH LIVE INFORMATION 41 min

  • Introduction to Living Atlas
  • Add layers with live information into a map from:
    • Living Atlas
    • Create your own living layers from CSV files with live webcams
  • Search for layers within living Atlas
  • Customize symbols
  • Publish a map in a web. Display the map in FONAFIFO Website

On the picture above, I show how to publish a map in FONAFIFO website

Link: https://youtu.be/T8ZTLQnGtc0

VIDEO 6: PUBLISH A SERVICE 68 min

  • Log in into your ArcGIS Online account from ArcMap
  • Publish feature service layers and tile service layers using AGOL and ArcMAP
  • Differences between publishing in ArcMAP and AGOL. Advantages and disadvantages
  • Cost in credits
  • Create empty features for editing in our webmaps.

This screenshot is the result of publishing a service layer using ArcMap

Link: https://youtu.be/uD6MLQqVIpE

VIDEO 7: REDAY-TO-USE SERVICES 65 min

  • What are ready-to-use services
  • How to use them from ArcMAP
    • ESRI World Geocoder
    • Traffic
    • Hydrology
    • Logistic
    • Topography
  • Cost in credits

In this picture, I show how to use Services Ready to Use in ArcMap

Link: https://youtu.be/HRppaUcAqiY

VIDEO 8: ANALYSIS TOOLS IN ARCGIS ONLINE 55 min

  • Differences with Ready-to-use services
  • How to use them in AGOL. Answering some questions:
    • Summarize data – Native surfaces zones within each province?
    • Find locations – Estates within conservation areas?
    • Data enrichment – How many men and women live within native zones?
    • Analyse patterns – Interpolate points
    • Use proximity – Which FONAFIFO office is better for each estate?
    • Manage data – Find best route
  • Cost in credits

On the picture above I shown how to use analyses tools in AGOL

Link: https://youtu.be/X_t1RfbPwmg

VIDEO 9: PREPARE DATA FOR CREATING WEB APPLICATIONS 59 min

  • Create domains in a geodatabase
  • Publish data in AGOL from a geodatabase created in ArcMap.
  • Add domains from geodatabase in our feature classes in order to improve editing session in our web maps and web applications (for example web app builder)
  • ArcGIS Collector.
    • What is ArcGIS Collector
    • Create layers for Collector
    • Create a map to use ArcGIS collector in a device while doing fieldwork
  • Using Google Drive to create layers easy to update in our maps and applications

On the picture above, I show how to use ArcGIS Collector on a mobile device

Link: https://youtu.be/DlvIIFivcp0

VIDEO 10: WEB APP BUILDER 59 min

  • What is Web App Builder (WAB)?
  • Workflow to create a web application
  • Add data in WAB from map window
  • Change themes and style
  • Customize canvas
  • Add tittle, links and logo
  • How to preview our application in different devices
  • Add widgets
    • Gallery
    • Print
    • Summarize data
    • Edit
    • Add layers
    • Advanced options in widgets: Geoprocessing widget
  • Preview and publish the application.

On the picture above, I show how to pick a style in Web App Builder

Link: https://youtu.be/tDp7DlJCRKs

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