6.10.10. Cloud mapping and ArcGIS Explorer

Recently, ArcGIS has created a cloud mapping platform online which allows users to share their maps and data with others, access their maps online, on their desktop, and on mobile devices through the use of the cloud. On ArcGIS online, users can create maps by adding their own data, choose from different base layers, and use other people’s shared data that has been uploaded to the site. This site is useful for map creation when you do not have access to the ArcGIS software, but want to make a basic map. All you need is an ESRI Global Account which is free to sign up for. For more information about ArcGIS online visit https://www.arcgis.com/home/.

ArcGIS Explorer is an application that can be downloaded for the purposes of exploring, visualising, and sharing geographic information. Users can also access ArcGIS’ basemaps and layers, customise maps by adding data, photos, reports, and videos.  Basic spatial analyses can also be performed. ArcGIS Explorer can be downloaded from http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer