Month: November 2016

What Does Storytelling Have to Do with a GIS Strategic Plan?

What Does Storytelling Have to Do with a GIS Strategic Plan?

Tell the user’s story A GIS Strategic Plan (see template) defines the technical and business objectives of a GIS program.  Many people view this as an uninspired document with cookie-cutter recommendations.  But I like to see it as a way to understand the unique story of a client and turn that into a script for action. A focus on the user’s story ensures a more robust and vetted plan.  In...
How to Create Resources in Arches 4 Cultural Heritage Management Software

How to Create Resources in Arches 4 Cultural Heritage Management Software

In this post, I’d like to give you a quick step-by-step walkthrough of how to model and create useful data in Arches 4. Branches, Resource Models and Resources Before we dive in, let me define a few terms: “Branches” are partial data model graphs used for modeling data in Arches; they are not entities which collect data themselves, but rather define groups of modeled data that can be used to...
Arches 4 Lets Developers Create Custom Reports for Cultural Heritage Management

Arches 4 Lets Developers Create Custom Reports for Cultural Heritage Management

In my last post, I talked a bit about how developers will be able to enhance their Arches 4 implementations by developing custom widgets and datatypes, and building the forms that allow users to reconfigure them. Arches 4 uses a similar pattern for building Resource Model reports: Arches 4 will ship with a number of prebuilt report templates that users can select for use as a Resource Model report....