Kyle Wikstrom
Kyle Wikstrom, Solutions Specialist

In the solutions department at Pro-West, we leverage the Smart Mapping capability in ArcGIS Online to create stunning and useful maps that can be used on any device, at anytime, anywhere. With all of the great new solutions and abilities coming out, it can be easy to miss something important that could improve your workflow and even open up new opportunities for you and your organization.

Here are a few useful things to know about Smart Mapping in ArcGIS Online and how we used it to create a web map that shows school enrollment throughout our state in our web map Back to School in Minnesota

Back to School Minnesota smart mapping

  • We added the school district boundaries layer to the map, and Smart Mapping quickly analyzed our data and classified it according to the district area. We selected the Change Style button to classify the data using Standard Deviation and normalizing it by total enrollment.
  • With a CSV file containing district centroids and data, we dragged and dropped the file onto the map viewer, and again the data was analyzed. Smart Mapping used “smart” defaults and classified the data by total enrollment using a Natural Breaks classification. All we did was change the number of classes and normalize the data by area.
  • Smart Mapping does not take away your control of the map. Instead, it offers a selection of cartographic styles to make your map look attractive right out of the box. You still have complete control over how it is presented.
  • We also configured the pop-ups to contain district information and links to district webpages.

This web map shows the number of students enrolled in each Minnesota school district as compared to the areal size of the district. Though there are general similarities throughout much of the state, clear patterns and relationships exist between enrollment sizes and the extreme urban and rural environments.

Remember that Smart Mapping does not take away your control of the map. Instead, it offers a selection of cartographic styles to make your map look attractive right out of the box. You still have complete control over how it is presented.

Check out our web map and share your own Smart Mapping creations by Tweeting us or by sending me an email.

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