You can use the following entry point for the Esri platform during the Datathon


Esri is the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping. For the UN Datathon, you have access to the ArcGIS system which includes ready-to-use spatial data, analysis and visualization tools, and web apps to share interactive outputs from your Datathon project. You'll also use an ArcGIS Survey123 form to submit your final entry to the judges. 

Available Data

The ArcGIS system can ingest data from web and local sources - documentation here on how to import your own data from a URL, file upload, or cloud location (such as AWS).

You can also use data in your project from the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is the foremost collection of geographic information from around the globe. It includes maps, apps, and data layers to support your work. Search for data by key word, or filter based on data type, topic, or geographic location. The topics and data types include administrative boundaries, environmental data, imagery, live data feeds, and much more. 

Available tools

ArcGIS Online Map Viewer

The ArcGIS Online Map Viewer enables users to perform analysis, visualize data and build compelling interactive maps, all from a web browser.

Documentation here on getting started with the Map Viewer, and here you can find documentation on the analysis functionality, including a list of available tools.  

ArcGIS Online Web Apps

ArcGIS Online has a number of tools to create interactive web apps from your maps - descriptions of the tools and documentation to get started with each can be found here

Here is a gallery of example dashboards, one of the app types you can configure in ArcGIS Online. 

ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro is a full-featured professional desktop GIS application from Esri. With ArcGIS Pro, you can explore, visualize, and analyze data; create 2D maps and 3D scenes; and share your work to ArcGIS Online. Esri's desktop software is available for you to download once you are logged into ArcGIS Online. Follow the instructions here to download the software.

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro documentation is found here - there are additional sections of documentation on different aspects of the software that expand on the left side of the page. Given the time constraints of the UN Datathon, participants without previous experience using ArcGIS Pro may want to do their work in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Notebooks.  

ArcGIS Notebooks

ArcGIS Notebooks provide a Jupyter notebook experience optimized for spatial analysis. Combine industry-leading spatial analysis algorithms with open-source Python libraries to build precise spatial data science models. Reduce time spent managing dependencies across data science ecosystems, and increase cross-team collaboration and transparency. Convey results with beautiful, interactive maps and apps for data storytelling that drives insight and action. Documentation to get started can be found here

Sample notebooks for inspiration on workflows and help getting started with the ArcGIS API for Python can be found here.

How to Access

Once you log in to ArcGIS Online you will see a tab at the top titled Notebook. If you choose to download ArcGIS Pro you can also run ArcGIS Notebooks within ArcGIS Pro.

ArcGIS StoryMaps

ArcGIS StoryMaps transforms your analysis outputs into interactive content that informs and inspires. It makes it easy to explain complex topics related to your  knowledge and experience. Bring your existing web maps, surveys, dashboards, and external web content into a memorable digital experience to add context to your analysis and provide interactive exploration of your datathon project.

How to Access

Within ArcGIS Online select the app launcher at the top right and click ArcGIS StoryMaps.

Signing on

Follow the link to the UN Datathon ArcGIS Online organization and log in using SSO (single sign on) with the account you have created for the datathon, or you can create a new ArcGIS Online account. Access to ArcGIS Online will be limited to the duration of the hackathon, but StoryMaps created by teams and shared publicly will remain available for a year after the event if groups would like to use them for their portfolio. 

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