Track 1: PYTHON | Room: 1114 | Level: Intermediate ★★
Tech Requirements: ArcGIS Pro, Python 3*, Jupyter Notebook* (*installed with ArcGIS Pro), Python IDE; ArcMap and Python 2 may work, but will not be tested
James Whitacre, GIS Research Scientist, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Have a script that you use often, but you want to utilize the ArcGIS Tool interface or need to share a common scripting workflow with colleagues who don’t know Python? This session will walk ArcPy users through a simple and practical approach to more quickly convert Python scripts to script tools in ArcGIS. We will also cover how to approach error handling and troubleshooting.


James Whitacre is the GIS Research Scientist for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History where he manages the GIS Lab at Powdermill Nature Reserve, the Museum’s environmental research center, and supports museum staff and affiliated researchers with geospatial technologies and needs. This is Whitacre’s second appointment at the Museum as he was formerly the GIS Manager from 2011 to 2014. Before returning to the Museum in 2018, Whitacre was the GIS Specialist for the Main Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he provided GIS consultations for researchers and scholars, taught GIS workshops to promote the use of GIS in research. Whitacre holds a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Geography, concentrating on GIS and cartography, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.