Track 1: PYTHON | Room: 1151Level: Beginner ★
Tech Requirements:
Windows: ArcGIS Pro, Python 3*, Jupyter Notebook* (*installed with ArcGIS Pro); ArcMap and Python 2 WILL NOT work Mac: See here
James Whitacre, GIS Research Scientist, Carnegie Museum of Natural History



This session is a 2-4-1 session: Learn Jupyter Notebook and the ArcGIS API for Python (yes, this is different than ArcPy…)! The Jupyter Notebook environment allows users to run and save Python code and workflows interactively and, when utilizing the ArcGIS API for Python, visualize the output as maps and charts. This session is perfect for beginners who want to build their Pythonic muscles and also learn more about using Python for ArcGIS Online.


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.