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Big data

Big data is data sets that are so voluminous and complex that traditional data-processing application software are inadequate to deal with them. Big data challenges include capturing data, data storage, data analysis, search, sharing, transfer, visualization, querying, updating, information privacy and data source. | Source: wikipedia.

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Big data use to be related IoT in the platform, but that's not always the case, for example, some times it is also related with the management of vast amounts of images.. That's why we have created a separated page for ArcGIS and IoT.


Tools and products to work with big datasets.

Esri products

Based on your needs There are a set of technologies in the ArcGIS platform you might want to know if you are interested in this topic:

Note: ArcGIS API for Python: the arcgis.geoanalytics module provides submodules, data types, classes and functions to process your big data using an ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server (more info)

Other tools an projects


Note**: Check for specific training about GeoEvent, GeoAnalytics, Spatiotemporal Big Data Store and ArcGIS Image Server on their respective pages.



On and Esri Events you will find many technical talks. Or check Esri Geodev channel for short videos.

Event Title Length
DevSummit 2018 Real-Time and Big Data GIS: Best Practices 57min 31secs
DevSummit 2017 Automating Distributed Raster Analysis using the Image Server REST API 30min 25secs
DevSummit 2017 Real-Time Data and Big Data GIS at a Massive Scale 58min 19secs
DevSummit 2017 Big Data: Using ArcGIS with Apache Hadoop 24min 37secs
DevSummit 2017 Visualizing Big Data with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript and WebGL 46min 25secs
FedGIS 2013 Big Data in ArcGIS 5min 17secs

You might also find interesting videos at Esri Industries, ArcGIS, EsriTV, Esri R&D Center etc


More slides in or check on GeoNet.

Awesome projects and cool demos

Note: Check also the cool demos and projects at GeoEvent, GeoAnalytics, Spatiotemporal Big Data Store and ArcGIS Image Server pages.

Find more BigData use cases here.

Support and Community

If needed, remember you can always check the Technical Support Website for developer products and the Technical Support Blog at GeoNet to find additional resources.

Community channels:

Is there any category on ArcGIS Ideas on GeoNet for this topic?

Vote/share the ideas about Big Data @ [ArcGIS Ideas on GeoNet]( Data&place=%2Fplaces%2F478947&depth=ALL)

People you should know

Please find the ArcGIS Experts on this topic using this tool:

ArcGIS Experts Tool Screenshot

They don't work on the support team and some may even not work at Esri, but they are opening some projects and sharing insights related to this technology so we recommend you to follow them.

You can also explore the experts in the Awesome ArcGIS organization in ArcGIS Online.


Additional resources

Probably not all the resources are in this list, please use the ArcGIS Search tool looking for: "big data".

Localized resources

Partners and startups

Organizations and the type of relation with this product:

Company Relation type Country
Safegraph Startup United states

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