Dutton Institute

Lab Assignment: Inights for ArcGIS - Investigating Suspicious Prescription Drug Trends and the Refugee Crisis

In this lab, we will explore the capabilities of the ArcGIS Insights platform for supporting geovisual analytics in the context of analyzing patterns in suspicious prescription drug trends and global refugee movement. We will complete two lessons that Esri has developed to showcase its capabilities, and then you will critique what you have seen.

The goals of this lab are to:

  • become familiar with the geovisual analytics capabilities of the ArcGIS Insights platform,
  • evaluate the extent to which the platform supports spatial analytical reasoning, and
  • gain familiarity with common usability and utility assessment for system design.

Getting Started

To launch Insights for ArcGIS, you need to log in to your ArcGIS account. Once you’re logged in, click the Apps button at the top of the page and select the Insights application:

The Insights application

The activity we’re going to complete next is split into two parts. In the first part, you’ll learn how to do basic operations in the Insights application and do a little bit of visual analysis across coordinated views of prescription drug data. The second tutorial will have you explore refugee data and go a bit deeper into some of the analytical capabilities in the Insights platform.

To access the instructions for the first exercise on prescription drug analysis, go here: Investigate prescribed drugs

screen shot of esri Investigate prescribed drugs tutorial page
Credit: esri

Once you’ve completed that tutorial, move on next to the tutorial on analyzing refugee data here: Understand the refugee crisis with link analysis

screen shot of esri Understand the refugee crisis with link analysis tutorial page
Credit: esri


Work for this lab must be completed by Tuesday at 11:59 pm EST.

Below is a link to a “survey” consisting of three parts. The first part asks you to respond to short answer questions pertaining to the extent to which this platform supports spatial analytical tasks and who the target audience of this tool is. The second and third parts ask you to assess the usability and utility of the platform. Make sure to input your name on the final page before submitting.

Survey: Insights for ArcGIS

Please see the Lab 2 drop box for the Grading Rubric for this assignment.