Watch this space: originally created to test file geodatabases with a subset stripped of weather data, Bob Booth reminded me that the full record is worth exploring through time-enabled maps, to show other changes over 200 year span nearly 2 centuries ago.
What this means is that file data can be posted to arcgis.com - in addition to being served up via ArcGIS server - and then mashed up with other data on your desktop or arcgis.com. The distinction is this:
- file data are static and thus appropriate for relatively static data
- dynamic data can be managed on the server as it is updated or upgraded
Furthering horse-racing lingo, let us not forget the horses-for-courses approach that technologies give us if applied well - as each horse races best on a particular turf, each desktop or web GIS or mapping solution will work best for particular end-user needs.PS: my house in Cambridge UK is right near the Point-to-Point village race course.