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Visualizing your data in Map Viewer takes just two quick steps.


        1. Open

          New map

        2. Drag your spreadsheet file from your computer and drop it on the map.
          (If you don’t have any data, you can download the Downtown Trash Receptacles spreadsheet from Data Driven Detroit.)

Drag and drop data


Map Viewer automatically applies smart mapping, highlighting what's important in your data.

Visualized data


And just like that, you have an informative visual picture of your data.

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As documentation engineers, we spend most of our time writing help reference topics. In the weeks leading up to a software release, especially a big one like ArcGIS Online June 2017, we get to spend a fair amount of time reviewing other types of resources. This is one of our favorite tasks! We love seeing all the Story Maps, videos, blog articles, infographics, and exercises product teams create to show you what's new (and hopefully inspire you to give the new things a try). Whether you are just getting started with ArcGIS or a GIS veteran, we think there's a new resource you'll want to check out. Most highlight the latest functionality in the software. All are amazing! 


Documentation page

Of course we have to kick things off with a documentation resource: the new Documentation for ArcGIS page. It's a quick tool for finding that help site you're looking for. It includes a search, filters, and a language drop-down list. 

Documentation for ArcGIS landing page


Scene Viewer Story Map

You may have read about what's new in Scene Viewer for ArcGIS Online June 2017. Did you notice the Story Map that showcases these features? If not, you'll definitely want to check it out!

Scene Viewer Story Map


Hosted web layer infographics

It can be daunting to decide whether to use hosted feature layers, hosted feature layer views, or hosted tiles in your maps and apps. Who would win? Match layer types to common workflows with these new infographics.

Choose layer type

Explorer for ArcGIS exercise

Many of you have taken the Learn ArcGIS lesson, Get Started with ArcGIS Online. Now you can explore the same Hawaii island map to get started with Explorer for ArcGIS in a browser. Pretty cool. Explorer-map


Mapping and analysis exercise

On the topic of Learn ArcGIS lessons, we like the more precise boundary for Fight Child Poverty with Demographic Analysis because it makes the demographic patterns stand out even more. It now uses Census tract areas, one of the newer Living Atlas of the World layers you can add directly from Map Viewer. Did you know the same lesson is available for ArcGIS Enterprise? (And be sure to read how to take advantage of Living Atlas content in ArcGIS Enterprise).

Fight Child Poverty lesson


ArcGIS Enterprise Builder video

ArcGIS Enterprise Builder: A one-click set-up for ArcGIS Enterprise base deployment on a  single machine-in less than 1 hour? We were definitely excited to watch a video about that!


Distributed collaboration sample editing app

Distributed collaboration allows organizations working in both ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise to establish a trusted environment with defined rules for sharing content and data replication. To experience this yourself, add your own edits to a sample web app and monitor the data replication process.

Distributed collaboration


The ArcGIS Book cover map

And finally, The ArcGIS Book. What a great resource with all its live examples of using GIS to solve problems. Wonder how to create the map the cover? Wonder no more! John Nelson shows you how, start to finish.

The ArcGIS Book cover

by Bernie Szukalski

ArcGIS Online has just been updated with the following new features and enhancements. This release includes a new enhanced user experience for content management and access, smart mapping in Scene Viewer, new Living Atlas content, and more.

For additional information see the What’s new help topic or ArcGIS blog posts specific to this release.


Map Viewer

Map Viewer is a built-in app that enables you to view and author maps, navigate, see map details, edit, perform analysis, and more (depending on your privileges). New for this release:

Arcade is now supported in pop-ups, enabling you to define and use attribute expressions to enhance and extend the pop-up display.

Arcade expressions allow you to dynamically create new values using feature attributes, and can be used anywhere you use regular attributes. For example, you can display a value in meters instead of feet, change text color based on conditions, or dynamically construct a link URL using attributes.

Input parameters for Analysis tools are now saved with the result layer. Click Rerun Analysis to open the tool with the saved parameters. See Use the analysis tools for more information.

Also new for the Map Viewer in this release:

  • Legends can be optionally included on printed maps.
  • Vector tile layers and vector basemaps now appear on printed maps.
  • New classified and unique value renderers can be applied to image layers.
  • The stretch renderer now allows you to set custom statistics on imagery layers.
  • Members with licenses for data layers purchased through the ArcGIS Marketplace can now add those layers directly to their maps.


Scene Viewer

The Scene Viewer is an app built into ArcGIS Online for creating and interacting with 3D scenes.

Points can be displayed more effectively by configuring them to display above buildings or terrain using the new relative to scene elevation mode. Callouts have been added to improve perspective to better visualize and understand point and label locations.

Declutter automatically removes overlapping features as you navigate the scene.

You can now stylize your buildings by colorizing textures, making textures grayscale, or setting a color to replace textures using the Colorstyle.

Smart mapping has been added, providing data-driven exploration and rendering.

For example, you can use attributes (such as height) to create a color ramp using Counts & Amounts. Alternatively, you can use Types to symbolize each value uniquely, such as making residential buildings blue and commercial buildings orange.

Other new features and enhancements include the following:

  • New realistic 3D symbols have been added, including street furniture, transportation, and vegetation symbols.
  • You can now add, load, and visualize dynamic image layers in both global and local scenes.
  • Configurable apps and Web AppBuilder are now accessed directly from Share.
  • Improved lighting capabilities yield more vibrant colors.
  • You can click features to reveal pop-ups (configured using ArcGIS Pro).
  • A new welcome screen allows you to access recent scenes with a single click.

For more information see View scenes in the Scene Viewer.


The Living Atlas

ArcGIS includes a Living Atlas of the World with beautiful, useful and authoritative maps on thousands of topics. Living Atlas is built into to ArcGIS, providing an easy way to access basemaps, maps, layers, and more.

The Living Atlas app has been updated with improved search capabilities and the ability to sort results by relevance, date, popularity, and name. The current filters are displayed as a logical expression.

Search now includes the ability to use location, person, or type of item in the search string. Use “in” before a place name to add a geographic filter. Living Atlas also appears in the apps button on, and is being updated to make it easier for users to browse featured content for use within their organization.

The World Imagery basemap has been updated with additional sets of DigitalGlobe imagery for several countries including the United States and Canada with detailed imagery for several hundred areas. This completes the initial set of updates for over 100 million sq. km. planned for the first year of the Esri partnership with DigitalGlobe.

World Imagery metadata has been updated to use an Arcade-styled pop-up that displays the source, acquisition date, accuracy, and resolution of the imagery. Add World Imagery as a layer, then click anywhere in the world at any zoom level to display the information.

Firefly (beta) is a new World Imagery basemap view that starts out nearly black and white, but progressively becomes more colorized as you zoom in. It is similar to the dark gray canvas, but offers the texture and context of imagery. It is especially useful as a basemap for brightly styled layers.

Clarity (beta) is a new World Imagery basemap view that offers the clearest imagery available from the Living Atlas imagery archive. The imagery in this view may be less current than the default imagery, but supports use cases (e.g. data collection) where the image clarity or accuracy is more important.

A new suite of maps and layers in Geographic Coordinate System (GCS) WGS84 are now available.  These maps and layers, initially released in beta over the last year, are now fully released and available to use in your web maps and apps.

Demographic maps have been updated for the United States and several other countries. The demographic maps now feature the latest 2017 current year estimates and 2022 five-year forecasts for the United States. In addition, updates have been released for more than 30 other countries using the latest Michael Bauer Research (MBR) data.

New time-enabled maps using GLDAS data, which provides global, historical meteorological data from NASA’s Land Data Assimilation system, are now available.

The NAIP image services have been updated with NAIP 2016 imagery for 24 states in the United States.

Organizations can choose to use Esri vector basemaps as the default in their Map Viewer and Scene Viewer basemap galleries. Administrators can check Use Esri vector basemaps in supported ArcGIS apps in the Map tab under Edit Settings.


Enhanced user experience

Access to your content has been redesigned, with a new layout intended to improve workflows and performance.

A new overall Content page now organizes all content, and includes tabs for My Content, My Favorites, My Groups,  and My Organization. You can view, search, sort, and filter the content found in each.

Search has been enhanced to be more focused, for example you can now search specific tabs of your content and group pages. Search results have an improved layout page and more precise filtering.

Item and group thumbnails have been enhanced to include support for auto-scaling, larger image sizes, drag-and-drop, and thumbnail placement adjustments using pan and zoom.

Support for adding, calculating, and deleting fields on hosted feature layers has been added to the item page Data tab. This enhancement brings the attribute table capabilities of the item page into equivalency with Map Viewer attribute table functionality.

Group pages have been redesigned with a new layout and organization, intended to improve workflows and performance. You can now search for and filter group members and content, and administrators can configure groups to allow organization members to join without invitation or approval.

In addition, owners can now add delete protection to prevent accidental deletion of the group and can also promote group members to group managers to get help with management tasks.

Relevant ArcGIS Desktop content is now included in all search results and group pages, and is no longer an optional checkbox.

When switching between your accounts you now have the option to stay signed in to your current account. When you are ready to sign out, you can choose to sign out of all linked accounts or only the current account.


Hosted web layers

You can publish your maps and data as hosted layers to ArcGIS Online, leveraging cloud-based publishing without the need to manage these services on your own infrastructure. See About hosted layers for more information.

Hosted tile layers have been enhanced to be more efficient, automatic, and economical. When publishing hosted tile layers from hosted feature layers you can now create tiles automatically. This means the tiles are created only when needed, such as when a user zooms to an area on the map.

Once the tiles are created, they are cached in your hosted storage. Tiles will also automatically update when the features in the source feature layer are updated. To help you take advantage of these enhancements, the cost of publishing tiles has been reduced to 1 credit to generate 10,000 tiles.

When creating hosted feature layers, you can enable a new option for collecting high accuracy metadata with Collector for ArcGIS. This option adds preconfigured fields and associated domains to the feature layer template schema that Collector for ArcGIS uses to write metadata about the collected data.

Ground Control is a new feature layer template available for collecting ground control points that can be used for georeferencing aerial drone imagery.

Publishing hosted scene layers from hosted feature layers is no longer in beta, and now consumes credits. When publishing scene layers from hosted feature layers you can choose between publishing to a global or local scene.

Hosted feature layers can now be published from Microsoft Excel files and exported as KML and Excel files.

Publishing is faster when creating hosted feature layers from shapefiles, file geodatabases, ArcMap, and ArcGIS Pro.


Configurable apps

Configurable apps provide an easy and fast way to go from a web map to an application, with no coding required. The following are new for this release.

The configuration pane is more consistent across all apps, making it easier to find and change configuration options, and providing a more uniform configuration experience.

Impact Summary highlights an area, and shows a summary of data related to the location. It can be used to present the impact of an event or a proposal on the local population. Impact Summary now supports sharing subscriber content with anonymous users.

Information Lookup now supports the Shared Theme organizational setting. Shared Theme allows an administrator to set color and logo setting shared across applications.

Use the new Minimal Gallery (beta) to create a basic card-based gallery of items in groups.

For the latest information, see the configurable apps posts on the ArcGIS Blog.


Story Maps

Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content, making it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story.

Story Map Cascade supports uncropped tall images, linking to MP3 audio files, and better sizing of embedded media. It now adds a dark theme and font choices, and authors can improve how their stories look on mobile devices by specifying alternate images that display for complex or unsupported content. See the Story Map Cascade gallery to view examples.

Authors can customize the look of their Story Map Shortlist (beta) stories by choosing a header color in the builder. See the Story Map Shortlist gallery to view examples.

Story Map Cascade, Story Map Shortlist (beta), Story Map Journal, and Story Map Series support the click-through link that is now part of the Shared Theme organizational settings.

For more information see the Story Maps website and Story Maps blog.


Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS

Web AppBuilder offers a way for you to easily create HTML/JavaScript apps that run on any device, using a gallery of ready-use-widgets. You can customize the look of your apps with configurable themes, and can host your apps online or on your own server.

With this release, the following new widgets are available:

Parcel Drafter—Allows mapping technicians to enter metes-and-bounds descriptions and check for closure errors. It is typically used by Assessing Offices and Register of Deeds to verify deeds and recorded documents but can also be used by surveyors and title companies to verify survey information prior to submission.

Full Screen—Enables a web app to open in full screen mode in your browser.

Basemap Gallery (3D)—Displays a basemap gallery that viewers can choose from when displaying web scenes.

Screening—Allows you to analyze configured layers for potential impacts within a specified area of interest. The widget reports results of the analysis by summarizing a count of intersecting features and length or area of overlap. Analysis results can then be shared via a printed report, a CSV file, and file geodatabase or shapefile download.

Grid Overlay—Supports client-side MGRS grid.

Coordinate Conversion—Allows analysts to input coordinates and convert them between several common formats including UTM, Military MGRS, DDM, DMS, DD, and USNG.

Suitability Modeler—Helps you find the best location for an activity and predict susceptibility to risk, or identify where something is likely to occur. This widget allows you to combine and weight different layers so you can evaluate multiple factors at once.

Infographic—Displays various charting styles including number, gauge, pie, column, bar, and line. Provides eight infographic templates, including number, gauge, pie, column, bar and line, to visualize and monitor attributes and data from feature layers in the map and other data sources. The infographics are dynamic, refreshing when the map extent or data source changes.

For more information, see What’s new in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.


Apps for the field

ArcGIS apps for the field help you use the power of location to improve coordination and achieve operational efficiencies in field workforce activities. Apps for the field have had numerous enhancements since the previous ArcGIS Online update including the following new features and capabilities.

Collector for ArcGIS

Collector for ArcGIS enables the use of your smartphone or tablet to collect and update information in the field, whether connected or disconnected.

For this release enhancements have focused on collecting higher quality data. GPS averaging is now supported and can be used to improve the precision of your high-accuracy collection workflows; you can capture a number of positions and create a location from the average of the positions captured.

Collector has also added the ability to rename attachments with meaningful names, and to use basemaps on an SD card for easier, faster field deployment.

Convenient time-saving and error-reducing workflows for copying features and continuously collecting data are no longer restricted when your map has layers that participate in a relationship.

For more information, see What’s new in Collector for ArcGIS.

Explorer for ArcGIS

Explorer for ArcGIS allows everyone in your organization to discover, use, and share maps on their Mac, iOS, or Android device. With Explorer you can use maps online, or download maps packaged for offline use. You can also mark up your map and share your sketcheswith your organization, get directions, or use the compass to find your assets.

Explorer now supports more responsive vector basemaps, maps created with smart mapping, related records, and Arcade labels. A new, simplified experience for discovering maps in your organization enables you to readily access the maps that matter most.

These new features are currently in beta on iOS and Android. Look for the release on iOS in July 2017, with Android coming later. For the latest information, see the Explorer for ArcGIS blog posts.

Survey123 for ArcGIS

Survey123 for ArcGIS is a simple and intuitive form-centric data gathering solution that makes creating, sharing, and analyzing surveys possible in three easy steps.

Survey123 for ArcGIS has had a major release since the last ArcGIS Online update. Editing existing data is now supported, allowing you to update features already captured—this includes both data captured in previous surveys, and data from existing feature layers for which you’ve created a survey.

The web designer has added support for modifying questions on already published surveys, and sharing survey results through a link.

In Survey123 Connect you can create surveys with aggregate functions that return values derived from responses across repeats.

For more information see What’s new in Survey123.


Apps for the office

ArcGIS Apps for the Office enable you to put powerful, user-friendly tools and data into the hands of data analysts to gain location-based insights and make decisions that save money and time.

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud gives you access to data-driven maps inside Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is now released and is no longer in beta.

You can load ArcGIS Online content, including community content from the Living Atlas of the World, editable vector layers, and high-resolution images to collaborate with GIS departments and other designers to create and share maps.

For more information, see the ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud help.

ArcGIS Earth

ArcGIS Earth enables you to explore any part of the world, and work with a variety or 2D and 3D map data formats. New for this release is the capability to export measurements. Customized KML icons are designed for use in a disconnected environment. Users can also set ArcGIS Earth as the default KML viewer from the configuration file.

For more information, see What’s new in ArcGIS Earth.

ArcGIS Maps for Power BI

ArcGIS geo-enables Microsoft Power BI, and was promoted from a preview feature and is now a core visual in Microsoft Power BI Service and Power BI Desktop. This release is a sequential update with improved speed, better usability, and the ability to manually set the data midpoint for classified data.

For more information, see What’s new in ArcGIS Maps for Power BI.


ArcGIS Business Analyst Web

This ArcGIS Business Analyst Web update includes Esri’s 2017/2022 demographic estimates and projections for the U.S., new options to visualize data, access to historical traffic data, the ability to customize the app’s branding, and several improved workflows.

For more information, see What’s new in ArcGIS Business Analyst Web.


GeoPlanner for ArcGIS

GeoPlanner for ArcGIS incorporates each aspect of a complete planning workflow—project creation, data identification, comparative analysis, and reporting—into a single web-based application. The app helps planners from a wide range of industries create and report on alternative planning scenarios to make geographically informed decisions.

GeoPlanner now enables you to focus on specific planning areas by allowing you to design, evaluate, and report using selection sets and study areas. This update also helps you generate reports to support the conservation element of a comprehensive plan or other natural asset information products. You can also create environmental screening reports that show how scenario features summarize data from suitability models and assessment layers. All reports can be downloaded to PDF or a CSV file.

For more information, see What’s new in GeoPlanner for ArcGIS.


ArcGIS Open Data and ArcGIS Hub

ArcGIS Hub is a new framework that enables governments and communities to organize and engage together around policy initiatives. It brings data-driven policy to life by combining data, visualization, analytics, and collaboration to enable governments and citizens to work together on real-world initiatives that tackle the most pressing issues in their communities. ArcGIS Hub consists of the following; Open Data, Initiatives, and Community.

ArcGIS Open Data is a free, configurable site within your ArcGIS organization that enables you to share your authoritative data and provides an easy way to create public-facing websites where people can easily find and download your open data in a variety of open formats.

With this release, organizations now access and manage their Open Data site through ArcGIS Hub, with all the Open Data functionality and capabilities as before.

ArcGIS Hub Initiatives and ArcGIS Hub Community are not yet released, and will be licensed separately. To learn more see ArcGIS Hub.


Organization administration

Organization administrators can choose to use Esri vector basemaps as the default in the Map Viewer and Scene Viewer basemap galleries. Check Use Esri vector basemaps in supported ArcGIS apps in the Map tab under Edit Settings.

Using the new Allow Origins security setting, organizations can now limit the web app domains that can connect via Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) to the ArcGIS REST API.

Organization URLs now support HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) for HTTPS-only organizations. This ensures that any client that supports HSTS will always use HTTPS to communicate with the custom URL of the organization.

Designated administrators are now notified when the organization sends an email that isn’t delivered. This allows the administrator to correct and resend the email to join the organization, reset the password, and so on.

A new tutorial demonstrates how to configure Okta as your identity provider for enterprise logins.

You can now share content between ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5.1 portals and ArcGIS Online organizations using distributed collaborationcapabilities. Distributed collaboration allows organizations working in both online and on-premises systems to establish a trusted environment with defined rules for sharing maps, layers, and files across participating systems using item and data replication. This capability is provided as part of an early adopter program available to interested ArcGIS Online organizations. For more information and to apply for the program, visit the Enterprise to Online Collaboration early adopter web site.

Organizations with heavy data workloads can upgrade to a premium feature data store to get dedicated compute resources for higher and more consistent performance.

The Esri User Experience Improvement program allows organizations to contribute to the design and development of ArcGIS Online. Check the box to allow ArcGIS Online to collect usage information from members of your organization to improve the user experience.


For more information about the June 2017 release

For more information about the June 2017 release, see the What’s new help topic or view other ArcGIS Blog posts specific to this release.

The June 2017 Release of ArcGIS Online enabled the capability to write custom Arcade expressions for use in Pop Ups!! A common request was to be able to format pop ups to display attribute values and labels when values are present and not have them appear when the values are blank. Although there are plans to incorporate this functionality directly into the pop up in the future, it is currently possible to use Arcade and Custom Attribute Displays to accomplish this.


I'm going to use an existing example of my Heron Watch Data and display the description when one is present. I will hide the field value and field label when it isn't present. View the Heron location in Singapore to see a feature with no description, or add features using this GeoForm App with no description.  


Check out the steps below to accomplish this and then share your real examples!


Step 1: Create an Arcade Expression that tests for values using IsEmpty. This will be used to determine if the label for the attribute needs to be displayed or not. 

Sample code:

    IIF(isEmpty($feature.description), "", "Description")


If the feature is empty, a blank value will be returned. If there is a value, the label "Description" will be returned in the expression.



2. Configure a table using Custom Attribute Display in the pop ups that is configured to use the expression as the label.

        Custom Attribute

    - Enable the option to view Source HTML:



- Create a table using the HTML  sample below. The text in curly brackets refer to attribute values in the feature layer. The plain text between the first table elements specifies the label for each attribute.

<table cellpadding="0px" cellspacing="3px">
           <tr valign="top">
               <td><b>Observed Time (UTC)</b></td>
            <tr valign="top">
               <td><b> Observed Time (Local) </b></td>
            <tr valign="top">
           <tr valign="top">

- Note that {expression/expr0} is the value of the Arcade expression created in Step 1 that is used for the attribute label and the description value is used for the value. If no value is present in the description there will also be no value for the label.

- Unselect the HTML Source option and your formatted pop up configuration should look similar to this screen shot:

3. Save your Web Map and make an app to show off your Pop Ups

Description Values Present:

Description Values not Present


If you don't want to use a table to display your attributes, consider integrating this workflow with free text and calculated Arcade Expressions as outlined in this blog by Bernie Szukalski: 


Check out this ArcGIS Blog about Distributed Collaboration

Sharing content between ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise just got better with the June 2017 and 10.5.1 releases. Prior to these recent releases, it was possible to reference and use layers that were hosted in ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online using web maps and apps in the other environment. With distributed collaboration, it is now possible to maintain a synchronized copy of feature layers and web maps between an ArcGIS Online organization and an ArcGIS Enterprise deployment through a trusted relationship. This brand-new functionality spans across two separate Web GIS environments, and will be illustrated in a two-part blog series outlining two basic scenarios for collaboration between ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online, as well as some tips and tricks to take advantage of this new feature.

Two public environments are used for the scenarios in the collaboration blog series. The environments are accessible to the public because readers of the series will need to view the samples. For this reason, use your imagination and pretend the ArcGIS Enterprise deployment and applications hosted on are internal applications that only the employees of Geocloud County, working within their network, can use.

Note. Thanks to Chesterfield County for having this data available on their open data site 

In this first part of the blog series, we describe a data publication workflow scenario. To make it easier to follow along, the ArcGIS Enterprise deployment will be referred to as the Geocloud Deployment (screen images will have a purple border)  and the ArcGIS Online organization will be referred to as the Showcase Organization (screen images will have a blue border).

Data publication workflow for Geocloud County Parks and Recreation data

Scenario: The Geocloud County Parks and Recreation department manages 17 feature layers of parks data. The layers are used to create web mapping products for the website, as well as to manage maintenance and infrastructure data. Of the 17 layers, 8 layers are used to create public apps that the community uses for navigation and information about Geocloud County Parks and Recreation. The rest of the layers are used by internal staff to determine maintenance areas and track light inspections and lawn mowing schedules. The Parks and Recreation department maintains all of their data with the rest of the county in their ArcGIS Enterprise deployment, Geocloud Deployment. They want to use their ArcGIS Online Showcase Organization for their public maps so they don’t have to manage the infrastructure or scalability for their public data. They want to maintain the data in a single location for both environments. Geocloud County is using distributed collaboration to meet the needs of their data environments.

Below are 7 steps for setting up a distributed collaboration between the Geocloud Deployment and the Showcase Organization.

  1. Create the collaboration and workspace in the host environment by following the prompts to create a name, description, and workspace. Currently, ArcGIS Online must be the host of collaborations, so the host in this example will be the Showcase Organization.
  1. Invite the guest and establish the workspace access mode of the collaboration. The host must indicate the portal URL of the guest to create an invitation. The host must also define the workspace access mode of the collaboration in the invitation. For this collaboration, the web maps and layers will be sent from the Geocloud Deployment (guest) to the Showcase Organization (host) so the Send Content option should be selected.
  1. Establish a trusted relationship by having the guest accept the invitation and the host accept the invitation response from the guest.
  1. Have the Geocloud Deployment (guest) join the workspace from the Collaboration settings page. When joining the workspace, indicate the group that will participate in the workspace and specify that feature layers will be sent as Copies. The guest controls the synchronization interval for the collaboration. The parks data edits should be synchronized overnight, every night; for that reason, the Geocloud Deployment will set a scheduled synchronization interval to occur at 10:00 pm once a day (24 hours).
  1. Now that the collaboration is set up, users in the Geocloud Deployment can share content with the group participating in the workspace and have it copied to the Showcase Organization through the synchronization process. For this example, the GIS manager in the Parks and Recreation department will ensure that all layers that need to become public layers meet all of the prerequisites to share feature layers as copies, including enabling Sync. Once the pre-requisites are met, the GIS manager can share the desired public content with the group participating in the workspace.
  1. When the data and web maps are initially shared with the workspace, the data will automatically be synchronized to the host (Showcase Organization). Ensure that all of the layers in the web map are also shared with the workspace group so they will all be copied. Members of the Showcase Organization who are members of the workspace group can now access the layers and web map and create applications from the copied content as needed. 
  1. Internal members of the Geocloud Parks and Recreation department can also access an internal version of the data and edit the data as needed. Once a day, edits to this data will be updated to the Showcase Organization. To demonstrate this, navigate to this editing application (pretend it’s internal) and add a new trail using the editor widget. You can monitor the requests to see that the data is being added to a service hosted in the Geocloud Deployment. 

Wait for the synchronization interval to pass and view the edits to the feature layer in the Showcase Organization application. Note: The synchronization interval for the example is set to 1 hour on the hour for display purposes. Add the trail line and look for it in the Online application once the hour passes.

Benefits of the collaboration workflow
Three main benefits of this workflow are as follows:

  • You maintain the data in one location, ArcGIS Enterprise, but view the updated data in both ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online.
  • ArcGIS Online will display on the Data tab of the collaborated data item page when your data was last updated, so you can verify how recently the data was updated.
  • You can use ArcGIS Online functionality, like feature layer views and automatic tiles, with the collaborated content.

Test out this workflow and functionality through the Early Adopters Community.

Part 2: Coming soon

Check out this new ArcGIS Blog about new functionality to publish tiles from features and have them update automatically by Chris Whitmore!

With the June 2017 ArcGIS Online release, tile layers have evolved; When publishing hosted tile layers from hosted feature layers, you can create tiles automatically. Choosing automatic means you don’t have to worry about building your tile cache ahead of time. Tiles are generated on demand when someone views that area and scale. Once created, the tiles are cached and available for all subsequent views. Demand dictates where tiles are created, rather than having to build tiles for the entire extent of the layer, which may never be viewed at all scales. Additionally, when the data in the feature layer changes tiles are automatically updated. This includes when a feature is added, removed, or modified. Tiles for that area will be updated automatically to reflect the new data within a few minutes. With automatic tiles, you don’t have to worry about building your tile cache ahead of time or updating tiles to keep them updated with the latest feature data.

As part of the rollout for this new capability, tile generation costs have been reduced by a factor of ten. Tile generation previously cost one credit for every 1,000 tiles generated. Tile generation now costs one credit for every 10,000 tiles generated. Storage costs remain the same at 1.2 credits per 1 GB stored per month. Tile generation costs are charged to the owner of the tile layer.

NYC Automatic Tiles

Tiles from features

Tile layers published from feature layers are ideal for large datasets where the feature data changes, such as parcel data where boundaries and attribute data may change regularly, or if you don’t want to worry about managing the tile cache. When publishing your feature layer as tiles, pop-ups are automatically enabled on the tile layer with the pop-up configuration of the feature layer. In the map viewer and other applicable browser-based apps, analysis and other query-based functionality such as tabular views of the feature data are available in for tile layers created from feature layers as well.

When a tile layer is published from a feature layer, features are rendered by the service powering the tile layer and delivered to you as images, also known as raster tiles. By taking this approach the service avoids sending potentially large and complex features and data to your device and forcing your browser or app to do all the heavy lifting to display that information on a map. Because only tiles are sent and rendered, you get much better performance, especially on browsers, for large data such as county wide parcel data. Previously, there were a few considerations that must be evaluated when using tile layers. The tile cache must be built ahead of time. If data changed, the tile layer must be updated as part of a separate process. These considerations effectively limited the role tiles play in visualizing data, especially larger feature layers where data is updated regularly. With tiles created automatically, these limitations are no longer applicable.

How to create an automatic tile layer

  1. Configure your hosted feature layer as you want your tiles to be displayed, such as the style used to symbolize the layer as well as the scale range. It’s important to configure your feature layer prior to publishing the tile layer. Once the tile layer has been published, the tiles will use the symbology as configured on the feature layer when the tile layer was published. Similarly, the scale range on the feature layer dictates the maximum scale range available for the tile layer.
  1. After you’ve configured your hosted feature layer, publish your hosted tile layer by going to the details page for the hosted feature layer and clicking Publish. On the dropdown, select ‘Tiles’ to begin the publish process. The option to create tiles automatically is selected by default, displayed at the bottom of the Publish dialog.
     Publish Tiles
    You can also adjust the visible range on the Publish dialog. By default a suggested visible range is set based on your data but can be modified as needed. The suggested visible range is based off a sampling of the data in the feature layer. The visible range determines the scale range where tiles can be generated; Tiles are not generated outside of the scale range you specify.

    Visible Range Slider
    Note: tiles may take longer to generate at smaller scales. It is dependent on the complexity of your data. The more complex the features, the longer it may take to generate tiles at smaller scales. At scales where tile generation is taking longer than expected, you can choose to build tiles for that scale ahead of time. If the suggested visible range is modified to include additional smaller scales, tiles for these scales are pre-created immediately after publishing.

  1. Share and use the layer! Once published, the layer is ready to use. No further action necessary other than sharing it with the appropriate audience. Tiles will be generated as they are initially requested and cached for subsequent views.While tiles are generated on demand, you still have the option to manage the tile cache manually. You can build tiles for a particular scale, or level. You can also build tiles by extent. If you expect heavy usage for specific areas, you can create tiles ahead of time for those areas. When selecting an extent, you must also select at least one level. Tiles will then be created at the defined extent for the selected levels of detail.
    Build Tiles


There are a few considerations when configuring your tile layer:

  •  Most styles are supported but a few are not. See Styling Considerations for more details.
  • Labels are not supported in tiles created automatically.
  • Tile layers created from feature layers prior to June 26,2017 cannot be switched to automatic.

More Info

Stay tuned for more posts about hosted tile layers and managing your hosted data!