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Next ArcGIS Online Update Planned: December 10

On the evening of December 10 (Pacific time), we plan to update ArcGIS Online. You can look forward to improved sharing interfaces, an updated settings tab, a new capability to set organizational notices, and support for location tracking using Tracker for ArcGIS.

Improved Sharing Interfaces

The interface for both sharing and shared content will be updated.  The new interfaces clearly delineate how and whether items are shared widely to the organization or to everyone, as well as specifically to groups.


When sharing content, you first select a sharing level (Owner, Organization, or Everyone) that denotes how and whether an item is shared widely.



Then, if you’d like to share the item with groups, you can search for and select groups with the specific sets of members you want to share with. Specially designated groups such as Open Data groups, Shared Update groups and groups featured in the Gallery or Organization Home Page, will have badges that help you see the impact of sharing to these groups.




When looking at your items in the My Content tab, you will be able to see at a glance the sharing level of the item (Owner, Organization, Everyone) as well as the groups the item is shared with.



Updated Settings Tab

Administrators can more easily navigate the organization settings tab by searching for a setting or using the side navigation links. In addition, setting changes will automatically save.


New Organizational Notices

Need to notify everyone in your organization about something important? Two new announcement options will be available to administrators:

  1. Information banner: Authenticated members will see a message at the top and bottom of their ArcGIS Online organization’s site. Typical use cases could include confidentiality notices and best practice reminders.
  2. Access notice: A pop-up window needs to be accepted before logging into your ArcGIS Online organization.


Support for Location Tracking

A new organization-wide capability for ArcGIS Online will allow you to record where users are and where they have been. When you enable location tracking, licensed users in your organization can use the Tracker for ArcGIS mobile app to upload their locations. Learn more about Tracker for ArcGIS

Please note that all planned updates are subject to change. We will provide a comprehensive list of the new capabilities in our upcoming What's New email and blog article.


Want Early Access?

Explore the new capabilities by joining the ArcGIS Online Early Adopter Community. Sign up →

ArcGIS Online Early Adopter Community


The ArcGIS Online Early Adopter Community (EAC) program is where you turn for opportunities to engage with the ArcGIS Online team to provide feedback. Every aspect of the program is targeted to involve you, our customer. The direct feedback that you provide as part of the EAC enables us to continue our goal of creating better products, with higher quality, that is more capable for your needs.


Some of you may already be participants in our ArcGIS Online Early Adopter Community (EAC) program and to that, we say thank you! For others that would like to know more about the benefits of EAC, the reasons to join, and learn about the membership advantages, here is more information.


The EAC is a community of forward progressing customers that have exclusive access privileges to early release versions of ArcGIS Online. The EAC represents a wide range of experience levels, industries, and workflows, with many customers from around the world testing our software.


Joining the EAC offers an opportunity to preview early cuts of ArcGIS Online before it is released to the general public. As a member, the EAC allows you to see and learn new features and capabilities in advance, test compatibility with your content, report problems, and influence product direction by having a direct line of communication with the ArcGIS Online team.


Once accepted into the ArcGIS Online Early Adopter Community, you will be enrolled in our ArcGIS Online EAC test Organization. In addition, we’ll grant direct access to EAC documentation, forums, and the opportunity to interact with Esri’s development, product teams, and other like-minded community members. You can contribute feedback, submit ideas, enhancement requests, share thoughts and workflow questions on the forums within the Early Adopter Community. We are eager to hear your input on our early releases. As an active member who provides helpful feedback, you may also be selected by invitation only to some of our other special opportunities.


While there are many advantages to joining the EAC and testing ArcGIS Online beta, we also benefit from your participation as this helps us build, validate, and communicate with you directly about new features and capabilities that help steer the direction of our products based on your requirements. The ArcGIS Online Early Adopter Community is a win-win for both Esri and customers, please come join us!


Sign up today!

The timing to join our ArcGIS Online EAC today is perfect! Signing up now will coincide with our Winter 2019 beta. On or around November 22nd, we plan to commence our beta preview of our next ArcGIS Online, December 2019 update. In addition to the introduction of our next generation Map Viewer Beta, our Winter 2019 release will include additional new features, enhancements, and capabilities you’ll want to check out!


To Join the ArcGIS Online EAC, sign up at the following link:


We look forward to your participation and working with you!

The ArcGIS Online Team

Welcome to the third round of Product Advocacy’s completely unofficial, recurring GeoNet post!

In case you missed my first and second posts over the past month, "This Week's Picks" is a (loosely) biweekly blog where I share some of my favorite ArcGIS Online content with you.



One of my favorite parts of my role is all the time I get to spend on GeoNet – you might have seen me answer a question or troubleshoot an issue in the ArcGIS Online space recently. Within this space I have noticed an uptick in the number of posts related to ArcGIS Arcade, the lightweight expression language that among other functionality unlocks pop-up, symbology and label customization across the platform.


So for the 11/12 edition of “This Week’s Pick’s – ArcGIS Online” I want to highlight some of my favorite Arcade resources that can assist with getting started on writing expressions or take existing code to the next level.

Understand Arcade:

I remember we had a unit on Arcade in my Master’s in GIS Program, and to be honest I was somewhat lost about what it was or where to start. In this video, Esri Canada’s Mark Ho provides a lucid overview of Arcade and how it can be used in ArcGIS Online – I certainly could have used this two years ago.


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Smart Map with Arcade:

Take a deeper dive into the concepts that Mark presents though this Story Map on Smart Mapping with Arcade. Illustrated, step-by-step examples show how to create custom symbology, labels and pop-ups with Arcade. For further inspiration, there are also links at the bottom of the Story Map to live examples of Web Maps and Apps that have implemented Arcade.

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Take a Deeper Dive with FeatureSets:

FeatureSets are one of the most popular Arcade functions because they unlock data across a Web Map (and after Arcade 1.8, across ArcGIS Online) for use in pop-ups and field calculation. Lisa Berry’s excellent two-part blog series takes a close look at how to ‘pump up your pop-ups’ using FeatureSets and Living Atlas layers.



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I hope that the above picks provide some insight into the various ways in which Arcade can make pop-ups, symbology and labels come alive. Let me know in the comments below if there are any outstanding questions. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Enterprise & This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Pro!

If you're interested, I'd love to connect on LinkedIn. You can follow me on Twitter, too. I regularly post / tweet GIS(ish) content to these platforms.