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ArcGIS Online Update Planned for Tonight, September 18 


On September 18, we plan to update ArcGIS Online. Here are four capabilities you can look forward to:


  • Measure Distributions and Detect Concentrations
    • Measure the distribution of a set of features using the new Summarize Center and Dispersion tool. The tool can be used to calculate characteristics such as the center or compactness and orientation of dispersion, track changes in distribution over time, and compare distributions of different features.
    • Detect areas where points or events are concentrated and where they are separated using the new Find Point Clusters tool. 
  • Calculate Field Values using Arcade
    • Arcade can be used to calculate field values for hosted feature services. The functions, constants, and field values you currently use when building expressions for popups, labels, and visualizations can now be used to calculate field values.
  • Visualize 2D and 3D with new Configurable App
    • Scene with Inset Map showcases 3D and 2D maps in a single configurable application. The primary map visualizes elevation and a 2D inset provides orientation and context.
  • Search and Display 3D Features
    • Scenes can be configured so that when a feature is searched, Scene Viewer quickly finds and highlights the feature, and displays its pop-up.


Please note that all planned updates are subject to change. We will provide a comprehensive list of all implemented changes in our upcoming What’s New email and blog post.

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Here are a few tools to make working with your data and keeping up with your organization more convenient. You also have new customization options when working in 3D.

Data Prep & Quality Check

Learn how to quickly evaluate and edit tabular data you brought into ArcGIS . Use this checklist whenever you bring in a spreadsheet.

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Companion App

ArcGIS Companion is a mobile app that helps you manage your content and keep up with what's happening in your organization.

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3D Enhancements

A new edge rendering style called "Sketch" is now available in Scene Viewer. You can also navigate underground in global scenes and set the background color in your scenes.

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ArcGIS  achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorization! FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. We're proud to offer this additional security for our users. Learn more


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Customized ArcGIS Online Agenda

The ArcGIS Online team prepared many technical workshops and demo theater presentations for the upcoming User Conference. To make it easy to see what is available and when, we’ve created a customized ArcGIS Online agenda. You can download it at the end of this article. The agenda includes six sections:

  • Introductions: get started with capabilities like spatial analysis, and learn the benefits of Web GIS.
  • Capabilities: dive deeper into capabilities like Smart Mapping, map styles, and 3D web scenes.
  • Apps: see what you can create using configurable apps, app templates, and Web AppBuilder.
  • Administration: learn best practices for configuring your organization, administering members, and using your own authentication system.
  • Advanced Workflows: get best practices for setting up high demand layers, pop-ups, and publishing services, layers, and maps.
  • What’s New & Coming: discover what’s been added and improved, and learn what’s planned for future updates.


Three technical workshops you don’t want to miss:

  1. Best Practices for High Demand Layers: Web mapping applications provide spatial context for current events, news stories and public information, sometimes generating large amounts of web traffic. ArcGIS Online’s cloud infrastructure can scale to meet the needs of high demand apps, receiving hundreds of thousands of requests. This session reviews best practices of layer types, layer and web map configurations, and sharing settings that help popular (viral) apps take advantage of ArcGIS Online’s scalable architecture. See the schedule.
  2. Steps for Success for your ArcGIS Organization: A Best Practices Approach: Your ArcGIS organization is an integral part of your GIS ecosystem, enabling you to reach a broad audience that includes GIS professionals, decision makers, knowledge workers, your mobile workforce, and the public. Using real world examples presented in a step-wise fashion, this fast-paced workshop offers guidance, tips, and details best practices that will enable you to create a successful and vibrant organization that meets your needs and goals. Whether you’ve already lifted your organization, or are just beginning to think about it, you’ll get ideas on how to configure it for the best experience and results, and how to engage users of all types successfully.  See the schedule. 
  3. Explore Your Data with Smart Mapping: Learn about the exciting new enhancements behind our Smart Maps initiative for ArcGIS Online. See how we've re-envisioned mapping through data-driven workflows, intelligent defaults, coordinated styling, automated scale ranges, new thematic renderers, and streamlined interfaces. Smart Mapping allows experts and novices alike to work faster, with more confidence and less effort. See the schedule.


ArcGIS Online in the Expo

Stop by the ArcGIS Online Area in the Expo where you can:

  • Get your questions answered
  • Show us your work. We’d love to see the cool things you are doing with ArcGIS Online!
  • See demos of the latest updates and features.
  • Give us your ideas on how we can improve ArcGIS Online


Download the focused agenda to help you identify ArcGIS Online topics that interest you. We’ll see you in San Diego for an excellent week!

The June 2018 ArcGIS Online update included new functionality and some enhancements to existing functionality. Some of the new aspects were suggested and supported by users at ArcGIS Ideas. Here is a list of the ideas that were implemented in this update.


Trusted Data Sharing and Credible Sources 

Ability to add Domains and Subtypes in ArcGIS Online 

View and Edit Domains in ArcGIS Online 

Empty (without data and fields) feature layer template in ArcGIS Online 

ArcGIS Online - Find Nearest Increase Feature Limit 

Download Several Pieces of the Same Web Map in Collector for ArcGIS 

Collector - Work Area 



Partially Implemented:


Search/sort ArcGIS Online Organization members/users on 'Last Name' 

Organization administrator can Enable Esri Access for all org members 


Thanks for participating in our ArcGIS Ideas community!


- Katie

Do you constantly wish for better ways to organize ArcGIS content based on subject matter and descriptive qualities rather than just the item type and last modification date? Do you want to find your roads feature layer with 2012 data rather than looking for layers that were created in 2012?


The April 2018 update of ArcGIS Online*  introduced the ability to assign user-defined categories to items, creating thematic parameters that can be used as filters to refine search results and browsing experiences. Content categories enable administrators, group managers and users with the manage categories privilege to build a categorical schema for content that can then be used by members to categorize their items thematically.


Check out the rest of this article here and let us know how you will use content categories in the comments below.

The next update of ArcGIS Online will be released in June/July 2018 and we would like to formally invite you to sign up for our Early Adopter Program for ArcGIS Online.  In this version, we are providing new and user-requested functionality with the latest innovations for working with your 2D and 3D spatial data. If you are interested in exclusive access to an early release of ArcGIS Online and help steer the direction of our offerings, please apply at the following link: 


Sign-up for ArcGIS Online Early Adopter Community


You’ll have an opportunity to interact with Esri’s development, product, and other like-minded community members. We look forward to you sharing your feedback, ideas, enhancements requests and workflows!


Please note that the ArcGIS Online testing environment will not be ready for testing until June 2018



Thank you!

The ArcGIS Online Team

Check out this sneak preview about updates to the organization page that are coming in the June Update of ArcGIS Online in this ArcGIS Blog:

The Organization Page has a New Look 

ArcGIS Online Update: Targeted for June 26, 2018

On June 26, we plan to update ArcGIS Online. Here are seven capabilities you can look forward to:

1. Authoritative Items from Verified Organizations
Organizations can already mark content as authoritative within their organization. In the upcoming release, organizations can request to have their identities verified by Esri. Once verified, they can mark their publicly shared items authoritative. The authoritative badge will appear both within the organization and in public searches to help searchers identify and filter quality content as recommended by the owning organization.

2. Improved Organization Page
The Organization page has been redesigned. It provides convenient tabs to monitor and manage your organization. The new tabs include:

  • Overview: showcases key information such as system health and licenses
  • Members: provides filterable, searchable member lists
  • License: place to manage licenses
  • Settings: where administrators view and edit organization settings


3. More Features and Capabilities to Work with Layers 

In this update we’ll provide the ability to create and edit domains plus give you a field centric view of a layer’s fields that allows the data owner to configure field properties.


4. Offline Map Areas

Map authors who support offline field work can now create pre-planned map areas to make it easier and faster to take maps offline for field use.


5. New Smart Mapping Style - Relationships

A new Smart Mapping style is available for bivariate thematic mapping. Use hybrid colors to view the relationship between two numeric attributes. 

6. Scene Viewer Improvements
Navigate below the surface of the earth in global scenes and view subsurface utility pipes or geological features.

7. New Companion App
Along with the ArcGIS Online release, we will be launching ArcGIS Companion - a mobile app created to complement your ArcGIS organization with access to many of the important features.

Please note that all planned updates are subject to change. We will provide a comprehensive list of implemented changes in our upcoming What’s New email and blog.
Thank you,
The ArcGIS Online Team


Visit the ArcGIS blog for more information about what's coming in the June ArcGIS Online update. 

For all of you collaborators out there – announcing an update to the availability of distributed collaboration!

Collaboration has been released from the Early Adopter Community and is now available for all users with ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5.1 and up.

To enable collaboration in your ArcGIS Online organization, visit the licensing section of My Esri and select the radio button under ‘enable collaboration’ next to your ArcGIS Online subscription name and ID. 

Check out the rest of the article on the ArcGIS Blogs site.

Check out this blog post by Molly Zurn about licensing premium apps through ArcGIS. This is a great blog for new users, trial users or anyone looking to get started with apps that are supported through ArcGIS Online.


ArcGIS apps help you solve important and specific location-based problems. Use them to collect, analyze, and share your data and take you where you need to go. Locate potential hurricane shelters, develop plans for affordable housing, fight drug abuse, route field workers to inspection sites, and more.

Most of the apps are included with your subscription to ArcGIS Online. Premium ArcGIS apps such as Insights for ArcGIS have an additional fee and require a license for each user. Licenses are required even if you have an ArcGIS trial. But the process is as simple as checking a box.....


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A common question that we receive in Support and on GeoNet is “why can’t I see my group in the share dialog”. It’s happened to the best of us and maybe you can identify with the image below.





But I have good news, this is expected behavior when the group has the following setting enabled:




We intentionally don’t show these groups in the general share dialog because we want sharer’s to be aware of the elevated privileges in this group type. To do that we require a more intentional sharing workflow that is done from the item owner’s content page. This helps to ensure that the items are being used and updated by the correct organization members. 


So, if you don’t see your group in the share dialog don’t fret! Go to the content page, select the item and click share > access and update capabilities:





You’ll be met with a new share dialog that will display your group:





If you enabled this setting by mistake, and you don’t need all members to be able to update the items you share with that group, you’ll need to create a new group. This setting cannot be changed after the initial group creation is complete.





Learn more about when to use a group with update capabilities enabled in the following blogs:


Enable colleagues to update your maps and apps


Sharing and Collaboration across ArcGIS Online Organizations:

Check out this other new ArcGIS Blog about sharing with members across organizations. I find that this blog is particularly helpful to Geonet users as scenario 1 is a great way to provide specific users (like me, Karate_KElly) who you are working with on the forums access to your items without making them public. Check out the blog and let us know what you think in the comments below.


Once upon a UC, David Hansen, COO at Geo Jobe stated, “ArcGIS Online is the largest global repository of geospatial information in the history of the species.” And although the amount of data in ArcGIS Online is not the point of this blog, as of May 21st, 2018 around 17 million items that exist in ArcGIS Online. That is 17 million layers, maps, scenes, apps and files that can be used for data collection, analysis, presentations and more.  The items have a variety of sharing settings that enable the public or specific groups of users to access content. Twenty-three percent of ArcGIS Online content is public, meaning that anyone can access and find content that has been shared without requiring a username and password. Thirty-one percent of the items are shared with specific users through the group or organizational sharing setting.


Sharing and Collaboration across ArcGIS Online Organizations 

Check out this new ArcGIS Blog:


ArcGIS has a powerful sharing model that enables its members to easily share content items such as maps, apps, scenes and files with their desired audience.  Whether the audience is the entire 7.6 billion people in the world, or a few members of your company, ArcGIS Online has the infrastructure and security to get your mapping content to the right people quickly. The sharing settings of an item control both the findability and security of items in ArcGIS Online. This article will describe some common sharing scenarios and the security and findability impacts of each scenario.


Managing Security and Findability of Items with the ArcGIS Sharing Model 

Check out this ArcGIS Blog to learn about strategies and tools to manage credits in your organization:


 Five Strategies and Tools for Managing Credits in ArcGIS Online 

The Esri development team is thrilled to announce that we have a new ArcGIS Blog website. It’s part of our overall initiative to improve your experience with ArcGIS. Although the site is new, the goal of the blog remains the same: give you deeper insight into how ArcGIS helps you get your work done.

Enhanced user experience

The new site has an enhanced design and a better experience for browsing and searching.


ArcGIS Blog article


One of the first things you’ll notice is the new look. Articles include banners, bylines, and sticky social buttons that stay with you as you scroll. The articles can include embedded web apps including Story Maps. The site is responsive to different sized-screens and has similar branding to other Esri websites.


ArcGIS Blog browse topics


The site is organized around topics, each with a featured article and other articles related to that topic. Right now, a featured set of ArcGIS products makes up the topics list. Look for additional topics in the future.


Search ArcGIS Blog

You can also use the Browse All page or search with specific keywords. Search is available from all topic pages.

Redirects are in place

Our goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible for you. We’ve migrated about 2000 posts including all since 2015 and redirected old links and feeds to their new location. While redirects are in place, we suggest updating your bookmarks and feeds, especially if you had them set to specific categories or tags.

If you follow the blog using RSS, the feed for the entire blog is Feeds for specific products, categories, and tags are also enabled. Here’s an example of each:

Expect the same great content

We will continue to share best practices, guidance, inspiration, and examples for using ArcGIS to accomplish your work. We will also continue to announce product updates and events, and let you know about any software patches or website maintenance. Please dive in, share these posts, and let us know your ideas.

Please note: currently the blog does not support comments. We plan to enable those soon!