ArcGIS Online Overview

ArcGIS Online (also known as AGOL) contains a few components as shown below.  Most of the time Publishers (or Creators) such as yourself will primarily use Content, Map, and Organization.

  • Content – to create, find, and update your own Content and Maps where you will create a new map, add layers, change styles, etc. 
  • Map – Existing maps that you have created and/or have permissions to update will be found in the Content section and you will open the map there to continue editing and making changes to your map.
  • Organization (only for “Administrators” of an organization).  This is where administrators can look at organizational statistics, add/remove/change members, create groups, add/remove/change Pro and other Pro extensions and other web capabilities, depending on the organizational options available to a given organization.
  • Gallery – provide a place to share featured content to others
  • Scene – these are 3D type maps. Examples may include 3D city layouts, underground utility networks, sub-surface features, perspective views, etc. Data must have valid height (z values) set up in the map layers.
  • Notebook – place to share Jupyter style notebooks that typically provide information and some methods to run ArcGIS API for Python scripts
  • Groups – provided the user has permissions can set up and change membership and permissions for different groups and view which groups the user is a member of.

This video provides a brief overview of the main components of ArcGIS Online (AGOL) that most creators (publishers) of data, maps, and apps will typically use. Those with Administrator privileges can access the Organizational section to add/remove/manage users, permissions, add-ons/extensions, groups, etc.