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Projects enable you to manage your work more effectively. You can organize your sites in layers, quickly filter and find content organized in the project panel, and easily move and share sites between projects.

Content within projects, such as: your Sites, Reports, and Custom Data are included and available in a centralized location. This data can be accessed as individual Item types in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise.


Step-by-step guide to creating a project.


When you sign in to Community Analyst for the first time and go to the Maps tab, the My Projects tab will be empty. To begin working you must first click Create Project to create a project.

Add new project

In subsequent sessions, when you sign in and go to the Maps tab, you will see a list of your previously created projects. To work on a project, move the pointer over the project thumbnail and click Open. You may also click Create Project to create a new one.

My projects

When you click Open, the project is opened in the Maps tab, on the left.

The project you chose will be opened. To switch to a different project, return to the Projects view by clicking All Projects.

The items in your selected project are displayed. Expand any of the sections (Point Locations, Polygons, …) to view the layers.

Click on Show options to add a new layer to a section.

My project in the Project Manager

Expand any of the layers to view the sites contained within. Click on Show options to view other options for a layer or an item.

Create project

To create a new project you will perform the following steps:

  1. From the All Projects view, click Create Project.

    The Create Project dialog opens.

    Create project

  2. In the Project name field, enter a name for the project. You may optionally click Customize project attributes to customize, add, and remove attributes for the project.
  3. Click Add attribute to add more attributes for the project.
    Add attributes
  4. Move the pointer over an attribute to see more options:
    • Click Edit an attribute to edit the attribute name.
    • Click Remove an attribute to remove that attribute from the project

      Move the pointer over any of the More information icons for more information. Expand any of the drop-down menus to see options.

      Attribute options
      The Number drop-down has the following options:
      • Double (Default) The default format. Supports large numbers with fractional values. Suitable for attributes representing area. E.g., sq. miles.
      • Float Supports smaller numbers with fractional values. Suitable for attributes representing ratios.
      • Long Supports large whole numbers. E.g., building square footage or property record ID numbers.
      • Short Supports small whole numbers. E.g., number of floors in a building.

      The Set Validation drop-down has the following options:

      • Range Allows you to set a minimum and maximum value for the attribute. Values outside this range will not be allowed.
        Set square foot range
        Only one value from the Minimum and Maximum fields need be specified. E.g., the minimum number of parking spaces acceptable is 100. The Minimum field could be set to 100 and the Maximum field left blank.
      • Preset values Allows you to list the permitted values for the attribute. Any value, not explicitly listed, will not be allowed. E.g., you add an Historically significant attribute which has only two permitted values: Yes, No. You can set the attribute format to Text and Length to 1 (maximum allowed length is 254) and the Preset values to Y, N. You can enter descriptive information for each preset value in the corresponding Name field. Click Add value to specify additional values.
        Setting historically significant preset values

  5. When finished customizing attributes, click Create.
    Click Create

    The project will be created and a thumbnail for the new project will appear in the All Projects view.


    Attributes cannot be customized, added, or removed after the project has been created.


    When sites are created in this project, you can only enter values for the attributes that satisfy the validations you had set when the project was created. An invalid value will not be accepted and an error message will be returned.

    Invalid value entered

Layer options

When you have more than one layer within any section, you may change the target layer at any time by clicking the Edit next to it, and clicking Make target. The target layer is where any new sites you create will get saved by default.

Make target
  • Zoom to layer – Zoom to the layer on the map
  • Rename item – Rename the layer
  • Delete item – Delete the layer
  • Show attribute table – Open the attribute table for the layer
    Attribute table
  • Filter by attributes - Filter the items in the layer based on the attributes values—for example, you want to filter a site layer to show sites that are > 15,000 and have more than 50 parking spaces. You choose those attributes in the drop-down (Image 1) and then adjust the filters accordingly (Image 2).
    Filter layer attributes
    Image 1
    Adjust filter
    Image 2

When using a text field to filter, you can press the space key to quickly see up to 20 unique values. If you entered a search string, it will be highlighted in available options as shown below, with the option to select all returned results.

Filtering by text.


When a filter is enabled on a layer, the filtered version of the layer will be applied when it is used in a workflow— for example, in Suitability Analysis as a competitor layer. To use the original layer, you must first disable the filter.

To continue without saving, click Done. In the project content on the left, a red dot against the layer name will indicate that a filter has been applied to it. Click Site options to open layer options - the Filter by attributes toggle will be enabled. Use this toggle to quickly disable/enable the filters. To modify or clear the filters, click Filter by attributes.

My Sites' options

To save the filtered version of the layer, click Save as new layer. For site layers, just specify a name for the new layer, and click Save.

Save as a new layer

When filters are applied to a points layer—for example, points returned by a business and facilities search, you will have the option to save only the points or create and save sites for the filtered points.

Save only points

If the filtered layer has greater than 1000 points, sites will only be created for the first 1000.

Site options

Click on the black arrow next to a layer name to expand and view the items contained within. Click on Edit to view other options for a layer or an item contained within.

Other options
  • Show details- Open the site details in edit mode.
  • Zoom to site- Zoom to the site on the map.
  • Run reports- Run a report for a site.
  • Run infographics- Run infographics for a site.
  • Rename item- Rename a site.
  • Edit site- Edit the results of a site by choosing another location, editing a polygon, adding rings, drive times or bands and getting reports.
  • Move item- Move sites to different layers within the same section.
  • Delete item- Delete a layer or a site.

Show details

Clicking on Show details will open the site details in editable mode:

Site details in edit mode
  • Click the Edit button Edit button to rename the site.
  • Click Add photo > Browse to upload a photo for the site from your device, or click From URL to provide a URL for an image you want to use.
  • Move the pointer over any of the Attributes (Building Area, Frontage, and so on) and click Enter value to modify the value.
  • Click Add Note to enter notes for the site.
  • Under the Reports section, you will see a list of reports previously run for the site.

Run reports

You can run a report for a site.

  • Click the Run reports button option. The Reports view is launched.
  • Click Add to select a report .
  • Click Run Now.

Run infographics

You can run infographics for a site.

  • Click the Run infographics button option. The infographics template is launched.
  • You may edit, share, export, or print the infographic.

Rename item

You can rename a site.

  • Click the Rename item button option. The name is highlighted.
  • Type a new name.

Edit site

You can edit the results of a site by choosing another location, editing a polygon, adding rings, drive times or bands and getting reports.

  • Click the Edit site option. The dialog box appears for you to make the edits.

Move item

You can move sites to different layers within the same section.

  • Click the Move item option. The Move dialog box appears.
  • Click on the layer to where you wish to move the site. Click Move.

Delete item

When deleting a layer, you delete the layer and the sites in it.

  • Click the Delete item option.
  • Click OK in the Confirm Delete dialog box.
  • To delete multiple sites at once, use Shift + click to highlight multiple sites. Then click on Show options next to any one of the selected sites, and click Delete items.
Delete items


Deleting a layer or site is permanent. The deleted content is also removed from your Project Data in ArcGIS Online (see Your content in ArcGIS Online).

All Projects

You can manage your projects within the All Project view. You can move items between layers, rename items, layers and projects, launch ArcGIS Online to share your projects with other users, and import content from your legacy account.

Click All Projects to open the All Projects dialog.

All Projects items

You can perform several operations from the All Projects dialog:

  • Click the project in the Change current project drop-down to view the list of projects, and open a different project.

    If you have any items on the map, the Clear Map dialog will appear. Click Yes to clear the map of those items. You may select the checkbox to save this choice under Preferences > General > Projects, and not see this dialog again.

    Clear map

  • Click the Projects shared with me tab to view the projects shared with you. See Shared projects.
  • Click Edit to rename a project.
  • Click Delete a project to delete a project. You may not delete the current project. To delete the current project, you must first select a different project in the Change current project dropdown.
  • Click Import legacy items to import your sites, point layers and other items from your legacy account. See Import Legacy items.
  • Click Go to ArcGIS Online to invite other users to your projects. See Shared projects.
  • Move the pointer over a project thumbnail and click Manage Items to organize the items in the project.
Manage layers

Click the Edit next to a layer name to view options. Click Add to the map to add the items contained within the layer to the map. Click Rename item to rename the layer.

Click Expand layer contents next to a layer name to expand it and view the items contained within it.

Expand layer contents

Click the Edit next to an item name to view options.

  • Clicking Remove from the map will take you to the map view and add the item to the map.
  • Clicking Zoom to site will allow you to zoom to the site on the map.
  • Clicking Rename item will allow you to rename it.
  • Clicking Edit site (when applicable and available) will open the item in Edit mode.
  • Clicking Move item will open the Move dialog box, and you can select a different layer to move the item to e.g. in the following screen capture the layer Point Locations B is selected.

    Since a Point Location was selected, you can only choose to move it to another Point location layer.

  • Clicking Delete item will prompt for confirmation to delete the item.

To move it to a Point location layer in another project. Click Browse in another project to browse and select a point location layer in another project.

Select the Keep a copy checkbox to move the item, but still retain the item in its current layer.

Click Move.

Moving a point layer

Share projects

The project-based structure allows you to share your projects with other users, and enables other users to share their projects with you, thus facilitating easy collaboration.

To share projects with other users, go to All Projects and click Go to ArcGIS Online to invite others to your project. ArcGIS Online will open in a new browser window.

Go to ArcGIS Online to invite users

Sign in to your ArcGIS account (the same credentials that you use to sign in to the web application), and you will see your Groups tab open by default. If not already selected, click Owned by Me on the left to filter the list to display your projects only.


A Group in ArcGIS Online represents the list of users authorized to access a project.

My Groups

You may then click on one of your groups to view the details and content within. Here, we click on My Project in the screen above. The group content for My Project is displayed.

Invite Users

To share this project with other users, click Invite Users. The Invite Users dialog opens.

Add users to group
  • The list of Users is displayed on the left. Click on a user to add them to the Invitation List. In the above screen capture, two users are added to the Invitation List. You may also click on a user in the Invitation List to remove them from the list.
  • To search for a user, enter the user’s name (or first few characters of the name) and click the search button.
  • To limit the users in the list to your organization, the checkbox Only search for members in Location Analytics must be selected. In this screen capture, Location Analytics is the organization to which this user belongs. When you are signed in, you will see the name of your organization there instead.
  • When you invite users to the project group, they must confirm to accept the invitation. For users within your organization, it may be convenient to skip the confirmation step. To do so, you must select the checkbox Add members of the organization immediately, without requiring confirmation.
  • Click Add to Group to send the invitation to the users selected in the Invitation List.

The invited members get added to the group, and the Member count on the right is updated.

3 members added to Project

Click on the Members tab at the top, or the member count, to view the list of members of the group. Select one or more members to update their role, or remove them from the group.

Update member roles

Projects shared with you

Other users may invite you to their projects. Click on Shared Projects to view a list of projects other users have shared with you. You may have confirmed invitations for these projects, but not necessarily. If they were shared with you by other users in your organization, they may have chosen to skip that step and added you directly, as described above. To switch to that project, click Switch to this Project.

Click a shared project to manage items

To work with the items contained within a shared project, click on Manage Items. You can then add an item (e.g. a site) from this project to the map, move items between layers, rename an item and so on.

Manage Items

If you Invite a user to a Group, but do not select the Add members of the organization immediately, without requiring confirmation checkbox, they will see notifications on their Groups tab:

2 notifications

Click Invitations(n) to bring up the Invitations dialog, where members may click the Join this group link to accept an invitation, or click Decline to choose not to join it.

Invitation to join Groups

Step-by-step guide

The following is an illustrated walkthrough that guides you on how to get started using the Projects structure to create and store your content. When you first open the application and click on the Maps tab, you will be see the Projects opening page that walks you through setting up your project.

  1. Click the Create Project button to add your first project.
    Add new project
  2. Enter a name for your project and Click Save.
    Name your project
    To customize the set of attributes for point locations in this project, click Add custom attribute fields for point locations.

    You will see the image below as your new project is being created. It could take up to a minute to create a new project.

    Project is being created

  3. Once your project is created, you will see the following confirmation message. Click OK.
    Project successfully created
  4. Your new project will be displayed under My Projects. Place your mouse over the project and click Manage Items.
    Open your new project

    The Maps page will open, with the Project panel open on the left. You can click on the project name at the Expand project to collapse and expand this Project view. You may click on Open Project Manager or the All Projects link to open the All Projects view, where you can organize your content. See All Projects.

    Click on View Full Table to view the expanded view of the table.

    Project as viewed in the Project Manager
    There are 3 sections present by default, each of which contains a target layer where location sites, polygon sites and geography sites will be saved by default:
    • Point Location (Sites) - contains the layers My Point Locations.
    • Polygons (Sites) - contains the layers My Polygons
    • Geographies (Sites) - contains the layers My Geographies

  5. To add a location site to the project go to Define Areas for Reports > Find Location.
  6. Add an address in the Enter an address field and add a name in the optional Name your location field and click Go.
    Creating a site with rings
  7. Click Organize Sites to return to the Project View.

    You will see the newly added site under the My Point Locations layer. Any content added to the project will be visible here under the appropriate layer.

    My first site under the My Point Locations layer

  8. To add additional content you will perform the following tasks:
    1. Create a new point locations layer Candidate Neighborhoods and added a few sites to it that represent neighborhoods for an analysis.
    2. Use the Import file workflow to import an Excel file of addresses representing coffee shops, apply rings to them and save as a new layer.
    3. Create a Color-coded map, Smart Map or Suitability Analysis layer. These will be under the section Other Layers. Add a web map from ArcGIS Online. It will be under the section Web Maps and Layers.
    4. Create a new PDF or Excel report. Reports that have been run will appear under the section Previously Run Reports.

    Here, the View Full Table link has been clicked to view the expanded table. The Description column tells us the type of an item, and the Details column provides additional details such as ring sizes (for a site).

    Project Manager in full view mode

  9. You can filter project items by clicking the Filter icon. This will filter your project by categories.
    Filtering your project by categories

Your content in ArcGIS Online

You can access the content in your projects in ArcGIS Online and share it with other users in your organization or with all users of ArcGIS Online. You will use this page to organize, access, and work with your content.

After signing in to ArcGIS Online, go to Content.

Content link in AGOL

The Groups that you belong to are listed under the Groups tab. Projects in Community Analyst are listed under the Groups tab. The list of groups here will include the Projects you created, and those other users shared with you. You may invite other users to a Group you own (see Shared Projects).

Your page should look similar to what is shown below.

My content in AGOL


While Community Analyst content is directly accessible through projects and its Project Manager feature, the content is also available as Items within ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise. Learn more about Items here:

Learn more about the ArcGIS geoinformation model here:

Community Analyst creates folders in the ArcGIS My Content page so that your analyses are automatically saved. More information about these Community Analyst specific folders are listed below:

  • your_username (Home) - This is the default folder when publishing hosted services from any ArcGIS application, including Community Analyst and ArcGIS Online.
  • CA - Application Data - This folder contains all your Community Analyst configurations, preferences, saved variables including Color-Coded Maps, Smart Map Searches, Comparison Reports Data, Project preferences.
  • CA - My Maps - This folder contains maps that you share from Community Analyst to ArcGIS Online using the Share map to ArcGIS workflow.
  • CA - My Reports - Custom PDF Map Reports: This folder contains PDFs that are created from Community Analyst using the Create PDF or Image workflow.
  • CA - My Reports - Ordered Reports: This folder contains all reports in PDF or Excel format that were created in Community Analyst from Run Reports and Build Reports workflows.
  • CA - Project Data - This folder contains the data (feature service) that stores your sites and additional layers from Projects created in Community Analyst.
  • Custom Data - This folder contains the Custom Data that you created from Community Analyst using the Custom Data Setup workflow.
  • Report Templates - This folder contains report templates that you created in Community Analyst including templates from Comparison Reports, Build Infographic, and Build Reports workflows.