What is ArcGIS Open Data?

Open Data allows organizations to use the ArcGIS platform to provide the public with open access to their authoritative data. Organizations configure a website with their own look and feel and specify Open Data groups to share specific items. The general public can use Open Data sites to search by topic or location, download data in multiple formats, and view data on an interactive map and in a table.

For Consumers

Interact with data through charts, tables, and maps to help you learn about your community. Discover, explore, and download data, or share a link to an interesting dataset.

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For Providers

Set up a customized website and select the authoritative data you want to share. Allow anyone to search, view, and download your data in multiple formats.

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Create and share your own data using the workflows you already know to create an Open Data site.

  • Enable Open Data on your organization and groups.
  • Create customized sites for your data.
  • Allow federated searching across organizations and groups.
  • Provide support for spatial and non-spatial tables.
  • Provide interactive filters to explore data.
  • Share links to filtered views of datasets.


Data requirements

ArcGIS Open Data currently works with data from hosted feature layers, ArcGIS Server feature services, ArcGIS Server map services, ArcGIS Server image services, CSV files, hosted tables. ArcGIS Open Data offers limited support for external URLs, web maps, and other documents (such as Word documents and PDFs).


What's new

Open Data was updated in July 2015 with the following features and functionality:

  • Gridded density visualizations for large datasets (GeoHash).
  • Support for formal metadata from ArcGIS Online.
  • Sign in with and sign up for ArcGIS Online accounts.
  • User and administrator commenting on datasets.


Sneak peek

ArcGIS Open Data has just been released, and we're planning some exciting things in the road ahead:

  • Statistical information on your data to track download counts and details on views.
  • Greater administrative control over datasets and harvesting.
  • Improved user experience for searching and filtering datasets.


Share your ideas for where ArcGIS Open Data will go!


ArcGIS Ideas site

Share your ideas of where ArcGIS Open Data will go! Post a suggestion or vote on existing ideas.

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