With distributed collaboration, you can extend the reach of your GIS content by seamlessly sharing maps, apps, layers, and more with other organizations. Distributed collaboration (or simply collaboration) is based on a foundation of trust between participating organizations and is motivated by common goals and initiatives that support data access and sharing. Collaborations can be useful for many workflows, including exposing ArcGIS Enterprise content to the public through ArcGIS Online, making data visible across different departments within an organization, or managing field data collections. There is no single pattern for collaboration, so you can implement it in the way that best suits your needs.
For instance, consider a scenario in which two city departments (for example, Public Works and Public Safety), each using ArcGIS Enterprise, need to share their maps and layers with the city's central ArcGIS Online organization. The layers and maps will be used to create additional maps and apps to share with both the public and city staff who need a complete picture of operations and activity. To accomplish this, the city's ArcGIS Online administrator sets up a collaboration with the two ArcGIS Enterprise deployments as collaboration guests. The guests use the collaboration to copy their data to the central ArcGIS Online organization, and the city then combines the layers into new focused maps and apps and shares them with the public and city staff. Through this process, content is replicated and updates are synchronized at a specified interval.
ArcGIS Online organizations can create collaborations with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5.1 and later portals. To learn how to set up a collaboration, see Create a collaboration. Once the collaboration is established, your organization can share content with participating organizations using collaboration groups. For more information, see Share content with collaboration groups.
To learn more about the collaboration process and collaboration concepts, see How collaboration works.