Enable Open Data

ArcGIS Online allows your organization to use ArcGIS to provide the public with open access to your authoritative data. Once you enable ArcGIS Open Data capabilities, configure a site with your own look and feel and specify Open Data groups to share your authoritative data through the site. The public uses your Open Data site to interact with data through charts, tables, and maps to help them learn about your community. They can discover, explore, download, and comment on the data. Members of the default administrator role and members of custom roles with the organization website administrative privilege can enable Open Data capabilities.


Open Data is a capability of ArcGIS Online. Once enabled, management of Open Data occurs in ArcGIS Hub. See the ArcGIS Hub help for more information on how to manage Open Data capabilities, including options to manage sites, create Open Data groups, assign members to Open Data groups, and view existing sites, groups, and content.

To enable Open Data capabilities, follow the steps below.

  1. Verify that you are signed in as a member of the default administrator role or custom role with administrative privileges to manage the organization website.
  2. Click Organization at the top of the site and click the Settings tab.
  3. Click Open Data on the side of the page.
  4. Enable the Enable Open Data option.

Your organization can now create Open Data sites.

If you later decide to remove Open Data capabilities from your organization, you can disable the Enable Open Data option.