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Manage content

If you are an administrator of your organization or have the correct privileges, you can manage content in your organization as follows:

  • Configure organization content categories and categorize organization members' content
  • Manage items owned by a specific organization member from the member's content page
  • Manage all items in the organization from the My Organization tab of your content page

Categorize content

If you have the correct privileges, you can set up hierarchical categories for organizing content in your organization. Once categories are set up, they can be used to categorize items in your organization so that members can more easily find the content they need when searching or browsing.

Set up categories

Administrators and members with privileges to manage categories can configure categories for the organization. You can create your own custom categories or use standard category sets from ArcGIS (presented in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), or INSPIRE as a starting point.

You can configure content categories for your organization from the content page or, if you are a default administrator, from the Items tab of the organization settings. The following steps describe how to configure categories from the content page:

  1. Verify that you are signed in to your organization and that you have privileges to manage categories.
  2. At the top of the site, click Content.
  3. On the My Content tab, under Categories, click Set up organization categories.

    Note:
    If you've already configured categories, click the Configure categories button Configure categories to add, rename, delete, or reorder categories as needed.

  4. Select one of the following:
    • Custom categories—Create your own categories to organize content in the organization.
    • ArcGIS categories—Use ArcGIS categories as a starting point. You can customize them or leave them unchanged. These categories are presented in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.
    • ISO categories—Use topic categories from the ISO as a starting point. You can customize them or leave them unchanged. ISO publication 19115 provides a method to describe and catalog geographic information.
    • INSPIRE categories—Use theme categories from the INSPIRE Directive as a starting point. You can customize them or leave them unchanged.
  5. If you selected Custom categories in the previous step, create a category hierarchy as follows:
    1. Click the Add category button Add category, type a name for the category (using up to 100 characters), and click Add.
    2. To create subcategories, click the Add subcategory button Add subcategory, type a name for the subcategory (using up to 100 characters), and click Add.
    3. Create additional top-level categories and subcategories as needed.
  6. If you selected ArcGIS categories, ISO categories, or INSPIRE categories, do any of the following to review or make changes to the category hierarchy:
    • Expand and collapse categories in the category tree as needed using the expand Expand and collapse Collapse buttons to the left of the categories.
    • To add a category or subcategory, click the Add category button Add category or Add subcategory button Add subcategory, type a name for the category or subcategory (using up to 100 characters), and click Add.
  7. Do any of the following to make additional changes to the categories as needed:
    • To rename a category or subcategory, click the Edit category button Edit category for the category or subcategory you want to rename, type a new name (using up to 100 characters), and click Update.
    • To delete a category or subcategory, click the Delete category button Delete category for the category or subcategory you want to delete.
    • To change the order of categories at the same level in the hierarchy, hover over the expand Expand or collapse Collapse button to the left of the category and drag it to a different location.
  8. When you're finished setting up categories, click Save.
  9. Note:

    You can have up to three levels of categories in the hierarchy, with a maximum of 200 categories and subcategories in total. For efficiency, it is recommended that you create a comprehensive and complete category hierarchy and naming scheme before assigning items to categories.

Categorize items

Once organization categories are configured, administrators and those with privileges to update content can categorize items in the organization. Categorizing content makes it easier for organization members to find the content they need.

  1. Verify that you are signed in to your organization and that you have privileges to update content.
  2. At the top of the site, click Content, and click the My Organization tab.
    Note:

    Organization members can categorize items they own from the My Content tab of their content page.

  3. Select one or more items you want to categorize and click Categorize.
  4. Do any of the following:
    • To categorize all selected items at once, check the boxes on the left to select the categories and subcategories as applicable. Each item card updates to show the categories you selected.
      Note:

      Selecting a subcategory automatically selects all associated categories and subcategories above it in the hierarchy. However, selecting a category does not automatically select its subcategories.

    • To categorize items individually, click Assign Category on the item card and select the categories you want. You can assign up to 20 categories to each item. You can also use the Filter categories box to narrow your options.
    • To remove all selected items from a specific category or subcategory, uncheck the boxes on the left to deselect the appropriate category or subcategory. Each item card updates to reflect the category you removed.
      Note:

      When deselecting categories and subcategories, the following occurs:

      • Deselecting a category or subcategory automatically deselects all of its associated subcategories.
      • Deselecting a subcategory when no other subcategories are selected at the same level also deselects the associated categories above it and subcategories below it.

    • To remove an individual item from a category, click the x next to the category on the associated item card.
    • To undo or redo a category assignment, click the Undo Undo or Redo Redo buttons as needed.
  5. When you're finished categorizing the items, click Save.

    The items are organized into the categories you specified.

    Note:

    When you categorize an item, it is recommended that you choose the most specific and relevant category possible to ensure that the item is displayed and discovered as expected in an appropriate grouping. For example, to categorize a web map, choose Maps > Web Maps instead of Maps.

Manage items for a specific member

As an administrator, you can manage items for a specific member of your organization from the member's content page. For example, you can edit the details of items; change their sharing properties, such as making a public item private; move one or more items to a different folder; change who owns an item; and delete an item.

  1. Verify that you are signed in to your organization and that you have privileges to manage items owned by other members.
  2. Click Organization at the top of the site.
  3. In the row of the member whose items you want to manage, click the action button action and click Manage Items.

    The member's content page appears.

  4. Use the filters, sort options, and search as needed to find the items you want to manage.
  5. To edit the properties and settings of a specific item, such as modifying its description or enabling Delete Protection, click the title of the item and make changes on the Overview and Settings tabs on the item page.
  6. To manage multiple items owned by the member from the member's content page, check the box to the left of each item you want to manage and do any of the following:
    • To organize items into categories configured for your organization, click Categorize and follow the steps to categorize the member's items.
    • To move items to a different folder, click Move, browse to a folder or create a new one, and click Move.
    • To reassign items to a different owner, click Change Owner, select a new owner and folder, and click Change Owner.
      Tip:

      Changing the ownership of multiple hosted layers at once will change ownership on the files from which the layers were created, as well as the primary layer's dependent files. Refresh the page and proceed with reassigning ownership of the member's remaining items.

    • To change the sharing properties of items, click Share. Update who the items are shared with: the organization, everyone (public), or groups the member belongs to.
    • To delete items from your organization and ArcGIS Online, click Delete.
      Note:

      Dependencies exist between some items, such as between a hosted tile layer and the tile package from which it was published or between the hosted feature layer view and the hosted feature layer from which it was created. You must delete the dependent item before you can delete the item from which it was created.

Manage items in the organization

As an administrator, you can manage items owned by any organization members from the My Organization tab of the content page. For example, you can edit the details of individual items, change who owns an item, and delete an item.

  1. Verify that you are signed in to your organization and that you have privileges to manage items owned by other members.
  2. Click Content at the top of the site.
  3. Click the My Organization tab.
  4. Use the filters, sort options, and search as needed to find the items you want to manage.
  5. To edit the properties and settings of a specific item, such as modifying its description or enabling Delete Protection, click the title of the item and make changes on the Overview and Settings tabs on the item page.
  6. To manage items in bulk, click the Table button, check the box to the left of each item you want to manage, and do any of the following:
    • To organize items into categories configured for your organization, click Categorize and follow the steps to categorize the items.
    • To reassign items to a different owner, click Change Owner, select a new owner and folder, and click Change Owner.
      Tip:

      Changing the ownership of multiple hosted layers at once will change ownership on the files from which the layers were created, as well as the primary layer's dependent files. Refresh the page and proceed with reassigning ownership of the remaining items.

    • To delete items from your organization and ArcGIS Online, click Delete.
      Note:

      Dependencies exist between some items, such as between a hosted tile layer and the tile package from which it was published or between the hosted feature layer view and the hosted feature layer from which it was created. You must delete the dependent item before you can delete the item from which it was created.