Web Maps and Layers provides access to the web maps and feature service layers in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise, and ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.
To open the workflow, click Maps > Add Data > Web Maps and Layers.
The Web Maps and Layers dialog box opens.
The My Content tab is open by default, which shows all web maps and feature services created by you.
If your organization’s administrator has added a custom tab, it will be the first tab open by default—for example, the Curated content tab in the image above.
When you move the pointer over a thumbnail, a popup menu with more information about that web map or feature service is displayed:
- The Web map containing variables option indicates that this web map contains variables that you can use to create maps using the Color-Coded Maps and Smart Map Search workflows. Learn more.
- The Web map layer option indicates that this web map contains layers that you can convert into sites.
To add this web map or feature service data to your current project, click Open. The web map is added to your project and opened on the map. Alternatively, you can select one or more by their check boxes and click Add Selected to add them. If any of the added web maps contain features that can be converted to sites, you can immediately interact with the layers on the map to do so. You can also setup a layer for use in analysis and reports by using the Setup layer option from the project panel, where web maps or layers are added to the Web Maps and Layers section. Territory layers are added to the Territories section.
You can click Filter and select Territories and/or Web Maps and Layers to refine the project panel view to only show those items.
Browse by source
You can click on the tabs at the top to view the web maps and feature services from different sources.
- My Content—content created by you.
- My Groups—content created by other users of groups that you belong to, and shared with you.
- My Organization—content created and shared by other users in your Organization.
- Living Atlas—content from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. Tab is available if enabled by your organization's administrator.
- ArcGIS—content publicly shared on ArcGIS Online. Tab is available if enabled by your organization's administrator.
- Subscription layers—if you have licenses for marketplace content, those web maps and layers will be listed under this tab.
- Recently added—recently added web maps and layers.
If your organization's administrator has disabled any of the tabs, they will not be available.
To search the content in the currently selected tab, enter a search term and click Search or press the Enter key. You can also enter the URL or item ID of an ArcGIS web map or layer you want to add. Note that a URL must be entered in the specified format: https://host/instance/rest/services/serviceName/FeatureServer. Click Clear search to clear the search term.
If your organization's administrator has disabled the option to enter a URL or item ID, you will not be able to use that option.
By default, all the content for the selected tab is displayed. You can apply one or more filters to further refine the displayed content.
- Select the Filter by map extent check box to filter by your current map extent – that is, only those web maps and feature services with a map extent that partially or fully overlaps with your current map extent.
If your organization's administrator has set this option, it will be enabled by default.
- Folders—Only available on the My Content tab. Click on any individual folder to view only its content. For more information about the Business Analyst specific folders, see here.
- Item Type—Click on Web Maps or Feature Layers to view only those items.
- Last Modified Date—Select one the available filters, or specify a custom date range.
- Sharing Status—Filter by the sharing status of the item. For instance, selecting Organization only displays the items shared with all users in the Organization and Not Shared displays only those items not shared with any other user.
- Ratings—Filter the content displayed to items that received a specific rating, or have not been rated. Learn more about ratings.
- Tags—Filter items that have been tagged by specific terms. Enter a single tag, or multiple tags, separated by commas.
- My Groups—Only available on the My Groups tab. Click on any of your groups to view only its content.
- Categories—Only available for the Living Atlas tab. Click on any of the listed categories to only view the items in that category.
All the applied filters will be listed at the top of the grid or list view of the content.
To remove an applied filter, click or choose the Show All option for that filter. Click Clear all to remove all applied filters.
Choose your Organization
You have the option to add another organization under Preferences > Maps > Add Data > Web Maps and Layers. If you do so, you can then choose your source organization in the Web Maps and Layers dialog box.
View added web maps
When you click Add to add a web map or feature service data, it is opened on the map and added to the Web Maps and Layers section of your current project. If the web map or layer has variables, you can use them in other workflows. You can interact with the features on the map immediately, or later by accessing them from the project panel. Click on the project in the top left to open the project panel.
You can expand the web map to view the layers in it and click Expand next to the web map or a layer for additional actions—for example, Zoom to web map will zoom the map to the contents of the web map.
To setup a web map layer for use in analysis and reports, without saving any sites, use the Setup layer option in the project panel. If the web map has features that can be converted to sites, you can create sites from them. Click on a feature on the map, to view a popup window with its name, attributes and more options.
- For a point feature, click Create buffers to apply rings, drive times or walk times around the point. You can then run infographics and reports. To save it as a site, click Create site.
- For a polygon feature, you can run infographics and reports. To save it as a site, click Create site.In the Save Created Sites dialog box, you will be prompted to specify the layer where the sites will be saved.
View added territory layers
When you click Add to add a territory layer, it is opened on the map and added to the Territories section of your current project. A Territory Design layer is a feature service with multiple layers. The multiple layers represent a hierarchy of layers: base layer and territories layer. The base layer represents the lower level geography while the territories layer is the upper geography level, which is an aggregation of the base layer. The levels layer is metadata for the Territory Solution.
Territories can only be created in ArcGIS Pro, but if they are shared on ArcGIS Online, you can add the territory feature layers to your project in Business Analyst Web App.
For the Portland territory design feature shown below, Portland_AlcoholSales is the base layer, which is aggregated into the upper Territories layer. You can expand the territory layer to view the layers in it and click Expand next to any layer in it for additional actions. For example, you can click Show attribute table to open the attribute table for the layer. Only for polygon territories, you can click on a territory on the map to open the site information popup window with its name, attributes and more options—for example click Infographics to run an infographic for it, or Reports to run a report for it. Click Create site to convert the polygon to a site. If the territory layer has variables, you can use them in other workflows. Use the Setup layer option in the project panel to setup a web map layer for use in analysis and reports.
Use variables from added layers
When you add a web map or territory layer that has variables, you can use the variables in the Color-Coded Maps and Smart Map Search workflows. In the Data Browser, the variables for the layer will be under Standard Data > Map Layers.
Only the variables for layers currently on the map will be listed. You can turn on any layer from the project panel.
If you want the variables for a layer to be available when it is not on the map, you will need to setup the layer using Custom Data Setup. The added data will be available in the Data Browser under Standard Data > My Data.
Click Map Layers to view the available variables for the layers that are currently on the map.
The Setup layer option enables you to setup a layer for use in analysis and reports without creating or saving any sites in the project. After setup, features from the layer can be used as sites in the current session, in the Run Reports, Comparison Reports, Suitability Analysis and Void Analysis workflows.
This option will setup the features from the layer, but not the data. Therefore, if you want to use data variables from a layer—for example, in a custom report template, this Setup layer option will not enable that. To do so, you will need to need to setup the layer using Custom Data Setup. The added data variables will then be available in the Data Browser under Standard Data > My Data. You will be able to add them to a custom report template, and run that report for any site, such as one with rings or drive times.
To get started, open the project panel:
- Web maps are listed in the Web Maps and Layers section. Expand a web map to view the layers in it.
- Territories are listed under the Territories section. Expand a territory to view the layers in it.
- Layers created from business search results and imported files are available under the Other Layers section.
The Setup Layer panel will open. Here you will finalize the selection of features from the layer.
You can use the check boxes to select or deselect items in the list. You can also use the following controls:
- Select a field in the Use field as item name drop-down menu to use it as the item name.
- Click Filter to filter the items in the layer by attributes.
- For point layers, you can use the Create buffers around selected points option to modify the buffers to be applied around the selected points—the default is rings. You can create a maximum of 1000 rings, drive times and walk times
at one time. If the layer has more than 1000 points, you will need
to filter or deselect some of them to proceed.
For polygon layers, the maximum is 5000 features. If there are more than 5000 polygons or standard geography boundaries, you will need to filter or deselect some of them to proceed.
This option is not available for polygon layers.
When you are finished, click Setup Layer.
- If you were working with a point layer, this will complete the setup.
- If you were working with a polygon layer, the Setup Layer dialog box will open.
Here, you will select the type of layer you are setting up.
- If it is a polygon layer, select Polygon layer.
- If it is a layer with polygons that represent standard boundaries—for example, counties, select Standard geography layer. You must select this option to ensure that the polygons are correctly associated with the standard geographic boundaries they represent. You will also need to specify the applicable geographic boundary, and the field in the layer’s attribute table that has the geographic boundary ID. In the above example, a polygon layer with counties is being setup, so Counties is selected in the Geographic boundary level drop-down list. The attribute FIPS in the layer’s attribute table has the county IDs, so it is selected in the Geography ID field drop-down list.
If you want to setup all the features in this layer (and not just the ones selected in the previous step), select the Setup all features in this layer check box.
Click OK to complete the setup.
You can immediately launch one of the workflows where you can use the layer just setup, or click I’m Done and use it later in the current session.
The features from the setup layer can be used as sites in any of these workflows. They will be available under the From layers tab in the Add Sites dialog box.
No sites are created or saved in your project and the setup layers are only available in your current session. In a future session, you will need to setup the layer again.
If you want to convert features from the layer into sites saved in your project, select the features and use Create site.