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Web Maps and Layers

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.

Note:

This video was created using ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App, where the user experience and workflows are identical to Community Analyst.

To open the workflow, navigate to Maps > Add Data > Web Maps and Layers.

Web Maps and Layers

The Web Maps and Layers dialog opens.

My Content

The My Content tab is open by default, which shows all web maps and feature services created by you. The content is sorted by Title. You can use the Sort by drop-down menu to choose a different sorting method. Click list view to switch to a list view. Click grid view to return to the default grid view. Click Refresh content to refresh the content.

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 icon 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 icon 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 Add. The web map is added to your project and opened on the map. If it contains features that can be converted to sites, you can immediately interact with the layers on the map to do so. You can also setup the 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.

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You can click the filter icon Filter categories and select Territories and/or Web Maps and Layers to refine the project panel view to only show those items.

Project list of categories

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.
  • ArcGIS: content publicly shared on ArcGIS Online.
  • 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.

Search

To search the content in the currently selected tab, enter a search term and click enter a search term 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 termto clear the search term.

Search My Content

Filter

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 checkbox 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.
  • Folders: Only available on the My Content tab. Click on any individual folder to view only its content. For more information about Community Analyst specific folders, see here.
  • Item Type: Click on Web Maps or Feature Layers to view only those items.
    Filtering by Item Type
  • Last Modified Date: Select one the available filters, or specify a custom date range.
    Filtering by date modified
  • 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.
    Filtering by Sharing Status
  • Ratings: Filter the content displayed to items that received a specific rating, or have not been rated. Learn more about ratings.
    Filtering by Ratings
  • Tags: Filter items that have been tagged by specific terms. Enter a single tag, or multiple tags, separated by commas.
    Filtering by Tags
Like the Folders filter described above, there are some additional filters available only for specific tabs:
  • My Groups: Only available on the My Groups tab. Click on any of your groups to view only its content.
    Filtering by My Groups
  • Categories: Only available for the Living Atlas tab. Click on any of the listed categories to only view the items in that category.
    Filtering by Categories

All the applied filters will be listed at the top of the grid or list view of the content.

Filtered web map and layer

To remove an applied filter, click the clear layers next to it, or select 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 > General > Web Maps and Layers. If you do so, you can then choose your source organization in the Web Maps and Layers dialog.

Layers in My Organization

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. You can interact with the features on the map immediately, or later by accessing them from the project panel. You can 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 the expand icon Expand icon next to the web map or a layer for additional action—for example, Zoom to web map will zoom the map to the contents of the web map. If the web map has features that can be converted to sites, you can create sites from them. For example, if you click on a point feature of the web map, a popup window opens with its name, attributes and more options. Click Create buffers to add rings, drive times, or walk times around the point. If the web map or 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.

Create buffers

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.

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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 Community Analyst.

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 the expand icon Expand icon 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.

Portland territories

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.

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Only the variables for layers currently on the map will be listed. You can turn on any layer from the project panel.

Browse standard data

Click Map Layers to view the available variables for the layers that are currently on the map.

Browse map layers

Setup layer

The Setup layer option enables you to setup a layer for use in analysis and reports. After setup, features from the layer can be used as sites in the Run Reports, Comparison Reports, Suitability Analysis and Void Analysis workflows.

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.
Click Expand icon for the point or polygon layer that you want to setup and click Setup layer.

Project view

The Setup Layer panel will open. Here you will finalize the selection of features from the layer.

Setup Layer pane

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 the filter icon Filter by attributes option 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.
    Note:

    This option is not available for polygon layers.

    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.

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 will open.

    Select polygon type

    Here, you will select the type of layer you are setting up. If it is a polygon layer, select the Polygon layer option. If it is a layer with polygons that represent standard geographies, select the Standard geography layer option. For the second option, 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.

I'm Done

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.

Add Sites window
Note:

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.