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Share a layer on ArcGIS

Sharing your Esri Maps for IBM Cognos layers to ArcGIS is a quick way to share information with others in your organization or in the ArcGIS public community. You can share individual layers or the entire map.

When you share a layer, a snapshot of the current data is created and shared as a hosted feature service in ArcGIS.


You can only share layers to ArcGIS if you are signed in with an organizational account that has publisher permissions and if sharing has been enabled by your organization's administrator and the report author. If you are unsure of your account permissions, contact your ArcGIS subscription administrator. To learn more about enabling or disabling sharing, see Configure administrative settings and Configure map settings and tools.

Only layers created with Esri Maps for IBM Cognos can be shared. You cannot share layers to ArcGIS that you've added through a search.

  1. Sign in to ArcGIS if you are not already signed in.
  2. In the Contents pane, click the Configure layer button Configure layer beside the layer you want to share.

    Heat map layers cannot be shared to ArcGIS as layers but can be shared as part of a map. In the ArcGIS map viewer and ArcGIS Explorer Online, the heat map layer displays as a point layer instead of rendering as a heat map.

    If you want to share a layer with clustering applied, the layer is shared as a point layer without clustering.

  3. Click Share layer.

    Share layer will only be visible if you've selected a layer that can be shared in ArcGIS. Layers you create with data from your business system can be shared in ArcGIS. Layers you've added through a search cannot be shared.

  4. Specify a title, tags, and a description for the layer and choose whether to share it with everyone (public), your organization, or any groups to which you belong.
  5. Click Share.