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Understand geotags

A preconfigured ArcGIS Map Search-enabled page contains a map that includes reference layers, each set with specific geotagging attributes for each layer in the map. These layers and their specified attributes provide context for the geotag and geosearch features in ArcGIS Map Search. You must have edit, design, or contribute permissions to add and configure the map.

As a SharePoint user, you can use the preconfigured ArcGIS Map Search map to tag all your SharePointdocuments with location-based tags that allow you to quickly find those documents by clicking features on a reference layer on the map.

For example, imagine you're an oil company worker with several wells located all over the United States. Each well has a variety of information and safety documents and related safety data sheets that provide crucial information about procedures to follow in the event of a fire or spill.

The preconfigured map contains reference layers that identify states, counties, and the location of each well. Each layer has been configured with a specific geotagging attribute to use when generating geotags. For example, the States layer might use the STATE_NAME field; the Counties layer, the COUNTY field; and the Oil Wells layer, the WELL_ID field.

When you drag a document (or multiple documents) from the list of documents in your SharePoint site onto a location on the map, ArcGIS Map Search automatically generates geotags for those documents using the attribute specified for each layer at that location. For example, if you have a document set that contains all safety documents related to oil well 1002, drag all the related documents onto the location of that well on the map. In this example, the State, Counties, and Oil Wells layers are all visible and configured; your document set is automatically geotagged using the STATE_NAME, COUNTY, and WELL_ID tags. You can add or remove geotags at any time.

There's no need to save the map or the SharePoint page. Once you've geotagged your documents, you're done.

Later, in the event of an emergency, you can quickly retrieve the appropriate documents by clicking the location on the map (the affected oil well for example) or by typing specific keywords.