New Year, New User Types!

The latest version of ArcGIS Online comes with major changes. The most prominent one being the latest update to the named user licensing model.

A new and very flexible way to license identities in ArcGIS Online has been introduced. Where before we had only two types of users Lever 1 and Level 2 (viewer and content creator, respectively), we now have 5 different user types. These offer more flexibility and may save your company some money.

Below is a summary of the new user types which are  available now on ArcGIS Online and will be available  with a future release of ArcGIS Enterprise.

  • Viewer


The Viewer (previously known as Level 1) can only view items that have been shared by members of the organisation. Viewers do not have edit, create, share, and analysis capabilities.

So what apps can a viewer access? A viewer has access to the Essential Apps Bundle. Remember that access to these apps will be view only access.

A viewer typically views maps & apps to make better decisions and monitor performance.

  • Editor


Editors can create, delete and edit data. They also have access to all the apps in the Essential Apps Bundle.

This user type makes sure that data is kept updated and ensures that the organisation has authoritative information.

  • Field Worker


I am sure we are all excited about this new user type. Many of you have been asking for this option. The Field Worker has capabilities to edit, create, delete and update data in the field using apps that are in the Field App Bundle.

Field workers, doing real-time data collection, can connect from the field to the office thus improving efficiency and productivity.

  • Creator


Creators (previously Level 2) have create, edit, update, and delete rights using all the apps in the Essential Apps Bundle, Field Apps bundle, and the Office Apps Bundle.

This user type is typically the content creator for the organisation. Creators can share their maps and analysis through ready-to-use apps.

  • GIS Professional


The GIS professional is the super user. This user type has all the capabilities of the Creator type plus ArcGIS Pro (Basic, Standard or Advanced). This user has access to: Essential Apps Bundle, Field Apps Bundle, and the Office Apps Bundle, in addition to this they also have access to ArcGIS Pro. This type of user builds advanced maps and visualisations, performs advanced analysis and can share these results to the organisation.

All existing Level 1 users will automatically be moved over to Viewer and Level 2 users will get the Creator user type.

Pricing for the various user types will vary.

So, what are App Bundles?

Another new update at this version is App Bundles. This is a new way of grouping ArcGIS applications that are often used together. Typically, a field worker would only use Workforce for ArcGIS and Survey123 for a typical day’s work. The organisations administrator will then purchase the Field Worker User type which gives access to the apps in the Field App Bundle. This means this user will not have access to office applications like Operations Dashboard. See below for the list of all app bundles and the apps that are included in it.


What a great way to kick off the year. If you would like to know more about user types and app bundles, please do not hesitate to contact the Esri South Africa office at +2711 238 6300

Happy Mapping. Wishing you a great 2019 ahead.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadium Guide – Russia

FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadium Guide – Russia

The background story…

The motivation to create this story map series application is sourced from my true love for soccer (or as some like to call it, ‘football’).  I have always watched and loved soccer, and have a key interest for the English, Spanish, German, and South African leagues.

After following the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which was hosted in Russia, I was interested in how the different host stadiums looked, and where they are located. This interest comes from my GIS (Geographical Information Systems) background – and now to fuse my two passions together, this was an exciting activity for me to complete.

Map soccer ball
How I like to see the world…

The goal…

The purpose of the ‘FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadium Guide’ application is for the public to be able to get thorough insights about each of the host stadiums, see how they look, obtain game fixtures, and explore each of the surrounding host stadium’s locations.

The method…

Firstly, I had to collect spatial and attribute information from the Internet, via various sources, to have enough of a foundation to create the source dataset, including the locations and information for each stadium.

The next step which I followed was to create customized (3D looking) stadium icons with Adobe Photoshop, as I wanted to include a picture of each stadium in the location markers for better effect.

Mordovia Stadium location marker icon
An example of the customized location marker icon for Mordovia Stadium

Once this process was complete, the stadium dataset had to be created, packaged, published to the web, hosted and ultimately be processed so that it could be used in the ‘FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadium Guide’ application.

I used a variety of Esri’s ArcGIS products to create this story map series application, namely:

ArcGIS Pro (Desktop)

This is where the file geodatabase, which included all the stadium locations and attribute data was created. Additionally, I created the 3D multipatches as well using ArcGIS Pro, for those stadiums which I could get existing 3D models. ArcGIS Pro was also used to create scene layer packages of the source data, which could be hosted in ArcGIS Online for the application.

Luzhniki Stadium 3D model
The 3D model used for the Luzhniki Stadium










ArcGIS Pro
Creating a scene layer package in ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Online

This is where I could use the hosted scene layer packages as input for web scenes, and then link these web scenes to the story map series template, to ultimately create the application. This application is hosted on ArcGIS Online.

Esri’s ArcGIS products give the user a great amount of flexibility, interoperability and a variety of configurations which can be altered to create a unique application. ArcGIS Online allows for the user to be able to host, author, and share one’s data, web maps, web scenes, and applications on the web.

The next step…

The future for this application would be to link it to a related application, depicting up-to-date progress, results, and news of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

You can access the FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadium Guide – Russia by clicking here.

ArcGIS Open Data


The need to share GIS data with the public or internally in an organisation has grown markedly over the past years. Until recently, sharing data was often a manual, tedious task. Governments in South Africa have the e-government initiative requiring them to share data online. Online data sharing was achieved with the development of custom websites. If data on a custom website had to be downloaded in various different formats, it required the development of data conversion tools. This era has now, thankfully ended.

Since its release in 2014, the Open Data functionality in ArcGIS Online has made it very easy to share data and items online. Open Data allows organisations to configure a website, with their own look and feel, on which people can search by topic or location – using an interactive map- for data. This data can be downloaded in multiple formats. No coding required. It is even possible to specify who the data is shared with – specific groups in your organisation or the public at large.
Open data is a site you create using ArcGIS Online capabilities. As an administrator, all you need is some data and an ArcGIS Online organisational account. You can now also create a web portal that allows the public to access your data in 5 easy steps:

Step 1: Enable Open Data Capabilities

Open Data can be enabled within your My Organization page on ArcGIS Online. Open Data must be enabled first before the site can be configured and items shared on your Open Data site.
Sign in to your ArcGIS Online account as an administrator. Click on the “My organisation” tab, click on edit setting and in here you will click on the open data tab to enable open data.
Remember, your organisations administrator is responsible for enabling open data capabilities.

EnableOpen Data

Step 2: Publish Feature Services to AGOL

ArcGIS Open Data currently works with data from hosted feature layers. Publish all the data you would like to share on your Open Data Site to ArcGIS Online as a feature service. When shared, each layer in the service will appear as an individual dataset.The following data is supported by Open Data Feature Layers, Tables, CSV files, Image Services and Documents like PDF’s or Microsoft office document. Documents will appear in the search results but cannot be previewed on an open data site. The most important thing to remember is that you are sharing your data on a public platform, therefore all data being hosted on ArcGIS Online must be publicly shared.

Step 3: Enable groups for Open Data Access

Publish all data for the Open Data Site to groups within your ArcGIS Online Organisational account. You can either create a new group specifically for ArcGIS Online or you can edit an existing group which you own. Make your groups available to Open Data. Make sure that Designate as available for use in Open Data sites option is checked on.


Step 4: Configure your open data site.

This is the fun part. In step 4 you will configure your open data site to suite your organisations needs. Only administrators can do this but everyone in the organisation can get involved in creating a beautiful site for your organisation. You can contribute by choosing pictures, logos or any text you would like to be featured on your site.

Going through these five tabs will help you be on your way to deploying your site.

  • Site Configuration

In the site configuration tab, the administrator is responsible for setting up the name of the site, description and a URL for the site. In the latest release, users are now given the option to track and report your sites traffic using Google Analytics. In this tab, admins can also set the security of the site. Either your site can be set to private or public.


  • Capabilities

In the capabilities tab, admins can specify what capabilities should be enabled on their open data site. There are two standard capabilities. Enabling Charts and enhanced search.In the latest release, Esri offers users the ability to take part in their BETA program. Seven new capabilities are set to be released soon. Administrators are encouraged to enable these capabilities for testing purposes.

If you are a user, I encourage you to explore these new capabilities. Rate them and send any ideas or errors you come across to the esri ideas portal:


  • Groups Manager

Choose Open Data groups to make accessible in your site. These could be groups within your organisation or you could choose public open data groups.

  • Data Manager

Data reports and management tools are provided to help Open Data Administrators identify issues with problematic datasets on your Open Data site, disable automatic download caching, and allow manual resyncing. You can see your site’s datasets by clicking the Data Manager tab from the Site Builder. Issues in your data report will be categorized into warnings or errors. When viewing your datasets, you can filter by warnings or errors and search for specific datasets.

  • Site Editor

The site editor allows users to design the layout of your open data site. You can design your site using the provided widgets or a custom HTML.Users simply click on the add widget button to add a new widget. The widgets can be either text, Images, RSS Feeds or Data Listings. You can change the size and location of each widget. You can delete a widget by clicking the dustbin icon.

While the design wizard experience will be sufficient for most organizations, the system also allows organizations with specific web design requirements to leverage the full power of HTML5 and CSS. The header, footer, and home page all have the option to switch to Custom HTML mode by choosing the Codetab on the correlating element, which allows web developers complete control over the content.


Step 5: Save and Share

The last step is to click on the share button and within a matter of minutes you have created your organisation very own data portal. Congratulations.

But, what about the consumer?

As a consumer of Open data, you can find data within an Open Data site by typing text into a search box or by searching the map. From the search results list, each dataset contains a summary of information about the dataset including who shared the dataset and when, when it was last updated, the number of attributes and rows in the dataset, and the first few lines of the dataset description.


There are hundreds of open data sites and datasets across the world that have been shared for public use. To explore some of these click here:

Go forth and explore!