Enhancing Archive Usability With Popups in ArcGIS Online

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Making your organization’s archived data as accessible as possible benefits not only employees, but accommodates potential researchers or interested users looking to find compilations of heavily detailed files. However, many shapefiles and other layer formats can’t be applied to the standard ArcGIS Online map. Issues with an excess of features cause either errors or a general slowdown of the map’s performances, inconveniencing users and reducing the map’s general productivity.

Creating an organized archive using popup configuration is an easy way to circumvent the limitations of these maps, and add an element of user friendliness by allowing individuals to download this information without having an ArcGIS Online account.

Making a standardized popup using the Custom Attribute Display allows for quick HTML coding. By hosting your archives on one server, minimal adjustment is needed to request a specific .zip file of information. This also prevents organizations from having to display their data in a visually basic, more text based format. The added element of presenting files through this method also allows for better visualization of how they regarding it relates in a geographic context.

Use Custom Attribute Display in ArcGIS Online to create spatially targeted hyperlinks.

Use the Custom Attribute Display function in ArcGIS Online to create spatially targeted hyperlinks.

In this case, the map in question displays counties in Pennsylvania, and the archives provided are files with vehicle accidents and other crash details. The information available spans a relatively wide range of years, dating back to 1997. To prevent users from having to scroll through a long list of HTML links to access files for downloading, this map was created to allow users to quickly spot the county they’re looking for, and click for a convenient popup. These types of maps can be turned into website mapping applications, allowing for greater customization of widgets that organizations would like to have available for general use. In general, providing more archives using this methodology can serve to increase the usage of your data.

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