ArcGIS Online

Do you make maps? Beginners have more access now than ever to basic cartography applications. ArcGIS is the premier online platform for easily and quickly creating static maps and interactive web-mapping applications. Now, though a technology upgrade spearheaded by CURA, everyone with OSU login credentials can access ArcGIS online. From making an ESRI StoryMap for your next class project to managing and presenting data for a graduate thesis, the ArcGIS Platform is a powerful tool for beginner and advanced cartographers alike.

Explore data
ArcGIS Online includes interactive maps and scenes that allow your entire organization to explore, understand, and measure your geographic data. Access Living Atlas of the World, a dynamic collection of maps, scenes, data layers, imagery, analytics, and apps from the ArcGIS community, and enrich them with your own data to reveal patterns, answers, and relationships about your community and the world. Use the analysis tools included in the map viewer to reveal new patterns, find suitable locations, enrich your data, find out what's nearby, and summarize your data.

Create maps, scenes, and apps

ArcGIS Online includes everything you need to create mapscreate scenes, and create apps. Through the map viewer and scene viewer, you can access a gallery of basemaps and tools for adding your own layers and configuring mashups that you can share with others. You also have access to easy-to-use tools for creating apps that you can publish to ArcGIS Online.

Collaborate and share

Enable interaction with your organizational data by sharing content related to a common activity. You can set up groups that are private and by invitation only, or public groups that are open to everyone. You can also share maps by embedding them in web pages, on blogs, in web apps, and through social media. ArcGIS Online includes a number of configurable apps and builders. With just a few steps and no programming, you can publish a web app that anyone can access through a browser.

Publish data as web layers

You can publish your data as web layers on ArcGIS Online. This frees up your internal resources, since these web layers are hosted in Esri’s cloud and scale dynamically as demand increases or decreases. You can add your layers to web, desktop, and mobile apps and allow others to use them as well. You can publish your data directly from ArcGIS Desktop or the ArcGIS Online website without needing to install your own server, and share them with others in your organization who can add map layers or geoprocessing tools to their own maps and apps.


ArcGIS includes a wide range of apps that help you interact with the maps and data in your organization. Esri web apps and related sites that you have access to through your organization can be launched directly from your site. Click the Apps button Apps in the header of the site and choose the app or related site you want to open. The app or related site opens in a new browser tab.


From ArcGIS Online Help

What is ArcGIS Online?

ArcGIS Online is an online, collaborative web GIS that allows you to use, create, and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics, and data. You get access to Living Atlas of the Worldapps, and Esri’s secure cloud, where you can add items and publish web layers. Because ArcGIS Online is an integral part of the ArcGIS system, you can use it to extend the capabilities of ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Web APIs, and ArcGIS Runtime SDKs. 

ArcGIS Online is the place to explore data, create maps, and share stories. With ArcGIS Online, you can use and create maps and scenes, access ready-to-use maps, layers and analytics from Living Atlas of the World, publish data as web layers, collaborate and share, access maps from any device, make maps with your business data, customize the ArcGIS Online website, and view status reports