Are you a Creator, Viewer, Field Worker, Editor, or GIS Professional?
With the December 2018 update of ArcGIS Online, Named User levels were transformed into User Types that expand access to functionality in a way that corresponds to the needs of different users in an organization. This change was requested by users through the ArcGIS Ideas section of GeoNet.
New User Types give organizations more granular control over the deployment of GIS tools. User Types let staff members get the capabilities and apps they need to do their work, and organizations have a cost-effective way to manage user accounts.
Although User Types redefine access to apps, administrators can still give members in their organizations access to supplementary apps and further refine specific users’ roles. This allows organizations to fine-tune access to apps based on user needs. Administrators can still assign custom roles to specific users or groups of users by refining their permissions.
If you were a Level 2 user, you will become a Creator User. If you were a Level 1 user, you will become a Viewer User. However, you also have three additional User Type options: Field Worker, Editor, and GIS Professional.
If you are a GIS specialist, asset manager, or data journalist, and you create maps and apps, perform spatial analyses, and share the results with colleagues and clients via ready-to-use apps, Creator is your User Type. As a Creator, you can employ one of three app bundles:
- With the Essential Apps Bundle, you get Esri Story Maps apps, Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS, configurable apps, Map Viewer, and Scene Viewer.
- With the Field Apps Bundle, you will get Collector for ArcGIS, Survey123 for ArcGIS, and Workforce for ArcGIS.
- With the Office Apps Bundle, you will get ArcGIS Maps for Office and ArcGIS Maps for SharePoint.
If you need to view the maps and apps created by others but don’t need to build them yourself, then you are a Viewer User Type. Your job title might be that of an executive officer, manager, or sales manager, and you use ArcGIS Online to access your organization’s private information to make informed decisions and monitor performance.
If you collect real-time data, manage field assignments, inspect assets, and/or do surveying, you are a Field Worker User Type. You use Collector for ArcGIS, Survey123 for ArcGIS, and Workforce for ArcGIS to do real-time data collection, tasking, and operations to improve the efficiency and productivity of your organization. Your job title might be maintenance foreman, field technician, or volunteer for this User Type.
If you modify and add spatial data to ArcGIS Online to improve how accurate and current your organization’s geospatial information is, you are an Editor User Type. You probably review and edit incoming data to ensure that your organization’s system of record contains authoritative data. Your job title might be data entry clerk, GIS technician, or data quality engineer.
If you are a superuser who produces advanced maps, visualizations, and analyses, you are a GIS Professional User Type. The maps you create and the geospatial insights you uncover empower the people in your organization and advance its projects. As a GIS Professional User Type, you will have ArcGIS Pro (Basic, Standard, or Advanced) and have the Essential Apps, Field Apps, and Office Apps bundles. Your job title might be GIS analyst, GIS manager, geo-developer, or cartographer.
The March 2019 release of ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7 will include User Types so all organizations that use Web GIS can more efficiently and cost-effectively manage team members by assigning User Types.