At the start of the year, the ArcGIS Hub team released a redesigned search experience to help the public more easily discover open data and draw connections to the places around them. Now, we’re expanding this experience with Unified Search, making it easier for your teams and people across your ArcGIS Online organization to access internal content.
What is Unified Search?
Unified Search brings content shared publicly and content shared internally into the same view when searching across ArcGIS Hub. This means that team members and internal stakeholders can access all content, including items shared privately, in a single list of search results.
We did this because ArcGIS Hub is more than a way to share open data. With the following sharing options, you’ll see visibility for each search result under
Sharing along with other search filters.
- Team- Your site or initiative’s team members. Requires a team member to sign in with an ArcGIS Online account or a community account.
- Organization- Only members of your ArcGIS Online organization can view content when signed in.
- Public- Anyone visiting your site who is searching for content. Does not require a person to be signed in.
How it works
Consider a local government organization that uses ArcGIS Hub to create initiatives across departments. Some teams choose to launch public initiatives, while others use them to organize content around internal projects and tasks. With unified search, team members are able to quickly access internal content in the same place they use to find public-facing content.
Think of the content you share with ArcGIS Hub as belonging to a catalog. Previously, any content that wasn’t shared as open data was organized behind the scenes in its own catalog. While our search experience surfaced content from both catalogs, accessing internal content required a user to sign in under the Restricted section on the search results page. Now, so long as you’re signed in, any content that’s shared with you will appear blended with the rest of your hub’s content.
A closer look
To make your experience simple and fast, we’ve included a few additional enhancements:
Each search result displays its sharing setting, enabling people to quickly scan content based on who has access to it (i.e. the team, organization, or the public). This is useful for admins and team members who want to quickly see what content belongs to an initiative or site.
Keep your search going by clicking More Results to view items as you need them. Then, look for the new page divider to find out how far your search has taken you.
When you’ve found something you want to check out, click the search result to view it’s preview page. Not interested? Click back. We’ll take you to the spot you left, no need to scroll through the results again.
Try it out
Unified Search will officially be released for everyone in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you a chance to try it out. Follow these steps to preview Unified Search on your content.
- Sign in to your hub and view one of your sites.
- Add this string to the end of that site’s URL:
The URL should look like this:
If your organization isn’t sharing any internal content yet, you can get started by enabling private views for any of your sites.