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Use your data in GeoPlanner

Want to bring your own datasets into GeoPlanner for ArcGIS? With GeoPlanner, leveraging your own data is easy. You share your feature data to ArcGIS Online and then access this data in GeoPlanner for visualization, sketching, analysis, and evaluation. Below are instructions on how to publish your datasets from ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, and ArcGIS Online and access them in a GeoPlanner project.

ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro and GeoPlanner comprise a synchronized platform for seamless geodesign workflows. The following steps will help you share your data from ArcGIS Pro to ArcGIS Online:

Step 1: Right-click a feature layer in the Contents pane and choose Share as Web Layer.

Share as web layer

Step 2: In the Share Web Layer tool, add a summary and tags. Make sure the Features option is checked on. This tool also allows you to set sharing permissions. You can choose to share with your organization, Everyone or a group.


Step 3: Click Analyze on the bottom of the panel. Once any errors are fixed, click Publish.


Sharing your own data from ArcMap to ArcGIS Online is also a straightforward process.

Step 1: Select File > Sign In to open the ArcGIS Online Sign In dialog. Enter your Username and Password.

Step 2: From ArcMap’s File menu, click Share As > Service.

Sign In Menu

Step 3: Navigate through the Publish a Service dialog box, making sure to choose your Hosted Services connection.

Step 4: In the Service Editor, click on Capabilities and check on Feature Access. Feature Access allows you to use this data in GeoPlanner’s dashboard, import scenario and analysis tools. Optionally, check off Tiled Mapping.

Service Editor Capabilities

Step 5: Click on Item Description and add a summary and tags.

Step 6: Click on Sharing and share with your organization, Everyone, or a group.

Step 7: Click Analyze on the top of the Service Editor dialog. Resolve any errors and click Publish to push your data to ArcGIS Online.

ArcGIS Online

Do you have shapefiles or file geodatabases that you want to share but don’t have access to ArcGIS Pro or ArcGIS for Desktop? You can share them using the Add Item tool in ArcGIS Online! The ArcGIS Online publishing process will automatically create hosted feature layers from the data you have uploaded.

Step 1: Compress your shapefiles or file geodatabases in a ZIP file.

Step 2: Sign in to ArcGIS Online and navigate to My Content. Click Add Item and choose From my computer.

Add Item

Step 3: Browse to your zipped data. Don’t forget a title, summary, and tags!

Step 4: Click Add Item to upload your zipped data and create a new hosted feature layer.

Add your data in GeoPlanner

You’re almost done! Simply add these newly hosted feature layers to a GeoPlanner project.

Step 1: In GeoPlanner, open a project and move to the Data segment.

Add Data

Step 2: Click on the Add Data icon. The Search for Data dialog appears.

Step 3: In the Search for Data dialog, click My Content. Feature layers that you have published to ArcGIS Online can be found here. Search for your feature layers by name or tags.

Step 4: Click the Add button to add a layer to GeoPlanner!

Other types of layers

Feeling comfortable with uploading your own feature data for use in GeoPlanner? You can add map and image layers to a GeoPlanner project. If you have these types of layers hosted in ArcGIS Server or Portal, add their URLs as items to ArcGIS Online. Then discover these items using GeoPlanner’s Add Data functionality.

Finally, you can build your own web-based weighted raster overlay service to support suitability modeling in GeoPlanner!

Contributed by John Preysner, intern with the GeoPlanner team, 2015

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