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Build maps that encourage interaction

Interactive maps create immersive experiences that take maps from a static view to an opportunity for users to explore. Enhanced details and new perspectives spring from the map as you zoom in, search, and interact with the data.

There are many ways to explore interactive maps. Here are several options:

  • Gain additional details as you zoom in
  • Click on the map to see region-specific information in text, tables, and images
  • Search the world's locations and your custom locations
  • Get additional perspectives by filtering data and changing colors 

Bring your own data

Data comes in a variety of formats and from many places. ArcGIS Online makes it simple to upload files and bring in content from the cloud. Many file types are supported, including spreadsheets, KML, GeoJSON, and common geospatial files. Whenever your data needs refining, ArcGIS Online includes tools to help you prepare your data for visualization and analysis. 

Add context to your data


Seeing your data on a map is enlightening, and it also leads you to ask new questions. Add authoritative data to your map to gain perspective and find answers to your questions. ArcGIS Online includes the extensive collection of ready-to-use maps and data in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.

Dynamic data shows current conditions

A collection of live feeds showcases our planet's current conditions including weather, natural disasters, earth systems, and traffic. Tap into, analyze, and display these live feeds in your maps and apps. These feeds are reliable and robust, scaling to meet the demands of millions of views per week.

Global demographic and business data

Enhance your maps with demographic, psychographic, and socioeconomic data. With over 15,000 data variables from more than 130 countries, you are certain to find data that adds value to your mapping and analysis.

Explore lands, seas, atmosphere, and animals

Learn more about the biosphere using scientific data. Measure the heights of mountains and discover the depths of lakes and oceans. Locate energy production facilities and understand where resources are being extracted. Find out about habitats and their species. Study weather and climate patterns.


Build on high-quality basemaps

Place your data on a ready-made canvas. ArcGIS Online includes the broadest collection of current, historic, and creative basemaps. These high-quality basemaps, maintained by Esri, are built using authoritative commercial and community data. Give context and personality to your data using a variety of basemaps.

Global, high-resolution imagery

Gain a bird's-eye view using global imagery.

Explore imagery

Customizable vector basemaps

Vector basemaps allow you to customize the style and match your brand.

Explore a vector basemap

Creative basemaps

Create eye-catching maps using creative basemaps.

Explore creative basemaps

Understand your data through visualization and exploration


Patterns and spatial relationships emerge when you visualize your data in a map. Smart mapping helps you turn raw data into information by guiding your exploration and visualization. Suggested colors, styles, and symbols help you find and emphasize the interesting aspects of your data's story. 

What does my data look like on a map?

Gain a spatial understanding by visualizing your data in a variety of ways.

Ways to present your data

What is nearby?

Determine who and what is within walking or driving distance of your facility.

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Are these things related?

Compare two attributes from your data by seeing both patterns within a single map.

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Where are things growing the most?

Everything grew, but how can you identify where it grew the most? Create a map using size and a custom symbol to show growth over time.

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Where is this concentrated?

Discover areas of concentration by identifying where something is happening and comparing it against the total population.

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Which areas are above or below average?

Use a benchmark, such as an average, to define what is high, normal, or low for a given topic.

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When did that happen?

Symbolize dates to locate the oldest and newest items in your data.

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