How to Embed an ArcGIS Map on a Digital Commons Site

State Agencies have tons of information that they need, want, or are required to share with citizens. As part of our continuing effort to provide tools to effectively communicate this information, we are offering a great interactive mapping tool to help your agency convey their information on the website. This new capability is provided by ArcGIS Online which is an online web GIS that allows agencies to create, use, and share maps and data. If this is new to you, don't worry. It's really easy to get started.

The first step is to make sure that your agency has an ArcGIS Online (AGOL) account and learn how to publish maps in the cloud. Chances are, your agency has GIS staff that can help with this. The next step is to plan how your map (or mapping application) will look when it is embedded in the website.  Digital Commons is a responsive platform, which means all the websites are mobile friendly. Once embedded, map space can become cluttered very quickly when viewed on mobile devices.  When making your map, remember to keep the interface and basemap simple and uncluttered and include the minimal amount of tools, panels, logos, etc. required for your application.

In an effort to standardize map displays across all Digital Commons sites we recommend the following guidelines:

  • Use a basemap of light gray canvas unless data or cartography requires another base map
  • At a minimum, include the following tools: zoom control, home button, location search, and view larger map

Let's get started!

For more information visit ArcGIS Online Help.