This spring, the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) spearheaded a technology upgrade that now allows Ohio State affiliates to access ArcGIS Online using their OSU login credentials. Allowing for single sign-on to ArcGIS Online is a potential game changer for advancing GIS collaborations in research and teaching at Ohio State – a very big and well-deserved thank you to CURA for leading this effort!

So what’s so special about ArcGIS Online? ArcGIS Online is the premier platform for easily and efficiently creating interactive web mapping applications. It’s a powerful tool for beginners and more advanced users alike to be able to analyze and visualize geographic information and then to make it accessible to a wider audience via the web. Users can access data from the many data sets hosted by ArcGIS Online, upload their own data, and create groups within the system to collaborate on projects or create assignments for their students.

Having organizational access with your OSU login credentials greatly expands the type of work that can be done in ArcGIS Online compared to a standard public account. ArcGIS Online also integrates nicely with ArcGIS Desktop (available to OSU affiliates via a site license) making it easier for users to work across platforms. CURA has put together a useful guide for accessing ArcGIS Online with your OSU account, including more information about signing up, training resources, and FAQs: https://cura.osu.edu/agol.

This tabbed Story Map was created using ArcGIS Online for the “Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of Thompson Library” exhibit (click here to visit the map). The physical exhibit runs from Feb. 1 to May 14, 2017 in the Thompson Library Gallery.

For those of you interested in learning more about accessing and using ArcGIS Online, we’ll be partnering with CURA to host a workshop in the Research Commons on March 22 called “Web Mapping Basics with ArcGIS Online.” Learn more and register here: go.osu.edu/agol-basics-workshop.