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FAQ: What are some best practices for data management when publishing feature services from ArcMap to ArcGIS Online?

Question

What are some best practices for data management when publishing feature services from ArcMap to ArcGIS Online?

Answer

These best practices for ArcGIS Online feature service data management include:

Maintaining a map document copy in ArcMap containing the source data
Save the map document (.mxd) file to ensure a feature service can be republished from the source data in the case where a published feature service is lost.

Checking the 'Prevent this item from being accidentally deleted' check box
Once the features are uploaded to ArcGIS Online, users can select the data to be deleted. Since recovery of deleted items is not possible, it is recommended that users protect their data from being accidentally deleted. To do this, check the 'Prevent this item from being accidentally deleted' check box to protect the items published on ArcGIS Online. For more information on securing hosted items, refer to the following document, ArcGIS Blog: How to Prevent Accidental Deletion.

Backing up data from ArcGIS Online
Creating a copy of the published ArcGIS Online feature service prevents unnecessary worry if the data is accidentally deleted. The steps to create backup data are available in the following knowledge base article, How To: Back up content in ArcGIS Online.

Note:
Deleted items in ArcGIS Online cannot be restored. For more information on why a deleted feature service cannot be retrieved in ArcGIS Online, refer to the following document, FAQ: Is it possible to retrieve a deleted feature service from ArcGIS Online? 

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