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How To: Add multiple map extents in Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS

Summary

A map extent limits the map area to a region of interest that is a geographic subset of the whole data. Displaying multiple map extents in the same dashboard in Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS enables users to compare the attributes of different regions simultaneously. For example, viewing live traffic updates of Manhattan, Staten Island, and Jersey City during rush hour, or comparing crime distributions in large cities.

Procedure

Choose one of the following methods to add multiple map extents in Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS:

Configure multiple bookmarks in the same web map and embed in Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS

This option is suitable for comparing map extents from the same web map with multiple bookmarks.

  1. In ArcGIS Online Map Viewer, create multiple bookmarks that zoom in to different locations of interest in the same web map. For example, the image below shows three bookmarks created for boroughs in New York City: Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Manhattan.
These are the bookmarks created
  1. Save the web map.
  2. Open Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS. Click the Add drop-down arrow and select Map.
Click Map
  1. Select a map from the map gallery.
  2. In the Settings tab, enable the Default Extent and Bookmarks option. After configuring, click Done.
This is the Settings tab.
  1. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 to embed the web map multiple times, depending on the number of map extents to display. Save the dashboard.
  2. In each map window, click the Bookmark icon This is the Bookmark icon at the top right corner, and click the specific bookmark to view the map extent.
Choose the map extent desired

The image below shows the dashboard of three boroughs in New York City configured using bookmarks. Zoom in to view the specific details.

The dashboard comprises of three maps with different map extents
Note:
Although the dashboard is saved before closing, re-opening the dashboard does not preserve the selected bookmarks. The map window shows the default map extent of the embedded web map. Click the bookmarks manually to view each map extent in each map window. It is not possible to automate the process.

Configure different map extents for multiple web maps and embed in Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS

This option is suitable for comparing multiple web maps with different map extents.

  1. In ArcGIS Online, open the item details page. Click Settings.
  2. In the General section, navigate to Extent and click Edit Extent.
This is the Settings tab. Click Edit Extent
  1. Specify the map extent. Click Save.
Specify the map extent
  1. Open Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS. Click the Add drop-down arrow and select Map.
  2. Select a map from the map gallery. After configuring, click Done.
  3. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 to embed multiple web maps with their respective map extents. Save the dashboard.

The following image shows the dashboard containing web maps with different map extents of the live traffic situations in Amsterdam, New York City, Kuala Lumpur, and London.

This is the dashboard containing web maps with multiple map extents

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