The ArcGIS Online mapping platform is now available to all Stanford affiliates

February 9, 2018
Mr. Stace D Maples
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ArcGIS Online is an online, collaborative GIS that allows you to use, create, and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics, and data. You get access to Living Atlas of the World, Business and Community Analyst apps, and Esri's secure cloud, where you can add items and publish web layers.

An excellent example of what can be done with ArcGIS Online is the Stanford Geospatial Center's Gaihōzu: Japanese Imperial Maps portal, which provides access to the most popular objects in the Stanford Digital Repository.


Over the last few months, we’ve been testing Single Sign-On (SSO) for providing access to, which we have licensed for the use of all Stanford affiliates.  This means that you no longer need to go through the Stanford Geospatial Center to get an account!

To get started making your own maps, go to , click on "Sign In" and then click on the "ENTERPRISE LOGIN" button to begin the Stanford Single Sign-On...

ArcGIS Online SIgn On Window

Then, enter "stanford" in the space prompted, and click "CONTINUE."

ArcGIS Online SIgn On Window #2

Once you have gone through the Stanford SSO Login (dual authentication may be required) you should be redirected to the homepage of the Stanford Geospatial Center's ArcGIS Online Organization.

Getting Started with ArcGIS Online


You'll find that many of the Stanford Geospatial Center's workshops will make increasing use of ArcGIS Online for web mapping and field data collection applications. We're developing new materials all the time, so go to to find out when the next workshops will be offered.

In the meantime, Esri is a juggernaut of online tutorial creation. Here are a few of the tutorials we have found most useful for new users:

A Few things to note:

Don't Do Bulk Geocoding on

  • You have 200 credits to start with. Please use them judiciously. Everything uses credits on, but Bulk Geocoding is particularly expensive. Bulk geocoding (placing more than 1000 addresses or placenames from a table on the map) SHOULD NOT be done through, but should done via the geocoding server. For more information, see this guide.

  • If you have more than 100k records to geocode, please contact Stanford Geospatial Center Staff about you needs.

Learn to Use ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Online is a fantastic online mapping platform for most users, but it's just a part of an ecosystem of GIS Software. Both ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro are well integrated with ArcGIS Online and allow seamless access and publishing of geospatial data and analysis, directly from the desktop software.

As noted, many tasks (including many analysis tools) consume credits in the ArcGIS online platform. The cost of many of the analysis tools in can be avoided by using ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro as your primary analysis platforms and as your web map distribution platform!

You can learn more about how to get ArcGIS Desktop installed on your own computer at

Creating tiled map services from georeferenced map images can be costly in, as well. You can create Tile Packages in ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro, upload them to ArcGIS Online and serve them as tiled map services for very few credits.

If you are interested in learning to use ArcGIS Desktop, please sign up for our Listserv, so that you will receive our workshop and events announcements.

We also make our workshop materials available for self-paced learning. Just go to, and fill out our Sign In form to gain access to the materials. You will find workshops for ArcGIS Desktop, QGIS, R and more. You can even come to the Stanford Geospatial Center's computer lab at Branner Earth Sciences Library, and do the tutorials with support from our GIS Assistants, close at hand to help you.

Esri provides a number of tutorials, built right into the Help system of ArcGIS Desktop. You can find them in the Online Help system, at

Move Your Content BEFORE You Leave Stanford!

You can use the ArcGIS Online Assistant to move your content from to your own Developer Account, but you need to do it before your SUNetID is deactivated.

For more information about accessing ArcGIS Online, and other geospatial resources, visit or drop by the Stanford Geospatial Center at Branner Earth Science Library, in person!