Configure a Web Map for Draw Maps

Updated, December 2, 2021

Below, both short and long forms accomplish the same thing. Long form, however, is more detailed for when this might be your first time.


Short form:

  1. As the web map owner, create the Draw Maps feature service (giving it a unique name) from the following URL:
    https://services9.arcgis.com/WI1hP80H5gmD3iAC/arcgis/rest/services/Draw_Maps_Layers_v4/FeatureServer
    
  2. If you don’t already have a web map you want to configure for Draw Maps, create one now.
  3. In the Map Viewer, add all the feature service’s layers and tables (points, marks, highlights, collaborations, users, strokes, and layers) to the web map you are configuring.
  4. Reorder the layers in the map. They should appear at the top of the contents list looking like this:
    • Draw Points
    • Draw Marks
    • Draw Highlights
    • Draw Collaborations
    • Draw Users
  5. Set the filter for the first three layers, Draw Points, Draw Marks and Draw Highlights to
    IsErased is false
    
  6. Save the map.
  7. The Web Map is now ready to host collaborations. Draw the first collaboration boundary from within ArcGIS Online. Name it. Leave CollaborationID blank. Leave Type as "Normal" and Status as "Open". Leave the other attributes alone.
  8. Save the map again. Don’t forget to share the feature service and web map appropriately.

Done. The web map will automatically appear in Draw Maps for you (the web map’s owner) and for anyone who has marked it as a Favorite in ArcGIS Online. Other Draw Maps users will have to use the Search function in Draw Maps to use it the first time. Either way, after it has been selected in Draw Maps, it will appear in Recent Items for easy access next time.


Long form:

Follow these steps to configure your web map so Draw Maps users can use it to collaborate.

  1. Sign in to your ArcGIS Online Organization.
  2. Create the Draw Maps Layers feature service:
    1. Browse to the Content tab.
    2. Click New item -> Feature Layer -> From URL and paste the following link into the URL field:
      https://services9.arcgis.com/WI1hP80H5gmD3iAC/arcgis/rest/services/Draw_Maps_Layers_v4/FeatureServer
      
    3. Click Next.
    4. With all the layers selected, click Next.
    5. Set the map extent for the layers and then click Next.
    6. Title and tag the feature service any way you like. We recommend you set the title to something that indicates it has the Draw Maps layers for the specific web map you are configuring (e.g. StormDamage_DrawMaps). We also recommend at least adding the Draw Maps tag. Save in any folder you want. When ready, click Done.
    7. Once presented with the new feature service, click Share and share appropriately for your purposes.
  3. If you don’t already have a web map you want to configure for Draw Maps, create one now.
    1. Click the Map tab to open a new map. It should have the default title, Untitled map
    2. Click Save and open -> Save.
    3. In the Save map window, title and tag the map any way you like. We recommend at least adding the Draw Maps tag.
    4. Click Save map.
    5. Click Share map.
    6. In the Share window, share appropriately for your purposes.
  4. Add the layers and tables from your new feature service to the web map you are configuring:
    1. If you aren’t already viewing your web map, open the web map in the Map Viewer.
      1. Browse to the Content tab.
      2. Under Item Type on the left, click Maps -> Web Maps.
      3. Click the web map in the list on the right.
      4. When the web map details are shown, click Open in Map Viewer.
    2. In the Map Viewer, click Add -> Browse layers.
    3. The Browse layers tool is presented. Use this tool and find your new feature service and add it by clicking the circled plus (+) to its bottom right.
    4. Click X to close the tool.
    5. Click Layers.
    6. Reorder the layers using drag-and-drop. Drag the layers so they appear at the top of the contents in the following order:
      1. Draw Points
      2. Draw Marks
      3. Draw Highlights
      4. Draw Collaborations
      5. Draw Users
    7. Set the filters for each of the drawing layers so they don’t display erased items.
      1. Click the Filter icon on the right edge of the Map Viewer (it looks like a funnel) to open the Filter tool.
      2. Use the drop-down at the top of the Filter tool to select the Draw Points layer.
      3. Click + Add expression.
      4. Build the expression
        IsErased is false
        
      5. Click Save.
      6. Repeat the above steps for the other two drawing layers, Draw Marks and Draw Highlights.
    8. Click Tables on the left edge of the Map Viewer and verify you have:
      1. Draw Strokes
      2. Draw Layers
  5. Save your changes by clicking Save and open -> Save at the left edge of the Map Viewer.
  6. The Web Map is now ready to host collaborations. A Draw Maps collaboration is nothing more than a working boundary in which Draw Maps data is associated. You can draw your first collaboration boundary now by following these steps in ArcGIS Online:
    1. Click the Edit icon on the right edge of the Map Viewer (it looks like a square and pencil) to open the Editor tool.
    2. Click Add feature. Templates should appear.
    3. Find the Draw Collaborations layer and click the Open template.
    4. Draw the boundary in the map. A new vertex for the boundary is added for every click in the map. Double-click your last vertex to complete the drawing. An attribute window appears.
    5. Only enter a name for the collaboration. Leave CollaborationID blank. Leave Type as "Normal" and Status as "Open". Leave any other attributes alone.
    6. Don’t worry if your collaboration boundary is not exactly where the edges of your work area should be. A collaboration boundary is only a guideline to get users started in a work area. The users are allowed to take notes outside the boundary.
  7. Save your changes again by clicking Save and open -> Save at the left edge of the Map Viewer.

Done. The web map will automatically appear in Draw Maps for you (the web map’s owner) and for anyone who has marked it as a Favorite in ArcGIS Online. Other Draw Maps users will have to use the Search function in Draw Maps to use it the first time. Either way, after it has been selected in Draw Maps, it will appear in Recent Items for easy access next time.