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Living Atlas content life cycles and updates

Living Atlas of the World content is hosted on ArcGIS Online, but your portal can be configured to access Living Atlas items curated by Esri. Because you are accessing content outside the portal, the life cycle of that content is not completely tied to the ArcGIS Enterprise release cycle.

Mature support

For Living Atlas content, a mature support status means the content is static—no further updates will be made to it. The most common reason for an item to be placed in mature support is because a similar but significantly improved item has been added to the Living Atlas that you should use instead. Sometimes, though, an item is placed in mature support because Esri's agreement with the data provider is nearing expiration, and the item will soon be inaccessible. Placing such an item in mature support status provides you time to begin using a different item.

Content in mature support will continue to function in your existing maps and apps, but you are encouraged to use other content. Typically, items placed in mature support due to the expiration of use agreements are retired three months after the items enter mature support.

Identifying mature support content

As stated previously, the status of Living Atlas content is largely independent of the ArcGIS Enterprise release cycle, but there are a couple ways you can identify what content is in mature support.

  • Each item's detail page in the portal contains a link to the item in ArcGIS Online. The pages in ArcGIS Online reflect the current status of an item.
  • When you upgrade your portal, the details pages for Living Atlas content that is in mature support at the time that particular ArcGIS Enterprise version is released will be labelled accordingly.

Retired content

Most retired content will continue to function in your existing maps and apps, but once you upgrade ArcGIS Enterprise to the next release, you cannot create new maps and apps containing retired content. Occasionally, the data that populates the retired item can no longer be distributed or is not accessible. In these cases, the retired item will no longer work in existing maps and apps and cannot be used in new ones.

Each release of What's new will list the Living Atlas content that has been retired.

Replace mature or retired content

Once you determine that you are using mature or retired content, you can replace it in your existing maps or apps.

Follow these steps to find the ID of mature or retired content and update your map to access a different layer or your app to access a different map.

  1. Sign in to your portal and open the detail's page of the item.
  2. In the item's description, there will be a link to the item you should be using instead. Click the new version of this layer link.

    The replacement item's details page opens in ArcGIS Online.

  3. Copy the item's ID from the ArcGIS Online URL.

    For example, if the ArcGIS Online URL is http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=986e0b86c8e447549aaecbed728538f0, copy 986e0b86c8e447549aaecbed728538f0.

  4. Return to the browser tab or window where you are signed in to your portal and replace the item ID in the URL with the ID you copied from ArcGIS Online.

    For example, if the URL in your portal is https://myportalmachine.mydomain.com/gis/home/item.html?id=f720ceb965074b158df5963c5f2f59fb, replace f720ceb965074b158df5963c5f2f59fb with the ID you copied from ArcGIS Online.

    This opens the details page in your portal for the replacement item. Take note of the item's name so you can use it in the next step.

  5. Open each map or app that contained the mature support or retired item and replace it with the item you identified in the previous step. Save your map or app.