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Configure items

Default administrators and those with the correct privileges can configure comments and metadata for the items owned by your organization. You can also configure categories for the organization.

  1. Verify that you are signed in as a default administrator or custom role with the correct privileges to manage portal settings.
  2. At the top of the site, click Organization and click the Settings tab.
  3. Click Items on the left side of the page.
  4. Configure any of the following item settings:


Keep the Show and allow comments on items in the organization toggle button turned on to show and allow comments on items in the organization. When turned off, comments cannot be added and are not displayed for items owned by the organization.


Keep the Enable metadata for your organization toggle button turned on to enable metadata for your organization and choose a style from the drop-down list—FGDC CSDGM Metadata, INSPIRE Metadata Directive, ISO 19139 Metadata Implementation Specification GML3.2, ISO 19139 Metadata Implementation Specification, or North American Profile of ISO19115 2003.

The style controls how the metadata appears and which fields are available for creating it. By enabling metadata, members of your organization can include additional standards-based metadata in their items using a built-in metadata editor. When this metadata is included, anyone with access to the item can view the metadata in the style configured for the organization.


If you later disable metadata, existing metadata is not lost. The metadata is still part of the item, but the editing experience is no longer available in the portal website. Any standards-based metadata authored while metadata was enabled can still be viewed from the item page.

Organization categories

Click Configure categories to configure hierarchical categories for organizing content. If you choose to set up categories for your organization, you can create your own custom categories or use standard category sets from ArcGIS (presented in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), or INSPIRE as a starting point. Once categories have been configured, they can be used to organize items in your organization so that members can more easily find the content they need when searching or browsing.


You can add, delete, rename, or reorder the categories at any time by clicking Configure categories. Your edits are applied to any items that were categorized previously.