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User types, roles, and privileges

Organizations can use, create, and share a wide range of geographic content, including maps, scenes, apps, and layers. The ability of individual organization members to access and work with content in different ways depends on the privileges they have in the organization.

What each member can do in the organization is based on the combination of the following interrelated factors:

  • User type—The organization administrator assigns a user type to each member when the member is added to the organization. User types are related to the license assigned to the member, and they control the scope of privileges that can be assigned to the member through a role. For example, a member who is assigned a Viewer user type cannot be added to the default Publisher role or to a custom role that includes privileges to create content or groups.
  • Roles—As the name implies, roles represent the type of work that members perform in the organization. Default roles are provided for common worker types to quickly assign roles based on the work a setgroup of members needs to do. The default roles include a set of privileges that cannot be altered. If you require fine-grained control over privileges assigned to members, the organization administrator can create custom roles and choose the privileges to assign to each.
  • Privileges—Privileges are granted to a role to confer specific rights to the members of the role. They control what a user can or cannot do in the portal and with content. The privileges granted to default roles cannot be changed, but the organization administrator can assign and change privileges that are assigned to custom roles.