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How to correctly enter your open licence in ArcGIS Online

This walkthrough will help you correctly set up Creative Commons licenses for your data layers in ArcGIS Online open data portal. Setting licenses correctly here flows through to when you make use of automated harvesting.

Learning outcomes

  • Setting a Creative Commons licence for a layer or dataset in ArcGIS open data portal.
  • Ensure licensing information is correctly harvested into the catalogue when using automated harvesting.

The license on your data lets users know if it’s freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing, and remixing. An open license makes it open data! automatically harvests from ArcGIS, so what you enter in your layer metadata determines the license on

We’ve created a quick guide to show you how to include the correct license and re-use information on ArcGIS open data portals.

1. First, find the correct Creative Commons license information for your data.

2. Once you know what license you’ll be using you’ll need to copy the HTML.

The Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License is the default for New Zealand data.

The HTML code can be copied from the Creative Commons site for other license options or you can copy the code for the 4.0 license here:

<a rel="license" href=""><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="" /></a><br />This work is licensed under a <a rel="license" href="">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License</a>

3. Go to your Item page on ArcGIS Online.

4. Go down and hit Edit for the Access and Use Constraints section:

Item page example from ArcGIS

5. Copy and Paste license text HTML:

 Edit Access and Use Constraints screenshot example

6. Save edits and share Item with the Open Data group.

CC licence and share with Open Data group


For more information on managing your geospatial metadata in ArcGIS read their item details guide: