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Create your first collection


Creating collections is a beta feature in ArcGIS StoryMaps. For more information about beta features, see FAQ.

An ArcGIS StoryMaps collection is a group of stories and apps that can be shared or presented as a cohesive, easily navigable set. Collections can include your own stories and apps as well as other stories and apps that have been added to your favorites list or shared with you. Collections follow the same creating, publishing, and sharing patterns as stories created with ArcGIS StoryMaps.

Collections can be used in a variety of ways, such as telling a story in installments or chapters, gathering story maps and apps that share a common theme, or even creating a portfolio of your work.

Create your collection

Use the following steps to author and publish a collection:

  1. Create a collection.
    1. Browse to the Collections page in ArcGIS StoryMaps by clicking Collections at the top of the page.
    2. Click Create new collection.

      The collection builder launches and opens a new untitled collection. The collection builder is where you assemble stories and apps into a collection.

  2. Add a title and description to this new collection.
  3. Add items to the collection.
    1. Click Add to collection to open the item browser.

      The item browser opens, and you have the option to add stories or apps from My Content, My Favorites, and Shared with Me.

    2. Select stories and apps to add to the collection.

      At the time of the April 2020 update, collections support the following ArcGIS app types: StoryMaps, Web mapping applications, Dashboards, Web experiences, Hub site applications, and Insights pages.

    3. Click Add to collection to add the selected items to the collection.

      Collections can have a maximum of 30 items.

  4. If needed, you can change the display order of the items in the collection by dragging the item cards to the collection overview page.
  5. Publish the collection.
    1. Click Publish in the collection builder header to start the publishing process.
    2. In the publishing process, select the audience for your collection and click Publish collection.

    The publisher then runs a check to ensure that the items in the collection will be accessible to the selected audience. If any issues are detected, you will be prompted to address them before the publisher finishes running. For more information about the publishing process, see Publish a collection.

Nice work! Your collection is now published and ready to be shared or presented.

Present your collection

After a collection has been created and published, it can be shared and presented. Use the following steps to present a collection:

  1. From the Collections main page, click the card of a published collection. The collection overview page appears, and the collection's items are displayed as cards.
  2. Click the Get started button.

    The collection viewer opens and displays the first item in the collection.

  3. Navigate between the collection items with the arrow buttons in the sidebar. Alternatively, you can open a collection overview by clicking the overview button in the side panel and navigating directly to any of the items from there.

Make updates and revisions

If you need to update or revise your collection, you can find all of your collections on the Collections page. From here you can edit or delete your collections. Any edits made to a published collection are saved as unpublished changes until the collection is republished. For more information about making changes to a published story, see Modify a published collection.