Don’t Start Over from Scratch – Clone Your Story Maps & Save Time with Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online

Our team was exhibiting at the 2018 ESRIUC, where we met with many users of ArcGIS Online. While there, we fielded many questions from users. Some of the common questions asked included how to use Admin Tools in a Portal (on premise) environment, viewing item dependencies, and how to easily manage users and groups. One topic that came up repeatedly was, “How can I easily replicate or ‘clone’ an existing Story Map, so I don’t have to start over from scratch?”

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You’ve built an awesome Story Map, now you want to build another one building on all your existing hard work.

This is a great question! No doubt, many of you have spent hours creating an awesome Story Map on a topic of interest. You carefully crafted your story and customized the look and feel of the application with your org’s standard colors and branded elements. So, what about when you fast-forward several months or a year later and you need to create another Story Map that will incorporate many of the same elements of the Map you previously authored? There must be a simple way to accomplish this. There is, and we have the solution.

The Admin Tools Clone Tool

Imagine this, you have a need to build a Story Map in ArcGIS Online. Now, perhaps you already have created some great maps and your latest project is similar to a project you completed last year. Why not clone your Story Map, giving yourself a duplicate copy to edit accordingly, building it out in similar design as your previous project? Cloning, perhaps one of the most popular tools in Admin Tools (Pro), is indeed very handy and can be a huge time saver. Now, don’t get this confused with a simply “Copy” function. Cloning is much more handy and likely what you need.  The difference is also explained HERE, in our KBase.

What is Cloning?

This tool creates brand new items, with their dependencies configured automatically, and no longer points to the original data source they was cloned from. This is a very useful tool for moving content into a new organization. The Clone tool is available in the Pro version of Admin Tools.

The Solution

The process is relatively simple and fast. Launch Admin Tools (Pro), then select from the “Workflows” menu item (far right).

From the Clone menu, select “Clone Items to Organization”.

Enter your portal url. You can find this by logging into AGOL and visiting your content home page.  Select your webmap of interest and point to a new destination – your Story Map will be cloned completely from your user content location into a location in your Org account, where it can then be moved and accessed by any user you select.

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You can then start editing your Story Map accordingly, using your original story map as a template.

Note, in this example we simply cloned one Story Map to create a duplicate within the organization. The Clone Tools can also be used to clone your entire organization! Imagine replicating one user account and all their data, maps, and apps to another (or many) account – EDU users love this!

Cloning is a Tool provided with Admin Tools Pro – learn more HERE

Have you used Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online Clone Tool in your org? We’d love to hear about your experience. Please tell us about it @geojobegis

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