01/05/10–Once you upload something to ArcGIS Online, how you can create a direct link to the item that opens it? For example, suppose you upload a layer package and want to send someone an email that will let them open the layer package in ArcGIS. You don’t want the link to display the item description; you want the layer package in ArcGIS Online to open directly in ArcMap or ArcGIS Explorer. Here’s how to do it.
Navigate to your item in ArcGIS Online. For this blog, we’ll use a layer package that’s published by ESRI:
Notice that the URL to the item contains an ID (e.g., 84dbc97915244e35808e87a881133d09).
To create a direct link to the item, substitute this ID in the URL below:
http://www.arcgisonline.com/sharing/content/items/<insert ID here>/data
So in the example above, the URL for the direct link would be:
One very important note: In order for this direct link to work, your item must be shared with everyone.
You can email this link or embed it in a Web page like this:
84dbc97915244e35808e87a881133d09/data”>ESRI World Regions Layer Package</a>
If you have questions, please post them to our forum at http://forums.esri.com/forums.asp?c=188.
Contributed by Mike Minami of the ArcGIS Online development team