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Configure items

As an administrator, you can disable comments on the items owned by your organization. By default, users can view and add comments.

  1. Sign in to the portal website as an administrator of your organization.
  2. At the top of the site, click Organization and click the Settings tab.
  3. Click Items on the left side of the page.
  4. Configure any of the following item settings:
  5. Click Save to save the changes you've made.


Check the box to show and allow comments on items in the organization. When the box is not checked, comments cannot be added and are not displayed for items owned by the organization.


Check to enable metadata for your organization and choose the style—FGDC CSDGM Metadata, INSPIRE Metadata Directive, ISO 19139 Metadata Implementation Specification GML3.2, ISO 19139 Metadata Implementation Specification, or North American Profile of ISO19115 2003.

The style controls how the metadata appears and which fields are available for creating it. By enabling metadata, members of your organization are able to include additional standards-based metadata in their items using a built-in metadata editor. When this metadata is included, anyone with access to the item can view the metadata in the style configured for the organization.


If you later disable metadata, existing metadata is not lost. The metadata is still part of the item, but the editing experience is no longer available in the portal website. Any standards-based metadata authored while metadata was enabled can still be viewed from the item page.

Organization categories

Click Set up categories to configure hierarchical categories for organizing content. If you choose to set up categories for your organization, you can create your own custom categories or use standard category sets from ArcGIS (presented in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), or INSPIRE as a starting point. Once categories have been configured, they can be used to organize items in your organization so that members can more easily find the content they need when searching or browsing.


You can add, delete, rename, or reorder the categories at any time by clicking Configure categories. Your edits will be applied to any items that were categorized previously.