Accessing the AURIN API via ArcMap

ArcMap is the main component of Esri’s ArcGIS suite of geospatial processing programs.

To access data through the AURIN API within ArcMap you will require the Data Interoperability extension which is only available to specific ArcGIS licences, follow these steps to ensure that the extension is active:

  1. In your ArcMap session, go to CustomizeExtensions drop-down menu


  1. Ensure the Data Interoperability option is ticked
    • If you do not have the Data Interoperability available you will need to check your ArcMap licence


Once we have ensured that the Data Interoperability extension is available and activated we can add the WFS connection to the AURIN API on ArcMap – follow these steps:

  1. Open the Catalog → Interoperability Connections → Add Interoperability Connection wizard


  1. Select Formats → More Formats from the drop-down


  1. Locate and select WFS (Web Feature Service)


  1. Open the Parameters window


  1. Fill in the Parameters using the following options
    • Fill in your corresponding AURIN API credentials for Username and Password
      • You can request AURIN API access here
    • Max Features can be changed as desired


  1. Browse the Features Types button (…) and select the desired layers
    • Selecting more than a few layers at a time may cause ArcMap to stop responding as all selected layers are loaded
    • The Filter bar can be used to do a search against the ID and Titles of the datasets
    • The window can be enlarged from the bottom right corner of the window


  1. Accept all of the set options
  2. Click the Add Data button  on the toolbar
  3. A WFS connection will have been added to the Look In drop down and the selected datasets can be added as layers.


  1. You data should now appear in the map viewer of your ArcMap session. From here you may then conduct further analysis or modification of the data.


Any work done on data acquired in this way is done on a temporary local copy of the data within your ArcMap session. To ensure that no work is lost it is recommended to export any produced work locally.