ArcGIS Online provides many downloadable applications that can be used on smartphones, tablets, and desktops. This includes web application templates, which are specifically designed to take a web map and then apply graphics, charts, and other related information. The templates are easy to use and require minimal coding and configuration to get them up and running. One of these templates is the Finder Application, which is a configurable application template that allows the user to use an attribute search on various feature layers. This is similar to the Find and Go feature on MapOffice™, but it can be configured to search for any feature attribute, not just address information.
Currently, the GIS Consortium and communities are using the ArcGIS Online Finder Application to create small web based maps that can’t be currently created in MapOffice™. The Village of Deerfield has put together a web map that allows residents to search a cemetery for specific graves based on the deceased name, and The Village of Lake Forest has an application that allows a user to search for local landmarks. By using the ArcGIS Online Finder Application, the communities of the GIS Consortium are using new technology to make data querying easier and more efficient.