User Contributions to the Living Atlas have improved Esri’s Online Basemaps and Imagery

Blog Post created by SMatthews-esristaff Employee on Sep 4, 2015

The World Topographic Map and World Imagery Map have both been updated with new content! Esri is curating an immense and rapidly growing collection of ready-to-use maps, imagery, and geo-referenced data for the world. This online collection of authoritative content, together with the new Web GIS pattern, is having a profound impact on the way people apply GIS. As part of ArcGIS Online, Esri’s Basemaps support a vast GIS community. Thank You to our Contributors and Partners who help support the Living Atlas of the World by providing data and enriching these amazing resources. This release incorporates new content and updates for cities and counties in Canada, the Philippines and the United States.

Topographic Map Contributor Spotlight

View this tour of the new and updated content in the World Topographic Map. Let’s welcome our newest contributors:

Topographic Contributors in this Release


  • Madison County, IN (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Over 125 Canadian Communities
  • Cass County, ND
  • City of Fargo, ND
  • Jefferson County, ID
  • New York, NY
  • Rio Rancho, NM


Imagery Map Contributor Spotlight

View this tour of the new and updated content in the World Imagery Map


  • Le Domaine-du-Roy, QC, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Stony Plain, AB, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Okanagan-Similkameen, BC, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) Update


Living Atlas Community

Share your maps and data: Do you want to join the growing community of Living Atlas of the World contributors? Learn more about the ready-to-use content that is available in the Living Atlas of the World, including how you can contribute your maps and data.

Living Atlas Newsletter: This newsletter will keep you and other members of the Living Atlas user community informed through success stories, examples of applied use, visibility of new content, announcements about events, and other useful resources and information. Subscribe to the Esri News for the Living Atlas Community. You can have the newsletter sent right to your inbox by subscribing here.

Share your story: How has contributing to the Living Atlas Community benefited your organization and community? Has your participation helped meet a particular challenge? Has your applied use of Living Atlas content solved a problem or help meet a goal? Email us at so we can promote your success.



If you have previously used the World_Topo_Map or World_Imagery, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

If you have feedback on content, try our Topographic Map Feedback web map or Imagery Map Feedback web map.

If you have other feedback or comments, please post them to the ArcGIS Online Discussion Group and the Living Atlas Discussion Group on GeoNet.