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2014

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2014 was a busy year for the ArcGIS Content Team. Esri’s content landscape has increased tremendously. This increase is largely due to content being created and curated into the diverse collections of the Living Atlas of the World and includes data that has been contributed to Esri’s Online Basemaps through Community Maps participation. This story will focus on the expanding content that supports the Living Atlas, including an introduction to our curators, and will detail basemap growth through 2014.

Content that supports the Living Atlas of the World is organized by themes. Content included in the atlas is published by Esri, the User Community and Esri’s Partners.

Each of these themes have a curator that ensures that all web maps, apps and data follow best practices, add value, and provide a foundation for your work. Let’s take a look at these diverse themes and meet our curators.

Basemaps

Imagery

Demographics and Lifestyles

Landscape

Landscape – Oceans

Earth Observations

Urban Systems

Urban Systems – 3D Cities

Transportation

Boundaries and Places and Historic Maps are provided by the curated themes mentioned above.

Story Maps

Community Maps played a vital role this year by adding new and updated content to the World Topographic Map. New contributions in the United States included King County, WA; Crook County, OR; Los Angeles and Anaheim, CA; Sparks, NV; Mesa and Queen Creek, AZ; City of Aspen and Pitkin County, CO; Teton County, ID and WY; Oswego, IL; Plano and Montgomery, TX; Shelby County, TN; Tampa, FL; Goldsboro, NC; Milford, CT; and many others. New contributions from the international community include Denmark; Island of Bermuda; Berlin, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Alberta, British Columbia, and Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and many others.

Not only have these communities joined the Community Maps Program, the ArcGIS Content Team has also leveraged content from these contributors and have added select map layers to the World Streets Map, the Light Gray Canvas Map, and there are plans to add these layers to other basemaps soon. Not only have we introduced new and updated content, we are rendering contributor content up through 1:288K, previously this content was only visible through 1:9K.  In addition, Commercial data was updated for all of North America, and all content in North America was cached in the new cartographic design.

Ready-to-use basemaps and content are part of your ArcGIS Online Subscription. This  includes maps, intelligent map layers, imagery tools, live feeds layers, elevation services and web apps. What else to I get?

The image below illustrates the community contributors in the World Topographic Map.

134 million features have been submitted by community contributions!

The Community Maps Timeline highlights the programmatic and operational enhancements our team has implemented through 2014.

We would like to thank our user community and partners for their help in building our basemap collection and supporting the Living Atlas of the World.

The ArcGIS Content Team has updated the World Topographic Map for the second time this month! Another big thanks to the user community who are helping improve the Community Basemaps by submitting new and updated content to the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. This week’s refresh includes new contributions and updates for several cities and counties throughout the United States and Canada.

When we socializeCommunity Basemaps have ‘improved’ by incorporating new contributions and updates“, what does that really mean? This release has some very compelling detail that I believe should be exposed. The images below speak for themselves. Improved detail in the online basemaps supports more useful web maps and apps, a better user experience, and access to contemporary content.

Our first new contributor is the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k). This regional planning agency guides decision making that promotes growth and development in the region.

Bridgeport, CT 1:9k

Greater Bridgeport Regional Council 1:9K

This region is now able to incorporate this new content into a 3D Base Layer. This Base layer provides a 3D foundation for a region or city, gives context to projects, acts as a canvass for projects and analysis, and can be shared in apps to the global community.

Greater Bridgeport Regional Council, CT 3D City Base

Our next new contribution is Indiana State Fairgrounds, IN (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k), built by Tom Brenneman in Esri’s St. Louis Regional Office.

Indiana State Fairgrounds 1:9K (Before)

Indiana State Fairgrounds 1:9K (After)

It will be interesting to see how this new web app is used with the introduction of this great new detail.

The Wheaton Park District, IL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) is our next new contributor. This park district supports their community by providing diverse leisure pursuits and appreciation of the natural world through a variety of programs held at various parks and facilities.

Northside Park 1:4K (Before)

Northside Park 1:2K (After)

This useful web map illustrates addresses within the Wheaton Park District using DuPage County Jan 2014 parcel data.

Our final new contributor in this release takes us to the west coast of the United States to Woodburn, OR (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Woodburn, OR 1:9K (Before)

Woodburn, OR 1:9K (After)

The new content for Woodburn will help better support this Oregon Zoning web map.

Included in this release are 6 updates from existing Community Maps contributors.

Kitsap County and Seattle, WA 1:9K (Before)

Kitsap County and Seattle, WA 1:9K (After)

Leon County, FL (county seat Tallahassee) 1:9K (Before)

Leon County, FL (county seat Tallahassee) 1:9K (After)

Mesa, AZ 1:9K

District of Sooke/City of Victoria, BC, Canada 1:9K (Before)

District of Sooke/City of Victoria, BC, Canada 1:9K (After)

Utah AGRC 1:9K

Our final update for this release is Washington, D.C. (Topo 1:18k to 1:1k).

Washington, D.C. 1:9K (Before)

Washington, D.C. 1:9K (After)

Need help preparing your content for Community Maps? We can help your organization, university, or campus by way of our new and improved Community Maps data prep tools. We offer a domestic and international tool set to help you get your content in the basemaps quickly. These tools will assist you with map layers included in the World Topographic Map, including road centerlines. The video below explains how to use the Road Centerline Data Prep Tool to prepare your road data for contribution to Community Maps and the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.

Showcase your organization! If you work for an organization that is benefiting from Community Maps Participation and would like to share your work with our expanding user community, please contact Shane Matthews (smatthews@esri.com) or Community Maps (communitymaps@esri.com) and tell us your story and have a chance to be featured in a Community Maps Webinar segment.

Here’s a list of all the community contributors for this release:

These contributions were made through the Community Maps Program. For more information visit the Community Maps Program Resource Center.

The service was updated on the following servers: services.arcgisonline.com and server.arcgisonline.com. If you have previously used the World_Topo_Map, 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.

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

In our continued commitment to improve the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, the ArcGIS Content Team has enhanced the Community Basemaps by incorporating new and updated content. Thanks to the user community, the World Topographic Map has been updated with new contributions and updates in the United States, Europe and South America.

We’ll welcome our newest 9 contributors first. Beginning on the west coast of the United States is Bellingham, WA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Bellingham, WA 1:9K

With each summer comes increased fire danger across the United States. Mitigation and awareness are key factors in wildfire prevention. Fire lookouts within our nation’s national forests can be useful in spotting and issuing warnings to area residents. This web app of Fire Lookouts was created by students at Western Washington University. The map includes important information including land management boundaries, slope profiles and lookout points with a 100 mile radius around Bellingham.

Shifting our focus to the inter-mountain west, there are three new contributors in Colorado. Eagle County, CO (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k), Loveland, CO (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) and Pueblo, CO (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Eagle County, CO (Eagle, CO county seat) 1:9K

Eagle County has created some basic web maps showing zip code boundaries throughout the county.

Loveland, CO 1:9K

Loveland was one of many communities impacted by last year’s floods in many regions of Colorado. This web app, created by members of Esri’s Disaster Response Team, explores different areas in the state that were affected. The map detail below shows both population and total housing units that were impacted by flood damage. Now that Loveland’s content is incorporated into online basemaps, better planning and decisions will be made when a natural hazard strikes in the future.

Pueblo, CO 1:9K

Great web apps like this one that explores the historic sites listed in the National Historic Registry were created to take advantage of contributed content from Pueblo.

Heading south we find Luna County, NM (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k). Luna County lies just north of the Mexican border and contains three mountain ranges: Cooke’s Range in the north, the Florida Mountains on the southeastern side of Deming near the center of the county, and the Tres Hermanas Mountains in the southern part of the county near Columbus.

Luna County, NM (Deming, NM county seat) 1:9K

Our next new contributor is located in our nation’s heartland, Fulton County, OH (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Fulton County, OH (Wauseon, OH county seat) 1:9K

Fulton County is part of the Toledo, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area and was named for Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat.

Heading down to the southeast we find our next two contributors, Shelby County, TN (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k), and University of North GA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Shelby County, TN (Memphis, TN county seat) 1:9K

The Shelby County Tax Assessor Dept. created this web map that allows users to search for properties based on owner, address, and parcel ID. They are taking advantage of having their content leveraged across several online basemaps by offering the user a choice of basemaps to use when searching for property information.

In this example the Streets Basemap was used for this search.

University of North GA 1:2K

In 2012, the University System of Georgia approved the consolidation of North Georgia College and State University with Gainesville State College to form a new institution, the University of North Georgia in January 2013. We will be seeing some useful campus-level detailed maps soon.

Heading even farther south, we find our last new contributor, Altagracia, Venezuela (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Altagracia, Venezuela 1:9K

This contribution as well as a couple of updates that are detailed below were provided by Esri Venezuela.

In addition to the great new contributions, there are also 9 updates. Starting on the west coast of the United States, Anchorage, AK (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k), and Tacoma, WA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Anchorage, AK 1:9K

Tacoma, WA 1:9K

In the Rocky Mountain region is Commerce City, CO (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Commerce City, CO 1:9K

There have been two updates in the Midwest, Sioux Falls, SD (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) and  Appleton, WI (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Sioux Falls, SD 1:9K

Appleton, WI 1:9K

Carrboro, NC (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) in the southeast has been updated.

There have been updates to cities in both Europe and South America. First is the Netherlands (Topo 1:72k to 1:1k).

Netherlands 1:72K

There are two updates in South America that include Maracaibo, Venezuela (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k), and San Francisco, Venezuela (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k). Content for these updates was provided by Esri Venezuela.

Maracaibo, Venezuela 1:9K

San Francisco, Venezuela 1:9K

Showcase your organization! If you work for an organization that is benefiting from Community Maps Participation and would like to share your work with our expanding user community, please contact Shane Matthews (smatthews@esri.com) or Community Maps (communitymaps@esri.com) and tell us your story and have a chance to be featured in a Community Maps Webinar segment.

Here’s a list of all the community contributors for this release:

These contributions were made through the Community Maps Program. For more information visit the Community Maps Program Resource Center.

The service was updated on the following servers: services.arcgisonline.com and server.arcgisonline.com. If you have previously used the World_Topo_Map, 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.

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