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The ArcGIS Content Team has updated the World Topographic Map and Imagery Basemap. We managed to sneak in an update before the end of the year and wanted to share those details and welcome some new contributors. 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.

What’s New?

Before we dive into the latest updates, I want to draw your attention to the new user experience offered by ArcGIS Online. Check out the new ArcGIS Online Features and Ready-to-Use Maps pages!


For information on new features and enhancements, read the blog.


Topographic Map Updates and Useful Applications

Updates this week include 3 new contributions and 7 updates for locations in the United States, Canada and the State of Kuwait. Our first new contributor is City of El Cajon, CA.


El Cajon, CA  (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)


Historically, El Cajon was linked to the agrarian heartland and center of communication of San Diego County. This region was often referred to as “The Big Box Valley” and “The Corners”. El Cajon was incorporated as a city in 1912 and remains an important economic center with a well-balanced economy that includes aerospace, education and retail markets.Our next new contributor is the City of Rio Rancho, NM.


City of Rio Rancho, NM (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)



Rio Rancho has created a nice looking Map Gallery to help citizens with information that includes a Parks and Recreation finder and a bikeways locator.



Our final new contributor for this release is the State of Vermont. Vermont has provided updates from 1:18k to 1:1k


State of Vermont (Topo 1:18k to 1:1k)



Data in part from the Vermont Department of Health was used in these web apps describing and illustrating Dental Care Access, Utilization,

Financial, Prevention, and Outcomes.



Created by the Vermont’s Agency of Transportation, this presentation exploits Esri’s COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf Software) approach to GIS and integrates Community Basemaps. The app describes web maps, mobile applications and operation dashboards as the keys to success.



This refresh also includes 7 locations that have provided updated content.Yakima County, WA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)



City of Mesa, AZ (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)



City Of Peoria County, IL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k),43.723852&level=16

Teton County, ID (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k),50.584087&level=16


Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada (Topo 1:36k to 1:1k),49.811521&level=14


Kenora, Ontario, Canada (Topo 1:18k to 1:1k),52.140247&level=14


Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (Topo 1:18k to 1:1k),29.372781&level=16


State of Kuwait (Topo 1:288k to 1:1k)



Basemap Imagery Updates

Spain (1:36k to 1:1k) has been updated with imagery from IGN/CNIG (Instituto Geografico Nacional De Espana/Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica).


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









Remember that the Community Maps Team is offering training on the new data prep tools. These tools provide a simple way for Community Maps contributors to migrate their basemap layers to a format readily accepted by Esri Community Maps, without having to adopt a new data model.

The blog below will provide the details and how to register your organization.

New online Community Maps Data Preparation Tools workshop available in 2015

Contributions and Feedback

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: and 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, or Imagery Map Feedback web map.

Metadata for Imagery Map: This service is metadata-enabled. With the Identify tool in ArcMap or the World Imagery with Metadata web map, you can see the resolution, collection date, and source of the imagery at the location you click. The metadata applies only to the best available imagery at that location. You may need to zoom in to view the best available imagery.

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

The ArcGIS Platform brings together maps, apps, data, and people to make smarter decisions and enable innovation in your organization and community. ArcGIS includes a Living Atlas of the World with beautiful and authoritative maps on hundreds of topics. The Living Atlas combines reference and thematic maps with many topics relating to people, earth, and life.  This content is available from any device, anywhere, at any time.

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.



Demographics and Lifestyles


Landscape – Oceans

Earth Observations

Urban Systems

Urban Systems – 3D Cities


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.