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Esri News for the Living Atlas Community includes information about the collection of ready-to-use content in the Living Atlas of the World, available through the ArcGIS platform. If you know others who would benefit from this newsletter, please invite them to subscribe.

 

For the past five years, Esri’s ArcGIS Content Team has freely hosted contributed content from our user community through the Community Maps Program.  The program has given thousands of organizations the ability to contribute their authoritative data to Esri’s ArcGIS Online basemaps .  In turn, these basemaps have enabled our users to get their work done more efficiently and in the context of their particular base data. This concept of open data and sharing has now expanded well beyond our basemaps. Today, Esri hosts the most comprehensive collection of geographic content available.

 

The Community Map is now part of the Living Atlas of the World. Available through ArcGIS Online, the Living Atlas is a vast array of themed content, hand selected from all the content in ArcGIS Online, which enables the global exploration of people, places, and the natural and man-made systems that impact them. On-demand access to the valuable maps, data layers, datasets, and tools in the Living Atlas are used by governments, organizations, and individuals to achieve their goals and tell their stories.

 

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.

 

I encourage you to share this newsletter with others who may benefit from its content by inviting them to subscribe (add link).  Likewise, I invite you to contact me with feedback about the newsletter and what you would like to see in future issues.  I am glad you have joined us in helping to build the Living Atlas of the World!

The World Topographic Map and World Imagery Map have both been updated with new content!

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 around the United States and an update to the Trans Canada Trail in the Topo map.  New and updated imagery contributions were added in three Canadian cities and select areas in New Zealand and the United States.

Topographic Map Contributor Spotlights

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

Topographic Contributors in this Release

  • Allen, TX (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Boston, MA
  • Crook County, OR
  • Greenville County, SC
  • Idaho State University, ID
  • Manatee County, FL
  • Nashua, NH
  • Pottawattamie County, IA
  • Williamson County, TX
  • Trans Canada Trail, Canada

Imagery Map Contributor Spotlights

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

Imagery Contributors in this Release

  • Brandon, MB, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Kenora, ON, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) Update
  • Country of New Zealand (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • State of Vermont (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) Update
  • Whitehorse, YT, Canada (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Wichita, KS (Imagery 1:36k to 1:1k) Update

Living Atlas Community

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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 communitymaps@esri.com so we can promote your success.

Feedback

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.

We are pleased to announce that the World Topographic Map has been updated with new content!

As part of ArcGIS Online, Esri’s Basemaps support a vast GIS community, with the Topographic Map alone averaging over one Million daily viewers. We couldn’t have done it without you; 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 update incorporates contributions from select locations in the United States and Canada. We have new and updated content for facility sites, universities, cities, counties and over 42,000 square miles in the state of Virginia!

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

Once in a while I like to call a bit of attention to how much our user community enhances the accuracy, usability and aesthetics of our basemaps. Have a look at how these campuses have been transformed.

University of California, Riverside 1:4K

University of New Hampshire 1:4K

University of Redlands 1:4K

Contributors in this Release

  • Anne Arundel County, MD (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)
  • Caltrans District 11, San Diego, CA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Everett Community College, Everett, WA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Shoreline, WA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • University of California, Riverside, CA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • University of Redlands, Redlands, CA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Woodstock, GA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Toronto Area for PanAm Games  (Topo 1:144k to 1:1k) Update
  • Alachua County, FL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Lee’s Summit, MO (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • State of Virginia (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update

Community

Community Newsletter: Stay updated on program news, tips and tricks, user success stories, training events, and participant contributions by subscribing to the Community Maps Newsletter. You can have the newsletter sent right to your inbox by subscribing here.

Share your data: Do you want to join the growing community of Community Maps contributors?  It’s easy; just visitCommunity Maps for an overview and visit the Community Maps Contribution Process page for more information.

Share your story: How has contributing to the Living Atlas Community benefited your organization? Has your participation helped meet a particular challenge? Email us at communitymaps@esri.com so we can promote your success.

Feedback

For more information visit the Community Maps Program Resource Center.

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 Online Discussion Group and theLiving Atlas Discussion Group on GeoNet.

ArcGIS Online has been refreshed with new and updated content to Esri’s Basemaps. The user community has improved the World Topographic Map. We appreciate our users and partners who are supporting the Living Atlas of the World by contributing useful information and applying this content to enhance their communities. You can join this growing community of contributors by sharing your data with Community Maps

Topographic Map Updates

This update incorporates contributions from select locations in Europe to include the Country of Iceland and Hamburg, Germany and North America which includes cities, counties, a national park and points in the Caribbean. View this presentation for a tour of the new and updated content in the World Topographic Map.

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

World Topographic Map

 

Community

Community Maps Newsletter: Stay updated on program news, tips and tricks, user success stories, training events, and participant contributions by subscribing to the Community Maps Newsletter. You can have the newsletter sent right to your inbox by subscribing here.

Training: Additional offerings of the well-received Preparing Data for Community Maps Workshop have been added to the schedule! The workshops are scheduled on different days and times in an effort to accommodate multiple users. This allows you to register for the workshop that best fits your schedule. You must register if you plan on attending one of these workshops, click below for details.

More Preparing Data Workshops Added to the Calendar

Share your story: How has contributing to the Living Atlas Community benefited your organization? Has your participation helped meet a particular challenge? Email us at communitymaps@esri.com so we can promote your success.

Share your data: Wish to join the growing community of Community Maps contributors?  Contributing to Esri Community Maps is easy. Just visit Community Maps for an overview and visit the Community Maps Contribution Process page for the details.

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: 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 Online Discussion Group and the Living Atlas Discussion Group on GeoNet.

The ArcGIS Content Team recently completed updates to the World Topographic Map. The data for the World Topographic Map is provided by the GIS community. This map is designed to be used as a basemap by GIS professionals and as a reference map by anyone. Thanks to our users and partners who are supporting Community Basemaps and helping build The Living Atlas of the World.

Topographic Map Updates and Useful Maps and Applications

Our newest contributor in this release is Falls Church, VA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Just what we like to see, an ArcGIS Online Homepage!

Loaded up with Map Gallery and Open Data sites that leverage not only the Topographic Basemap, but also the Streets, Light Gray Canvas and Imagery Basemaps.

The Falls Church, VA Map Gallery includes a variety of web maps and apps that include topics ranging from Flood Zones, Snow Removal and this Capital Improvements app identifying the capital needs of the community and indicates how these needs will be funded over the 5-year period.

There are several updates in this release including cities and counties in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Europe.

Des Moines, IA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

Fairfax County, VA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

Kane County, IL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

Lewis and Clark County, MT (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

Loudoun County, VA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

In addition to St. John’s, there have been numerous recent updates and new contributors in Canada. Our colleague, Paul Heersink, with Esri Canada has detailed these in his recent blog, January updates to ArcGIS Online basemaps.

Hong Kong  (Topo 1:577k to 1:1k) – Esri China (HK)

In addition to this World Topographic Map update, Hong Kong in the World Street Map will be refreshed in our next release.

Monaco  (Topo 1:72k to 1:1k) – Esri France

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

World Topographic Map

Community

Remember that the ArcGIS Content Team is offering training on the Community Maps Data Prep Tools. We have scheduled two additional offerings of the Preparing Data for Community Maps Workshops. If you were not able to attend a previous class, or were not aware that they were available, we highly encourage you to attend one of the upcoming workshops.

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at 11:00 am Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)

Workshop URL: Session Information: Preparing Data for Community Maps

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at 11:00 am Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)

Workshop URL: Session Information: Preparing Data for Community Maps

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.

Stay updated on program news, tips and tricks, user success stories, training events, and participant contributions by subscribing to the Community Maps Newsletter. 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? Has your participation helped meet a particular challenge? Email us at communitymaps@esri.com so we can promote your success.

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: 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 and the Living Atlas Discussion Group on GeoNet.

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)

 


http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=6e03e8c26aad4b9c92a87c1063ddb0e3&center=%20%20-111.110497,43.723852&level=16

Teton County, ID (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

 


http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=6e03e8c26aad4b9c92a87c1063ddb0e3&center=%20%20-126.917379,50.584087&level=16

 

Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada (Topo 1:36k to 1:1k)

 

 


http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=6e03e8c26aad4b9c92a87c1063ddb0e3&center=%20%20-94.432860,49.811521&level=14

 

Kenora, Ontario, Canada (Topo 1:18k to 1:1k)

 

 


http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=6e03e8c26aad4b9c92a87c1063ddb0e3&center=%20%20-106.642692,52.140247&level=14

 

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (Topo 1:18k to 1:1k)

 

 


http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=6e03e8c26aad4b9c92a87c1063ddb0e3&center=%20%2047.972090,29.372781&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:

 

 

Topographic

 

 

Imagery

 

Community

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: 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, 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.

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 Urban Systems collection of the Living Atlas has recently expanded to include Transit Access. Defined as which areas in a city have easy access to public transportation? This access map reveals areas that are 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, and 1 km away from the nearest bus, metro or train stop.  These distances equate to around a 5, 10, and 12 minute walk, typically.

TransitAccess.JPG

 

This new map theme is also comparable to other select cities in the Urban Observatory.

 

TransitAccess_UO.JPG

 

Is there a transit map theme you would like to see become a reality? I am all ears. For example, how far are you from a ski resort? Personally, if I lived 15 minutes. from a ski resort, I would not be able to hold down a job.

 

Your input is welcome.

Esri’s ArcGIS Content Team has just incorporated new and updated content to both the World Topographic Map and Basemap Imagery, expanding and updating content in the Living Atlas of the World. This refresh includes 3 new contributors and 3 updates for cities and counties in the United States and Nigeria for the World Topographic Map and an update supporting our imagery services from Berlin, Germany.

First a look at our newest contributors to the topographic map. Beginning in the United States is the City of Aurora, IL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

City of Aurora, IL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

Aurora, IL has created a web app called My Place. This application helps residents obtain useful information related to where they live, as well as other addresses throughout the city. Now that the city has contributed content, they can add a topographic base to accompany the streets and imagery basemap options.

You can learn more about this app in this press release from the City of Aurora, IL.

Also located in the Midwest region of the United States is Brown County, WI (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k). Home to the popular National Football League’s (NFL) Green Bay Packers and Lambeau Field.

Brown County, WI (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Green Bay County Seat

Brown County is celebrating the opening of a new Zoo & Adventure Park. Looks like Saturday, December 13th will be a great day to get the kids out for breakfast with Santa and the opening of the Zip Line. The new facility is located 10 miles from downtown Green Bay.

Our final new contributor for this release is Lagos, Nigeria (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k). Lagos was updated to include a building footprint layer which lends great added detail and geographic context throughout the city.

Lagos, Nigeria (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

Lagos is the largest city in Africa and continues to grow. By 2015, Lagos will be the third most populated city in the world, according to United Nations estimates. The following Story Map provides the details on this and other select Megacities.

We would like to thank the following counties for updates and continuing to help the ArcGIS Content Team provide the most contemporary and best available data.

Lake County, IL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Waukegan County Seat

Story County, IA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Nevada County Seat

Yavapai County, AZ (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Prescott County Seat

Lastly, we have an update to our Imagery Basemap for Berlin, Germany, provided by Geoportal Berlin. In this updated data of Germany’s capital and largest city, recent changes can be seen throughout.  This example below shows the O2 World Complex and three new buildings completed including a hotel and office building.

New imagery for Berlin (0.20m resolution, 2014)

Previous imagery for Berlin (2011)

See Berlin’s cityscape and buildings come to life in this 3D City Base, powered by Esri City Engine.

If you work for a local government and would enjoy participating in Community Maps, the Story Map below will guide you through the layers we typically incorporate into the World Topographic Map. The map provides examples and explanations of the basemap layers your organization can contribute to Esri Community Maps.

Whether you are currently contributing or are interested, use the New Data Prep Tools to prepare your data for submission. These tools are version 2.0 of the previously released CM DataPrepTools_v1 ArcGIS 10.1 and CM DataPrepTools_v1 International Edition ArcGIS 10.1. Updates included in this release of the tools are outlined in the table below.

Need some guidance in using these tools? Our team is offering online training workshops. Read the blog below for the details.

New online Community Maps Data Preparation Tools workshop available in 2015.

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:

World Topographic Map

Imagery Basemap

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 feedback on content, try our 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 Content Team has updated the World Topographic Map! 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. Updates this week includes 3 new contributions and 1 update for locations in the United States.

Our newest contributors are City of Cupertino, CA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k), City of Newton and Boston College, MA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k), and the University of Richmond, VA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

City of Cupertino, CA

City of Newton and Boston College, MA

University of Richmond, VA

Also included in this release is an update from the City of Lawrence, KS (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k). This update also includes data from Douglas County, KS.

City of Lawrence, KS

We would like to thank these contributors for improving the Living Atlas of the World and the Online Basemaps.

Attending Esri’s Southwest User Conference? The Conference will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, located at 201 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, December 2 – 4, 2014. Members of the Content Team will be hosting a Post-Conference Workshop.

This hands-on workshop will introduce the benefits of participating in Esri Community Maps: a cooperative effort by the ArcGIS user community to build a living atlas of the world using the best available data sources from authoritative sources like your GIS organization.

You will learn how the program is structured and best practices for preparing authoritative content to be published in Community Maps online basemaps. This includes a thorough overview to the new Community Maps Data Prep Tools, which make the process of preparing your data for submission simple and straightforward. This interactive session includes hands-on exercises and software demonstrations.

Workshop details:

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Kearney Room, Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Course Fee: Free (*) Seating is limited and is on a first come first serve basis.

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:

  • City of Cupertino, CA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • City of Newton and Boston College, MA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contribution
  • University of Richmond, VA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contribution
  • City of Lawrence, KS (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update

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.

Attending Esri's Southwest User Conference? The Conference will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, located at 201 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, December 2 - 4, 2014. Members of the Content Team will be hosting a Post-Conference Workshop.

This hands-on workshop will introduce the benefits of participating in Esri Community Maps: a cooperative effort by the ArcGIS user community to build a living atlas of the world using the best available data sources from authoritative sources like your GIS organization.

You will learn how the program is structured and best practices for preparing authoritative content to be published in Community Maps online basemaps. This includes a thorough overview to the new Community Maps Data Prep Tools, which make the process of preparing your data for submission simple and straightforward. This interactive session includes hands-on exercises and software demonstrations.

Workshop details:

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Kearney Room, Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Course Fee: Free (*) Seating is limited and is on a first come first serve basis.

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.

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.

For the second time this month, The ArcGIS Content Team has improved the Community Basemaps by incorporating both new and updated content to the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. Thanks to the user community, the World Topographic Map was refreshed with 7 new contributors and 8 updates for cities, counties and universities throughout the United States.

Thanks to our growing user community, our basemaps are being updated more frequently and with better content, making these maps more accurate and more useful for everyone.

We’ll welcome our newest contributors first.

Londonderry, NH 1:9K

Londonderry, NH (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) is wasting no time. They are busy incorporating their content into great web apps like this one that describes the area’s outdoor recreation.

Also in the northeast is Reading, MA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Reading, MA 1:9K

Reading is also recognizing the benefits that comes with Community Maps participation by creating a number of useful web maps and apps like this wetlands map.

Sliding down to the southeast, we find Cabarrus County, NC (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Cabarrus County, NC 1:9K

Cabarrus County is cranking out all kinds of web maps and apps that include, zoning maps, polling places, congressional districts, and lots more. Here is a great example that incorporates many important community topics into one web map.

Coweta County, GA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) has also joined our community.

Coweta County, GA (Newnan, GA county seat) 1:9K

We are looking forward to seeing some useful maps and apps for this area soon.

Rounding out the new contributors in the southeast is Pinellas County, FL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Pinellas County, FL (Clearwater, FL county seat) 1:9K

The Greenlight Pinellas Plan is illustrated through this web map, offering an interactive look at rail alternatives.

Heading west to Arizona is Glendale, AZ (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k), home of the 2015 NFL Super Bowl.

Glendale, AZ 1:9K

Glendale is crafting a variety of interesting web maps like this one illustrating child opportunity index. The Child Opportunity Index is calculated based on Education, Health & Built Environment and Neighborhood Social & Economic Opportunity indicators.

Our final new contributor is Santa Clara County, CA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Santa Clara County, CA (San Jose, CA county seat) 1:9K

Santa Clara County has successfully created this web map describing soils data. This GIS Service maybe used in GIS software, and is optimized for Esri’s ArcMap software.  A great example of Web GIS!

In addition to the great new contributions, there are also 9 updates. Beginning in the northeast is Amherst and UMass Amherst, MA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) and Cambridge, MA and Harvard University (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Amherst and UMass Amherst, MA 1:9K

Cambridge, MA and Harvard University 1:9K

Swinging down to the mid-Atlantic, we have Baltimore, MD (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) and Henrico County, VA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Baltimore, MD 1:9K

Henrico County, VA (Richmond, VA county seat) 1:9K

Farther south to the Sunshine State is Bay County, FL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Bay County, FL (Panama City, FL county seat) 1:9K

Heading west to the nation’s mid-section is Lee’s Summit, MO (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Lee’s Summit, MO 1:9K

Our next update is in the southwest, Clovis and Curry County, NM (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Clovis and Curry County, NM 1:9K

Finally, our last update can be found on the west coast in Woodland, CA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

Woodland, CA 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.

Please join the Esri Community Maps team on September 25th at 11:00 a.m. – noon, for another free webinar filled with exciting news about the Community Maps Program.

Tune in to stay current on what’s happening with Esri Community Maps. Join us on the 25th! Here’s how you can connect to the webinar, or just click here to add it to your calendar:

Topic: Community Maps Webinar

Date and Time: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 11:00 a.m. (PDT)

Join Webinar

Audio for the conference is available via your computer speakers and phone or teleconference. The following is connection information for the teleconference option:

Toll-free call-in number (US/Canada): 855-244-8681

Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 650-479-3207

Global call-in numbers

Toll-free dialing restrictions

Access code: 803 457 805

Topics will include…

  • Deane Kensok, manager of ArcGIS Content, will present an overview of the new Living Atlas of the World and describe the important role that Community Maps plays in building this unique resource.
  • Brett Horr of the Town of York, Maine, will share how participation in the Community Maps program benefits small municipalities.
  • Latest news from the Community Maps team and time for questions.

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.