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Esri Vector Basemaps Mid-August Status

The latest updates to the Esri Vector Basemaps deployed to ArcGIS.com last week. New data from our commercial provider, open sources, and community contributors provide refreshed content across all our vector styles. If you missed the announcement at this year’s User Conference, we released a new vector National Geographic Style map along with the Navigation (Dark Mode) map and Watercolour creative style. See the Living Atlas of the World for our variety of vector basemap styles. To get vector maps in the basemap gallery, your administrator can set your organization to use default Esri vector basemaps. National Geographic Style map is expected to be included in the default basemap gallery in the next Online release.

National Geographic Style Map

National Geographic Style map

Navigation Dark Mode

Navigation (Dark Mode)

Watercolour

Watercolour creative style

Community Maps Challenge

Some of the newest content comes from our many participants in the Community Maps Program. There are several ways users can provide information and data to improve our maps. First option is to provide feedback. See a problem – report it on the appropriate map. We have feedback services where you can make notations right on the map. The second way is to share data. Register to become a data steward and submit authoritative feature classes through our Community Maps data prep tools.

Community Maps

The third way is editing features with our Community Maps Editor app. This interactive app allows you to draw the features directly on the map. After our review, they’ll get incorporated into the basemaps. Ideal features to add include special areas of interest and other large scale features for your building complex, campus, school, or park. In fact, our latest Map Challenge is to enhance the most iconic city parks around the world. For more details, see the challenge page to participate.

Community Maps Challenge
Golden Gate Park

Map Challenge: Iconic City Parks | Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Customization Updates

One of the biggest benefits of the Esri Vector Basemaps is the user ability to customize these maps. Changes can be as simple as switching colors, replacing fonts, removing unneeded features, or similar. The change can also be more involved, such as changing the presentation of a disputed boundary lines for a specific world view.

DisputeID

See our Reference Document and Web Map for all the DisputeID codes. These control the dashed boundary line display and alternate naming of select features. Editing your copy of the root.json style file in a text editor is required (e.g. Brackets or Notepad++). One specific change this release expands the options to display boundary lines of the West Bank and Gaza Strip separately.  There is a segment of boundary line at Jerusalem that changed from DisputeID=45 to DisputeID=157. Additionally, the Gaza Strip boundary is now DisputeID=145 (it was also 45).

Esri Vector Tile Style Editor

Another way to customize vector maps is through the Style Editor. It was released as part of the ArcGIS.com Online Map Viewer update right before the User Conference. Access the app from the Change Style icon under any Esri Vector Basemap layer (icon circled in image). Log-in required. It is also accessible from the Esri Developer’s site. See this documentation page for information on using this app along with additional links.

MapViewer access to VTSE

Access style editor from vector tile layer

Vector Style Editor

See the collection of ArcGIS blogs related to Esri Vector Basemaps.

This post was originally published on the Esri ArcGIS.com blog.

 

 

As the month of June came to a close, we updated our Esri Vector Basemaps tile set. New content was contributed from our commercial, community, and open source data providers. Additionally, three new styles were released: Navigation (Dark Mode), National Geographic Style, and Watercolour. The latter two are described in more detail in their own blogs posted by the cartographer who designed the maps. First,Wes Jones shares info on Watercolour. Next up, Andy Skinner shares info on National Geographic Style.

 

new Esri Vector Basemaps
New Esri Vector Basemap designs: National Geographic Style and Watercolour

 

https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/?post_type=blog&p=545922&preview=true

Navigation (Dark Mode)

The newly released Navigation (Dark Mode) is a counterpart to our existing Navigation style vector basemaps. The dark mode map was built with the Esri Tracker App in mind. This provides a basemap for low-light conditions and emphasizing the purpose of the app: asset location tracking. It can also be used in other situations where you want to symbolize your own content on a darker background. This Navigation (Dark Mode) joins our three other dark-focused designs: Streets (Night), Dark Gray Canvas, and Human Geography Dark. Each of these Esri Vector Basemaps have their own unique styling and content specs. They also have their own daytime or lighter-style counterpart.

 

Navigation Dark Mode Esri Vector Basemaps

New map style: Navigation (Dark Mode) Esri vector basemap

 

Our OpenStreetMap vector tile set was updated, too. It is built from the Esri-maintained OSM replica database.  Two other OSM-based styles are now available. See this separate blog.


Map Viewer Style Editor

Vector Tile Style Editor

The Esri Vector Tile Style Editor is coming out of Beta. It is available on this Developer site to restyle vector basemaps. With the latest ArcGIS Online update, the vector style editor is accessible from within the Map Viewer of ArcGIS.com. Launch the app from the icon under a vector layer.  See image at left. Do a Quick Edit restyling (one click gets you a completely restyled map) or change more parameters using the in-depth Style by Layer. Your options to redesign the a map are essentially unlimited.

 

Vector Tile Style Editor for Esri Vector Basemaps

 

Accessible from the Developer Site or from within the Map Viewer, the Vector Tile Style Editor can create one-of-a-kind custom tile layers.

 


WGS84/GCS

We’ve expanded our collection of vector basemap styles for those users wanting the WGS84/GCS tiling scheme. The vector maps that utilize a raster base layer (e.g. Imagery Hybrid (WGS84)) are ready-to-use. Web maps include the correct base layers.

 

WGS84 Esri vector basemaps

Community Maps

The last topic of new updates related to Esri vector basemaps this release. We now offer users this collection called Esri Vector Basemaps (Community Maps). We heard your requests. Include *ALL* the data that communities are providing through the Community Maps Program. This includes community roads and administrative boundary lines. The maps in this group do just that! Now, this version of vector basemap styles: Street, Navigation, Canvas, etc. present the community content — without users saving their own json styles. We’ve done it for you. All these maps include “(Community Maps)” in their title.

 


Esri Vector Basemaps:  Feedback

Ever see a problem with Esri Vector Basemap data or display? Report issues directly on this Feedback Map. As a result, our team reviews your comments and considers the update for one of our frequent releases.


GeoNet:  the Esri community

Visit the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World product page on GeoNet.  Ask questions, share updates and custom styles, and browse this space for the content you need!


2019 Esri UC

Stop by say, “Hi!” at this year’s User Conference

Finally, if you’re in San Diego for the 2019 Esri User Conference, stop at the Living Atlas Basemaps kiosk.  We’re in the Data & Location Services area of the expo. Get your questions answered from the team of cartographers making the maps. Or just stop by to say, “Hi!”, because we’ll have buttons and stickers to collect. For a selection of Tech Workshops and Demo Theater topics, use keyword vector basemaps in the searchable online UC agenda. Session topics range from adding your data via the Community Maps Editor app to contributing larger amounts of content through the Community Maps Program. Learn best practices for building you own vector tiles in addition to how to find the best basemap for your use. For you creative types, learn how to restyle ready-made vector basemaps from the Living Atlas. There is so much to explore!

 

Visit Esri's Basemaps kiosk at the UC

This post was originally published on the ArcGIS blog page.

 

Last summer, we introduced a new OpenStreetMap Vector Basemap.  Since that time, we have made numerous updates to the basemap and improved the integration with ArcGIS Online.  With our update last week, we’ve added new styles and another tile scheme to the OpenStreetMap group.

 

Esri hosts a live replica of the OpenStreetMap (OSM) data, which we reference with ArcGIS Pro to build and publish a hosted vector tile layer in ArcGIS Online.  Because it is a vector basemap, Esri and our users can re-style the basemap in many ways. The initial style mimics OSM cartography. We created two more styles built on the OSM data. We created map items in the Esri Street Map style as well as Esri Hybrid Reference style intended for display over imagery.

OSM Esri

OpenStreetMap Vector Tiles hosted by Esri

 

OSM Esri

OpenStreetMap Vector Tiles hosted by Esri, Cartography matching Esri Street Map

 

OSM Esri

OpenStreetMap Vector Tiles hosted by Esri, Cartography matching Esri Imagery Hybrid

 

Vector Tile Style Editor

If you’d like to create your own style, you can do that through the Vector Tile Style Editor!  The Vector Tile Style Editor app supports re-styling the OpenStreetMap basemap through the Quick Edit tools, along with the other Esri basemaps.  You can select the OpenStreetMap style to get started, use the Quick Edit tools to quickly re-style the many layers in the map to make it your own, and then save the custom map to your ArcGIS Online account. The Vector Tile Style Editor can also be accessed through the ArcGIS Online Map Viewer.

Esri Vector Tile Style Editor

Esri Vector Tile Style Editor

 

As an alternative to the stand-alone style editor app, sign in to ArcGIS.com and add a vector tile layer to the contents of the Map details panel. Click the icon under the layer to launch the style editor app. The editor is accessible from a vector tile layer within or outside of the basemap.

Map Viewer Style Editor

Style Editor accessible through the Map Viewer

 

WGS84/GCS

For those looking for WGS84/GCS tiling scheme, we’ve released a separate GCS tile set (OpenStreetMap_GCS_v2) with the same map styles as the OSM in Web Mercator Aux. Sphere:  OSM cartography, Esri Street style, and Esri Hybrid Reference.

 

OSM Esri

OpenStreetMap Vector Tiles hosted by Esri, GCS varieties

 

Accessing the Map

The OpenStreetMap vector basemap hosted by Esri is freely available to any user or developer to use in your map or app!  The OpenStreetMap vector basemap hosted by Esri is provided under a Creative Commons by Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license so that it may be used freely, and without transaction limits, in your internal and public facing maps.  You just need to give appropriate credit for use of the map (i.e. “Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Map layer by Esri”) in your work.

 

The OpenStreetMap vector basemap is available in the ArcGIS Online basemap gallery.  This is the case for anonymous users, new organizations, as well as ArcGIS Online organizations that have configured the Basemap Gallery to use the Esri Default maps and have enabled use of Esri vector basemaps. If your organization has not yet enabled use of Esri vector basemaps, we encourage you to do that now.

Vector gallery basemaps

Default Vector Basemaps in Gallery

 

You can also access the map through the OpenStreetMap Vector Basemap group.  If you are a developer, or a user embedding the map in a website or story map, we encourage you to use the web map referenced in this group, and also part of the Living Atlas.

 

GeoNet:  The Esri Community

Finally, ask questions, share updates, and browse the space for the content you need! Visit the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World product page.

 

GeoNet Product Page: Living Atlas of the World

GeoNet Product Page: Living Atlas of the World

This blog was written by Andy Skinner and was originally posted on the ArcGIS Blog

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Part of the Esri National Geographic Style map showing the central Mediterranean

The National Geographic Style Map

 

The National Geographic basemap, first released on ArcGIS.com in 2012, continues to be a popular map for reference, education, storytelling, and conservation mapping. This release of the new National Geographic Style Basemap builds on that history and completes the transition of Esri basemaps to using vector tiles!

The map retains much of the flavor of the original, including the rich cartography and saturated land colors at smaller scales, with a series of enhancements:

 

Coverage

The vector style is now available worldwide at all scales, from global to the very largest of street-level information.

Part of the Esri National Geographic Style map showing part of Central Paris

National Geographic Style map at large scale

The Background

At smaller scales, a new cached base layer has been created, the National Geographic Style Base. It blends our multi-directional hillshade with a specially prepared version of the Esri/USGS Ecophysiographic Land Units Map. More information on the science behind ELUs can be found here. At mid-scales, the ELUs give way to a single tone land color. The hillshade continues into large scale, matching the coverage seen on other basemaps such as Topographic.

Esri National Geographic Style map base

The National Geographic Style map base only

The Vector Tile information.

All other map information is contained in the National Geographic Style, built from the same vector tile data as our other Esri vector basemaps. The sharpness of vector detail is retained regardless of the resolution of the screen and with the help of the Vector Style Editor this detail can be customized by you. Map content is subject to our regular update schedule.

The rich cartography of the original map continues into the vector tile data with the addition of color boundary tint bands, and a selection of distinctive open source fonts.

Part of the Esri National Geographic Style map showing Switzerland

National Geographic Style map showing Switzerland

 

As with the original, the National Geographic Style has value as a stand-alone reference map, as well as a basemap for your operational data. In the right circumstance it can add some real character to your work.

 

We hope that you find this vector style as appealing.

robert_green-esristaff

Watercolour Map

Posted by robert_green-esristaff Employee Jun 29, 2019

This blog was written by Wes Jones and was originally posted on the ArcGIS Blog.

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Have you ever felt like you were destined to do something? With this map, I felt a calling. A faint whisper at first. But—surely as a clock ticks—that whisper has grown. For as long as I have enjoyed making maps, I have particularly enjoyed watercolour maps. Easily, a watercolour map would be among my favourite map types. They make me smile, so what more could you ask for?

I am pleased to introduce Watercolour, the newest map in the Esri basemap collection.

Watercolour

INSPIRATION

Inspiration is magical. I can’t think of anything created in a vacuum. There are too many watercolor map artists to mention, but over the years I’ve tried to take mental notes on their work to build a catalogue of things I liked.

As an aside, I can’t tell you how many great winery and travel maps are painted so beautifully. I am also very drawn to fantasy maps, and the watercolour skill in that genre is phenomenal. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the awe-inspiring Stamen watercolor map. It still looks fresh to this day and is one of my favourites. I took inspiration from architectural plans, which are so often painted in watercolour. So are golf course maps. Those are some of my favourite, including one in particular, but I will get back to that later.

TECHNICALITIES

This map is made up of 64 painted images. What a task. I loved every minute of it, but it was slow going at first. Because I was gearing up for this map over such a long period, I even took watercolour painting classes to build up my skills. Funnily enough, it wasn’t until I watched my children paint that I found some of the techniques I had been searching for.

Once a colour scheme was chosen, the process went a little quicker. As I said, this map has been on my mind for a long time and is probably my fourth official attempt. Painting the watercolour swatches was great, but making them seamless repeating textures was almost as enjoyable. I spent a long time on this phase, as I wanted them to look right.

ARCGIS VECTOR TILE STYLE EDITOR

I designed almost the entire map in the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor. It was probably the game changer that I didn’t know I was waiting for. If you haven’t used it, you really should give it a minute. I don’t think I can stress enough how important it was in the creation of this map.

INSPIRATION & COMMUNITY MAP EDITOR

As I mentioned earlier, a certain golf course map has inspired me over the years. It is from the golf course in Osoyoos (pronounced O-soo-yuss), British Columbia. Growing up, I spent all my summers in that town. One day my uncle came up to me, pointed at the golf course map on the wall, and said, “Have you ever looked at that map?” I had, but then he added, “Do you know who the first member of the club was?” I looked through the names on the wall, and there it was—my grandfather. Audrey from the club graciously took a picture for me.

Osoyoos Golf Course
Grandpa Jones

But this story has a point besides nostalgia. Beyond this map’s having extra meaning for me and beyond its being one of my early inspirations, I wanted to show off this golf course in my map. The problem was, the golf course wasn’t in our data. However, that didn’t remain a problem long. I jumped over to the Community Map Editor and digitized the course. Now, if you haven’t used this editor either, it is a game changer too.

THE TOUR

Making this map has been a wonderful journey. I’d really like to thank all the teams here at Esri who have helped me along the way—without their help, this would still be just a whisper in my ear. I hope you enjoy it at least half as much as I have enjoyed making it and I can’t wait to see how you use it.

To conclude, I want to take you on a tour.

Watercolour World view
Watercolour Europe view
Watercolour Japan view
Watercolour Montenegro
Watercolour Boston
Watercolour Hawaii
Watercolour Manila
Watercolour New Delhi
Watercolour Berlin
Watercolour Oakland
Watercolour Netherlands

And finally…

Watercolour Osoyoos

This blog was originally published by Wes Jones on May 24, 2019, on the ArcGIS blog page.  


 

REDESIGNING

As map makers we make maps. However, that doesn’t mean that each map is made from scratch. It is just as often the case that a map is updated, tweaked, or redesigned. I want to share some of my journey redesigning the Navigation Basemap.

 

WHY REDESIGN?

There were several reasons why a redesign was in order. Other than needing a freshening up (as all maps need periodically), there were areas identified as needing adjustment to better serve some common use cases. Some of the main concerns were road widths being too thin, the label hierarchy, and some colour selections.

 

OTHER CRITERIA

This map is a heavily used map with many different users, so the changes couldn’t be so drastic as to radically change the look.

 

FIVE MAJOR COMPONENTS WHEN REDESIGNING

Any map redesign is nuanced, but I want to look at five things that helped make this redesign more successful and that can be applied to similar projects:

  1. GRATITUDE

I think this is one of the most important steps: feel gratitude. I was/am very grateful for what came before. The original map was a really nice design, which was a huge bonus. It made the redesign easier in many ways. Even if it hadn’t been, what comes before is one of the pillars for building that which comes after.

  1. ONE CHANGE LEADS TO ANOTHER

The map changes were focused around road widths, label hierarchy, and some colour adjustment. At first glance that doesn’t seem like a lot, but it really is. One change leads to another. By the end of the project, every single feature had been adjusted, and it really is a new map in so many ways.

  1. DIALOGUE WITH THE INVOLVED PARTIES

It is important to have an open dialogue with the parties involved. Listen to their concerns and explain your choices. The more openness, the better a chance of success.

  1. MEASURING SUCCESS

One obvious metric is whether the stakeholders are happy. Another measure of success in this project’s redesign was whether the changes generally went unnoticed by everyone else.

  1. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE OTHER UPDATES

The update process never ends. There are already some tweaks that are needed. In the future, maybe I will have to do a complete redesign again, or maybe someone will have to update what I have done. The point is, it is never-ending journey.

 

LET’S TAKE A LOOK

Here is a look at some of the Navigation redesign. The new design is the first image in the following breakdown.

At the smallest scales the changes were very minimal. The colours are a hint more vibrant, and the city label positions were changed.

Navigation New Scale 2
Navigation Old Scale 2

At this scale, some of the focus was on changing the colour balance. It is also a good scale to see how the changes aren’t drastic and are mainly noticeable only in a side-by-side comparison.

Navigation New Scale 4
Navigation Old Scale 4

A goal at this scale was to help the transition and tone down the road density.

Navigation New Scale 6
Navigation Old Scale 6

This was another scale where that same road transition technique was applied.

Navigation New Scale 8
Navigation Old Scale 8

Again, that road transition technique was applied. It hasn’t been mentioned, but at this scale and others, the city labels are larger and darker than on the original map.

Navigation New Scale 9
Navigation Old Scale 9

This scale is a good example to again show how the maps are fairly similar but the new one is a bit more vibrant and the colours are balanced slightly differently.

Navigation New Scale 11
Navigation Old Scale 11

One goal at this scale was to promote the roads slightly more.

Navigation New Scale 12
Navigation Old Scale 12

This scale is a good example of the increased importance placed on street names in the hierarchy. The adjusted symbology also opens the map up too.

Navigation New Scale 13
Navigation Old Scale 13

The map changes the most at the largest scales. The roads start to become much wider, and the labels are much darker and larger. The buildings stand out more too. The colour scheme follows the previous patterns and is brighter and the map moves away from a slightly backgroundy look that is had before.

Navigation New Scale 15
Navigation Old Scale 15

This is the last example and a good illustration that shows how maps evolve. Our maps continue to get more detailed, and greater emphasis is placed on larger and larger scales. The maps have to continue to evolve to better represent those scales and details.

Navigation New Scale 18
Navigation Old Scale 18

Thanks for coming along with me on this journey. I had a great time. I want to note that the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor was the tool used to redesign this map. If you haven’t used it, it is totally worth your time!

This blog post was originally posted to the ArcGIS blog page on May 23, 2019.

 

Since the last blog about Esri Vector Basemaps, we rolled out several data updates in our tile set. These changes include HERE commercial data updates, authoritative Community Maps Program contributions , Community Maps Editor additions of highly detailed “campus” areas, and open data updates. In addition to updated map content, several map styles were improved. The most notable change is in the World Navigation vector tile layer. The updated style allows for better use on mobile devices through Runtime as well as in ArcGIS Online and Pro applications. This separate blog post provides our cartographer’s insight to his Navigation redesign.

 

Navigation Vector Basemap

Updated Navigation vector basemap style

 


Basemap Localization:  Turkish

Turkish is our 18th language with localized maps, aside from our global English map. Each language displays in ten basemap styles. For localized language maps in your ArcGIS.com gallery, change your organization’s Region and Language in the General settings. Set Esri vector basemaps as the default gallery. This option is in the Map settings. More language updates are planned in future releases. Each link directs you to a group of web maps in that language:
Arabic | Chinese (Hong Kong) | Chinese (Taiwan) | Modern Chinese | Czech | Finnish | French| German | Hebrew | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Polish | Brazilian Portuguese | Russian |Spanish | Swedish | Turkish

 

 

Other Localization and Customization

Do you want one of your custom-styled Esri vector basemaps to displays a localized language? Our World_Basemap_v2 tile set includes the language data that allows you to do that. See the Esri Vector Basemap Reference Document (v2) for details on how to customize your map to expose translated labels. The reference document includes the list of layers supported and the 2-digit language code you apply to the json. Try starting with one of our existing localized map styles and apply your own cartographic styling.

Additionally, the reference document provides how-to details on customizing Esri vector basemap boundaries and names to show different world views. Boundaries are changeable from disputed to non-disputed. Displaying alternate names for select features is possible with json edits (for example:  The Gulf -or- Persian Gulf -or- Arabian Gulf).

 


Esri Vector Basemaps Tile Style Editor

Customize the look of your own vector basemaps

In addition to language or geopolitical customization, you can also edit overall cartographic styling. Change the root.json code in a text editor and update your tile layer. Alternately, try the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor (beta) app for a user-friendly styling experience.  The Quick Editor function changes groups of features on layers en masse.  In contrast, the editor also has an Edit Layer Styles option for a deep dive into individual map specifications. Change style settings for text, sprites, lines, polygons, and point features with the editor app. Use it to edit an Esri vector basemap style or your own vector tile layer created through ArcGIS Pro.

We also have a Customizing Esri’s Vector Basemaps series of story maps. Topics include the Basics, Color, Lines, Labels, and Sprites. These reference tools can help when you’re modifying an existing vector basemap or when you’re creating your own multi-scale vector maps.

 


The Vector Road Ahead

Stay tuned to this blog page and the vector basemap group for new vector basemap styles available in ArcGIS Online. Some new map styles are being built for specific apps while others  provide unique cartographic presentations of the Esri Vector Basemap tile set.

 


Esri Vector Basemaps:  Feedback

Have you ever seen a problem with Esri Vector Basemap data or display? Report issues directly on this Feedback Map. Our team reviews your comments and considers the update for one of our frequent releases.

byDeane Kensok | This blog was originally posted on the Esri blog website

 

Last summer, we introduced a new OpenStreetMap Vector Basemap, initially available in beta release.  Since that time, we have made several updates to the basemap and improved the integration with ArcGIS Online.  With the March update of ArcGIS Online, the OpenStreetMap vector basemap is now in general release and available to you through the basemap gallery in ArcGIS Online.  This means that you can now freely use this new OpenStreetMap vector basemap in your production maps and apps!

 

About the Map

Esri now hosts a live replica of the OpenStreetMap (OSM) data, which we reference with ArcGIS Pro to build and publish a hosted vector tile layer in ArcGIS Online.  As with our Esri basemaps, we refresh the OpenStreetMap vector basemap every 3 weeks with the latest OSM data worldwide.  The OpenStreetMap vector basemap is displayed, by default, using the familiar OSM cartography.  Because it is a vector basemap, however, Esri and our users are able to re-style the basemap in many different ways.

 

Best of all, the OpenStreetMap vector basemap hosted by Esri is freely available to any user or developer to use in your map or app!  The OpenStreetMap vector basemap hosted by Esri is provided under a Creative Commons by Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license so that it may be used freely, and without transaction limits, in your internal and public facing maps.  You just need to give appropriate credit for use of the map (i.e. “Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Map layer by Esri”) in your work.

 

Accessing the Map

As mentioned above, the OpenStreetMap vector basemap is now available in the ArcGIS Online basemap gallery.  This is the case for ArcGIS Online organizations that have configured the Basemap Gallery to use the Esri Default maps and have enabled use of Esri vector basemaps (as shown below).  If your organization has not yet enabled use of Esri vector basemaps, we would encourage you to do that now.

 

You can also access the map through the OpenStreetMap Vector Basemap group.  If you are a developer, or a user embedding the map in a website or story map, we encourage you to use the web map referenced in this group, and also part of the Living Atlas, so that you take advantage of any updates in the style we make over time.

 

Styling the Map

Speaking of styles, Esri plans to release multiple map styles based on the OpenStreetMap vector basemap, similar to what we do with the Esri vector basemaps.  Some of these will be familiar styles, such as our Streets style, while others will be new and highlight some of the unique characteristics of the OSM data.  You’ll find these styles in the group above as they become available.

 

If you’d like to create your own style, you can do that through the Vector Tile Style Editor!  The Vector Tile Style Editor app has recently been updated to support re-styling of the OpenStreetMap basemap through the Quick Edit tools, along with the other Esri basemaps.  You can select the OpenStreetMap style to get started, use the Quick Edit tools to quickly re-style the many layers in the map to make it your own, and then save the custom map to your ArcGIS Online account.

 

We are very excited to see how you use the OpenStreetMap vector basemap in your maps and apps.  Stay tuned for more on how we are making OSM data easily available to you …

Esri vector basemaps updated

Recent updates to Esri Vector Basemaps deployed new map content from contributing cities and counties who supplied data through our Community Maps Program to enhance our maps. Contribute your organization’s local, authoritative content through this program.  Esri integrates your data with other providers and publishes the tile set as the ArcGIS Online vector basemap. Additionally, this release has one of the first rounds of contributions coming from the Esri Community Maps Editor. With the start of baseball spring training, there is a new Community Maps Challenge focused on compiling detailed content of the stadiums. Details available online.

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Ralston High School campus and sport facilities compiled through the Esri Community Maps Editor app.

 


Basemap localization

Czech, Finnish, Hebrew, and Swedish are the newest languages in our vector basemap localization styles. Currently we publish 17 languages, besides our global English map, in nine basemap styles each. The available languages:

 

The link on the language names takes you to a group page of web maps. To get localized language maps in your ArcGIS.com gallery, change your organization’s Region and Language in the General settings. Make sure Esri vector basemaps are set as the default gallery. This option is in the Map settings. More language updates and more languages are planned in future releases. Translations are expanding across more feature classes and to larger scales.

 

Do you want to convert one of your custom Esri vector basemaps into a map that displays a localized language? Our World_Basemap_v2 tile set includes the language data that allows you to do that. See the Esri Vector Basemap Reference Document (v2) for details on how to customize your map to expose translated labels. The reference document includes the list of layers this supports and the 2-digit language codes needed when editing json. Try starting with one of our existing localized map styles and apply your own cartographic styling.

 

The reference document also provides details on how to customize the vector basemap boundaries and names to display a preferred world view. Disputed boundaries can be removed or changed to non-disputed. Alternate names for select features can appear on the map by json code modifications (for example, The Gulf -or- Persian Gulf -or- Arabian Gulf). Note:  North Macedonia country name can be exposed by a JSON modification to your own map layer. It will be the default name on the Esri Vector Basemaps in our March update.

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This example shows the Nova creative vector basemap style with Hebrew labels. You can achieve a similar result with any of the Esri creative styles or your own vector style built on the Esri Vector Basemaps. Make a copy of the tile layer in your own account using the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor. Download the root.json style file from this new tile layer's item page. Select fields identified in the reference document are edited in Notepad++ changing _name to _name_he ("he" for Hebrew): "text-field" : "{_name_he}". Fonts also change to Arial Unicode (bold or regular) to display the appropriate glyphs, Finally, update the item's root.json style file.


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Community:  a new creative style for vector basemaps

A new creative vector style is available for your basemap use. “Community” provides a customized world basemap that is uniquely symbolized. It is optimized for the display of special areas of interest (SAI) created and edited by Community Maps contributors. These special areas of interest features include landscaping polygons and sport ammenity lines. These are features such as grass, trees, rock, tennis courts, football and baseball lines, and more. This vector tile layer is built using the same data sources used for the World Topographic Map and other Esri basemaps. Cindy Prostak is the cartographer behind the design of Community, as well as many of our other creative styles including Charted Territory, Colored Pencil, Mid-Century, Modern Antique, Newspaper, and Nova.

 

Check out this Story Map which builds off both our Community Maps baseball stadium challenge and our new Community style vector basemap. It also presents a number of real-world running challenges for you to conquer!


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Customize the look of your own vector basemaps

In addition to customizing the language or geopolitical view of your vector basemaps, you can also edit overall cartographic styling. Change the root.json code in a text editor and update your tile layer. Alternately, try the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor (beta) app for a user-friendly experience to change your map’s look.  The Quick Editor function changes features en masse.  In contrast, the editor also has an Edit Layer Styles option for a deep dive into individual map specifications. Change style settings for text, sprites, lines, polygons, and point features with the editor app. Edit one of the Esri vector basemaps or use it to edit your own vector tile layer created through ArcGIS Pro.


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This was originally posted on our ArcGIS Blog page:  What's New in Esri Vector Basemaps (February 2019)

Esri Vector Basemaps Updated

 

The recent update to Esri Vector Basemaps deployed new map content from contributing counties, cities, and campuses. They supplied data through our Community Map Program to enhance our maps. Contribute your organization’s local, authoritative content through this program.  Esri integrates your data with other providers and publishes the tile set as the ArcGIS Online vector basemap.

 

 

Hebrew Esri Vector Basemap

Basemap Localization

Hebrew is the newest language in our vector basemap localization styles. We currently publish 14 languages, each in nine different styles. The available languages other than English are:

Each link on a language name provides a group page of web maps. To get localized language maps in ArcGIS.com, change your organization’s Region and Language in the General settings. Make sure Esri vector basemaps are set as the default gallery. This option is in the Map settings.

 

More language updates are planned in upcoming releases. Translations are expanding across more feature classes and more scales. Want to display one of these localized languages in a different vector style? The tile set includes all the language data to do so. Make a copy and save the desired Esri tile layer to your account. Through json edits, set the language of select feature classes in your map. See the Esri Vector Basemap Reference Document (v2) for details on how to customize the map. The document includes a layer list with 2-digit language codes needed when editing json.

 

The reference document also provides details on how to customize the vector basemap boundaries and names to display a preferred world view. Disputed boundaries can be removed or changed to non-disputed. Alternate names for select features can appear on the map by json code modifications (for example, The Gulf -or- Persian Gulf -or- Arabian Gulf).

 

Customize disputed labels Esri Vector Basemaps

 


 

Esri Vector Tile Layer Style Editor

Customize your Look

In addition to customizing the language or geopolitical view of your vector basemaps, you can also edit overall cartographic styling. Change the root.json code in a text editor and update your tile layer. Alternately, try the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor (beta) app for a user-friendly experience to change your map’s look.  The Quick Editor function changes features en masse.  In contrast, the editor also has an Edit Layer Styles option for a deep dive into individual map specifications. Change style settings for text, sprites, lines, polygons, and point features with the editor app. Edit one of the Esri vector basemaps or use it to edit your own vector tile layer created through ArcGIS Pro.

 

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Have you ever seen a problem with Esri Vector Basemap data? Report issues directly on this Feedback Map. Our team reviews your comments and considers the update for one of our frequent releases.

 

GeoNet:  The Esri Community

Finally, ask questions, share updates, and browse the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World product page.

This blog was originally posted on the esri.com ArcGIS blog site. For more Esri vector basemap blogs, see this page.

 

Esri Vector Basemaps were recently updated with new data, a new Ocean Reference style and made more localized languages available.

 

New content added to the Esri Vector Basemap tile set is available across all the styles of our vector tile layers. These updates include data from HERE as well as from our Community Maps Program contributors. The banner image of this blog shows voestalpine steel mill in Austria, a new addition of contributed data to the map. This industrial campus displays trees, parking lots, and other special areas pertinent to this site. Learn more about what data your campus or community can contribute to the ArcGIS.com platform. Visit this Living Atlas of the World page.

The Living Atlas is also a great place to find the Esri Vector Basemaps. Find the layers and maps directly from the Living Atlas website or search the Living Atlas through ArcGIS Online (left image below) or Pro (right). Narrow your search to vector maps, a sub-category of the basemaps category. Additionally, the Esri Vector Basemaps can be set as the default maps for your basemap gallery.

 

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Ocean reference vector layer

New additions to the suite of Esri Vector Basemap layers and maps are the World Ocean Reference vector layer and Ocean Basemap web map which utilitizes the vector layer. The new vector ocean reference layer has similar content and design as the existing raster ocean reference layer (boundaries and all labels). Because it is vector format, there is the ability to customize not only the content of the layer, but also the appearance of the display. This includes changing boundary line symbolization and font styles (face, color, size). This customization can be made through the editing of the root.json style file of your tile layer or through the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor app.

 

World Ocean Reference layer file

 

Localization of vector basemaps

There are three additional languages available across the vector basemap styles. This brings our current total to twelve languages. Each language localized is available in nine different basemap styles. New are Arabic, Chinese (Hong Kong) and Chinese (Taiwan). These join previously released Modern ChineseFrenchGermanItalianJapanesePolishBrazilian PortugueseRussian, and Spanish. To make localized maps the default basemap, change the organization’s Region and Language in the General settings. Also, change the Map setting to display Esri vector basemaps as the default gallery. Each language above is linked to a group of web maps. Localized labels display primarily at small scales; however, we are expanding translations across more feature classes and at more scales. Additional languages will be deployed in future releases.

 

 

Customizing Esri Vector Basemaps

The Esri Tile Layer Style Editor (Beta) provides an easy way to customize vector basemaps. Experiment (& save!) different cartographic styles with this app. Start from an Esri vector basemap or one of your own vector tile layers. Two styling paths exist:

 

Quick Edit is only configured for Esri vector basemaps. This quick path sorts map features into six high-level categories. Apply random colors for cartographic inspiration, or apply a pre-defined color palette to each category.

 

Edit Layer Styles works with Esri vector maps and your own styles. It offers more control over each map feature’s spec. Countless options are available to customize your new vector map. Save your new style as a tile layer in your ArcGIS.com account and use the new style in your web maps and apps. This blog and space on GeoNet offers information about the Style Editor. This recent Esri Webinar showcased the Style Editor. Follow-up questions and answers are at this Living Atlas GeoNet page.

 

Style Editor for quick edit changes

 

Feedback

Have you ever seen a problem with Esri Vector Basemap data that needs to be fixed? Report issues directly on this Feedback Map. Our team reviews your comments and considers the update for one of our frequent releases.