The User Community Has Provided Updates to the Living Atlas Through Community Maps

Blog Post created by SMatthews-esristaff Employee on Nov 14, 2014

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 ( or Community Maps ( 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: and If you have previously used the World_Topo_Map, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

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

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