Workflows for managing and serving scanned map data

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10-26-2013 03:53 PM
CodyBenkelman
Esri Regular Contributor
Esri is publishing documentation regarding workflows and best practices for management and serving of image data such as scanned maps and other types of image data. An overview of common workflow considerations appears as the first chapter in the Image Management Guidebook in the ArcGIS Help system. 

The starting page for information regarding these Image Management Workflows is here.

Two example workflows for managing scanned maps have been implemented in Python tools, with associated configuration files and sample data, available for free download in ArcGIS Online (see this group).  One example shows topographic maps from USGS, and the other example includes data specific to the CADRG format.

The example tools are based on MDCS (Mosaic Dataset Configuration Script). MDCS automates the process of creating and configuring mosaic datasets, then populating them with data. MDCS uses detailed configuration files to encapsulate �??best practices�?� for complete end-to-end processing of different image types.

This post will provide a starting point for users to share questions and answers regarding the Scanned Maps workflow. If you have contributions to this discussion, please respond to this post. If you feel a need to begin a new post, please be sure to TAG the post with image_management, workflow, and MDCS so others may search for related posts.
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AndrewBrown1
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Over three years later and I don't see any workflows regarding Scanned Maps within the Image Management Guidebook. Are there any plans for it to be written? Thanks.

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CodyBenkelman
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Andrew

My apologies that this hasn't been addressed.  We don't have a chapter in the Guidebook re: Scanned Maps, but there is a workflow script here http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=de75a7063b36420fa8dfabba220495f6  and sample data to go with the script here http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=4f03f5904a0743af971c8176327066e8 .  

Note that the workflow referenced in those scripts is based on having a table listing all of your scan files along with the geographic footprint (envelope) of each map.  If you don't have such a table, the tool referenced in this blog Create rectangular features using their geographic extents | ArcGIS Blog  can help you build it.

If you have a specific project and need assistance, let us know and we'll do our best to support your needs.  
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CodyBenkelman
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Andrew

there are some other resources that may be helpful to you.  This blog Create rectangular features using their geographic extents | ArcGIS Blog  references a tool for creating a feature class for the neatline of the map (vs. the collar) if you have or can create a table of appropriate metadata.

There is also a tutorial available at http://esriurl.com/12218 including a link to the Quad-G software that can automatically identify the tic marks on a map.   If you want to work through that tutorial, there is a project folder (with MXD, GDB, tools, metadata, etc.- 540 KB data volume) here http://esriurl.com/12216 and sample data here (5.4GB) http://esriurl.com/12217

Let us know if these do not represent the type of data you have...


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