When to use mosaic dataset?

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08-20-2019 07:28 AM
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We want to show a group of rasters filtered on an Id as a layer.  Each raster has its own legend and color scale.  We need to display information on each individual raster if a user clicks on it.    Is mosaic dataset the right way to go?

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With a mosaic dataset the image are mosaicked together to create a single image when viewed. Each image can have its own color scale, but the resulting image will be a mosaic of the individual images. The legend is therefore that of the combined image. If you want each image to have its own layer/legend then the mosaic dataset may not be optimum. All the rest of the other requirements such as single layer, and identify are handled by mosaic datasets.

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What do you recommend?  Thanks for your help btw!

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1st look to see if the requirement can be changes such that a mosaic dataset can be used.It also depends on the number of images. If not too many then you could just use a webmap with a list of image services each with its own legend. If you create a custom app then there are options that can be developed.

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