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Ordnance Survey Historical Mapping, Raster Catalogs and assigning NoData

Question asked by KatieLysons on Sep 9, 2014
Latest reply on Sep 17, 2014 by lewgeo1542

Hoping someone can help.  I have 4000+ OS Historic Mapping geotiffs which I need to put into product-specific (i.e. scale of map + epoch) raster catalogs. I am adding the dates to each raster as an attribute to the individual rasters inside the catalogs in order to use the ArcMap time slider tools.


A problem we are having is that we need to set the “white” to be NoData because in some cases the rasters (we have acquired these from a 3rd party supplier) have large white areas within them, which means that they “block” out visibility of other overlapping tiles. These are black and white maps (or *many* shades of grey, it's not consistent) - so we also need to remove the "white" from within the map tile itself so as our other base mapping products can be displayed underneath.

If this white value from within the ColorMap for all of these rasters was consistent I could change this, but, it is completely randomly assigned (i.e. “1”, or “63”) throughout the bundle of rasters we ahve.  It appears that the supplier has not been consistent with these.


I have read that it is better to store this data in mosaic datasets, but we cannot use a mosaic dataset as we need to serve these up also via our Geocortex web solution, and we do not have Image Server.

I’ve tried importing the geotiffs into a raster dataset before adding to a raster catalog but this does not resolve the problem (I'd previously just added the raw geotiffs into the catalog).


Any ideas?

We are using ArcGIS 10.1..


Thanks in advance,

Katie Lysons