World Street Map as a network dataset?

Discussion created by jragno on Aug 30, 2012
Latest reply on Sep 26, 2012 by mcrowder-esristaff

I think I'm a bit confused about the purpose of the "world street map."  Is this just a basemap, or can it be used as a network dataset?  I have the Data and Maps DVD and have been using the "streets.rs" file as the dataset to perform analysis with, but I noticed that the dataset has no reference beyond the United States and Canada and facilities placed outside of these countries show up as "Unlocated."  The World Street Map available online describes itself as having street-level knowledge in many countries outside of the US/CA, but I'm at a loss as to how to pull that road infrastructure into my network analysis.  Downloading the file only brings it in as a layer and seems to be unusable as a data set.

Thanks again for the help.  As you can surely tell, I am very very new at this.  Many of our mapping exercises take place outside of North America, so it would be good to know if ArcGIS is capable of street-level network analysis for the rest of the globe (most of it anyway).