User Contributions Continue to Improve Community Basemaps and the Living Atlas

08-25-2014 11:17 AM
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The ArcGIS Content Team continues to enhance the Community Basemaps by incorporating new and updated content to the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, enhancing the basemap content collection. Thanks to the user community, the World Topographic Map has been updated with new contributions for North America, Canada and select locations in Poland and Australia.

The refresh of North America is significant and includes updates with expanded coverage along with new contributions. With this refresh of North America, we incorporated over 100 community contributors’ vector data into our central database. The benefit of this vector format is our ability to transform it to our data model, co-mingle it with the rest of our commercial and open sourced data and produce a cache with our master template. Community areas of interest are integrated seamlessly alongside data from other sources. As detailed in aprevious blog, we expanded the use of community data into other basemaps including Street, Canvas, and the Reference Overlay services. This production through our “Basemap Factory” also allows our contributor data to be displayed at smaller scales beyond ~1:9k (out to ~1:288k where applicable). This factory production model is also designed to reduce the time it takes for new communities or updates to existing contributors to be published in our map going forward. This North America refresh includes the new cartographic design and updates for Canada from 1:2M – 1:288K!

In addition to North America, we have both a new contributor and an update in Poland. Our newest contributor in Poland is The University of Life Sciences in Lubin, which has provided updates that bring the campus alive with the addition of sidewalks, trees and building footprints.


The University of Life Sciences in Lubin is comprised of seven unique faculties including Agro-bioengineering, Veterinary Medicine, Biology and Animal Breeding, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Production Engineering, Food Science and Biotechnology, and Agricultural Sciences. Academic traditions at this university date back to 1944.

We also welcome an update from Leśny Zakład Doświadczalny, Rogów, Poland. Updated content includes a detailed sidewalk network, ponds, building footprints, and sports fields.

Leśny Zakład Doświadczalny is an agricultural university and serves as the Center for the Education of Natural Forests and Arboretum that houses a collection of plants and trees from all over the world.

Our next newest contributor lies 9,864 miles (15,875km) away in Tasmania. Launceston, is one of Australia’s oldest cities.

Launceston is a city of “firsts”. It is the first city to use anesthetics, the first Australian city to construct underground sewers, and the first Australian city to be lit by hydroelectricity.

Here’s a list of all the community contributors for this release:

These contributions were made through the Community Maps Program. For more information visit theCommunity 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.

About the Author
I am a Cartographic Specialist for Esri's ArcGIS Content Team. I acquire, curate and recruit content for the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World through Community Maps. Prior to coming on board with Esri, I worked as a Production Cartographer and Product Manager for National Geographic Maps for 12 years. I have also worked for the Geohazards Division of the USGS at the National Earthquake Information Center and as a Geographer with local government.