The Ocean Basemap team has always been focused on delivering a high quality cartographic product that fits the needs of our users. We have been thrilled with the many compliments we have received. However, we are still working to make the Ocean Basemap the best product we can. After listening to suggestions from our users, the Ocean Basemap team decided to change the format of the basemap. We’ve separated the basemap’s annotation into a reference layer. This change empowers users to choose whether or not to use our annotation in their apps and maps. Users won’t have to worry about downloading two individual services. The new Ocean Basemap will simply give users the opportunity to turn off the reference layer.
The formal release of the new Ocean Basemap will go live in November, but until then, we’ve published a beta version that you can access here: Ocean Basemap Update – Beta Version. Once the new version of the basemap is officially available on ArcGIS Online, we’ll remove the beta version.
We’re very excited about the new format and hope you are too! Let us know what you think by sending any suggestions or comments to OceanBasemapTeam@esri.com .