Mark Stewart

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Community Maps in focus at the 2014 Esri UC

UCLogo

The 2014 Esri International User Conference and Education GIS Conference will feature plenty of opportunities for anyone who is interested in Community Maps. Whether you are a long time Community Maps contributor or just want to find out what it … Continue reading

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Join us for the Community Maps Webinar this Thursday

MeetUp

Please join us on April 24th from 11:00 – 12:00 Pacific time for our next Esri Community Maps webinar.  This edition will feature two prominent members of our ArcGIS Online Content team sharing information that is sure to be of interest.  … Continue reading

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Welcome to Resampling!

NoGrayTiles

You may have recently noticed some new behavior when zooming in to larger scales in the ArcGIS Online basemaps.  Previously, in areas that lacked content at large scales, you would get a gray box with a “Map data not yet available” label.  … Continue reading

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Oceans and 3D are the focus for upcoming Community Maps webinar

Ocean And 3D Basemaps

It is time to announce the speakers for the next installment of the monthly Community Maps webinar.  This time we are thrilled to be joined by two members of the larger Community Maps content team – Caitlyn Raines and Brian … Continue reading

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Final report on the 2013 Community Maps survey

Survey Results

We would like to extend a big thank you to the more that one hundred Community members who responded to the Community Maps membership survey run November-December 2013. Many respondents were especiallygenerous with “longhand” comments and suggestions that we’re still … Continue reading

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December Community Maps Webinar Recap

MeetUp

Over 125 attendees joined representatives from the Esri Community Maps team on December 19th to kick off of our new webinar series.  The one hour online session included a discussion of the recent Community Maps survey, a demonstration of new … Continue reading

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New Community Maps webinar series kicks off this month

The Esri Community Maps team is happy to announce the first installment of what we hope will become a regular webinar series.  Please join us on December 19th at 11:00 am (Pacific) for a one hour webinar where we will discuss the results from our recent contributor survey.  We received some very interesting feedback, and we are looking forward to sharing it, along with our responses.

In this webinar we will also provide details on tools that we are building to simplify the data preparation process for Community Maps contributors who prefer not to migrate their basemap layers to the Local Government Information Model.  We may even have a demonstration so that you can see what to expect when these tools are released.

We will save time to answer questions that you might have during the webinar, so make sure you plan to attend.

Webinar connection details

If you have any questions, or suggestions for future webinar topics, please contact us.

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Want to see your Community Maps contribution published faster? Use the Local Government Information Model.

LGIM2

One of the most common questions potential Community Maps contributors ask is “How long will it take to see my map layers in the World Topographic Map after I submit them”?  While there are many factors that can influence the … Continue reading

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A “magnifique” update to the World Topographic Map

Bordeaux example

The September 2013 World Topographic Map release includes a significant update to the entire country of France.  Data for the update comes from the best available authoritative sources, including IGN BD ADRESSE and IGN BD TOPO, along with commercial data from NAVTEQ and INTERMAP. … Continue reading

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Introducing the new Community Maps participation agreement

If you joined (or even considered joining) Esri Community Maps before 2013 you are no doubt aware that one of the requirements for program membership was signing a lengthy participation agreement known affectionately as form G-181.  The intent of this five page document was actually very simple – to clarify that the contributor gives Esri the permission to host their content in our Community Map services and that the contributor retains all rights and ownership of the source data.  Unfortunately, the length, detail and, frankly, the legalese of the participation agreement sometimes made the process of signing it more of an obstacle to be confronted rather than a common sense step to be quickly addressed.

That all changed in March of this year when a new, much simpler participation agreement was released.  While the intent and contractual details remain the same, the new agreement is shorter (two pages as opposed to five) and is written in common language and an easily understood manner.  The new agreement is even integrated into the online Contribution App where you can click through and agree to the terms as part of your initial Community Maps membership registration.

So if the original form G-181 was an impediment to your organization joining Esri Community Maps, check out the online Contribution App and the new participation agreement.  Joining has never been easier and now could be your time to become a member and help build the living atlas of the world.

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