After taking a holiday break, it’s time for the Community Maps webinar series to kick back into gear with our first broadcast of 2015. In this edition, we will be taking a look at both the past and future of Esri Community Maps. First, Sarah Osborne, from the ArcGIS Online Content team, will explore the continuing dramatic increase in ArcGIS Online basemap usage through 2014. We believe this increase is due to the authoritative content provided by Community Maps contributors. As an example of this, Sarah will be demonstrating some of the great apps that are driving this increase in usage. Following the retrospective look at 2014, other members of the Community Maps team will discuss exciting changes and enhancements that are coming for the program in 2015. Continue reading
After more than two years, the venerable Community Maps Resource Center is getting an upgrade. This means more and better organized resources to help you join and participate in the growing Living Atlas community.
The first thing you will notice when visiting the new documentation center is that the look and feel is consistent with other ArcGIS documentation collections, with a blue, tabbed navigation bar at the top and a Home page that contains quick links to the documentation topics and other resources, including videos, blog posts and our Living Atlas of the World Discussion Group on GeoNet.
The documentation categories step you through all of the facets of Esri Community Maps membership – from a detailed explanation of how the program works and who is currently participating, to instructions on how to contribute your Living Atlas content and take advantage of the published products to build useful applications. There is even a comprehensive library of support resources to help answer your questions.
One of the more noticeable and important enhancements in this site is the expanded information on the variety of data layers accepted by Esri Community Maps. Where the former resource center focused almost solely on basemap layers, the new doc center includes details on how to contribute to other Living Atlas themes, such as imagery, elevation and hydrology.
Of course, the new site also includes updated documentation on the entire Community Maps contribution process, from applying and preparing your content, to uploading and reviewing it prior to publishing in the Living Atlas of the World.
This documentation, which incorporates the new Data Preparation Tools workshop, will ensure that all Community Maps members have the information they need to be successful contributors.
Midway through 2014 the Community Maps team released the beta version of the new data preparation tools. These tools provided a simple way for Community Maps contributors to migrate their basemap layers to a format readily accepted by Esri Community … Continue reading
Please join the Community Maps team on November 6th, 11:00 a.m. – noon Pacific time, for another free webinar filled with exciting news about the Esri Community Maps! Here’s a quick look at this month’s agenda: Steve Sharp of the … Continue reading
Please join the Esri Community Maps team on September 25th at 11:00 a.m. – noon, for another free webinar filled with exciting news about the Community Maps Program! Deane Kensok, manager of ArcGIS Content, will present an overview of the … Continue reading
The World Imagery Map is the most popular ArcGIS basemap, with 7 billion requests in the first half of 2014 and growing all the time. The value of this map is directly linked to the excellent quality of its content … Continue reading
Participating in Community Maps is easier than ever. The Contribution Management App (CMA) streamlines applying, contributing and tracking your contribution. The app even has a short “click-though” agreement that grants Esri permission to use the content while your organization retains ownership of the intellectual property.
We’ve also added easy to use geoprocessing tools to further simplify preparing your data for participation. This is a suite of tools you can run from ArcGIS Desktop to select only the fields we need for mapping and format them for uploading. This is far simpler than the previous requirement of migrating content to a special data model.
These enhancements are covered in a new five-minute video that walks you through the CMA and demonstrates how to prep a data layer using the GP tools. It’s a great way to get up and running with Community Maps in a hurry.
Please watch the new video and think about adding your favorite layers (like tree inventory, building footprint or municipal parks) to the basemaps!
After taking a short break to focus on the 2014 Esri International User Conference, the regular Community Maps webinar will be back on August 21st at 11:00 am Pacific time. This month’s webinar will include two main topics: Shane Matthews … Continue reading
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
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