Category: ArcGIS Online

Using the new Elevation Profile app template

With the latest release of ArcGIS Online several new templates have been added to the map viewer template gallery. One of those is the Elevation Profile template which we’ll take a closer look at in this post.

Share a mapStart with any map, the service providing elevation data is integrated independently into the application template. Below we started with the National Geographic basemap, zoomed to an area south of Rome, and saved and shared the map publicly. Now we can open the map in the Elevation Profile template by choosing Share. Continue reading

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ArcGIS Online World Imagery map updated for the United States and Puerto Rico

The World_Imagery map (World_Imagery) was updated recently on ArcGIS Online with more recent and detailed imagery for the United States and Puerto Rico from 1:36K down to 1:1K. This includes updates of imagery in the areas shown in the map below. Detailed information for these updates is available in the World_Imagery item details and in the associated metadata layer.

Image of World Imagery updates for North America

You can view the Imagery With Labels and Transportation web map by clicking this link.

The service was updated on the following servers: and If you have previously used the World Imagery map, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

If you have feedback on content, try our Imagery Map Feedback web map at

If you have other feedback or comments, please post them to our forum at

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ArcGIS Online World Topographic Map January 2012 updates

The ArcGIS Online World Topographic Map (World_Topo_Map) was recently updated with several more contributions from the user community.

Melbourne, Australia, at 1:4K
Melbourne, Australia, at 1:4K
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ArcGIS Online subscription task system updated

The ArcGIS Online team recently updated the subscription task services system ( Geocoding and routing services now use NAVTEQ reference data. With the change to the reference data, you may notice that there might be a slight change in the coordinates of the geocoding candidates returned compared to the previously released version. Highlights include: Continue reading

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System maintenance scheduled for Thursday, February 9

The ArcGIS Online subscription task server ( will undergo maintenance during a 12 hour window on Thursday, February 9, from 5 p.m. PDT until 5 a.m. PDT Friday, February 10. During this maintenance period, you may notice some disruption in accessing the services. Please post questions or feedback to our forum at

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What's new in ArcGIS Online (February 2012)

The February 2012 ArcGIS Online update has just been released. This latest update includes additions and enhancements as described below, as well as a number of bug fixes and behind-the-scenes improvements.

(Please note that at the time of this post the help has not yet been completely deployed, and as result some of the help topic links in this post may be broken until approximately 3:00 a.m. PST). Continue reading

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New Features for the ArcGIS Discussion Forums

Have a question?  Want to talk GIS? Looking for some good ideas?  Jump into the conversation!

A few weeks back we rolled out some features that we hope will improve the forums’ usefulness.  To be candid, we’re sure many would say that some of these features should have been there since day one, or at least long overdue, but we listened to what you wanted and found a way to get them in there for you to use.

Let’s start with the big one…

Community Voting
If you read something and you like it, give it a thumbs up!

Now any forum user can let the community know where the good information is. How you do it is simple. If you read a post or a reply and you think it contains some really good information, click the “up” arrow on the right. This is similar to the “Like” button in Facebook.

If we all do this, then the best posts will bubble to the top. If you want to read the entire thread you can, but if you need to most quickly find the good stuff, look at the posts that have a high score.

There is also a “down” arrow, but you can only use that to “Unlike” something you previously Liked.

If you find “The Answer”, give it a check!

If you started a thread with a question, then whichever reply you think is the best, give it a check. That will mark your thread as “answered” for all to see, and it will give some MVP points to the person who wrote it.

Two birds with one stone
Clicking the checks and arrows has two benefits:
1.    You are helping everyone find the best information.
2.    You are helping everyone recognize the best contributors.

One of the great things about any community is the trust earned by those folks who share their experience and help others. Some pros out there are always going to stick out, but these new voting tools are going to help find others who are just as helpful and useful who you might not yet know.

Discussions versus Q&A

When you start a new thread, you can let everyone know if you’re starting a discussion or if you’re asking a specific question. Discussions show up in the thread list with a yellow “D” icon and questions with a red “Q”.

When the original poster or a moderator identifies one of the replies as the best answer, the “Q” icon turns into a green “A”.

This helps you find answers more quickly, and if you want to jump in and let everyone know what you think, this helps you more quickly find questions that haven’t been answered yet.

Private Messages
Most of the time an open public discussion is a great way to get the best information, but sometimes you may want to take it off-line.

Up on the menu is a “Private Messages” link. Click that to see your Inbox or to send direct messages to other users. Also, clicking their name anywhere in the forums provides a pop-up you can use to send a message to them if they’ve activated it.

You can use the “Forum Actions > User Control Panel” menu to control who can send you messages.  You can turn it completely on, completely off, or limited to just those users in your Contacts list.

New Badges
Badges are a great way to find those folks who have been around the block a time or two. Anyone with more than 200 posts in the forums becomes a “Senior Member”, and of course anyone on the forums who works for Esri is badged as “esri” with a globe logo.

And when you see someone with a “Forums MVP” badge, you know you’re talking with someone the community has said has the best information and is most dedicated to your success. These are folks who have been voted by the community to be in the Top 10 of all contributors during any previous six-month MVP rating period. And once you’re an MVP, you’re always an MVP.

And more importantly, now that the new community voting tools have been included, it’s time to roll out the new MVP program. Watch this blog post next week for a description of the new rules, new standards, and a list of awards you can earn through all of your good effort. So jump in and help us figure out who the players are; maybe it’s you!

What’s Next?
The Advanced Search page gives you a lot of flexibility to build a complex search.  What we’re working on next is giving you the ability to save that search definition. This will be good for bookmarking and sharing. We’ve also heard that most users participate in some forums a lot, some forums a little and others not at all. We are going to improve your “What’s New” page so that it only includes those forums you want to browse. If there are any other improvements you’d like to see, reply here, or jump into the conversation on the Resource Center Site Feedback forum.

Content for this post provided by Jim Barry

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Using ArcGIS Online web maps in Community Analyst

The Esri Community Analyst is a software as a service (SaaS) mapping solution that offers GIS capabilities via a subscription Web application. Community Analyst includes thousands of of demographic, health, education, and business data variables that you can explore, and also includes tons of reports that help you gain a deeper understanding of any area. Community Analyst is especially useful to government agencies, policy makers, civic organzations, and NGOs, though just about anyone will find it of interest.

Support for ArcGIS Online web maps have been recently added, so now you can use Community Analyst with any of your maps, or publicly shared maps. In this example we’ll take a look at using Community Analyst to gain greater insight into high crime areas.

The map we’ll use shows crime density in Washington DC. Note the hot spots in the center of our map:

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Using shapefiles as basemaps

Our previous post on using custom basemaps generated some additional questions which we’ll cover this week. One reader asked if it was possible to use a shapefile as the source of your custom basemap. The answer is: not directly, but you can apply a little trick and accomplish this by using transparency in your existing basemap. Note that Explorer Online currently does not allow you to adjust basemap transparency, so we’ll author the map using the map viewer. The map we author there with basemap transparency can be used in Explorer Online, and other applications.

First, zip the shapefile you want to use and add it to your map. Using the map viewer click Add, then Add Layer from File.

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Using custom basemaps

Recently we’ve received some questions about custom basemaps, using a unique basemap of your own instead of one of the Esri options found in the basemap gallery. In this post we’ll review how to use your own basemap and a few options.

Using any map service as a basemap

One of the easiest ways to have a custom basemap is to use an existing map service that’s been shared on ArcGIS Online. Any map service will work, but exactly how you do this depends on whether you’re using the map viewer or Explorer Online. We’ll start with the map viewer.

Open the map viewer with the default basemap, and search for the layer you want to use as your custom basemap. In these examples, we’ll use the Commonwealth of Kentucky map.

Click Add, then Search for Layers, and enter the search keyword(s):

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