Maintenance upgrade to ArcGIS Online map servers on Tuesday, June 9


The Esri ArcGIS Online Basemap system (i.e.,, will be upgraded from ArcGIS 10.2 for Server to ArcGIS 10.3 for Server on Tuesday June 9. The update will improve system stability and performance, with no known issues at this … Continue reading

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How to Contribute Maps to the Living Atlas of the World

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In this blog, you will see how to contribute your maps, apps, Story Maps, scenes and layers to the Living Atlas of the World. The focus is on how to use the new “contributor app” for the Living Atlas of … Continue reading

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VENOM & Logjam Vulnerability Hype


Mid-May was a busy month for vulnerabilities being covered by media, so we’ve consolidated information about two of the most broadcasted vulnerabilities here. VENOM Vulnerability Information: On May 13, 2015, a hypervisor vulnerability was disclosed CVE-2015-3456 referred to as VENOM that … Continue reading

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Updating your Community Maps Account Information


Hello Community Maps contributors! Has your contact information changed since you’ve registered with Community Maps? Then this blog post is for you!

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Civilian Topographic Map Released

The Civilian Topographic Map (CTM) is designed to allow you to easily create civilian style 25K topographic data and maps using Esri Production Mapping.  The first release of CTM includes a geodatabase data model as well as sample configurations for editing, quality assurance, and cartography for creating 1:25000 scale civilian style topographic maps. Continue reading

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Living Atlas of the World Updates Improve the World Topographic Map


ArcGIS Online has been refreshed with new and updated content to Esri’s Basemaps. The user community has improved the World Topographic Map. We appreciate our users and partners who are supporting the Living Atlas of the World by contributing useful information and applying this content to enhance their … Continue reading

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ArcGIS 10.3.1 Brings Smart Mapping and 3D Content Sharing to ArcGIS for Server

A 3D web scene can be viewed in a browser using the scene viewer in either ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.

Smart Mapping Smart mapping is an innovative approach for creating maps that has been available through ArcGIS Online since March 2015. With ArcGIS 10.3.1, this capability is now also available in the map viewer of Portal for ArcGIS (included with ArcGIS for … Continue reading

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Pass the classification but hold the salt and pepper!

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ArcGIS has improved its suite of classification tools including advanced algorithms and the ability to segment an image. Segmentation looks at neighboring pixels and groups them together if they share the same spectral characteristics and it can also understand the … Continue reading

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Smart Mapping Part 4: Pairing Data with Maps

There are many kinds of thematic maps and each is highly flexible in its design. This variety is a blessing because we can tell a seemingly endless number of geographic stories. It is also a curse because thematic cartography is so open-ended and dozens of decisions may have no single, obvious answer: should I use color ramps or proportional sizes? If size, which shape? How much generalization to apply? What about data classification?  Smart Mapping is designed to change all of that.

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Visualizing Barcelona Spain using Imagery

Newer part of town with courtyards, parks and octagon shaped buildings.

Sometimes it’s fun to take a virtual vacation using imagery to explore new places from the comfort of your home, a Viewcation.  With the availability of high resolution imagery, fast computers and better performing internet networks this is possible for … Continue reading

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