Contribute to the Living Atlas of the World

ArcGIS includes a Living Atlas of the World with useful and authoritative maps on many topics. The Living Atlas of the World is a collection of thousands of maps, intelligent map layers, imagery, tools, and apps built by ArcGIS users worldwide and by Esri and its partners. This rich catalog of geographic information is made available through ArcGIS Online, and reflects the collective power and reach of the entire ArcGIS community.  There are multiple ways to explore the Living Atlas through ArcGIS Online, including the Maps features pages, Gallery, as well as the new Living Atlas of the World web application and other apps such as the latest version of Explorer for ArcGIS.

Living Atlas of the World web application

Living Atlas content featured in latest Explorer for ArcGIS release

Share Your Maps and Apps

It’s likely that your organization has created authoritative maps and information layers that can be brought to life as intelligent maps to power the work of GIS users, decision makers, educators, students, and the general public.  We are looking for well-designed, high-quality maps and apps to populate collections in the ArcGIS Living Atlas. Your contributions will become part of the collective work of the entire ArcGIS commu­nity and will provide valuable content for thousands of users. The content we’re seeking for the Living Atlas includes:

  • Web Maps
  • Applications
  • Story Maps
  • Analytical Models and Tools

If you have created items in ArcGIS Online that you believe are appropriate for the Living Atlas and would like to see included, you can nominate your items through our new Living Atlas Contributor app and they will be reviewed by our Living Atlas curators.  To be included, your maps should meet the standard criteria below and follow best practices for sharing (e.g. attractive thumbnail, informative item details, descriptive user profile).

  • Well-designed cartography
  • Reliable and performant
  • Well-configured pop-ups
  • Well-defined legend
  • Well-focused topic
  • Well-maintained data

Join the Community

The Living Atlas is a community effort that is dependent not only on data and map contributors. We are also seek­ing volunteers to help us recruit participants, select and re­view content, and guide our effort going forward. Support your fellow ArcGIS users by volunteering to help us with this work. If, like many ArcGIS users, you have benefited from the GIS community—its knowledge, its rich data, and its commitment to build a better world—you now have an op­portunity to contribute to this groundbreaking new effort.  If you are interested in participating, or would like to suggest we include other maps and apps, please visit our Living Atlas Contributor app or contact us at  To participate in an ongoing conversation regarding the Living Atlas, please join our GeoNet community discussion group at

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