Charlie Frye

Charlie Frye
Charlie Frye is the Chief Cartographer at Esri, manages the Cartographic Projects Group on the Content Team. He has worked at Esri in the Software Products since 1994.

Recent Posts

GeoDescriber: Expanding the Reach of Geographic Information

Landscape description of Whanganui National Park, New Zealand.

Photo credit: James Shook. Text credit: GeoDescriber

Can your GIS talk?

Does it say the right things?

In the era of too much information, demand for a smart solution to automatically interpret data for a specific audience is rising. GIS is no exception. Maps help us understand the geography, but more is possible. That’s why I’m excited about something new we’ve been working on. We named it GeoDescriber. Continue reading

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Use Living Atlas Image Services in Your Desktop Analysis


“The Living Atlas of the World brings ready-to-use data to the ArcGIS Platform creating a complete global Geographic Information System.” That sounds good, doesn’t it?  But what does it mean? It means the Living Atlas isn’t just for making web … Continue reading

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World Land Cover 2010 from ESA now available in the Living Atlas

Excerpt from World LandCover ESA 2010 showing the Pyrenees in the south, and Garonne Valley of France in the north.

Several weeks ago, we added the World Land Cover 2010 ESA layer to the Living Atlas. This layer’s data is from the 2010 epoch of the European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Land Cover Project. These data are … Continue reading

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New Global Layers for Local Relief and Landforms added to the Living Atlas

Excerpt from World Local Relief

The number of global landscape layers in the Living Atlas of the World has grown significantly in the past year. This summer we added and updated several layers, including new World Local Relief and World Landforms. These layers provide globally … Continue reading

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MDA’s BaseVue 2013 Global Land Cover available on ArcGIS Online

Lena River

Esri’s Landscape Content Team is pleased to announce MDA’s BaseVue 2013 land cover data is available in the Living Atlas and as premium content in ArcGIS Online. BaseVue 2013 is a 13-class land use/land cover dataset that covers the globe, … Continue reading

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The next generation of mapping and cartography resources

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer

Mapping Resource Center - ThumbnailWe are transitioning from MappingCenter, where for over four years we have been sharing resources to help people create great maps with ArcGIS, to the new Mapping Resource Center. We are making this transition for several big reasons.

First, the release of ArcGIS 10.1 is a big deal with respect to sharing maps online. In particular, the web maps we can all make in ArcGIS Online are the future. They are how the value and the useful information held within GISs everywhere will reach many audiences. Our initial efforts on the new Mapping Resource Center will focus on web maps. We feel it is imperative to support ArcGIS users who are working to leverage the Web to deliver the value of their GIS to their customers.

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Historic Conservation and Preservation web map templates

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer

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Two new map templates are now available in ArcGIS Online. Both support creating services and web maps that feature historic preservation and conservation content.  You can find these templates in Historic Conservation and Preservation ArcGIS Resources Group in ArcGIS Online.

The Historic Buildings & Districts Conservation and Preservation Web Map template is an ArcMap editing map, a set of editing workflows for creating and managing historical information about buildings, and a set of ArcMap documents for serving historical building information in a Web Map. Continue reading

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Making a "map sandwich" on

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer

Last year we wrote about the concept of a map sandwich. A map sandwich is a basic formula for a legible map mash-up. This blog post explains how you make your own map sandwich on the Web site in 10 easy steps. Continue reading

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Introducing the 2010 User Conference web map and routing app

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer

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We are pleased to introduce the 2010 UC Web Map and Routing Application. This map is designed to ease the potentially exhausting experience of navigating the huge San Diego Convention Center. Continue reading

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Using multiple computers to cache ArcGIS Server map services

By Charlie Frye, Esri Chief Cartographer

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We got a question the other day on Ask a Cartographer about how to cache map services with several computers. First, we want to explain why you would even want to do this. If you will be caching a map that covers a large extent and needs to be cached at large scales, it is possible that the caching job could take days or even weeks to process on one computer. For instance the World Topographic Map on ArcGIS Online. It would take about 8-10 weeks to cache completely on one computer. By spreading these large caching jobs across many computers, it will take less time to complete. Continue reading

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