Seth Sarakaitis

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Free Community Maps Training at 2015 Southeast User Conference

If you’re planning to attend the Esri Southeast User Conference in Nashville this year (May 4-6th) we may have a good reason to stick around immediately after the main conference.  We recently added a free post-conference hands-on workshop for those interested in learning the Data Prep Tools for contributing data to the Community Maps Program for basemaps. Continue reading

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8 Facts You Didn’t Know About Community Maps

By Don Cooke

ArcGIS now comes with so much free content that it has evolved into a Living Atlas of the World. Esri gets Content for the Living Atlas from three sources:

  • Partners including Navteq, which is now known as “Here,” and Digital Globe
  • Open sources such as OpenStreetMap
  • The community of ArcGIS users, many of whom serve as data stewards for important foundational themes Continue reading
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Community Maps Contribution App features updated list of layers

The Community Maps Contribution Application, has undergone some changes to improve how basemap data layers are contributed and managed.   Most notably, we’ve expanded the list of layers we are accepting from contributors by dividing one existing general layer into its sub-components. Continue reading

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Road Centerline Data Prep Tool

A new Community Maps data prep tool is available for those contributing Road Centerline features.  This tool will convert your road polyline features and attributes to the Community Maps model so your roads can be used in the World Topographic Basemap.

The tool is split up into two separate (Part 1 and Part 2) GeoProcessing tools which are to be run in sequence. Continue reading

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Fairfax County Virginia Community Maps Success Story

Fairfax County in the State of Virginia has been a contributor to Esri’s Community Maps since 2010.  Brendan Ford, the County’s GIS Applications Manager was drawn to the program by the prospect of using ArcGIS Online basemaps instead of building their own basemaps to support applications.  Before joining the Community Maps, Brendan and his team spent a considerable amount of time  developing basemap content with their first released web applications.  Due to the subjective nature of the basemap cartography, where they started from scratch on symbols and label fonts, they struggled to develop a consistent basemap usable by multiple applications.  Using the high-quality cartography of the World Topographic Map on ArcGIS Online was an easy choice for the new versions of their web mapping applications. Continue reading

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ArcGIS Data Reviewer Offer Extended for Community Maps Contributors

Esri is again offering a special software promotion to Community Maps Program contributors.  The ArcGIS Data Reviewer for Desktop extension is being offered for the cost of maintenance to organizations who contribute content to the Program.  With ArcGIS Data Reviewer for Desktop, contributors will be able to validate and review their data to make necessary correction, thereby ensuring they contribute the highest quality data possible to the program.  This promotion was offered in 2012 with great success and has been requested to continue for new contributors. Continue reading

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Community Maps members showcase contributions at 2013 International User Conference

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Whether sharing best practices in a moderated paper session, demonstrating their latest useful web application in the User Application Fair or exhibiting beautiful maps in the Map Gallery, Esri Community Maps members found a variety of ways to help make the … Continue reading

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Community Maps 2.0 Contribution Method Gains Momentum

The Community Maps new contribution method (aka CM 2.0) is in full swing since its initial release last summer (2012).  Since this time, Esri’s Community Maps team has been working with many of our early adopters to get them converted from CM 1.0 (cache delivery) to CM 2.0 (vector delivery) contributors.  This reengagement campaign has been very successful, with a great majority of our early adopters registering through our online web application and submitting more contemporary data of their area.  This effort is hand-in-hand with our refresh of the World Topographic Map to the new cartographic design.  The design changed in late 2012 to a more subtle, reference-style map, providing a better canvas for overlaying operational data in web applications, printed maps and other kinds of output.

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Using ArcGIS Data Reviewer with Community Maps Contributions

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Esri is offering a special software promotion to Community Maps Program contributors.  The ArcGIS Data Reviewer for Desktop extension is being offered for only the cost of maintenance to organizations who contribute content to the Program.  With ArcGIS Data Reviewer … Continue reading

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Esri News for Community Maps Program – Heads Up on New Topo Map Design

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By Don Cooke – Community Maps Product Manager New Design of the World Topographic Community Map to Debut in October Since 2009, the World Topographic Map has been the flagship community map in the ArcGIS Online suite of map and … Continue reading

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