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March 2011 Community Map Contributors

We would like to welcome our newest contributors and thank them for sharing their caches with our community.

Amherst, Massachusetts

Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

Cass County, North Dakota

Example of Cass County 

Duval County, Florida

Monmouth County, New Jersey

New Braunfels, Texas

Example of New Braunfels 

Palm Springs, California

Example of Palm Springs 

Spain (577K – 18K)

Example of Spain 

Tacoma, Washington

Vancouver-DNV, Canada

 

Their maps and many others can be viewed here. Don’t feel left out! Join our growing community by submitting your own cache. Fill out the participation form and get started today!

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ArcGIS Online World Topographic Map updates for February

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

The World Topographic Map includes new detailed, local content covering:

  • Chicago, IL
  • Kane County, IL
  • Orlando, FL
  • St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • Town of York, ME
  • Westminster, CO
  • Worchester, MA

In addition, the basemap was updated for the following areas:

  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Virginia (577K – 18K)
  • North Carolina (577K – 72K)

Many of these contributions were made through the Community Maps Program, For more information visit the Community Maps Program website or view the live map of current and forthcoming contributors.

If you have questions, please post them in the ArcGIS
Online forums

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ArcGIS Online World Topographic Map updates for January

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

Detailed view of University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill 

The World Topographic Map includes updated data for Hong Kong and new detailed, local content covering:

  • Arlington, Texas
  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina (above image above features the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Oakbay, British Columbia, Canada
  • St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
  • Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
  • Township of Langley, British Columbia, Canada
  • Williamson County, Texas

In addition, the basemap was updated for the following areas:

  • Dover, Delaware
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, California
  • Sudan

Many of these contributions were made through the Community Maps Program, For more information visit the Community Maps Program website or view the live map of current and forthcoming contributors.

If you have questions, please post them in the ArcGIS
Online forums

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Momentum Patterns for Contributors

 

Community Maps Program Momentum

The expanding global community of content providers is fueling momentum in the Community Maps Program. With over 250 authoritative content providers joining the program over the past 12 months participants range from college campuses to municipalities to state/province and entire countries.  In addition to the overall rate of growth in the program, we have identified some interesting participation patterns.

Total Participation Chart

Contributor momentum is occurring in both vertical and horizontal patterns.  Vertical momentum is occurring when municipalities are joining with their respective counties or state governments.  The vertical data integration pattern shows national and state organizations producing maps for the medium scales while contained within the larger boundary, counties/cities/universities are developing the large-scale map layers.  City government organizations are working with their county to partner in the program and build up content for their areas.  These nested organizations are recognizing the benefits of the organized consistency for maps at different scales for organizations which need basemaps which extend outside of their boundaries. For example the State of North Carolina content is being used for medium scales of the map and Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte fill in the large scales. 

 

 

Vertical Data Integration

This vertical data integration is apparent for the international community as well.  Nation-wide maps at small and medium scales are being developed with content from National Mapping Organizations while cities are supplying content for the larger scales.  For example the Canadian medium scale basemap includes data provided by Natural Resources Canada while City of Toronto content makes up the larger scales in the World Topographic Map service.

Participation to the program is also growing in a horizontal pattern.  Neighboring city and county government organizations are expanding the map coverage for their areas.  City GIS departments are reaching out to their neighbors to join the program and build seamless large-scale basemaps.  The City of Boston Massachusetts encouraged neighboring City of Cambridge, MA to join and create a smooth, consistent map across their boundary.  This momentum was observed by the Waltham, MA GIS coordinator and was the trigger for his organization to join.  Waltham, located in eastern Massachusetts, is a western suburb of Boston. Eric Rizzo, the Waltham GIS Coordinator saw this as a great opportunity to be a part of a bigger effort and showcase his city’s data along with the surrounding larger municipalities in the Boston metro area.

This participation has encouraged regional agencies to join up on the program.  The Metro Area Planning Agency (MAPA) of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa see tremendous benefit to having a metro-wide basemap.  MAPA is a five-county Council of Governments (COG) with two Iowa Counties (Pottawattamie and Mills) and three Nebraska Counties (Washington, Douglas, and Sarpy).  As a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) they are focused at looking at the metro area as a whole and work to address cross-jurisdictional concerns.  MAPA contributes to the regional GIS effort regularly through support for various GIS positions and projects and acting as a “funding umbrella” of sorts when aerial photography acquisition is needed and regional jurisdictions (many outside of the MAPA COG) join together and pool money for these costly products.

Paul Hunt, the MAPA Assistant Transportation Planner states, “The Esri Community Maps Program was brought to our attention by one of our County GIS departments.  We immediately recognized the benefits of a seamless MAPA basemap and met with all our county jurisdictions and gathered their participation in the program.  We feel there will be many benefits of having the seamless basemap coverage at large-scales for our area for daily (ArcMap desktop) GIS activities as well as providing a basemap for our Web-applications.
“Our biggest jurisdiction, Douglas County NE (City of Omaha), has engaged in Web-mapping application projects where the coverage expands outside their jurisdiction.  We feel that contributing our trusted content to the ArcGIS Online World Topographic Map Service will provide the seamless basemap to aid in the success of these applications. “

Metropolitan Area Planning Agency Coverage Map

“We are very gratified and encouraged by the growth of this community map in the past year” states Esri’s ArcGIS Online manager Deane Kensok.  “We are finding new publishing opportunities for the user community with this basemap.  As for the growth among these neighboring communities, we know that these agencies communicate with their neighbors on a regular basis about GIS activities and see that word-of-mouth can be a great driver for broader collaboration and participation in these community maps.”

 

Written by:  Seth Sarakaitis

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ArcGIS Online World Topographic Basemap updated with local data

The ArcGIS Online World Topographic Basemap (World_Topo_Map) was recently
updated with contributions from the user community. The World Topographic
Basemap includes new content covering:

  • Broomfield, CO
  • Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Sussex County, NJ
  • Westerville, OH

In addition, the basemap was updated for the following areas:

  • Houston, TX (water features)

Many of these contributions were made through the Community Maps Program, For more information visit the Community Maps Program website or view the live map of current and forthcoming contributors.

If you have questions, please post them in the ArcGIS
Online forums

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ArcGIS Online World Topographic Basemap updated

The ArcGIS Online World Topographic Basemap (World_Topo_Map) was recently updated with contributions
from the user community. The World Topographic Basemap includes new content covering:

  • Chatham County, GA
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Rancho Cucamonga, CA

In addition, the basemap was updated for the following areas:

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Jacksonville, FL 

Many of these contributions were made through the Community Maps Program, For more information visit the Community Maps Program website or view the live map of current and forthcoming contributors.

If you have questions, please post them in the ArcGIS Online forums

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New Community Maps Program Newsletter

Yesterday the first issue of the Esri Community Maps Program Newsletter was published, containing information about recent participants in the program, tips and tricks for building basemaps, user success stories, workshops and training events, and other information.

 

The Newsletter also provides links to the Community Basemap blog where you’ll find help and technical information regarding the program, and tips like how to work with map templates, create cache, and more.

And links to the Community Basemap Resource Center where you can find support forums, galleries, videos and other resources that enable you to participate more effectively in the community maps program.

The newsletter is available via a free subscription.

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Latest community contributions to the World Topographic Basemap

The ArcGIS Online World Topographic Basemap has been recently updated with contributions from:

  • Henrico County, VA
  • Outagamie County, WI
  • Nanaimo, BC
  • Kamloops, BC
  • and updates for Toronto, ON

Here’s some of the content Nanaimo contributed viewed using the ArcGIS.com viewer:

Here’s a section of Toronto – note the 1/2 meter contour data:

 

And here’s Shiocton, in Outagamie County, WI:

These contributions have been made through the Community Maps Program, designed to enable GIS users worldwide to contribute their authoritative content and become part of a freely hosted GIS community basemap. The data is integrated with data from other providers using a map template, then published through ArcGIS Online as a free, hosted map service.

For more information visit the Community Maps Program website, or view the live map of current and forthcoming contributors.

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Recent community contributions to the World Topographic Basemap

The ArcGIS Online World Topographic Basemap has been recently updated with contributions from:

  • State of Utah
  • Lincoln County, Nebraska
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Iredell County, North Carolina

Here’s a portion of the content Tulsa contributed:

And here’s a view of the data from Virginia Beach:

These contributions have been made through the Community Maps Program, designed to enable GIS users worldwide to contribute their authoritative content and become part of a freely hosted GIS community basemap. The data is integrated with data from other providers using a map template, and then published through ArcGIS Online as a free, hosted map service.

These services are then freely available in a variety of ways- for example they’re built-in to basemap galleries in ArcGIS Desktop and free Web applications like the ArcGIS.com viewer and ArcGIS Explorer Online, and can also be used in custom Web applications and via ArcGIS for iOS.

For more information visit the Community Maps Program website, or view the live map of current and forthcoming contributors.

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Free Community Maps Program Webinar on Thursday, August 19

Through the Community Maps Program Esri is collaborating with user organizations around the world to build cartographically uniform and highly detailed global basemaps that GIS users can freely access for their projects.

Community-built basemaps reduce the cost of making data widely available and offer a reliable way to access critical information for use during disasters and other emergencies. Many organizations have already contributed their authoritative content to one of the three community basemaps: World Topographic Map, World Street Map or World Imagery. These maps are hosted and maintained by Esri as part of ArcGIS Online content and can be freely accessed through ArcGIS Desktop, a mobile or browser-based application, or for developers, through the free ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs.

Learn more by attending a free webinar on Thursday, August 19, 2010 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT, and learn how organizations around the world benefit by contributing their data. Just like access to the community basemaps, the webinar is free – all you need to do is register.

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