ArcGIS Blog » Mapping ArcGIS Blog Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:51:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Brief Introduction to the Maritime Chart Server Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 Caitlyn Raines Continue reading ]]> Esri is committed to developing new technologies and ways to utilize the ArcGIS platform that expands its support of the maritime operations.  One of our emerging technologies, the Maritime Chart Server, has been generating a lot of buzz and excitement in the maritime community.

The Maritime Chart Server is an ArcGIS for Server Object Extension that displays vector nautical charts as a query-able GeoServices REST services or OGC Web Map Services.  The Maritime Chart Server supports dynamic querying on the rich data contained within ENCs in order to assist with planning and maritime domain awareness operations.  With Maritime Chart Server, users can publish services that display S-57 products such as AML, ENC, and IENC based on their respective S-52 presentation library implementations.  The services can be accessed through either an on-premise or public website.  Since the data can be queried, applications can be built that allow for analytical capabilities such as search, location calculation, performing measurements of distance and area, and feature identification and attribute display.  In addition, the technology includes S-63 decryption capabilities to produce and serve read-only caches of encrypted ENC datasets.

The Maritime Team is thrilled that the Maritime Chart Server is powering NOAA’s website. For more information on the Maritime Chart Server, please contact

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Join us for a FREE webinar: ArcGIS Online and the Living Atlas Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:07:26 +0000 Caitlin Scopel Continue reading ]]> The Living Atlas is a curated subset of ArcGIS Online content. It’s comprised of authoritative content in the form of maps, map layers, and analytic models on thousands of topics from Imagery to Demographics and Landscapes to Urban Systems. Every item in the Living Atlas is ready-to-use, which means it’s displaying clean, authoritative data with high quality cartography and documentation, making the data easy to find, easy to understand and easy to use in your GIS workflows.

Join us on Wednesday, January 14th at 11am PST as we tour the Living Atlas, highlighting content with Hydrology and Water Resources applications. See how the Living Atlas is organized, how it integrates with different parts of the ArcGIS platform, and how you can take advantage of it in your own workflows. This webinar is part of a series of Water Resources webinars which will take place throughout 2015.

To attend the webinar, you must REGISTER HERE.

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World Topographic Map and Imagery Basemap Updated from Content Provided by User Community Wed, 07 Jan 2015 14:00:12 +0000 Shane Matthews Continue reading ]]> The ArcGIS Content Team has updated the World Topographic Map and Imagery Basemap. We managed to sneak in an update before the end of the year and wanted to share those details and welcome some new contributors. Another big thanks to the user community who are helping improve the Community Basemaps by submitting new and updated content to the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.  

 What’s New?

Before we dive into the latest updates, I want to draw your attention to the new user experience offered by ArcGIS Online. Check out the new ArcGIS Online Features and Ready-to-Use Maps pages!

For information on new features and enhancements, read the blog.

Topographic Map Updates and Useful Applications

Updates this week include 3 new contributions and 7 updates for locations in the United States, Canada and the State of Kuwait. Our first new contributor is City of El Cajon, CA.

El Cajon, CA  (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

Historically, El Cajon was linked to the agrarian heartland and center of communication of San Diego County. This region was often referred to as “The Big Box Valley” and “The Corners”. El Cajon was incorporated as a city in 1912 and remains an important economic center with a well-balanced economy that includes aerospace, education and retail markets.

Our next new contributor is the City of Rio Rancho, NM.

City of Rio Rancho, NM (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

Rio Rancho has created a nice looking Map Gallery to help citizens with information that includes a Parks and Recreation finder and a bikeways locator.

Our final new contributor for this release is the State of Vermont. Vermont has provided updates from 1:18k to 1:1k.

State of Vermont (Topo 1:18k to 1:1k)

Data in part from the Vermont Department of Health was used in these web apps describing and illustrating Dental Care Access, Utilization, Financial, Prevention, and Outcomes.

Created by the Vermont’s Agency of Transportation, this presentation exploits Esri’s COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf Software) approach to GIS and integrates Community Basemaps. The app describes web maps, mobile applications and operation dashboards as the keys to success.

This refresh also includes 7 locations that have provided updated content.

Yakima County, WA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

City of Mesa, AZ (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) 

City Of Peoria County, IL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

Teton County, ID (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada (Topo 1:36k to 1:1k) 

Kenora, Ontario, Canada (Topo 1:18k to 1:1k) 

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (Topo 1:18k to 1:1k) 

State of Kuwait (Topo 1:288k to 1:1k) 

Basemap Imagery Updates

Spain (1:36k to 1:1k) has been updated with imagery from IGN/CNIG (Instituto Geografico Nacional De Espana/Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica).

Here’s a list of all the community contributors for this release:




Remember that the Community Maps Team is offering training on the new data prep tools. These tools provide a simple way for Community Maps contributors to migrate their basemap layers to a format readily accepted by Esri Community Maps, without having to adopt a new data model.

The blog below will provide the details and how to register your organization.

New online Community Maps Data Preparation Tools workshop available in 2015

Contributions and Feedback

These contributions were made through the Community Maps Program.

For more information visit the Community Maps Program Resource Center.

The service was updated on the following servers: and If you have previously used the World_Topo_Map, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

If you have feedback on content, try our Topographic Map Feedback web map, or Imagery Map Feedback web map.

Metadata for Imagery Map: This service is metadata-enabled. With the Identify tool in ArcMap or the World Imagery with Metadata web map, you can see the resolution, collection date, and source of the imagery at the location you click. The metadata applies only to the best available imagery at that location. You may need to zoom in to view the best available imagery.

If you have other feedback or comments, please post them to the ArcGIS Discussion Group on GeoNet.

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Esri’s Living Atlas of the World and Community Maps 2014 Year-End Review Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:20:04 +0000 Shane Matthews Continue reading ]]> The ArcGIS Platform brings together maps, apps, data, and people to make smarter decisions and enable innovation in your organization and community. ArcGIS includes a Living Atlas of the World with beautiful and authoritative maps on hundreds of topics. The Living Atlas combines reference and thematic maps with many topics relating to people, earth, and life.  This content is available from any device, anywhere, at any time.

2014 was a busy year for the ArcGIS Content Team. Esri’s content landscape has increased tremendously. This increase is largely due to content being created and curated into the diverse collections of the Living Atlas of the World and includes data that has been contributed to Esri’s Online Basemaps through Community Maps participation. This story will focus on the expanding content that supports the Living Atlas, including an introduction to our curators, and will detail basemap growth through 2014.

Content that supports the Living Atlas of the World is organized by themes. Content included in the atlas is published by Esri, the User Community and Esri’s Partners.

Each of these themes have a curator that ensures that all web maps, apps and data follow best practices, add value, and provide a foundation for your work. Let’s take a look at these diverse themes and meet our curators.



Demographics and Lifestyles


Landscape – Oceans

Earth Observations

Urban Systems

Urban Systems – 3D Cities


Boundaries and Places and Historic Maps are provided by the curated themes mentioned above.

Story Maps

Community Maps played a vital role this year by adding new and updated content to the World Topographic Map. New contributions in the United States included King County, WA; Crook County, OR; Los Angeles and Anaheim, CA; Sparks, NV; Mesa and Queen Creek, AZ; City of Aspen and Pitkin County, CO; Teton County, ID and WY; Oswego, IL; Plano and Montgomery, TX; Shelby County, TN; Tampa, FL; Goldsboro, NC; Milford, CT; and many others. New contributions from the international community include Denmark; Island of Bermuda; Berlin, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Alberta, British Columbia, and Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and many others.

Not only have these communities joined the Community Maps Program, the ArcGIS Content Team has also leveraged content from these contributors and have added select map layers to the World Streets Map, the Light Gray Canvas Map, and there are plans to add these layers to other basemaps soon. Not only have we introduced new and updated content, we are rendering contributor content up through 1:288K, previously this content was only visible through 1:9K.  In addition, Commercial data was updated for all of North America, and all content in North America was cached in the new cartographic design.

Ready-to-use basemaps and content are part of your ArcGIS Online Subscription. This  includes maps, intelligent map layers, imagery tools, live feeds layers, elevation services and web apps. What else to I get?

The image below illustrates the community contributors in the World Topographic Map.

134 million features have been submitted by community contributions!

The Community Maps Timeline highlights the programmatic and operational enhancements our team has implemented through 2014.

We would like to thank our user community and partners for their help in building our basemap collection and supporting the Living Atlas of the World.

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Point Support in ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry 10.3 Mon, 29 Dec 2014 21:05:25 +0000 Caitlyn Raines Continue reading ]]> The ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry 10.3 expands the BIS’s capabilities beyond supporting raster datasets.  Users can now utilize the solution to store and work with bathymetric point feature classes!

All of the existing possibilities for filtering and applying surface modeling rules based on metadata characteristics to develop surface models can be applied to point feature classes.  In addition, the release also includes two new geoprocessing tools to help users maximize the value of using their bathymetric point data within the solution.

The Export Points tool extracts points from the surface model based on the applied rules and writes those points to a new feature class.   When two or more of the point datasets in a surface model overlap, the tool uses the feature classes’ footprints to only export point from the dataset with the highest priority ranking in the surface model based on the ordering rules.

The Bathymetry toolbox also now includes Reduce Point Density. Reduce Point Density uses the user-defined thinning distance and outputs a point feature where no point in less than the minimum distance from another point.  The output maintains the most significant points in a datasets, and can is be either shallow or deep biased depending on the user’s preference. Users can also specify a thinning distance that varies as a function of depth, so that the output may be sparser in deep waters, while maintaining more density in shallow waters.

The release is part of our commitment to support the maritime community’s work.  Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing a series of blogs covering new features in the release in more detail.  If you’re interested in learning more about what’s included in ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry 10.3, please subscribe to the Oceans and Maritime blog’s RSS feed or email

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3D web scenes take flight Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:42:14 +0000 Kenneth Field Continue reading ]]> By Kenneth Field, Senior Cartographic Product Engineer

The latest release of ArcGIS Online included a major new update that brought 3D scenes to your browser. This extends the capabilities for visualization of ArcGIS Online content by giving you the option of displaying it on a responsive WebGL virtual globe. I’ve been experimenting with different ways of displaying global flight data from and this blog describes how I built a 3D version called Airflow Globe.

Data from includes a global dataset of airports complete with latitude and longitude. It also includes a list of all air traffic routes (between two airports). I’ve used this data in a previous blog post to illustrate how the new transparency tools in ArcGIS Pro can be harnessed to better represent 60,000 overlapping routes. By setting transparency to 98% we get a beautiful illustration of global interconnectivity that reveals the shape of the world’s continents without any other data.

But what about all those curved lines? Surely airplanes fly in a straight line? If, like me, you often sit on an airplane listening to the conversations around you, you’ll no doubt have heard someone ask the question “why are those lines curved?” when looking at the in-flight map. I’ve had to answer that question on more than one occasion but oddly enough most people aren’t that interested in taking a class on map projections at 36,000 feet. How do you make those apparently curved lines straight? Using a globe does the job and shows those curvy looking lines on a cylindrical projection do turn out as straight lines of constant bearing on a globe. So how is it built?

ArcGIS Pro provides capabilities to author maps in either 2D or 3D (or both). I built a 2D version in ArcGIS Pro earlier this year (in ArcGIS Online here). Beginning with my 2D map, I inserted a new 3D scene in my ArcGIS Pro Project and then copied my flight routes data from the 2D map to the 3D scene. It is automatically rendered onto a virtual globe in ArcGIS Pro where I can also specify the basemap (I chose light gray to ensure the routes were legible). The routes were shared to my ArcGIS Online account as a Web Tile Layer meaning they are cached at a range of scales. I then added the airport locations data to the Scene in ArcGIS Pro and set the symbol to a simple pushpin and defined the appearance of the labels. There are over 7,500 airports so I used definition queries coupled with the data on number of active take-offs and landings to create several copies of the airport location data in the scene, each of which showing progressively more airports (based on number of take offs and landings) which I want to set to reveal at different elevations.

In the same way as you’re familiar with setting the visibility range for layers on 2D maps, you can also do the same for layers in 3D scenes, except you use elevation instead of scale as the unit of measurement. I set my airport location layers so that only the world’s busiest airports are displayed at high altitudes (when the view shows the whole globe) and as you zoom in, additional airports are added to the scene.

The position of the labels was set to ‘Top of Point’ which is rendered as a rotating billboard label in a scene in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online.

The end result is a scaleable virtual globe where content is revealed as you zoom in. This avoids the clutter you often get by displaying all your data at once at all scales (or elevations) and creates a much better user experience. Progressively revealing detail as you zoom in also invites the user of your map to explore.

I also configured my popups for the airports in ArcGIS Pro so they delivered the salient information about each airport.

The final step is sharing this scene to my ArcGIS Online account which is as simple as using the Share As Web Scene button on the Share tab. ArcGIS Pro packages up your scene and publishes it to ArcGIS Online as a 3D web scene.

All that remains is for you to log in to your ArcGIS Online account and do some simple configuration to get the web scene ready for use.

As the author and owner of the web scene you get access to the tools to modify the scene via a pane on the left of the window. The web scene itself is visible to the right, showing the additional tools available to the user.

You can add other layers (from your content or from other ArcGIS Online content). You can also create a Layer Group which I did to group my different airport location layers into a single layer (Airports) to simplify the appearance for the map user. Finally, I created some Slides in the same pane which appear as thumbnails across the bottom of the scene. These are effectively bookmarks to allow your map user to navigate to a preset position, perhaps a key location or a place that is important in your data. Once you’ve done some basic configuration, just share your web scene so it becomes visible on the web.

Users of your web scene can load it directly into their WebGL compliant browser. They can zoom, pan and rotate the globe and see your data brought to life across it. They can switch layers on or off, change the basemap if they wish (though the flight routes data in my example is specifically designed for the light gray basemap so won’t look as good across, say, imagery), and modify the environment settings to change lighting and shadows. Popups work like any other web map so clicking on the airports reveal the information I configured earlier in ArcGIS Pro.

3D web scenes are a great way to show your data in a different way. This example shows how you can make sense of flight route data in a different way when you view it on a globe, rather than a 2D map. Of course, not every dataset is going to work in a cognitive sense in 3D but web scenes open the door for further expermintation with visualization.

What’s next? 3D web scenes will develop further with new releases of ArcGIS Online to improve performance and support different needs. Currently, 60,000+ routes is too much for the browser to handle as features but it would be nice to have the flight paths arc above the surface at their actual flight elevation. Airports could also be positioned at their true elevation. All this is actually currently supported in a web scene but building a map to function is as important as just using all the technology available.

You can view the Airflow Globe web scene here.

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What’s new in ArcGIS 10.3 for Server Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:20:47 +0000 ssankaran Continue reading ]]> Everyone hopefully saw the announcement last week that ArcGIS 10.3 is now available. In this occasion we want to drill down into what is new in the ArcGIS for Server product, which includes enhancements to the GIS Server, and licensing changes in its Portal for ArcGIS extension.

The GIS Server includes some key enhancements providing features that we have heard requests for over the past releases:

  • ArcGIS Server Manager now includes a new dashboard for administrators to get usage metrics such as total requests, average response time etc on ArcGIS Server services. This will help you better understand how your services are being used.
  • You can now configure your map services so the ID of your layers is preserved. This will make your own web applications resilient to changes in the order of layers in your map services.
  • At 10.3, we now support OGC Web Features Service (version 2.0) and have enhanced our support for multi-dimensional data in wms services. Check this link for more details.
  • Organizations serving large basemaps will benefit from significant performance improvements to consumption of cached tiles when using a new compact cache format. Even without use of the new cache format, secured cached map services will see big improvements to tile retrieval times

The full list of issues addressed is available online and the What’s new in ArcGIS 10.3 for Server help topic goes into detail on many of the new things in the GIS server. Please read the compatibility help topic for details as you plan to upgrade to the 10.3 release.

The Portal for ArcGIS extension is now included at no additional cost with both ArcGIS for Server Standard and ArcGIS for Server Advanced licenses. This was first announced during the User Conference and we are excited to make this available to all of our customers in order to provide a complete Web GIS with ArcGIS for Server. Here are some reasons why we think Portal for ArcGIS will be important to you:

The Portal provides an effective way to organize your ArcGIS Server services, maps and apps so everyone can find and use them quickly.

  • It includes Web AppBuilder, which will allow you to easily build lightweight GIS Web apps from scratch. With Web AppBuilder you can leverage unique features of ArcGIS for Server such as Geoprocessing Tasks, High Quality Printing services and more.  Your configured Apps will run on pure HTML code and look great not just on your desktop, but also on your tablets and smartphones. Have a look at this short video for an intro to Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.
  • Portal for ArcGIS is bundled with a great collection of configurable Web Application Templates.  This means that you can more easily create focused and beautiful web apps and make your work look much better. You will find a variety of templates from configurable map viewers to map journals, crowdsourcing templates and more.
  • Named user licenses for using Collector for ArcGIS , Explorer for ArcGIS, Esri Maps for Office  and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS are also included with your Portal for ArcGIS extension.

If you are familiar already with Portal for ArcGIS, you will find a comprehensive list of new functionality in the  What’s new in Portal for ArcGIS 10.3  help topic, but among all the enhancements, we want to highlight the following:

Finally, we want to highlight the new location for everything related to ArcGIS 10.3 for Server: From there you can navigate to documentation, product information and much more.

Happy Holidays!

The ArcGIS for Server Team

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Create Watersheds and Trace Downstream in your ArcGIS Online web map Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:00:09 +0000 Caitlin Scopel Continue reading ]]> Hydrology Tools on ArcGIS OnlineThe Hydrology Analysis tools, Watershed and Trace Downstream, have been available in ArcGIS for Desktop for over a year now, and many water resources users are utilizing these fast and accurate Geoprocessing services. We’re happy to announce that these two tools are now available out-of-the-box in the ArcGIS Online web map viewer.



To use the Create Watersheds and Trace Downstream analysis tools, add your point layer to a web map then click the drop down arrow to reveal the Perform Analysis menu.

Perform Analysis

In this menu, select Find Locations. The Find Locations list includes Create Watersheds and Trace Downstream.

Find Locations

Create Watersheds and Trace Downstream in ArcGIS Online are driven by the Watershed and Trace Downstream Geoprocessing services. These tools are built on authoritative datasets from the USGS and World Wildlife Fund and produce fast and accurate upstream drainage basins and downstream flow paths. For more information on the data behind these tools, please read our Official Release blog.

To use the Watershed tool in ArcGIS Online, select Create Watersheds. The first input is Search distance to nearest drainage. This is similar to the Snap Distance parameter in the Desktop tool. This parameter will snap you to the closest stream within a certain distance (in the example below I use 10 Feet). You can leave this blank, and the tool will automatically snap you to the closest stream within a default distance of 5 cells. The second input is the result layer name, and then you can save your result in your ArcGIS Online Organization Account. This tool runs against the finest resolution data available in your area of interest. In the US, the finest resolution is 30m data from the USGS, and in the rest of the world, the finest resolution is 90m data from the HydroSHEDS project–a product by the World Wildlife Fund and the USGS.

Create Watersheds

The resulting layers are added to your web map: Watershed polygons from the 30m or 90m data and the Adjusted Points, which are the snapped points used to calculate the watersheds.

Resulting watersheds

The Trace Downstream tool is just as easy to use, and is based upon the same datasets as Create Watersheds. However, this ArcGIS Online tool was built with some additional functionality. Trace Downstream in ArcGIS Online allows you to split the resulting downstream flow path into line segments, and also clip the line at a designated distance (1,000 Miles in the example below).

Trace Downstream

The resulting downstream trace line shows the downstream flow path that water would take if it were dropped at each input point location, all the way out to the ocean, and also gives you measurements of how far that water actually went.

We hope you find these two new additions to ArcGIS Online’s analytic capabilities exciting and useful!

Please send any and all feedback to

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User Contributions have improved Esri’s Online Basemaps and Imagery Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:10:15 +0000 Shane Matthews Continue reading ]]> Esri’s ArcGIS Content Team has just incorporated new and updated content to both the World Topographic Map and Basemap Imagery, expanding and updating content in the Living Atlas of the World. This refresh includes 3 new contributors and 3 updates for cities and counties in the United States and Nigeria for the World Topographic Map and an update supporting our imagery services from Berlin, Germany.

First a look at our newest contributors to the topographic map. Beginning in the United States is the City of Aurora, IL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k).

City of Aurora, IL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

Aurora, IL has created a web app called My Place. This application helps residents obtain useful information related to where they live, as well as other addresses throughout the city. Now that the city has contributed content, they can add a topographic base to accompany the streets and imagery basemap options.

You can learn more about this app in this press release from the City of Aurora, IL.

Also located in the Midwest region of the United States is Brown County, WI (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k). Home to the popular National Football League’s (NFL) Green Bay Packers and Lambeau Field.

Brown County, WI (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Green Bay County Seat

Brown County is celebrating the opening of a new Zoo & Adventure Park. Looks like Saturday, December 13th will be a great day to get the kids out for breakfast with Santa and the opening of the Zip Line. The new facility is located 10 miles from downtown Green Bay.

Our final new contributor for this release is Lagos, Nigeria (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k). Lagos was updated to include a building footprint layer which lends great added detail and geographic context throughout the city.

Lagos, Nigeria (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

Lagos is the largest city in Africa and continues to grow. By 2015, Lagos will be the third most populated city in the world, according to United Nations estimates. The following Story Map provides the details on this and other select Megacities.

We would like to thank the following counties for updates and continuing to help the ArcGIS Content Team provide the most contemporary and best available data.

Lake County, IL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Waukegan County Seat

Story County, IA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Nevada County Seat

Yavapai County, AZ (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Prescott County Seat

Lastly, we have an update to our Imagery Basemap for Berlin, Germany, provided by Geoportal Berlin. In this updated data of Germany’s capital and largest city, recent changes can be seen throughout.  This example below shows the O2 World Complex and three new buildings completed including a hotel and office building.

New imagery for Berlin (0.20m resolution, 2014)

Previous imagery for Berlin (2011)

See Berlin’s cityscape and buildings come to life in this 3D City Base, powered by Esri City Engine.

If you work for a local government and would enjoy participating in Community Maps, the Story Map below will guide you through the layers we typically incorporate into the World Topographic Map. The map provides examples and explanations of the basemap layers your organization can contribute to Esri Community Maps.

Whether you are currently contributing or are interested, use the New Data Prep Tools to prepare your data for submission. These tools are version 2.0 of the previously released CM DataPrepTools_v1 ArcGIS 10.1 and CM DataPrepTools_v1 International Edition ArcGIS 10.1. Updates included in this release of the tools are outlined in the table below.

Need some guidance in using these tools? Our team is offering online training workshops. Read the blog below for the details.

New online Community Maps Data Preparation Tools workshop available in 2015.

Showcase your organization! If you work for an organization that is benefiting from Community Maps Participation and would like to share your work with our expanding user community, please contact Shane Matthews ( or Community Maps ( and tell us your story and have a chance to be featured in a Community Maps Webinar segment.

Here’s a list of all the community contributors for this release:

World Topographic Map

Imagery Basemap

These contributions were made through the Community Maps Program. For more information visit the Community Maps Program Resource Center.

The service was updated on the following servers: and If you have previously used the World_Topo_Map, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

If you have feedback on content, try our Topographic Map Feedback web map.

If you have feedback on content, try our Imagery Map Feedback web map.

Metadata for Imagery Map: This service is metadata-enabled. With the Identify tool in ArcMap or the World Imagery with Metadata web map, you can see the resolution, collection date, and source of the imagery at the location you click. The metadata applies only to the best available imagery at that location. You may need to zoom in to view the best available imagery.

If you have other feedback or comments, please post them to the ArcGIS Discussion Group on GeoNet.

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ArcGIS 10.3: The Next Generation of GIS Is Here Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:15:40 +0000 Sud Menon Continue reading ]]> We’re excited to announce that ArcGIS 10.3 is now available. ArcGIS 10.3 is a major release that will help you discover, make, use, and share maps from any device, anywhere, at any time.

ArcGIS 10.3 includes new apps and enhancements that will boost your efficiency and extend the impact of your work in your organization. Here are some of the highlights:

ArcGIS Pro – Your New ArcGIS for Desktop App

ArcGIS Pro reinvents desktop GIS. This brand new 64-bit desktop app lets you render and process your data faster than ever. With ArcGIS Pro, you can design and edit in 2D and 3D, work with multiple displays and layouts, and publish maps directly to ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS, making them available on any device.

ArcGIS Pro is currently in prerelease and will be available to you as part of your ArcGIS 10.3 for Desktop license. Stay tuned for the final release in January.

More Tools for ArcMap

At 10.3, ArcMap is better than ever, with improvements such as new analysis and automation tools, infographics capabilities, and tools for managing your data more efficiently. You can even run any version of ArcMap side by side with ArcGIS Pro.

ArcGIS for Server is now a complete Web GIS

ArcGIS Online provides Web GIS, hosted by Esri. With ArcGIS 10.3, ArcGIS for Server delivers Web GIS in your own infrastructure. This is possible because ArcGIS for Server Standard or Advanced now entitles you to Portal for ArcGIS. Portal for ArcGIS unlocks the full suite of ArcGIS apps, including the new Web AppBuilder, so everyone in your organization can leverage your GIS work.

ArcGIS Online continues to add new capabilities

Read about the Q4 update to ArcGIS Online.

3D begins to roll out across the entire platform

We are continuing to realize the vision of taking 3D information and bringing it to life in browsers and applications that run on devices. At 10.3, we’re delivering a whole new 3D editing and visualization experience for the Desktop with the introduction of ArcGIS Pro. What’s more, you can share the 3D scenes you create in ArcGIS Pro with anyone using ArcGIS Online, which now includes a new Web Scene Viewer. A web scene can have layers, including elevation layers, imagery layers, tiled layers, and feature layers. In addition to viewing scenes created and published using ArcGIS Pro, the ArcGIS Online Web Scene viewer can also be used to create 3D Scenes by mashing up existing layers in your Web GIS, right from your browser. Content that you have already captured can be brought into these scenes and displayed so users can work with that information in 3D.

Over the next few months, subsequent releases will deliver even more 3D capabilities including the ability to publish and disseminate web scenes and layers using your own ArcGIS Servers, including support for sharing photo realistic 3D models (such as detailed buildings), and 3D-enabled mobile applications that work on devices, such as tablets and smartphones.

Real-time GIS at 10.3

At 10.3, real-time, streaming data is fully integrated into ArcGIS. The GeoEvent Extension for Server delivers improved performance with increased throughput capability, faster spatial filtering, and the ability to scale-out by adding machines to a cluster.

A suite of new spatial operators have been added to GeoEvent for even more powerful spatial filtering options, such as intersect, touches, and overlaps, all of which can be applied to any or all GeoFences.

New spatial processors are included, such as Buffer Creator, Intersector, and Symmetric Difference, delivering an unprecedented array of real-time spatial analytics. Even more real-time spatial processors are available in the Esri Gallery on GitHub. You can even create your own.

At ArcGIS 10.3, real-time web maps are here thanks to the introduction of the Stream Service and Stream Layer. Now, real-time layers can be configured, symbolized, and filtered directly in a web map and added to ArcGIS apps and custom applications.

More opportunities for developers

There are different aspects to developing with the ArcGIS platform, and 10.3 introduces new capabilities for developers across the board. First, web development gets better, more powerful, and easier with enhanced APIs, new layers for working with information such as real-time that is streamed into browsers, new visualization capabilities for working with these layers, and new functionality for working with proportional symbols and performing dot density mapping. All of this is available in the JavaScript API and in our web GIS developer model.

Another area that is new in 10.3 is the introduction of Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, which not only allows users who are not developers to assemble applications, but also gives developers opportunities to build their own widgets that can be used with Web AppBuilder.

10.3 marks the beginning of a wave of releases that will further help developers build mobile applications using ArcGIS Runtime. This will allow developers to take advantage of the same technology that Esri uses to build our mobile applications including Collector, Explorer, and Operations Dashboard. These releases will expose the new 10.3 capabilities for working with 3D, real time, mapping, and offline to developers building native applications for the different mobile platforms.

Last but not least, developers working with ArcGIS Pro can leverage Python to automate tasks. Developers will also be able to extend ArcGIS Pro with add-ins using the ArcGIS Pro SDK for .NET. This will be available in beta during the first quarter of 2015.

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By Sud Menon, Director of Software Development and Engineering

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