ArcGIS Blog » Mapping ArcGIS Blog Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:12:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Living Atlas of the World Updates Improve the World Topographic Map Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:57:38 +0000 Shane Matthews Continue reading ]]> The World Topographic Map has been updated with new content!

As part of ArcGIS OnlineEsri’s Basemaps support a vast GIS community.  Thank You to our Contributors and Partners who help support the Living Atlas of the World by providing data and enriching these amazing resources.

This release incorporates brand new content for the entire State of Victoria, Australia from 1:9k to 1:1k, and select locations in the United States that include the entire State of Nebraska from 1:18k to 1:1k.

Contributor Spotlights

View this tour of the new and updated content in the World Topographic Map.

Let’s welcome our newest contributors:

State of Victoria, Australia, courtesy of VicMap API (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor

State of Nebraska (Topo 1:18k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Arlington, WA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Everett Community College (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Larimer County, CO (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Esri Denver Regional Office (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Hagerstown, MD (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Lee County, FL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor

Contributors in this Release

  • State of Victoria, Australia, courtesy of VicMap API (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • State of Nebraska (Topo 1:18k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Arlington, WA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Everett Community College (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Larimer County, CO (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Esri Denver Regional Office (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Hagerstown, MD (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Lee County, FL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Centennial, CO (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Dover, DE  (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Launceston, Australia (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Canada (Topo 1:9k to 1:4k) Update


Community Newsletter: Stay updated on program news, tips and tricks, user success stories, training events, and participant contributions by subscribing to the Community Maps Newsletter. You can have the newsletter sent right to your inbox by subscribing here.

Share your data: Do you want to join the growing community of Community Maps contributors?  It’s easy; just visit Community Maps for an overview and visit the Community Maps Contribution Process page for more information.

Share your story: How has contributing to the Living Atlas Community benefited your organization? Has your participation helped meet a particular challenge? Email us at so we can promote your success.


For more information visit the Community Maps Program Resource Center.

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 other feedback or comments, please post them to the ArcGIS Online Discussion Group and the Living Atlas Discussion Group on GeoNet.

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StreetMap Premium for ArcGIS with TomTom content 2015 releases Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:30:50 +0000 ArcGIS Content Team Continue reading ]]> StreetMap Premium for ArcGIS North America TomTom 2015 Release 1 and StreetMap Premium for ArcGIS Europe TomTom Release 1 are now available. These datasets provide routing, geocoding, and high-quality cartographic display for countries in North America or Europe using ArcGIS for Desktop or ArcGIS for Server. For routing, each release includes four new travel modes, which can be accessed only through ArcGIS 10.3 for Server or later, GeoProcessing Tools, and Python.

Travel Modes
Travel modes for StreetMap Premium for ArcGIS TomTom

North America

This first release of North America data from TomTom for 2015 includes street data for Canada, Mexico, and the United States including Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. See What’s new and Release notes for more information on this release. Organizations with a license should have already received this update.


The first release of European data from TomTom for 2015 includes street data for 48 European countries and locators for 27 countries including seven new locators for Slovakia. See What’s new and Release notes for more information on this release. Organizations with a license will receive this update in late July.

Geocoding in Slovakia
Geocoding in Slovakia

You can learn about mapping, geocoding, and routing coverage for a specific country at StreetMap Premium product coverage.

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Maps, the Web, and You: Power and possibility with Web GIS Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:49:44 +0000 Gisele Mounzer Continue reading ]]> Understand the concept of applied geography in Chapter 1 of The ArcGIS Book

The first chapter in The ArcGIS Book acknowledges the work of current GIS professionals and introduces concepts and terminology to aspiring GIS users. It invites both long-time users and newcomers to consider the possibilities that a Web GIS implementation has opened up. This chapter features Esri President Jack Dangermond sharing his vision about the current state of GIS, the road ahead, and how applied geography makes useful information available to everyone.

The GIS professional working on the desktop creates and shares information to the Web GIS (which can be in the cloud, on your secure local network, or both). Knowledge workers, executives, citizens, developers, and other GIS users can build upon and leverage your work. In turn, you can leverage other users’ layers for your own work as well.

Chapter 1 also defines and provides examples of some of the most important ArcGIS terms such as web maps, scenes, layers, analysis, and apps. It illustrates how data from different sources can be integrated and used to augment knowledge that can then be organized and shared across organizations and beyond.

There are many ways you can access and deploy the ArcGIS platform to complete the lessons in The ArcGIS Book, and the Quickstart in chapter 1 shows you how.

The two hands-on Learn ArcGIS lessons offered in this chapter take you to the Big Island of Hawaii to map and analyze lava flow hazards. You will learn how to make your own map and work with its symbols and pop-ups. You will take a simple CSV file and turn it into spatial information, then package a web map as a professional-looking application. You will also explore the relationship between shelter locations and population in high-hazard lava flow zones using tools such as drive-time analysis.

Are you ready to get started? Roll up your sleeves and come on in.

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A commercial grade solution for every team member Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:57:46 +0000 Emily Gibson Continue reading ]]> Get your workforce where it needs to be with Navigator for ArcGIS.

Navigator for ArcGIS is an app that gets you or your workforce where it needs to be, improving efficiency and reliability. Like many consumer grade navigation products, Navigator calculates directions, searches for addresses and places, and guides you to your destination with voice and turn-by-turn directions. Unlike these offerings, Navigator connects with other apps and devices, calculates custom travel routes, creates multi-stop routes, and gets directions even in disconnected areas.

For these reasons, Navigator is a commercial rather than a consumer grade solution. Whether you are a manager looking to improve your organization’s performance and bottom line, or a field worker figuring out how to do your job better, you can benefit from Navigator for ArcGIS.

Connect with other apps and devices

Navigator seamlessly integrates with your organization’s apps. Whether data about stops is stored in Collector for ArcGIS, or another business app, this information can be sent directly to Navigator. For field workers, this means that all of the data that you need is available on one device and managed within the ArcGIS platform. For managers, Navigator will reduce driving times, while increasing customer confidence and earnings.

Calculate directions based on the specific vehicle or roads your workforce uses.

Calculate custom travel routes

Navigator also calculates highly precise routes. As a field worker, you can receive travel routes based on whether you drive a truck or car. These travel modes are based on road capabilities and curb approach guidelines. In short, you are guaranteed the best route, honoring the rules of the road that apply to you.

Create multi-stop routes

You can also calculate multi-stop routes with Navigator. As a field worker, you can create a work list of all your stops at the beginning of the day, saving you time and Create a list of work stops with Navigator for You can also search for additional stops or information within your data. As a manager, you will appreciate that Navigator allows your workforce to do its job more quickly and efficiently.

Get directions anytime, anywhere

Users can complete all of these tasks while they are disconnected. So even if you need to travel off the beaten path, you will still receive accurate and up-to-date directions and tasks. As a manager, you will know that your team is always able to do its job and avoid duplication.

What’s next?

Today, ready-to-use maps and commercial street data for Navigator are available for download to your device through ArcGIS Online. Future releases of ArcGIS Pro will support the use of your organization’s own custom maps and data in the app. This means support for routing on custom roads, searching against custom geocoding locators, and customizing the map display. You will also be able to create your own custom travel mode for say, an emergency vehicle. We are also working to provide navigation maps for areas outside of North America and Europe. And of course, we are developing Android and Windows versions of the app. Click here for more details about what’s being planned for Navigator.

How do I start using Navigator?

See for yourself how your organization can benefit from Navigator for ArcGIS and download it today from the Apple App Store. To use the app you must have an ArcGIS Online account that has been configured with a Navigator for ArcGIS license. For more information, click here.

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Vector Tiles preview Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:00:41 +0000 Andrew Turner Continue reading ]]> Today at the Esri International User Conference we unveiled our plans for bringing vector map tiles to the ArcGIS platform. Our web, mobile, and online platform work together to provide data rich, interactive and custom cartography through modern web GIS technology. Check out our vector basemaps and an example of dynamic styling

Vector Tiles Comparison

Why Vector Tiles

Digital web mapping has emerged and evolved very quickly. In 2000 ArcIMS enabled people to publish their own digital maps to the internet. In 2005, Google introduced the world to “slippy maps” by developing a new specification for providing map tile images and browser capabilities driven by AJAX which provided a vastly improved user experience for interacting with digital maps. Inspired by video games this format and specification was quickly adopted and replicated across most map technologies which meant map tiles generated with one platform would work in any other platform. GIS systems have simultaneously evolved in parallel on the web giving you the power to work with and overlay information dense operational vector, sensor and image data with contextual basemaps.

Technology advances and increased user expectations go hand-in-hand. Mobile devices, detailed retina displays, and high-performance computer graphics mean that applications are immersive, interactive and able to deal with far larger volumes of data. This has led to continued evolution in how maps can be designed and delivered over the web in both 2D and now 3D.

Today, vector tiles are a new representation that exploits these technologies to drive dynamic, interactive cartography that can be customized and personalized for every person directly on their mobile device or web browser – removing the need to pre-cache different styled tiles as well as providing access to the underlying data in each tile. Barriers between the basemap and operational data dissolve with contextual vector base maps enabling interactive data enrichment and exploration of operational layers. People can dynamically style basemaps and design tiles for operational use combining interactive data exploration, smart mapping and realtime analyses with the contextual, styled basemap.

Vector Tiles Formats

ArcGIS is a flexible, open platform that supports data management, analysis, visualization and editing across a suite of integrated applications. We engineered the platform to integrate with other technologies to allow users and developers to have flexibility in delivering their information in the most appropriate way. We have added support for GeoJSON, KML, GeoRSS, DCAT, Shapefiles, OGC specifications such as WFS and dozens of other official and community standards in the platform.

Vector tiles have been adopted by some major consumer devices and mapping platforms over the past few years, building on standards that were pioneered by open data communities such as OpenStreetMap and Mapnik. Most recently the team at Mapbox developed an open specification for vector tiles that has become a community supported standard. Now more than a dozen other companies and open-source projects implement the same vector tiles format.

Instead of building a new interface specification it makes perfect sense for ArcGIS to support the emerging community driven format by adopting and improving this vector tile specification. This means that any of the 350,000 organizations that already use ArcGIS will be able publish their own data as vector tiles or visualize tiles published by other sources. This continues the thriving ecosystem of interoperable maps and data.

Vector Tiles Roadmap

Today we are demonstrating the capabilities and upcoming availability of vector tiles across all of ArcGIS. We will be rolling out vector tile support in phases. First will be the release of global vector tile basemaps from Esri as an ArcGIS Online service for developers to use with the beta JS API 4.0. The application demonstrated today at the user conference uses an advanced version of this capability that will be released for developers to explore with the JSAPI 4.0 beta update in August 2015. Subsequent releases will add the ability for the ArcGIS Runtime to consume vector tiles across all devices (starting with beta releases this fall) as well as the ability for ArcGIS Pro to create and publish vector tiles to ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online (planned for early 2016). Looking ahead you can expect to use vector tiles everywhere that you use raster tiles today.

Esri is engineering support for consuming and rendering vector tiles across the ArcGIS platform. For web browsers we have leveraged the mapbox-gl-js open-source library. Using an existing open-source implementation enforces and demonstrates interoperability while also allowing us to identify specific areas to contribute to and improve. As part of this work we will share modifications to the specification and implementation with the community.

Mobile ArcGIS Runtime SDKs for iOS, Android and Windows Phone as well as for our desktop applications are developing ArcGIS specific implementations of vector tile rendering technologies that follow this specification. We are building a hardware abstraction layer that seamless uses new OpenGL and DirectX graphics technology optimizing for the mobile platforms.

Finally, we are engineering the generation of vector tiles from the rich data and cartography that you create using ArcGIS. We see this as one of the major values that support for vector tiles adds to ArcGIS and are focusing key engineering efforts in this area.

We are still working on the first stages of our adoption and development of vector tiles but feel that now is the time to highlight the great work that has already been contributed by the geospatial community and our excitement about contributing and joining in. Our implementation of these formats and capabilities is still nascent, but we hope that by providing this early preview we can get feedback from developers, organizations, and the rest of the GIS community as to how best support and expand upon this new model. You will continue to see vector tiles supported in ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS for Server, the ArcGIS Runtimes, and throughout our WebGIS platform.

We look forward to seeing the beautiful maps that you create and share!

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The ArcGIS Book—Ten Big Ideas about Applying Geography to Your World Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:03 +0000 Gisele Mounzer Continue reading ]]> A hands-on website and a print book for seasoned GIS practitioners and newcomers to GIS

Consumer mapping has opened the eyes of the world, and especially decision makers, to the value of maps and geography and consequently increased the demand for the critical information and insights generated by GIS. This phenomenon is also transforming the role of GIS practitioners. Today, they need to better understand their organization’s business objectives so they can contribute in an even more meaningful way to its success. ArcGIS is a complete system for discovering, creating, consuming, and sharing geographic data, maps, and apps. It is a true Web GIS. Web GIS is fundamentally changing how information about the world around us is applied and shared to enable all of us to make the best decisions possible. Whether you’re a seasoned GIS practitioner or a newcomer to the field, you have a new way to experience Web GIS for yourself. This is the promise of The ArcGIS Book.

Experience The ArcGIS Book on the website or read it in print.
Cover image courtesy of Stamen Design.

The ArcGIS Book explores Web GIS in ten chapters, each focused on one big idea. You will learn how to do new things with GIS and accomplish familiar tasks more quickly and easily. For inspiration on what you can do with Web GIS, the book includes links to hundreds of live examples of web maps and apps as well as videos of thought leaders sharing their vision for what you can accomplish by adopting the Web GIS concepts.

You can watch videos by thought leaders such as Jack Dangermond, Esri President.

In addition to inspiring you, The ArcGIS Book will give you hands-on practice with making a story map, conducting spatial analysis, editing geographic data, building a 3D model, and much more. Here are the ten big ideas explored in the book:

  1. Maps, the Web, and You: Power and possibility with Web GIS
  2. Cartography is for Everyone: New ways to make, see, and use maps
  3. Tell Your Story Using a Map: Inform, engage, and inspire people with story maps
  4. Great Maps Need Great Data: Creating and using authoritative geographic data
  5. The Importance of Where: How spatial analysis leads to insight
  6. Mapping the Third Dimension: A change in perspective
  7. The Power of Apps: Focused tools that get work done
  8. Your Mobile GIS: The GIS of the whole world plus a live data sensor in your pocket
  9. Real-Time Dashboards: Integrating live data feeds for managing operations
  10. GIS is Social: Web GIS is the GIS of the world

In each chapter, Quickstarts tell you what you need to know about the software, data, and web resources that pertain to that aspect of the ArcGIS system. The Learn ArcGIS Lessons pages are your gateways to online, hands-on tutorials from the Learn ArcGIS website.

A sample Learn ArcGIS Lesson you can access from The ArcGIS Book.

The intended audience for The ArcGIS Book is diverse: from GIS professionals expanding into online mapping to information workers in every field who recognize the power of maps to communicate information clearly. No matter which group you identify with, we encourage you to share this book with your colleagues, decision makers in your organization and your community, and young people in your line of work and in your family. Introduce them to and help them explore the power of Web GIS for sound decision making. Over the next several weeks we will share a series of blog posts that highlight each chapter in the book. So stay tuned. The ArcGIS Book is available in print, as a downloadable pdf, and as an interactive website. See it come alive at

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Esri and the International Hydrographic Organization: A Growing Partnership Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:34:37 +0000 Caitlyn Raines Continue reading ]]> Esri’s Maritime team was thrilled to host  Dr. Kentaro Kaneda from the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) for three weeks.  Dr. Kaneda is currently serving as the IHO’s GIS program technical lead.

Dr. Kaneda  spent his time at Esri’s Redlands Headquarters immersing himself in the Esri platform.  His visit is part of the IHO’s GIS Project and started out with a series of Esri training classes to grow his technical skills.  In addition to training, members of Esri’s Maritime team and Dr. Kaneda participated in a series of workshops.  These workshops focused on developing ideas and ways to expand the IHO’s Web-GIS program and to spatially-enable their extensive data holdings.  Dr. Kaneda and the Maritime team drafted a series of StoryMaps showing critical data about the IHO’s C-55 program.  He also completed a draft webmap showing data coverage in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean during his visit. This new webmap will replace the IHO website’s current map in the next 2-3 months.

Esri is committed to supporting the IHO in its effort to ensure that all of the world’s seas, ocean and navigable water are surveyed and charted.  The Esri platform facilitates data sharing and collaboration across the IHO’s membership.  Esri is excited about the many possibilities  with the IHO in implementing Web-GIS.

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Data Health Checks at UC 2015 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:09:00 +0000 DataReviewerTeam Continue reading ]]> With only a week left for the 2015 Esri User Conference, we wanted to post a quick reminder that there are still a few open spots if you’re interested in signing up for the free data health checks. 

Are you’re a water/wastewater/stormwater, electric/gas/pipeline, land records/addressing or roads & highways customer? Would you like to get your GIS data (features and attributes) reviewed by an industry expert? Please sign up for a free 45-minute data health check session by emailing the following information to

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Contact info (phone & email)
  • Dataset you’re bringing (limit to one of the above-mentioned data)
  • Preferred date/time

Read our previous blog post to learn more about the data health checks.

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Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS at UC 2015 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:55:49 +0000 Law Continue reading ]]> Can you feel the anticipation and GeoGeek excitement? The 2015 Esri International User Conference (July 20–24) is one week away and the Web AppBuilder Dev team will be working in the main Showcase Hall (ArcGIS Online island) and presenting several sessions. We’re excited to talk about the product and meet with our very dynamic and collaborative Web AppBuilder user community!

We have compiled a list of Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS sessions at UC for you:

Tuesday July 21
Introduction to the Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS: JavaScript apps made easy technical workshop

Level: Beginner
Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015, 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Location: Ballroom 06 B

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS: Build your first widget in 15 minutes demo theater
Level: Beginner
Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015, 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Location: Demo Theater 11 – Developer

Best Geoprocessing Services & the Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS demo theater
Level: Intermediate
Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015, 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Location: Demo Theater 14 – Technical Support

Public Safety Widgets for the Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS demo theater
Level: Beginner
Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015, 5:00pm – 5:25pm
Location: Demo Theater 3 – Public Safety

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS: designing apps using custom themes demo theater
Level: Beginner
Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015, 5:30pm – 6:15pm
Location: Demo Theater 11 – Developer

Wed July 22
Using Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS to Support Investigative Analysis demo theater

Level: Beginner
Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015, 2:30pm – 2:55pm
Location: Demo Theater 3 – Public Safety

Web AppBuilder deployment patterns demo theater
Level: Beginner
Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015, 5:30pm – 6:15pm
Location: Demo Theater 8 – Online GIS

Thurs July 23

Web AppBuilder deployment patterns demo theater
Level: Beginner
Thursday, 23 Jul 2015, 12:30pm – 1:15pm
Location: Demo Theater 8 – Online GIS

If you have a publicly accessible web app built on Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, we would love to see it! Perhaps we could feature it as part of the Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS – Live Sites Showcase group in ArcGIS Online.

See you in San Diego,
The Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Dev team

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ArcGIS Imagery and Remote Sensing Update Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:29:26 +0000 Renee Brandt Continue reading ]]> This has been a very busy month for the ArcGIS Imagery and Remote Sensing team at Esri.  If you’ve been a fan of Esri imagery technology for a while, you’ll realize we’ve modified the name.  Yes, we have renamed our team from ‘Imagery’ to ‘Imagery and Remote Sensing’.  Why, you ask?  Well, with our new support for scientific data formats (GRIB, netCDF, HDF), this throws the doors open wide to incorporate our ArcGIS imagery technology (like our 100s of imagery analysis tools) with remotely sensed data.  You’ll find several ArcGIS blogs on the new support for scientific data.  Support for this type of data is important, because scientists worldwide are using data stored in these formats to study and understand complex problems like climate change.

In addition, there are some new resources available for you.

We launched a new Imagery & Remote Sensing GeoNet space this week to foster better communication with our growing community and the Esri imagery team.  We hope this helps you develop your network, and provides more than just another place for technical support.  My goal is to try to make this space both informative and fun!

We’ve also redesigned our Imagery and Remote Sensing web pages, which link to our Blog, GeoNet web site, online imagery and remotely sensed content, and information on managing Imagery with ArcGIS.  This site also includes 3 animations showing off some of the analysis capabilities in our software.  Over the next few months we’ll be building out the analysis and management sections, to make it easier for you to get started with our imagery technology.

If you’re going to the Esri UC, then you probably already know that multiple teams at Esri have been busy non-stop putting together one of the most comprehensive (and awesome) imagery schedules ever.  All the activities start on Saturday with the 3D Forum and Imagery Social, and continue throughout the week.  Check the agenda online for the complete agenda for Imagery @ UC and session room information.

Imagery @ UC Highlights

  • July 18 – 3D Forum & Imagery Social, 4:30-6:30 p.m., RSVP
  • July 21 – Imagery @ UC – Making the World’s Imagery Useful, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • July 21-23 – Imagery Island, Exhibit Hall C
  • July 21 – Imagery Moderated Paper Sessions, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • July 22 – UAS/Drone special interest group, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

While at the Esri UC, I hope you stop by the Imagery Island on the showcase floor.  We have a rocking team of experts assembled this year and over 11 different, really cool demos they’d like to share with you.  (impervious surface, land use, avalanche analysis, scientific data, contouring, using imagery over the web, pixel filtering, etc.)  Whether you are a beginner, or have your degree in remote sensing, we have people at this island who can show you how using the ArcGIS imagery technology will move your projects from concepts to completion.

See you at Esri UC…or on GeoNet!

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