Redlands, California—Farsi GeoTech, the oldest and biggest map provider in Saudi Arabia, has contributed feature data to the World Topographic Map through Esri’s Community Maps Program. This contribution improves the quality and quantity of coverage for Saudi Arabia in Esri’s World Topographic Map, one of several free basemap services Esri provides through ArcGIS Online.
Farsi GeoTech’s addition to the World Topographic Map consists of detailed feature and point of interest layers such as administrative boundaries, facilities (including parks and airports), railroads, and parcels. Anyone with an ArcGIS Online account can access the World Topographic Map and other free basemap services for inclusion in their own maps and applications.
"We are very pleased to include definitive and current map content for Saudi Arabia from the country’s premier commercial map provider, Farsi GeoTech," said Donald Cooke, product manager for Esri’s Community Maps. "The Community Maps Program constantly strives to engage providers of authoritative spatial content to improve Esri’s basemaps."
Saudi Arabia joins Kuwait as one of the leading countries in the Middle East to contribute data to the World Topographic Map. Many global providers, such as the United Kingdom, Germany, and Venezuela, have contributed regional content through the Community Maps Program.
“Farsi GeoTech is proud to be active part of GIS development in a fast-growing Saudi economy,” said Raha Farsi, executive director, Farsi GeoTech. “With leading cloud GIS technology from Esri and our comprehensive collection of maps, people now have access to relevant, up-to-date layers on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
For more information on how to contribute to the Community Maps Program, visit esri.com/communitymaps.