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The New Year Starts with New Content! Updates to the World Topographic Map Available!

The latest ArcGIS Online release includes new and updated content from our user community. Thank you to our Contributors and Partners who help support the Living Atlas of the World by providing data and enriching Esri’s online basemaps. 

This release incorporates new and updated coverage to the World Topographic Map for the municipality of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, Queensland, Australia and several cities and counties in the United States and Canada.

Many of our Community Maps contributors are beginning to share their organization’s large-scale map layers. Layers including building footprints, trees, sidewalks, landscape areas and street pavement lend great context to any map. The World Topographic Map is being transformed by our user community. Here are some great examples of this transformation.

Municipality of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (source: Bureau of Environmental & Coastal Quality)



City of Rockville, MD



This Story Map Series visits selected areas in several communities where new and updated content are available.

Esri Canada has detailed basemap updates in this January 2016 basemap updates blog.

I would like to encourage our users to begin thinking about the data they are managing within their organization and what would be appropriate to share in order to enhance Esri’s online basemaps, and to help our user community in their work.

Contributors can participate in Community Maps by sharing general layers like roads and building footprints, but landscape and area of interest layers are also accepted and described by clicking the table below.

You can view examples of these layers by visiting Esri Community Maps Basemap Layers.

Living Atlas Community

How do I Use? Combine content from the Living Atlas with your own data. Create powerful new maps and applications!

How do I contribute? Join the growing community of Living Atlas of the World contributors. There are two ways to contribute!

Living Atlas Newsletter: This newsletter will keep you and other members of the Living Atlas user community informed through success stories, examples of applied use, visibility of new content, announcements about events, and other useful resources and information. Subscribe to the Esri News for the Living Atlas Community. You can have the newsletter sent right to your inbox by subscribing here.

Follow us on Twitter: @LivingAtlas

Share your story: How has contributing to the Living Atlas Community benefited your organization and community? Has your participation helped meet a particular challenge? Has your applied use of Living Atlas content solved a problem or help meet a goal? Email me at smatthews@esri.com so we can promote your success.


If you have previously used the World Topographic Map services, 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.

About the author

Shane is a Senior Product Engineer for Esri's ArcGIS Content Team. He curates and recruits content for the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World through Esri's Community Maps Program, and explores and implements new and innovative delivery methods of providing geospatial information.

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