Community Maps Contributors Add Large-Scale Map Layers to World Topographic Map

New and Updated Content to the World Topographic Map is Available!

Community Maps contributors are recognizing the value of adding large-scale map layers to Esri’s Online Basemaps. This release incorporates new and updated coverage to the World Topographic Map for select areas of India and Germany, and several cities and counties throughout the United States.

As online map services become more prevalent and levels of detail and scale increase, user expectations are extremely high. There is a demand for large-scale content. Esri and its user community are delivering. Not only does large-scale map content add context, it also raises the aesthetics bar just a little higher. Look at how these communities come alive with increased detail. Click on the images below for a larger view.

St. Charles, Illinois

Lexington, Kentucky

Fremont, California

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

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.

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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 so we can promote your success.


If you have previously used the World Topographic 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.

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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