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It's back to school with a Community Maps Data Prep Tools Update!

Well, it’s back to school season and with that comes hoarding supplies, buying books, and collecting tools to help get through it all. We wanted to make sure our contributors had the tools they needed by providing a Version 3.0 Release of the Community Maps Data Prep Tools. These easy-to-use tools assist contributors with preparing basemap layers for submission, standardize content, speed up data integration – what’s not to like about that? So, you can retire the former CM DataPrepTools Version 2.0!

Let’s breakdown the update…

Changes in Version 3.0 Release

Community Maps Data Preparation Tools – Part 1

This video provides an introduction to the Community Maps Data Prep Tools. It demonstrates how to download the tools, explores the resources that are included in the download, shows you how to begin by running the Setup Tool, and gives an example of running the Building Footprint Tool. Click the image below to view the video.

Community Maps Data Prep Tools Part 1 - Introducing the Tools in ArcMap

Community Maps Data Preparation Tools – Part 2

When you run a tool in Version 3.x of the Community Maps Data Prep Tools, your queries and other settings are saved in a Parameters file. Storing this information makes it incredibly easy to re-run the tool without re-entering all of these queries. This video provides an explanation of how to Save and re-use your query parameters in the Community Maps Data Prep Tools. It demonstrates where the parameters are saved, how they are used, and how to save and retrieve them for your next data contribution. Click the image below to view the video.

Community Maps Data Prep Tools Part 2 - Saving and Using Tool Parameters

Contributor App Updates

This video highlights new capabilities of the Community Maps Contributor App. Among other things, the big news here is that this latest release includes the ability to provide Road Centerline data in the form of a Service, which was requested the most from our contributors. Click the image below to view the video.

What's New in the Community Maps Contributor App

Community Maps Data Prep Tools

OK, you’ve been patient, so here they are. Click the image below to download the new tools now and get started on that basemap layer submission! If you have not yet registered with Esri’s Community Maps Program, you can get that done here. Have questions? Email the Community Maps Team (communitymaps@esri.com).

Community Maps Data Prep Tools

Related blog: What’s New in Community Maps (August 2018)

About the author

Shane is a Cartographic Specialist 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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