Imagery & Remote Sensing

Esri Community Maps builds the Living Atlas of the World

By Mark Stewart

For over four years, Esri Community Maps contributors have been building the Living Atlas of the World through their authoritative data contributions.  What began as a way to build the best, freely available online basemaps is now a program that extends far beyond basemap layers to encompass imagery, elevation, hydrology, 3D and even themes used in the Urban Observatory.

Several hundred organizations are already participating, sharing their authoritative content and making it accessible to the entire GIS community.  If you would like to join us, it is easy to get started with our online Community Maps Contribution App, and if you need help with the application, there is complete documentation and even a quick video to answer all your questions.

If you are new to Esri Community Maps, you might want to explore our Documentation Center, where you will find details about the program and links to support resources.  And, as always, if you have questions, you can always contact the Esri Community Maps team.  So join us, and help build the Living Atlas of the World!

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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