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User Community Content Continues to Improve the Living Atlas of the World and its Suite of Basemaps

ArcGIS Online has been refreshed with new and updated content to Esri’s Basemaps. The user community has improved the World Topographic Map by adding new content for the entire country of Thailand and new and updated content for cities, counties and universities in the United States. We appreciate our users and partners who are supporting the Living Atlas of the World by contributing useful information and applying this content to solve problems and tackle projects. You can join this growing community of contributors by sharing your data with Community Maps.  

Topographic Map Updates & Applied Use of Living Atlas Content

The Country of Thailand is among our newest Community Maps contributors.

Country of Thailand (Topo 1:72k to 1:1k)

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An example of applying Living Atlas content would be this Bangkok Population map. This web map overlays population data from the Demographic Living Atlas theme on Esri Basemap content created by Esri Thailand.

Also known as “A.F.”, American Fork, UT is our next new contributor. American Fork lies at the foot of the Wasatch Range, north of Utah Lake.

American Fork, UT (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

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The city has created an Annexation and Additions to American Fork City web app that offers an historical look at development since its inception in 1853. By zooming in and clicking on an annexation polygon, a pop-up will appear with property information. Now the city can interact with this web app in the context of their own geography and contributed data.

Our next new contributor lies in the counties of Eagle and Pitkin in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Basalt, CO (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

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The town of Basalt’s new content is now being leveraged by this Parcel Map for Pitkin County. This web map shows basic parcel information including parcel ID, account number, owner name, location and a link to the Assessor’s web page for each parcel.

Rounding out our new contributors for this release is California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). CSUMB is part of the 23-campus California State University system and lies just one mile from the shores of Monterey Bay.

California State University, Monterey Bay (Topo 1:9k to1:1k)

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The university now has the ability to leverage the topographic basemap in addition to imagery, as they have done here in this campus tour app.

This app is a good example of incorporating media into our ready to use and preconfigured web application templates.

We would like to also extend a big thanks to contributors who are routinely updating content for their area and helping keep the basemaps as contemporary as possible.

Coweta County, GA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

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Dane County, WI (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

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Fulton County, OH (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

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Kitsap County, WA (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

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Naperville, IL (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k)

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View this presentation for a tour of the new and updated content in the World Topographic Map.

Here’s a list of all the community contributors for this release:

World Topographic Map


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Living Atlas Community Webinar: Looking for ways to gain deeper demographic insights to your customers, constituents, or community? Catherine Spisszak, Product Manager for Esri Demographics, will discuss the types of demographic content available in the Living Atlas of the World and give a demonstration of how it can be accessed.

Do you believe in the power of storytelling? Allen Carroll, Esri Program Manager for Storytelling, will share best practices for how to create a good story map, a compelling and engaging map-based presentation.

Wondering what’s going on with the Contributor App?  Get the inside scoop from Jim Herries, Esri Cartography Product Engineer.

Discover new Uses for the Living Atlas of the World in Upcoming Webinar

Date Prep Tools: The highly-anticipated Preparing Data for Community Maps Workshop self-study materials have been released! Now you can participate in this training at anytime, from anywhere.

Training: Additional offerings of the well-received Preparing Data for Community Maps Workshop have been added to the schedule! The workshops are scheduled on different days and times in an effort to accommodate multiple users. This allows you to register for the workshop that best fits your schedule. You MUST register if you plan on attending one of these workshops.

Share your story: How has contributing to the Living Atlas Community benefited your organization? Has your participation helped meet a particular challenge? Email us at communitymaps@esri.com so we can promote your success.

Share your data: Wish to join the growing community of Community Maps contributors?  Contributing to Esri Community Maps is easy. Just visit Community Maps for an overview and visit the Community Maps Contribution Process page for the details.

Contributions and Feedback

These contributions were made through the Community Maps Program.

For more information visit the Community Maps Program Resource Center.

The service was updated on the following servers: services.arcgisonline.com and server.arcgisonline.com. If you have previously used the World_Topo_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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