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Spring 2007
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ArcGIS Online Is Ready to Use!

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Orange County, California, at 1:15,000-scale resolution. High-resolution street map data from ArcGIS Online is available for the United States, Canada, and Europe.

ArcGIS Online provides a series of worldwide 2D map services and 3D globe services that ArcGIS users can combine with their local data to support their GIS work. These ready-to-use services can be accessed with any ArcGIS application, including ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Server.

ArcGIS Online basemaps and reference layers are cartographically authored and support multiple-scale display. ArcGIS Online basemaps are perfect for use as background or overlay layers for locally created and maintained datasets.

ArcGIS Online currently includes a collection of 2D basemaps and 3D globes, such as satellite imagery for the world; a natural Earth physical map; a digital version of the Political World map from National Geographic's Atlas of the World; a seamless, multiscale street map; and a historical world map from the David Rumsey collection. Under the current beta program, users can connect to and use all content free of charge. Later, there will be additional premium content available for a fee.

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Satellite imagery at 15-meter resolution for the world and 1-meter resolution (shown) for the United States inside ArcGIS Explorer.

Combining user content with ArcGIS Online enables the ArcGIS user community to quickly and easily author maps for a variety of applications, such as city planning, cadastral management, mineral exploration, environmental management, disease monitoring, and hydrography.

See the ArcGIS Online poster [PDF-7.45 MB, 1 page] for a graphic description of ArcGIS Online.

More Information

For more information and to register for the ArcGIS Online services beta program, visit

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