The Community Maps Program represents a cooperative effort by the ArcGIS community to build multi-scale basemaps of the world using the best available data sources from GIS organizations in cities, counties, countries, and private companies in the user community. These fast, authoritative Web maps are compiled from premier GIS data sources that are provided and maintained by the ArcGIS user community and authored at multiple levels of detail, including map scales as large as 1:1,000.
Through the program, you can access pre-built templates, tools and workflows to efficiently assemble, author and cache highly attractive basemaps from your authoritative data. These basemaps may then be shared with Esri to publish online as a part of a multi-scaled, global basemap. Since the maps are published as cached tiles, you retain control of your data.
Organizations of all sizes benefit by integrating accurate, up-to-date information into these high-quality online world maps. Using these Web maps reduces the cost for making your data widely available and offers a reliable way for your users to access critical information for a host of online GIS applications. These shared community maps also establish a valuable resource for citizens and businesses that are available all day, every day. They help you to bring your GIS to life for the benefit of your users.
Click on the map to view a list of participants.
The Community Maps Program has three basemaps: the World Topographic Map, World Street Map, and World Image Map.
The community basemaps are available on ArcGIS.com.
Community Basemap benefits:
- Multiple, authoritative sources
- Many participants
- A free community service
- Crowd-sourcing by the ArcGIS community
Watch the short video Community Maps Program Overview and get more details and hear about the benefits of joining the program. For a complete explanation of the program and to hear how the city of Charlotte, North Carolina benefits from being a Community Maps contributor, watch the Community Maps Webinar.