The Esri Canada Community Maps Program provides a cost-effective and efficient framework for organizations to share their geographic information with the online public. The program enables organizations across Canada to contribute their geographic information to be published as community maps on ArcGIS Online, a Web site for finding and sharing GIS content and building communities.
The available maps are rendered with uniform cartography, cached and integrated into a World Topographic Map on ArcGIS Online. The global map is compiled using best available authoritative data from numerous sources worldwide.
There are numerous advantages to making your content available through the Esri Canada Community Maps Program. Benefits include:
Free and easy access to detailed, accurate and high-performance online community basemaps that users within and outside your organization can leverage to develop innovative GIS applications to support areas such as economic development, disaster management, elections planning and community outreach.
Reduced costs associated with making your data widely available, such as setting up and maintaining the infrastructure and hosting online map services.
Significant time and cost savings in developing high-quality community basemaps. Esri Canada will return your data in ready-to-use ArcGIS Server map cache format, allowing you to publish it in your own Web applications and services.
Promotion of your organization's valuable GIS work.
Updates to the Canadian Community Imagery Basemap Two Community Maps participants’ imagery contributions were published to the Imagery Basemap on ArcGIS Online. The City of Quesnel, BC provided 10 cm imagery from 2008. It's visible at 1:1,128 and 1:2,256.
Besides providing direct access to the Township's mapping data, Esri Canada's Community Maps Program offers a means of distributing data through third-party software developers such as those who develop smart phone applications. In a time of fiscal restraint, this allows the Township to leverage outside resources to distribute information to current and future citizens, and encourage economic development.