GIS is all about the data, it always has been and I’ve been preaching that since 1999 I believe. ArcGIS Online is the platform, however, without rich, 3D data, what’s the point right? ArcGIS Online is the gateway that Esri wants you to use as your access point for feature rich, 3D, raster and vector data and media. As AGO matures we are now hearing about the next step in the evolution – The Living Atlas http://doc.arcgis.com/en/living-atlas/. The Living Atlas was a focal point of Jack Dangermond’s plenary keynote at ESRIUC on Monday morning, with demos spinning on the Globe and Jack encouraging the user community to use it and contribute – yes, it also made my list of 10 things that turned my head at ESRIUC!
This Atlas in the cloud is just what you would think, a living, growing, and evolving data rich resource from the Community. Users of ArcGIS Online can search, browse, share and use maps and data from the Atlas and what’s really cool in my mind is that users can now also share their Story Maps with the World by contributing them to the Living Atlas. Back in April when the Living Atlas was officially announced by Esri (See blog post from Dean Kensok, April 2015 http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/04/07/introduction-to-the-living-atlas-community/) there were more than 1 million maps, data products and services that made up the Atlas and this catalog continues to grow. All content is qualified and curated by the community, ensuring that the data re usable, useful, and reliable.
So, in short, if you’re wondering, What is the Living Atlas?
- Powered via ArcGIS Online, the content is published by Esri, users, and partners
- The data is built by the community, curated by Esri and the Community
- Think community content, open data, as well as commercial products
- The objective: build a great, authoritative map of the World – more than just basemaps!
- The role of the community – contribute the content that you built!
- Data are constantly updated, for example, NAIP imagery was just added July 2015
- SRTM data will be released to all soon according to Esri – was only limited release up until now
You can share your data by visiting the Living Atlas Contributor App – http://livingatlas.arcgis.com/contribute/
If you’d like more information on how you can contribute to the Living Atlas see HERE