Canada: ESRI Canada launched the ESRI Canada Community Maps Program. It aims to facilitate the sharing of geographic information among governments and the public. The programme provides free public access to online national and community basemaps, promoting the development of GIS applications and fostering innovation.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada contributed geographic content for the national basemap. Toronto has become the first municipality to participate in the community maps programme.
“This programme provides a cost-effective and efficient framework for governments to contribute their geographic information and share it with the public to collectively address significant challenges, seize opportunities and position Canada for sustainable growth,” said Alex Miller, President, ESRI Canada.
The ESRI Canada Community Maps Program encourages local government organisations throughout Canada to contribute geographic information to be published as community maps on ArcGIS Online. Available maps are rendered with uniform cartography, cached and integrated into a World Topographic Map in ArcGIS Online. The global map is compiled using best available authoritative data from numerous sources worldwide. Currently, it includes coverage for Canada from a scale of ~1:72,000 down to ~1:18,000, based on information provided by NRCan and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
ESRI Canada will work with cities and government agencies interested in the programme to assemble their data into a standardised geodatabase, which will be used to author a multi-scale map. This will then be used to generate map caches that will be integrated into ESRI’s World Topographic Map. Members retain ownership of the data they contribute, which include imagery, parcels, digital elevation models, buildings, roads, administrative and city/neighbourhood boundaries, transit, landmark areas and points of interest.
Source: ESRI Canada