The 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 website 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. This global map is compiled using best available authoritative data from numerous sources worldwide.
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.
There are numerous advantages to making your content available through the Community Maps Program. Benefits include:
- Esri Canada will preprocess and host your basemap data for free resulting in reduced costs associated with making your data widely available.
- Significant time and cost savings in developing high-quality community basemaps. Esri Canada will return your data in ready-to-use ArcGIS for Server map cache format, allowing you to publish it in your own Web applications and services.
- 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.
- Promotion of your organization's valuable GIS work.