Mid-December updates to the World Topographic Map

December 19, 2014 Paul Heersink

More Canadian updates have been made to the World Topographic Base Map this month. Find out which communities have been added and where you can view the current status, and expected publication dates, of other parts of the country.

The world topographic basemap was improved this week with new and updated Canadian content. A number of western Canadian communities have had their data published as part of the world topographic basemap for the first time. These include:

  • County of Vermilion River, AB
  • Moose Jaw, SK
  • Athabasca County, AB (partial)
  • Regional District of Nanaimo, BC (partial)

County of Vermilion River, AB at 1:18,056 before (left) and after (right) the update.

Other previously published communities that have been updated include:

  • Alert Bay, BC
  • Brandon, MB
  • East St. Paul, MB
  • Headingley, MB
  • Kenora, ON
  • Nanaimo, BC
  • Regina, SK
  • Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, AB (partial)
  • Saskatoon, SK
  • Sunshine Coast, BC (partial)
  • Yorkton, SK

Saskatoon, SK at 1:18,056 before (left) and after (right) the update.

All of these communities are now visible in the new template at all scales. Community data has been used for all scales between 1:1,128 and 1:288,895, allowing for more accurate and current data to be displayed at more scales than before.

We are also expecting a large number of communities to be published or updated in the next month or so. To view the current status and expected publication dates of other parts of the country, check out the publication status map below.

View larger map

As the map indicates, much of the cache has been delivered and is waiting to be incorporated into the published basemap. This process usually takes 6 - 8 weeks to complete. All of the Canadian cache that has been delivered is already available for public viewing and use as a Web map.

About the Author

Paul Heersink

Paul Heersink is a cartographer and Production Manager of Esri Canada’s Community Maps Program: an initiative that is aiming to build a seamless topographic basemap using contributor data. He has over 15 years of cartographic experience, working in both the public and private sectors. Paul has always been interested in mapping and drew his own atlas at the age of 10. He took a detour in his career through the fields of psychology and social work before returning to cartography.

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