Sharing Map Collections and Atlases Online

Authors: Aileen Buckley*, Esri
Topics: Cartography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Media and Communication
Keywords: atlas, map, map collection, ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS online
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 44
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Today, map users have an expectation that the maps they want to read or use will be available to them online and free of cost. Librarians, curators of maps collections, and others who manage stores of maps may not have a directive to convert their paper collections to an online format, and even if they do, they may not have vast resources available to them to do it. Use of the ArcGIS platform can both expedite the workflow and minimize costs related to sharing the map collections and atlases online so that the majority of expenses can be directed toward other activities, such as the digitization and georeferencing processes. In this presentation, I explain how ArcGIS Pro can be used to organize the scanned map images from paper map collections or atlases to a format that can be viewed online. I also explain a new workflow that allows “lay GIS users” to complete the workflow, from posting the images on the web to designing online apps to view the collections. This workflow does not require the use of more complex parts of the ArcGIS platform, such as Image Server—which was required in the past. Using ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Story map apps, map collection managers can take their content to the web and share it in formats that meet the needs of their specific users. Today, it is cheaper and easier to meet the expectations of those map users who are looking online for map collections and atlases.

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