What's new in Esri Data and Maps in ArcGIS 10.3
There have been many changes in Esri Data & Maps 10.3 to both data content and delivery methods.
Included with this release are updated versions of the 2010 US Census datasets with their attributes and projected current year population. Block Group, Tract, County and State are all represented as polygons with over 40 attribute fields containing population totals by age and race, along with family and household information. Census Blocks are represented as points with total population and household information.
World Countries and World Administrative Areas datasets have been modified to better reflect perceived country extents. These are both based on the DeLorme commercial basemap product containing very detailed geometry and useful attributes. Esri has enhanced the data by adding attribute fields to facilitate drawing the data at different scales.
Many other datasets were updated to the most current versions available. This includes all TomTom census boundary, transportation and landmark layers, and the European NUTS data.
New and upcoming content and delivery methods
Data & Maps for ArcGIS is changing with the 10.3 release. To meet local and global needs, and to support mapping directly in ArcGIS Online, Esri is changing how it delivers and expands the Data & Maps collection. With the 10.3 release, Esri plans to:
Continue delivering Data & Maps layers as downloadable layer packages on ArcGIS.com;
Produce a collection of ready-to-use ArcGIS Online layers from the existing Data & Maps product;
Update the layers on ArcGIS Online more frequently;
Work with Esris Distributors and Partners to expand the Data & Maps collection;
Remove outdated datasets from the collection: StreetMap North America;
Discontinue delivering Data & Maps on DVDs.
Users who cannot access the Internet can request a physical media from Esri customer service. The Data & Maps DVDs will no longer be automatically shipped with the software as these layers will be easily and readily available through ArcGIS Online. For more information, review our latest blog: http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2014/04/02/exciting-changes-are-coming-to-data-maps/.
Data & Maps for ArcGIS (Online): Access over 80 ready to use layers delivered as downloadable layer packages from the Esri Data & Maps group on ArcGIS.com. Visit the Esri Data & Maps group at ArcGIS.com for a full list of available layers. Use these layers in ArcGIS Desktop or to publish with ArcGIS Server. (Note: Requires ArcGIS 10.0 or later). For Data & Maps 10.3 Redistribution Rights, see http://www.esri.com/legal/redistribution-rights.
The downloadable layer packages will now be delivered in File Geodatabase (FGDB) format that will support use with ArcGIS 10.0 or later. Users will need 3.1 GB of disk space to store the complete 2014 Data & Maps collection.
Changes to Layers
Esri plans to deliver more local layers to our global user community. Esri will work with its local distributors to expand the collection of these layers.
The StreetMap North America (SMNA) datasets are no longer included in Data & Maps. At its inception many years ago, SMNA was the only way to provide address level search to our software users. Today there are several options available, including GeoSearch on ArcGIS.com, and our more advanced StreetMap Premium data products (http://www.esri.com/data/streetmap). These are all updated and maintained regularly.
Esri will publish more and more of these layers as ready to use ArcGIS Online layers that can easily be added to your web maps and projects.