Australian National Base Map

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CONTACT NAME: Ms Maree Wilson
ROLE: Team Leader, Foundation Products & Services
COMPANY: Geoscience Australia
ADDRESS: GPO Box 378 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
PHONE : +61 2 6249 9035
Total number of submissions: 2

Category - Digital Products

  • Title – Australian National Base Map
  • Type – Map cache service
  • Format – Mixed
  • Software platform in which it is managed – Esri ArcGIS Server
  • Authors – Leigh Mills and Steven Ackerly
  • Published by – Geoscience Australia (to be incorporated into the National Map Platform , an initiative by the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Department of Communications and software developed by NICTA)
  • Date published or most recently updated – March 2015
  • Nominal scale – Between approx. 1:40,000,000 to 1:9,000
  • Language of the alphanumeric elements - English• URL – (Select Australian Topography Base Map) or

Brief abstract or additional comments (maximum 100 words) –

The Australian Topographic map service has been created to serve as a base map layer in the Australian National Map. The service provides seamless national coverage, derived from Geoscience Australia’s 1:250,000 data and complemented by OpenStreetMap for the larger scales. The topographic layers in the service include hydrography, marine, transport, administrative boundaries, vegetation and relief.

The service has been cached for improved performance and separate feature symbology and annotation layers were applied at each cache level. This has achieved an appropriate background image for users to be able to overlay their own data sources.


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