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Esri (/ˈɛzriː/, a.k.a. Environmental Systems Research Institute) is an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications. The company is headquartered in Redlands, California. Esri creates the proprietary GIS software ArcGIS.

Esri partnership

As of Aug 21 2017, Esri announced availability of satellite imagery to the OSM community directly through their existing World Imagery Service.

Esri World Imagery provides one meter or better satellite and aerial imagery in many parts of the world and lower resolution satellite imagery worldwide. The map includes 15m TerraColor imagery at small and mid-scales (~1:591M down to ~1:72k) and 2.5m SPOT Imagery (~1:288k to ~1:72k) for the world. The map features 0.3m resolution imagery in the continental United States and parts of Western Europe from DigitalGlobe. Additional DigitalGlobe sub-meter imagery is featured in many parts of the world. In the United States, 1 meter or better resolution NAIP imagery is available. In other parts of the world, imagery at different resolutions has been contributed by the GIS User Community. In select communities, very high resolution imagery (to 0.03m) is available down to ~1:280 scale. You can contribute your imagery to this map and have it served by Esri via the Community Maps Program. View the list of Contributors for the World Imagery Map.

Esri also offers an image service called "World Imagery (Clarity)" which has what may be older images which are chosen for the sharpest detail.

Sources: Esri, DigitalGlobe, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, GeoEye, USDA FSA, USGS, Getmapping, Aerogrid, IGN, IGP, and the GIS User Community

Using Esri imagery in editors

The easiest way to do this is to select either “Esri World Imagery” layer or "Esri World Imagery (Clarity) Beta" as an option in either iD or JOSM.

Legal permissions

Esri and its imagery contributors grant Users the non-exclusive right to use the World Imagery map to trace features and validate edits in the creation of vector data. Users that create vector data from the World Imagery map may want to publicly share that vector data through a GIS data clearinghouse of its own or through another open data site. This public sharing could be achieved through ArcGIS Open Data or the OpenStreetMap (OSM) Initiative. For ArcGIS users that want to contribute such vector data to OSM, Esri provides applications and services directly accessible from ArcGIS platform. Users acknowledge that any vector data contributed to OSM is then governed by and released under the OpenStreetMap License (e.g. ODbL).

Except for the additional limited rights granted above, any and all other uses of the World Imagery map remain subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Esri Master Agreement or Terms of Use, as applicable. Esri and its imagery contributors retain all right, title, and interest in and to their respective imagery data contributed to the World Imagery map. (source)

Attribution should be in either source=Esri or imagery_used=Esri tags on a changeset.

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Helpful information about Using Imagery to be aware of.

Interested in using Esri World Imagery in your own application?

Our announcement pertains specifically to non-revenue generating applications that are entirely centered around editing OpenStreetMap. If you are interested in using Esri basemaps in a commercial application please take a look at our developer pricing. Esri World Imagery can be used free of cost when all of the following conditions are met:

  1. You have signed up for a free ArcGIS Developer account
  2. You are not generating revenue from your app (in the form of advertisements or subscriptions)
  3. Your users request < 1 million tiles/month
  4. You properly attribute both Esri and all of our data providers (reference:

have more questions?


According to user jgravois on Github who seems to be an ESRI employee, the imagery can be used in OSM even if the mapper does not use ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap:

the updated document @cloveman shared grants the community permission to use our World Imagery to trace features and validate OSM edits even when ArcGIS tools are not being used.