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I've cleaned up some messy stuff on this page, but it still urgently needs ...something. I've added headings for "set-up" and "using" the editor, but so far I've never laid eyes upon the software, so I'm not in a good position to write it! I'm also not clear about basic components. It's presumably possible to run ArcGIS (or ArcMAP) without the OSM plugin, but still see OSM basemap (?) In the screenshots this looks like it is showing raster tiles. Where do ArcGIS server components fit in? None of this basic information is on the page.

I suspect it might make sense to split this out into wiki pages for "ArcGIS", "ArcGIS OSM Editor" and "ArcGIS for iPhone"... but I'm not sure

Really if you have the ArcGIS and/or the OSM Editor installed please chip in a few sentences here. At the moment this page is a poor reflection on the OpenStreetMap project.

-- Harry Wood 01:44, 29 July 2011 (BST)

There will be a presentation and a workshop at SOTM about the editor.

ArcGIS v10+ allows users to add OSM tiles as a 'basemap' which is seperate from the OSM editing tools.

Note: All OSM used in the following list of products uses tiles from

ArcGIS essentially has 9 main product lines which relate in some way to OSM:

  1. ArcMap (or ArcGIS for Desktop)
    1. You can add OSM as a tiled base map layer.
    2. You can download the desktop version of the ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap extension which includes a set of tools for downloading, editing & uploading OSM data in
  2. ArcGIS Server (or ArcGIS for Server)
    1. You can download the server version of the ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap extension which will work via a JavaScript website. The extension will install the website, then all further actions with the extension will be performed via this web interface. Through it you have the OSM tiles as background, you can download extents of OSM data, which is stored on your server then served up to you for editing via a Feature Service (a type of dynamic editable layer - JSON in & JSON out). Your edits are synced with the OSM DB at a defined schedule (5, 10, 15min). There is a lot of work to be done on this product & workflow which is still really in the prototypical stage.
  3. ArcGIS for IPhone
    1. There is a free IPhone app (arcgis) which has the ability to select OSM as the base map
    2. The IPhone SDK will allow you to add OSM as a layer to any application you make
  4. ArcGIS for Android
    1. Same as above - but still in beta2
  5. ArcGIS for Windows Phone
    1. Same as above
  6. ArcGIS for JavaScript
    1. Includes the ability to add OSM tile layers as a type of native base layer
    2. Also used as the editor API for the server version of the ArcGIS Editor for OSM
  7. ArcGIS for Flex
    1. Includes the ability to add OSM tile layers as a type of native base layer
    2. Also has a mature Flex Viewer application which can be configured OOB via XML - soon to have a web configuration workflow via a GUI
  8. ArcGIS for Silverlight
    1. Includes the ability to add OSM tile layers as a type of native base layer
    2. Also has a Silverlight application builder & Viewer app which can be configured via a web configuration UI tool
  9. ArcGIS Online (
ArcGIS Online allows you to create maps much the same way you would on GeoCommons or Google Earth Builder. Via the Viewer (JavaScript) or the ArcGIS Explorer (Silverlight) you can create 'WebMaps'. You can add OSM as a base layer to any of these. You can also upload your own data to overlay and save the web map. You have options to allow access to the public, or any groups that you define. Any of these 'WebMaps' can be consumed via any of the movile APIs as a native mobile app. It can also be consumed via the Silverlight Viewer without need for configuration.

I will reformat and add some better structure here as i have used the tools and know how it all works.

-- samlarsen1 08:55, 29 July 2011 (BST)

That's good and clear. I was tempted to just paste that in, on the page, but there's more content there now too. The more significant components (whatever people are most interested in) could hived off onto separate wiki pages. -- Harry Wood 01:28, 5 August 2011 (BST)

Thanks Sam and Harry! I am a product engineer on the ArcGIS Editor for OSM project, and have also done some work on the cleanup. I appreciate you getting it started, and am happy to look over any future edits to confirm or add info.

-- Christine (eggwhites) 04:53, 04 August 2011 (Pacific)

Excellent. The page is no longer disastrously lacking information! This is good. I suppose the wiki page here is perhaps going to suffer from aiming at two very different audiences. ESRI product users who are looking to understand the mysteries of OSM, and OSMers who are looking understand the mysteries of ESRI products :-) If that feels too divergent, then we can always split the page in two, but for the moment any information is good information. -- Harry Wood 01:28, 5 August 2011 (BST)

ArcGIS Tileserver

Some people asking from time to time, how to get OSM tiles via the ArcGIS server [1]. Maybe we can add a short tutorial on that here? --!i! This user is member of the wiki team of OSM 17:40, 13 November 2013 (UTC)