I’ve just found out from my colleagues at MapAction some great tools, ArcBruTile and the ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap (I’ve mentioned the second one before on this site).
Anyway ArcBruTile allows you to add web map services from OSM, Bing and Google directly into ArcMap (v 9.3. onwards). This is really useful. It also creates a local cache of imagery as well. Not sure of the legal aspects to this. I know it took a while before the licensing around the Bing Maps plug-in for ArcGIS was finally sorted and then it’s only free for desktop use – I can see the reasoning.
The ArcGIS Editor for OpenStreetMap (OSMEditor they call it for short – bet that doesn’t impress the other OSM Editors out there!) I haven’t tried it yet but it looks pretty powerful. One of the problems with OSM is the lack of a easy-to-use editor. Perhaps this is the answer? Has anyone tried it? Let me know. In the next few days I’ll have a play myself and update this post.
Lastly I had the need to connect a record in a feature class in ArcMap to an MS Access front-end form last week – old school I know. I used this handy script GoToAccess. It did the trick perfectly.
Picture:ArcGIS 10/ArcBrutile screenshot