Now that you’ve finished designing your map and you’ve published it to the server, you’re ready to start creating the cache of map tiles. As an advance notice, you should plan at least one continuous hour to work on this page of the lesson. In this lesson you’ll learn how to create tiles using ArcGIS Server. However, tiles can be created using many other types of GIS and mapping utilities. Arc2Earth (link is external) is one example of a program whose tile-creation capabilities have increased substantially over the past few years. Another example is Mapnik (link is external), which is used to create the tiles for OpenStreetMap. Map tiling has become so popular that the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has even released the Web Map Tiling Standard (WMTS) detailing an open specification on how mapping web services should expose their tile sets. ArcGIS Server services that have a tile cache can respond to WMTS-formatted requests. When you publish a map service or image service in ArcGIS Server, you can define whether it will have a cache and what the cache properties will be. You can either build the tiles right at the time the service is published, or you can instigate the tile building later using geoprocessing tools like Manage Map Server Cache Tiles. Building the tiles at publish time is appropriate for smaller cache jobs, and that’s what we’ll do in this lesson. This courseware module is part of Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ OER Initiative (link is external). Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (link is external). The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is committed to making its websites accessible to all users, and welcomes comments or suggestions on access improvements. Please send comments or suggestions on accessibility to the site editor (link sends e-mail). The site editor may also be contacted with questions or comments about this Open Educational Resource. The John A. Dutton e-Education Institute is the learning design unit of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (link is external) at The Pennsylvania State University (link is external). 2217 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 (link is external) 877-778-4471 | Contact Us Privacy & Legal Statements (link is external) | Copyright Information (link is external) The Pennsylvania State University © 2014 Source.