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Change the basemap

A basemap provides a background, or visual context, for the data on a map. For example, a basemap showing streets can provide context for your address data. ArcGIS includes several different types of basemaps for you to use in Esri Maps for IBM Cognos, including aerial imagery, terrain, streets, and topographic data. The default basemap displayed on the map is determined by your administrator. You can change the basemap at any time to one of the other maps provided.


Only basemaps that have the same spatial reference system as the current map are available in the gallery. If the basemap configured by the report author is a WMTS basemap, report consumers will not be able to change the basemap.

  1. Click the Change basemap button Change basemap at the top of the map to display the basemap gallery.

    This functionality is only available if it was enabled by the report author.

  2. From the gallery, choose the desired basemap.

    The map automatically displays the new basemap.