We carry out analyses of some parameters of the galactic spiral arms, in the currently available samples. We present a catalog of the observed pitch angle for each spiral arm in the Milky Way disk. For each long spiral arm in the Milky Way, we investigate for each individual arm its pitch angle, as measured through different methods (parallaxes, twin-tangent arm, kinematical, etc), and assess their answers. Second, we catalog recent advances in the cartography of the Galaxy (global mean arm pitch, arm number, arm shape, interarm distance at the Sun). We statistically compare the results over a long time frame, from 1980 to 2017. Histograms of about 90 individual results published in recent years (since mid-2015) are compared to 66 earlier results (from 1980 to 2005), showing the ratio of primary to secondary peaks to have increased by almost a factor of 3. Similarly, many earlier discrepancies (expressed in r.m.s.) have been reduced by almost a factor 3.