Tiled map layers are an important part of the digital mapping stack, since Google and others introduced their slippy maps quite some time ago. There’s a huge ecosystem of (open source) software for creating and hosting tiles for your custom mapping project. In this tutorial, I want to share what I learned while setting up a tileserver for our projects at Geolicious.
Every year we face this strange behavior of people to do some pranks on first of April. So Google pranks on this particular day of the year are not new to us. In fact, last year the treasure map, the year before the well done 8bit map. So what is this years idea?
I looked for a program to draw circles of a pre-defined radius around some points on earth I had the coordinates from. A quick search returned the website GPS Visualizer, and I absolutely love it! It is not only a great free website to convert GPS data in formats that can be used in GoogleMaps, GoogleEarth, jpgs and many other formats, it also allows you to customize maps very easily. Plus, you can use a large number of different maps as base data layer. It looks like the site has been created to deal with tracks and waypoint data, but…
Explore the new Google Maps with the treasure map, have a look on hand painted maps and features in Google Maps. You can enjoy streetview in a historic-style, search for the Yeti and try to avoid the pirates. Here some insights: But find out for yourself by visiting googlemaps and choose treasure map. But it looks like a very early april fool!
For an upcoming project I was curious about visualizing a line layer using OpenLayers. Therefore I digitized a way with googlemaps. After creating a kml with “my places” in googlemaps I exported the coordinates to libre office calc and converted them to fit the needed code in OpenLayers:
In my recent articles I was writing some hints and tutorials for creating a webmap. So what is the basic concept behind it and what are the possibilities. 1. Hail the GMAP creator GoogleMaps was probably the main step in webmap perception and usage. Until now it is the quasi standard application for viewing spatial content. The ongoing developments in the keyhole markup language increases the possibilities and usability in everyday work including geocoding and usage of raster as layers: